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can you let me know how many hours does it take to digest protein?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
4-6 hours: Food remains in your stomach for 4-6 hours. These is not much digestion taking place in the stomach which mainly breaks the food down into its elements. Most of the digestion/absorption takes place in the small intestine over 8-12 hours.

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A member asked:

How many times per day is it necessary to burp my baby?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
0: "necessary" is too strong a word-- it's never "necessary." babies will do fine without burping, though it's traditional to do it. It's a nice way to put a pause in a quick meal, and might help a fussy baby feel better. But it is not something that parents should think of as crucial or necessary.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What does my total protein level tell me about my diet?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Nothing very much: It can be normal and still you can have a bad diet.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

Can multiple lipomas be treated safely w/ steroid injection. I have 50+ & don't want scars. I can live with most but many are large & uncomfortable.?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Not really: Steroid injections will not dissolve lipomas. If you have 50+ they may not be lipomas, some times subcutaneous neurofibromas look like lipomas, you should have biopsy of one lesion to establish diagnosis, these lesions run in families other alternative see a cosmatic surgeon, for possible removal like liposuction.
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Liposuction can be used to address lipomas, but there is a much higher risk of recurrence than with a surgically removed lipoma.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How many years does it take to develop cancer from snuff?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Variable: The time from the start of insult to development of cancer varies with the genetics of the person, type of insult, intensity of insult etc. The sooner you quit the better.
A 46-year-old member asked:

At how many weeks into gestation is the palate completely formed?

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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry 45 years experience
By 12th week: It depends on what you mean by "completely formed", because the mouth continues to develop after birth. But in human embryonic development, the palate develops early. The hard palate (premaxilla and palatal shelves) fuse at about week 9 gestational age, and the soft palate has fused by week 10 to 12.

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