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Is there a evidence-based link between child sexual abuse and promiscuity in adolescence or adulthood?

Is there a evidence-based link between child sexual abuse and promiscuity in adolescence or adulthood?

Yes.: Once sex is cheapened, unfortunately in the child -molested's eye, sex is devalued. This has been unfortunately been shown to be true. Not for everyone in that situation, but for many! ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

A condition in which a person has too much body fat, with a BMI greater than 30. This indicates the person is not in in good health. It is not the same as being overweight because weight can come from other things like muscle, bone, ...Read more


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Have researchers discovered some weight / height charts that are standard?

Have researchers discovered some weight / height charts that are standard?

It varies...: It depends on your "frame" size, but height and weight charts are all over the internet. These give recommendations, but differ for each person based in age and level of activity as well. http://www.healthchecksystems.com/heightweightchart.htm. ...Read more

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Who all can participate in studies on mood disorders?

Who all can participate in studies on mood disorders?

Depends: Theoretically anyone above the age of 18 can enroll in a study. That being said, all studies have exclusion criteria and you will have to contact the study you are interested in to see if you fall into the exclusion criteria. You also have to meet the issue they are studying, i.E you have to be bipolar for a bipolar study. ...Read more

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Read online reports that rare genetic disorders can cause noticable growth spurts in 40YO adults w/no other physical changes. What are those disorders?

Read online reports that rare genetic disorders can cause noticable growth spurts in 40YO adults w/no other physical changes. What are those disorders?

Growth spurts: It would be quite unusual for a 40 year old man to have growth spurts. That does not mean he has no problems and he must see his Primary doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Suggested residential centers for teens with bipolar?

Suggested residential centers for teens with bipolar?

If residential : treatment is covered by your insurance plan, it requires medical, psychiatric (neuro)psychological, & educational documentation that the child's illness is refractory to comprehensive outpatient treatment regimens despite parental adherence. See http://www.wolfcreekacademy.org/why/bipolar-disorder/#site-wrap or http://m.treatment.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php?state=NY&spec=241 ...Read more

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Why do studies show that many school-aged children and teenagers have low fitness levels?

Why do studies show that many school-aged children and teenagers have low fitness levels?

Because kids are: Less active these days. There are more kids indoors playing video games than outdoors getting exercise. Schools have reduced physical ed classes and there is more obesity in this country and that contributes to the problem. It is a multifactorial problem but pretty much less exercise + more obesity= less fitness. ...Read more

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57 year old Asian woman with osteoporosis. Any studies that show that diet & exercise alone can maintain health, i.e., drugs aren't necessary?

57 year old Asian woman with osteoporosis. Any studies that show that diet & exercise alone can maintain health, i.e., drugs aren't necessary?

A nutritionally-: oriented doc or a natural medicine doc can help. You need to be monitored but there are natural options such as a combo product of minerals and co-factors or strontium. Please do this under professional guidance. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What causes hypertension in teens 16-19?

What causes hypertension in teens 16-19?

Many things: If HTN is mild it is likely primary htn, but in anyone that age with marked elevation ( stage 2) i would consider secondary causes of HTN to include renovascular causes, coarctation of the aorta, catecholamine or glucocorticoid excess. Careful review of meds and otc / illicits and ocp. ...Read more

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New Lancet article: Obesity in middle age lowers Alzheimer's risk by a third. New Neurology: Obesity in middle age increases risk fourfold. What gives?

New Lancet article: Obesity in middle age lowers Alzheimer's risk by a third. New Neurology: Obesity in middle age increases risk fourfold. What gives?

Haven't seen either: Article are written many ways and you need to see the article to clarify it. They may have looked at different groups, may have assumes the wrong information, put in misinformation, used different statistical models etc. An in depth analysis may explain this ...Read more

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Have twin studies shown that bipolar disorder is hereditary?

Have twin studies shown that bipolar disorder is hereditary?

Yes: The disorder is highly heritable. Estimates of the genetic component to the heritability range from 60 to 85 percent. ...Read more

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Does polycystic ovarian syndrome cause any masculinization beyond hirsutism in teen girls & young adult women? Please, need some answers?

Does polycystic ovarian syndrome cause any masculinization beyond hirsutism in teen girls & young adult women? Please, need some answers?

PCOS symptoms: Yes, there can be masculinization. The elevated androgens in PCOS can have a broad spectrum of manifestations, from irregular periods only, to mild hirsutism to more severe changes such as male pattern of hairline, body hair in male places (chest, abdomen), etc. The level of testosterone or DHEA does not always predict this. See your endocrinologist or Gyn. ...Read more

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Do children and adolescents have differential response rates in placebo-controlled trials of fluoxetine?

