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A 16-year-old female asked:

i want to grow my height but my genetics don't allow me to do so? what should i do? how can i grow my height even though my parents are short?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Exercise, eat, sleep: Most people reach their maximum height in their late teens. Without nutritional problems or chronic childhood illnesses, height is largely based on genetics and parental heights. Aside from eating right, exercising, sleeping well, and being happy, there's not much a person nor his doctor can do for a 16-year-old to increase height beyond its natural destiny.

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What are common mistakes parents make when caring for their baby's skin?

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Why do I have acne if parents did not have acne?

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A 35-year-old member asked:

If my parents have a and o positive blood types. Is it possible for me to be ab negative?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
NO: You can only be a+ or o+.
Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
Pathology 23 years experience
If parents are A+ and B+ children can be A+,A-,B+,B-. You should confirm your blood type and your parents too to clarify the situation.
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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
Pathology 23 years experience
Disregard my previous comment, I meant to write: If parents are A+ and O+, children may be A+,A-,O+,O-.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Please suggest a homeopathic medicine for my mother suffering from interstitial lung disease.?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Individualized: Homeopaths treat the whole person, not specific diagnoses. Homeopathy is highly individualized, so 5 people with interstitial lung disease would likely require 5 different medicines. I advise your mother see a professional homeopath: http://nationalcenterforhomeopathy.Org/resources/practitioners.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
more or less this is BS waste of your money
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Provided original answer
Dr. Lessnau, like many doctors, is strongly biased against homeopathy. An objective evaluation of the large body of science on this subject recently conducted by the Swiss government concluded homeopathy is effective. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/homeopathic-medicine-_b_1258607.html
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can surgery correct a blind eye due to a genetic problem?

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Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Genetic blindness: It depends on what the type of blindness is. If it affects the retina and optic nerve there is no corrective surgery for this. If it is due to a deep amblyopia there is no corrective surgery.

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