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What is against medical advice?

Not listening to doc: It means you are not following your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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Please provide advice on specific precautions to prevent heart diseases?

Please provide advice on specific precautions to prevent heart diseases?

Lifestyle changes: Must change modifiable risk factors. Decrease cholesterol, stop smoking, decreased psychosocial stressors, maintain normal bp, weight. Exercise, better diet with vegetables and fruit daily, less meat, treat diabetes and consult a physician for more in depth discussion. Avoid high alcohol intake too. ...Read more

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Do you know of recommendations from specific medical experts on dysmenorrhea treatment?

Do you know of recommendations from specific medical experts on dysmenorrhea treatment?

Several:: Nsaids such as ibuprofen, Naproxen are helpful for some women. A nice prescription medication called Ponstel (mefenamic acid) is very effective for many pts with dysmenorrhea pain. Birth control pills are first line treatment for this as well, and may provide significant relief of your pain. If no relief with these agents, then sonogram and possibly laparoscopy may be indicated to look for endometriosis. ...Read more

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Does medical care involving prevention of STD's require parental consent? Wouldn't a teen who has ignorant parents have a right to safe sex?

Does medical care involving prevention of STD's require parental consent? Wouldn't a teen who has ignorant parents have a right to safe sex?

Depends: Many states exempt sex related care from parental notification. It is often easiest to obtain in many clinics operated for that purpose. If/when you go to a regular private office or use a parents insurance to access care, they would find out about visits eventually when the insurance paperwork came through documenting payment for services. ...Read more

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What kind of antiaging supplements or new medical products do you recommend for 50 -60 age group?

What kind of antiaging supplements or new medical products do you recommend for 50 -60 age group?

No Treatment Here: Unfortunately i doubt that any ethical physician would have a list of 'anti-aging' products. This money making marketing scheme, known as snake oil and other common euphemisms , is not medicine nor is anything i can think of, something a real doctor would advocate for. The rest of your question is so broad as to be unanswerable. ...Read more

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Which medical advice for gonorrhea diseases?

Which medical advice for gonorrhea diseases?

Resistant Gonorrhea: There is a new drug resistant form of gonorrhea sweeping through the western world. If you have gonorrhea you need to be treated and to be treated by someone who knows how to treat for this drug resistant form. ...Read more

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Can pharmacists dispense medical advice or just information?

Can pharmacists dispense medical advice or just information?

Yes they can..: Pharmacists may provide medical advice related to drug administration, side effects, interactions ...Read more

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Can I get my own medical records under federal laws protecting consumers?

Can I get my own medical records under federal laws protecting consumers?

Yes. : Hipaa regulations allow you to request your personal medical records from your provider, considering you are not a minor. Some providers may charge a per page or per x-ray fee, or if digital records, a per disk fee. ...Read more

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In the USA, at what age can a minor receive medical care without parental knowledge or consent?

In the USA, at what age can a minor receive medical care without parental knowledge or consent?

Varies by state...: The rules vary by state, by disease or condition being treated, by legal status of the minor, etc... It can get confusing, so takes some online research in each state. Usually, conditions regarding reproduction (normal teen sexual issues) are private, as well as substance abuse (smoking, marijuana, alcohol), and mental health issues such as depression. The child can choose to involve the parents. ...Read more

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Is there any vaccination or preventive measures against bacterial meningitis should I go overseas?

Is there any vaccination or preventive measures against bacterial meningitis should I go overseas?

Meningitis: The risk of contacting meningitis as an adult is minimal. In a third world country be much more concerned with malaria, and other mosquito born diseases. For third world countries check with an infectious disease specialist for vaccination reccomendations. ...Read more

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Do employers stay in touch with the doctor after turning in an employee medical certification form for fmla?

Sometimes: Aometumes they do request our records regarding the patients follow ups at our office. ...Read more

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If is there a website that can provide abbreviated versions of medical guidelines (disease specific), how often would you use it many times healthcare professionals use the internet or their mobile devices for quick references on drugs and disease states.

If is there a website that can provide abbreviated versions of medical guidelines (disease specific), how often would you use it many times healthcare professionals use the internet or their mobile devices for quick references on drugs and disease states.

In : In my opinion as an emergency physician, i think that would be a very valuable contribution. I would personally love to have an app like that for rapid reference. In general, i would estimate that a physician would pay $5 for an app. ...Read more

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I'm interested in the field of medicine and wanted to start researching infectious diseases. Do you have any advice?

I'm interested in the field of medicine and wanted to start researching infectious diseases. Do you have any advice?

Getting a mentor: Probably the best way to get 'into' infectious diseases is to start some sort of relationship with those who are in the field. Why not try to volunteer at a local HIV clinic or something? Otherwise, you'd have to start by learning all you can - either on-line or through coursework. ID is a fascinating field and there's so much to learn, research, teach and apply. It's a great field. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is your opinion on nurse practitioners as medical providers?

They are valuable : I don't think they should practice independently . They don't have the training to "replace" mds . We have too many professionals "practicing medicine" now days. I understand there are "shortage"and we want "options". ...Read more

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I am interested being treated holistically by a functional medicine practitioner. Do you offer any non-allopathic advice here?

I am interested being treated holistically by a functional medicine practitioner. Do you offer any non-allopathic advice here?

Functional medicine: Yes, absolutely, linda! I am board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine and also well-trained in functional medicine. Let me know if you have questions... ...Read more

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Type 2 bipolar. Breastfeeding. Not on medication. Looking for natural management methods. Currently taking 1g of omega 3 a day. Any other advice?

Type 2 bipolar. Breastfeeding. Not on medication. Looking for natural management methods. Currently taking 1g of omega 3 a day. Any other advice?

Consider: Absent side effects such as loose or greeley stool the dose of omega 3 fatty acids can be up to 6 grams per day. Purity of formulation is important to be aware of as it can vary greatly. ...Read more

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Any dental or med students care to answer why they are allowed to practice without license?

Any dental or med students care to answer why they are allowed to practice without license?

Licensed Supervision: Dental and medical students are allowed to practice because they are under licensed supervision of an instructor that is properly licensed to practice and oversee students. Patients are also aware that they are being seen be a student. Dental or med students are not allowed to practice in private practice without a license. ...Read more

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