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Why is it that alpha and beta -thalassemias result in more clinically severe diseases than other types of thalassemia?

Why is it that alpha and beta -thalassemias result in more clinically severe diseases than other types of thalassemia?

Used for blood cells: Alpha globulin (made by the Alpha genes) and beta globulin (made by the beta genes) are the 2 globulin molecules needed to make normal adult hemoglobin (the red stuff in normal red blood cells). Mutations that prevent Alpha and beta globulin production will cause severe symptoms, but other mutations may not be as noticeable if the proteins the other genes make are not as crucial to life. ...Read more

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How would you describe tumor necrosis factor-alpha blockers?

How would you describe tumor necrosis factor-alpha blockers?

Tumor necrosis: Factor (tnf) promotes the inflammatory response, which in turn causes many of the clinical problems associated with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis. These disorders are sometimes treated by using a tnf inhibitor. The important side effects that have been most extensively related to tnf blockers include: lymphoma, infections, congestive heart ad others. ...Read more

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Alpha-1-antitrypsin quantitation - will it tell me if I have a hereditary problem?

Alpha-1-antitrypsin quantitation - will it tell me if I have a hereditary problem?

AAT deficiency: Measurement of alpha-1-antitrypsin serum concentration is used to determine if a patient has the inherited disorder aat deficiency. If the aat serum level is greater than 80 mg/dl, it is unlikely that the patient has clinically significant aat deficiency. ...Read more

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I'm looking for information on a supplement called alpha brain! is it safe and is it allowed in the military?

I'm looking for information on a supplement called alpha brain! is it safe and is it allowed in the military?

Weird mix: This is a mix of botanicals including oat straw (!), two Amino Acids and some other stuff. Don't expect any magic. I'd be very surprised if the military had banned it (in fact, if it actually worked, the military -- which is reality-oriented -- would know and would be using it.). ...Read more

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How do the alpha cells in the pancreas work?

How do the alpha cells in the pancreas work?

Secrete glucagon.: Alpha cells are endocrine cells in the islets of langerhans in the pancreas that secrete the hormone glucagon that elevates blood glucose. Glucagon binds to hepatocyte/liver cell receptors that cause the enzyme glycogen phosphorylase to hydrolyse glycogen to glucose, a process called glycogenolysis. ...Read more

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High alpha beta protein and baby measuring 16 weeks when I am 17.5 weeks along. Doc said placenta mostly likely not working? Is there still hope?

High alpha beta protein and baby measuring 16 weeks when I am 17.5 weeks along. Doc said placenta mostly likely not working? Is there still hope?

Alpha fetoprotein?: There is a test that's typically done at 15-20 weeks of alpha-fetoprotein. AFP is made in liver of baby. High levels can signify spina bifida, anencephaly, chromosomal problems, and problems with baby's intestines being outside their abdominal wall. When one of these markers (there are 4 that are done) is elevated, additional ultrasounds are done and amniocentesis is typically offered. ...Read more

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Are cosmetic products that have alpha hydroxy acids safe?

Are cosmetic products that have alpha hydroxy acids safe?

Avoid with rosacea: Aha, Alpha hydroxy acid creams are generally safe to use and good exfoliants. Patients with acne and oily skin do well with aha. However, it may exacerbate people with rosacea. If you develop burning sensation and redness with use, you should stop. ...Read more

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Can a person with alpha thalassemia marry someone with beta thalassemia safely?

Can a person with alpha thalassemia marry someone with beta thalassemia safely?

Yes: Marriage is no problem. Getting pregnant, however, may not be recommended if they have moderate or severe thalassemia. If they have only "trait", they will be fine if their children only inherit "no trait" or "trait from either mom or dad". If a child inherits "trait" from both mom and dad, the child might have a problem. A geneticist and hematologist can give more details for individual cases. ...Read more

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Im looking at taking the alpha brain supplement, are there any dangerous/illegal chemicals in it?

Im looking at taking the alpha brain supplement, are there any dangerous/illegal chemicals in it?

Everything has risk: Though i don't see anything illegal, any chemical that alters neurotransmitter levels can be dangerous or carry side effects. As I am not very familiar with a-brain, i can only say "take such things at your own risk." if you are concerned about fatigue or brain fog and the like, there are many other things to consider as well. I'd make an appt to talk with a holistic-minded doc about your concerns. ...Read more

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It is known that vit e synthetic is toxic. How can I ask for the natural vit e in a supplement or what can I eat to take vit e in large amount 4 liver?

It is known that vit e synthetic is toxic. How can I ask for the natural vit e in a supplement or what can I eat to take vit e in large amount 4 liver?

Look for this info..: You are correct to be confused- for example "nature-made" brand of vitamin e is synthetic but nothing on the label states this unless you know that "dl-alpha tocopherol" is the synthetic form. Natural vit. E should say that it's natural on the label & will be listed as d-alpha tocopherol- not "dl." ideally it should have mixed tocopherols too(gamma, delta, beta).Any health food store will have it. ...Read more