Do children and adolescents have differential response rates in placebo-controlled trials of fluoxetine?

Don't know: I don't know about placebo controlled trials and the response rates. I know that in most cases of children and teens that i treat with fluoxetine, there is dramatic improvement in 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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How is childhood obesity harmful?

How is childhood obesity harmful?

So many ways: Precursor to adult obesity. Creates lifetime eating habits. Precursor to diabetes, heart problems, and host of other health problems including premature death. Additionally, more likely to be picked on at school, experience depression, stress and low -self esteem. Childhood obesity may be the #1 problem facing our youth today and the problem continues to grow. ...Read more

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In the united states. Is morbid obesity in teens happening more?

In the united states. Is morbid obesity in teens happening more?

Yes: Overweight/obesity/morbid obesity has increased in all pediatric age groups (2-18 years old) every year since 1980. ...Read more

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What percentage of adults who experienced sibling physical and psychological abuse as children have PTSD?

What percentage of adults who experienced sibling physical and psychological abuse as children have PTSD?

PTSD: I feel empathy for those going through sibling physical and psychological abuse as children It causes intense fear, panic and helplessness Frequent and intense episodes of abuse with injury; and lack of love and support from the parents can lead to PTSD. There are no scientific studies to show the percentage of adults with PTSD due to abuse as children See a Psychiatrist for Therapy and Medication ...Read more

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Recent research on bisphenol-a and development of prolactinoma in young men? Are more young men showing up with prolactinomas these days?

Recent research on bisphenol-a and development of prolactinoma in young men? Are more young men showing up with prolactinomas these days?

Not in my practice.: Bpa acts as a weak estrogen and it is known that estrogen increases prolactinomas. Prolactinomas are a fairly common endocrine disease, but there is currently no real evidence that there is an increased incidence of the disease. It is also difficult to determine because of better lab tests and imaging studies which means we might just be able to find them better. ...Read more

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How does obesity affect a child's physical development?

How does obesity affect a child's physical development?

In many ways: Obesity is due to lousy diet and that interferes with cellular efficiency so she can never each her physical and mental fullness of function. ...Read more

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Can there be any studies on how much soda pop contributes to diabetes and obesity in america?

Can there be any studies on how much soda pop contributes to diabetes and obesity in america?

Several studies: There are a number of studies on this topic that both obesity and diabetes are related to sugary drink consumption. Here are links to a couple: http://www.Cnn.Com/2013/03/19/health/sugary-drinks-deaths http://www.Hsph.Harvard.Edu/nutritionsource/sugary-drinks-fact-sheet/. ...Read more

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Can you grow your hippocampus? Read online that studies how obesity causes shrink in hippocampus. Can I reverse the effects/regrow hippocampus ?

Can you grow your hippocampus? Read online that studies how obesity causes shrink in hippocampus. Can I reverse the effects/regrow hippocampus ?

No, you: can't specifically grow your hippocampus or any part of your brain. Portions of the brain may atrophy("shrink") due to a number of causes, particularly as we age. Some of these causes(e.g. excessive alcohol intake) are behaviors that can be avoided. A healthy lifestyle will maximize your brain's chances. ...Read more

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If obese as a teen, what are my chances of being thin through my life?

Obesity: Nothing is impossible as long as you have the determination to do it. ...Read more

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Do you know anything about teen obesity?

Do you know anything about teen obesity?

Strong 4 Life Prog.: Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta has a resource site that is useful for families... http://www.strong4life.com/ ...Read more

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What can an obese teen do to lose weight?

Find casue of obese: Its not hard, just write down everything you eat or drink for 5 days, here is a list of the top 6 reasons for weight gain, if you are eating or drinking them, stop and find better choices: 1. Any drink with sugar 2. Fast food 3. Skipping meals 4. Fried food at lunch or dinner 5. Bad breakfasts-bagels, muffins, sugary cereal 6 bad snacks remember these are are in order, start on top, change only 2. ...Read more

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Need expert advice. What health problems are related with teen obesity?

Need expert advice. What health problems are related with teen obesity?

Obesity teenager: There are over 20 different medical conditions that have been linked with obesity. The damage is cumulative over time. They range from elevated cholesterol, to high blood pressure, to heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, reflux, asthma, and arthritis. These over shadow the depression, social isolation, social dysfunction, and anxiety all magnified as a teen and all related to obesity. ...Read more

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What types of social problems do obese adolescents face?

What types of social problems do obese adolescents face?

Depends: We all face social problems and there are no particular social problems associated with being obese. However people may face social problems based on a lot of factors like being obese or too thin, too tall or too short, white, black, yellow or red and on and on. Any of these can become a problem or not depending on how we view ourselves and cope with these factors relative to those around us. ...Read more

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How can a health education class help prevent teen obesity?

