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Are there any effective treatments for interstitial lung disease?

IPF treatment: Steroids and nac do not work as by a recent not yet published randomized study. Pirfenidone is approved in japan and germany, at around $80, 000 every year. It stops deterioration in about 1/3 of treated patients but no improvement. I would not use it because the benefits are small. But I do have several patients who buy it overseas. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Are there any alternative treatments for lung cancer?

Are there any alternative treatments for lung cancer?

No proven benefit: The big 3 are surgery, chemotherapy & radiation. Alternative options in trials include photodynamic therapy, cancer vaccines for example. Commonly used alternative treatments such as homeopathy, chinese or indian herbal medicines, mexican meds, shark cartilage, etc do not have any proven benefit. Sometimes, alternative drugs actually interfere with regular meds and can cause problems. ...Read more

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Are there any good treatments for pulmonary fibrosis?

Are there any good treatments for pulmonary fibrosis?

Unfortunately no: There are no effective treatments for pulmonary fibrosis although many have been tried. Currently, nac and perfenidone are in clinical trials to see if they may be helpful, but they are not cures. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for peyronie disease?

Are there any treatments for peyronie disease?

Yes.: Peyronie's disease is scarring of the tunica albicans of the penile shaft. It is inflammatory and is analagous to dupuytren's contracture of the palmar fascia if the hand. Steroid injections may help, and there is surgery in the background. The fda has approved a "collagenolytic enzyme" for the hand and it has been used successfully for peyronie's without a formal indication. ...Read more

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Are there any known ways to treat interstial lung disease?

Are there any known ways to treat interstial lung disease?

Depends on cause: Since interstitial lung disease is a broad group of lung diseases with many different causes, the treatment depends on the underlying cause. In most cases, treating the cause, preventing further lung damage, & providing support to lungs goes a long way in helping patients with ild. However as ild progresses some patients will need lung transplant. Talk to a pulmonologist for treatment options. ...Read more

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Are there treatments for peyronie disease?

Are there treatments for peyronie disease?

No way: When minor can be helped or corrected in some with oral potaba, in others with surgery, but never with a penile pump or any home remedies. Best to consult with a urologist. ...Read more

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Are there any effective alternative treatments for pulmonary hypertension?

Are there any effective alternative treatments for pulmonary hypertension?

No: None proven. It is not an easy condition to treat. It is serious and potentially fatal. ...Read more

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Are there any effective herbal treatments for inflammatory carcinoma?

Are there any effective herbal treatments for inflammatory carcinoma?

NO, NO, HECK NO!: Inflammatory carcinoma of the breast is an aggressive malignancy that needs prompt attention. It is treated with chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation plus or minus endocrine therapy and herceptin (trastuzumab). There is no herbal substitute. Whoever tells you that is ignorant, criminal, or both. ...Read more

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What are some treatment options for restricted lung disease?

What are some treatment options for restricted lung disease?

Depends on the cause: I'm assuming you are referring to interstitial lung disease as opposed to restrictive lung disease due to chest wall dysfunction or obesity. The bottom line is to treat the cause if known. If inflammatory, treat inflammation. If infectious treat that. ...Read more

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Are there any treatment that works for parkinson disease?

Are there any treatment that works for parkinson disease?

Surgical?: Essentially there are medications and surgery. Surgical treatment would likely consist of deep brain stimulation or dbs but, you should confirm this with a neurologist and a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments to cure idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Are there any treatments to cure idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Unfortunately no. : Unfortunately, there is no real cure. There are still attempts to treat symptoms with bronchodilators, and we will give steroids a try, but overall immunosuppressants don't work. If it gets bad enough, transplant is sometimes an option. ...Read more

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Are there any effective alternative medications for alzheimer's disease?

Are there any effective alternative medications for alzheimer's disease?

Unlikely: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. There are no medications-scientific or alternative-that have been shown to modify the course of the illness. Many symptoms of the disease can be helped with behavioral interventions, prescription medications and ossibly with alternative medications but it is important to know the pharmacology of alternative medications before using them. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for pulmonary sarcoidosis besides prednisone?

Is there any treatment for pulmonary sarcoidosis besides prednisone?

Maybe nothing: Treatment for pulmonary sarcoidosis in the modern era may involve "watchful waiting" instead of treatment with prednisone, or any other immune-suppressing medication. Treating too early with Prednisone may increase one's chances for recurrent disease, causing docs to wait to treat until there is evidence that the function of a vital organ--lungs, heart, brain, eyes, kidney--has become affected. ...Read more

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Are there any effective treatments for inhalation injury?

Are there any effective treatments for inhalation injury?

Depends on inhalatio: Carbon monoxide inhalation after fires can be treated with hyperbaric or high oxygen content and decrease the half life oCO inhalation, ...Read more

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Are there effective alternative therapies for paget's disease of the bone?

Are there effective alternative therapies for paget's disease of the bone?

None known: Paget's is accelerated and unregulated bone remodeling...Osteoclasts. Osteoblasts and osteocytes are involved. Bone metabolism is very complicated ...Read more

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Are there any new treatment options for peyronies disease?

Are there any new treatment options for peyronies disease?

Not really: No. There is no gold standard available for the nonsurgical treatment. There is still a great need for further investigation of to make clear recommendations. Multimodal therapy is still best approach. Various nonsurgical modalities have been examined with mix results all around. Severe penile deformity, narrowing or deviation that impedes intercourse should consider surgery (disease stable >3 mo. ...Read more

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What are some interstitial lung disease treatment?

What are some interstitial lung disease treatment?

None: Some studies are looking at perfenidone and n-acetyl-cysteine as treatment, but neither is likely to have substantial impact on mortality or possibility of cure. Only supplemental oxygen is currently available. ...Read more

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