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Is Lyme Disease More Serious In The Elderly
In many cases yes: Lyme disease can be serious at any age, but has highly variable effects depending on many factors, including what strain of lyme & other conditions the person has.Someone with lyme who has other conditions such as parasites, co-infections like babesia & bartonella & heavy metal toxicity will become more ill than an otherwise healthy person. Elderly people often have more of these other conditions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: Lyme is a complex illness. Some who have it become quite ill, while others have mild symptoms. This depends on the strain of lyme bacteria, genetics of the patient, presence of co-infections like babesia & bartonella & factors that affect immune function like nutrition, parasites, heavy metals, mold exposure & stress.Thus, like adults, some children become quite ill but others have minimal symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is the lupus that affects the skin less serious than the systemic lupus? Would it be fatal/complications arise if lupus of the skin goes untreated?
If limited to skin: Lupus limited to the skin is generally less serious. It is usually easy to treat, so why wait? ...Read more
Dementias: Alzheimer's is but one dementia, and others include vascular dementias due to strokes, metabolic dementias due to hypothyroidism and vitamin deficiencies, front-temporal dementias associated with genetics, dementias secondary to multiple head injuries, multiple sclerosis, and parkinson's. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Several reasons: Several factors that involve increase prevalence of atherosclerosis including increase stress, high blood pressure , diabetes, high cholesterol , fast food diet , sedentary life stool with decrease excercise, more control of infections which kills more people in third world countries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help docs? Why is osteosarcomas more common in children, but colon cancer is more common in the elderly?
Cancers: A very interesting question. Childhood cancers are different than cancers occurring in adulthood. Childhood cancers occur in developing or maturing organs such as bone is affected as matures to adulthood. Adult tumors such as colon cancer occurs after the organ had undergone insults of one kind or another. ...Read more
Impossible: This is impossible to answer. They are too many variables. ...Read more
Huntington's disease, an often fatal disease of the central nervous system, is inherited from a dominant alle, is this right?
Yes: Autosomal dominant disorder with the presence of excess numbers of tri-nucleotide repeats within the Huntington's gene on human chromosome 4. ...Read more
Can cancer in the blood cause heart disease? Is it possible for people with cancers of the blood to develop heart disease as a result?
Yes: It is unusual, but possible, for acute leukemia or other blood cancers to cause heart problems by blocking blood flow to the heart, growing in the the fluid surrounding the heart, or even forming tumors in the lymph nodes nearby and compressing the heart. More commonly, heart disease in blood cancer patients is a result of the medicines (often anthracyclines) or radiation used in treatment. ...Read more
What autoantibody is seen the most in antiphospholipid syndrome? For example..Perhaps anticardiolipin is seen more often than the others...?
APS : The antibodies seen antiphospholipid syndrome are as follows: igg and igm anticardiolipin antibodies; lupus anticoagulant; igg and igm anti-ß2-glycoprotein i antibodies. Depending on the clinical presentation, 2 of these antibodies should be positive and the first 2 mentioned are usually measured with the third antibody measured if only one of the 1st 2 is positive. ...Read more
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