How can a health education class help prevent teen obesity?

Nutrition: If the health education class includes topics on good nutrition and exercise, it can certainly help prevent teen obesity. Good nutrition habits and regular exercise are the best ways to prevent obesity and type ii diabetes. ...Read more

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Have a problem sleeping in the night. Not more than 5-6 hours. Cannot concentrate on studies. I'm 20 and obese. Feel irritated sometimes. Any remedy?

Have a problem sleeping in the night. Not more than 5-6 hours. Cannot concentrate on studies. I'm 20 and obese. Feel irritated sometimes. Any remedy?

Sleep difficulty: Have aquiet hour before bedtime. Turn off all electronic devises including tv. Take a walk, read a non action book. Listen to soft music and take a warm bath. Also try to get to bed at the same time every night. ...Read more

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Studies show that obesity leads to white matter in the hippocampus, reduced brain volume and reduced intelligence. Is this true and can it be reversed?

Studies show that obesity leads to white matter in the hippocampus, reduced brain volume and reduced intelligence. Is this true and can it be reversed?

The body is a: wonderful and amazing thing and is fully integrated. It functions best when it is treated with the best fuel and energy sources. Less healthy foods, especially eaten in excess that can lead to obesity, contribute to suboptimal function in the brain and entire body. How much of an effect is not quantifiable. You are young..any adverse affects can be reversed with healthy eating/normal weight. ...Read more

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Read online that studies show obesity kill brain tissue and decreases intelligence. Is this true?if I lose weight and eat healthier can it be reversed

Read online that studies show obesity kill brain tissue and decreases intelligence. Is this true?if I lose weight and eat healthier can it be reversed

Obesity: Loosing weight and exercising are great ways to boost overall health, including brain health. Please do so under the guidance of your doctor. At 18 you have a great chance of reversing any negative impact of past unhealthy lifestyle choices. Focus more or health than on the number on the scale. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Obese, high bp, age 32/female. Achy calves in am, itchy near ankles. Oa: hip, knee, foot, ankle. Explain daytime fatigue? Sleep study toss & turn/apnea.

Obese, high bp, age 32/female. Achy calves in am, itchy near ankles. Oa: hip, knee, foot, ankle. Explain daytime fatigue? Sleep study toss & turn/apnea.

Sleep apnea: Daytime fatigue is a very common problem associated with multiple medical problems. The p[roblem becomes "the chicken or the egg" sleep apnea causes obesity, Insulin resistance, hypogonadism, as well as hypertension. You should focus on sleep hygeine first and get a 2 step sleep study. The other medical conditions cannot be controlled with untreated sleep apnea. ...Read more

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How can I help prevent type 2 diabetes in an obese teen?

How can I help prevent type 2 diabetes in an obese teen?

Go Mobile!: aggressively change your family lifestyle. Mobile Health games can help. We recommend water, increased veggie intake and walking 10k steps a day. Changing your behavior is HARD! Here is a health game that will help! Commit to tracking your nutrition and weighing in weekly. Designed by a 12 year old in my practice https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/personal-medicine+/id846379884?m ...Read more

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What role does nutrition play in how we prevent obesity in children and adolescents?

What role does nutrition play in how we prevent obesity in children and adolescents?

A lot: Obesity in children or adolescents or adults is due to imbalance of intake and expenditure of calories. A simple view is that obesity is the result of taking in more calories than are expended. Caloric restriction and increase in physical activity are both important in controlling obesity. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor would be the best for helping me (an obese adolescent) lose weight safely?

What kind of doctor would be the best for helping me (an obese adolescent) lose weight safely?

I would start: with your primary physician. He or she may work with you or may refer to a nutritionist. Doubt a bariatric consult would be indicated at this time. Take care. ...Read more

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I've read that obesity is a risk factor for gerd, so if your and underweight teen would you be at a lesser risk or more at risk or no change?

I've read that obesity is a risk factor for gerd, so if your and underweight teen would you be at a lesser risk or more at risk or no change?

Obesity and GERD: With obesity, increased abdominal girth increases intra abdominal pressure, which then exceeds the pressure in the chest cavity and promotes the backwards flow of stomach contents into the esophagus, i.e. Gerd. While obesity is a risk factor for GERD and those losing weight would experience less GERD, lighter people can experience GERD as well. ...Read more

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I m obese?

I m obese?

There is Hope!: Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio ; weight training. You can mix ; match different kinds of physical exercise. This site helps determine calories burned for > 100 activities: http://www.Prohealth.Com/weightloss/tools/exercise/calculator1_2.Cfm. ...Read more

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