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Are there effective alternative therapies for pku?

Are there effective alternative therapies for pku?

No: The only way to treat pku or rather to prevent symptoms of this disease is proper diet eliminating certain aminoacids from the diet. To prevent malnutrition you need to discuss this diet with specialist in metabolic diseases and dietitian. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Pku (Definition)

It is a congenital deficiency of an enzyme which digests a protein in milk causing a build-up of a substance that causes brain damage in infants. This disorder is tested for in all newborns and a special formula ...Read more


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What is the treatment for pku?

What is the treatment for pku?

Prevention: For classic genetic autosomal recessive pku detected through newborn screening, the treatment is prevention by restricting dietary intake of phenylalanine for infants beginning in first week of life. Affected women also follow same diet restriction before/during pregnancy to protect the next embryo/fetus. Amino acid supplements also recommended, especially true in the bh4 deficiency varient. ...Read more

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Following the detection of phenylketonuria or pku in an infant, what is the treatment?

Following the detection of phenylketonuria or pku in an infant, what is the treatment?

Diet Rx: The primary treatment is the removal of any phenylalanine in their diet. This is accomplished by a strict diet free of the material in infancy & childhood. Duration of this treatment depends a lot on the situation. Women with pku must be on restricted diet during pregnancy or they risk brain injury & birth defects in their offspring. Adults off diet face various declines in mental performance. ...Read more

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Are there effective alternative therapies for dermatomyositis?

Are there effective alternative therapies for dermatomyositis?

Yes: Treatment typically begins with oral steroid however more potent immunosuppressants are often needed. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Are there effective alternative therapies for borderline personality?

Are there effective alternative therapies for borderline personality?

DBT Therapy: Dialectical behavioral therapy is probably the most well studied non medication treatment for borderline pd. Medications only help somewhat with the mood swings, depression, and impulsive behaviors. Marsha linehan phd actually suffers borderline pd and developed this model of therapy. ...Read more

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Are there effective alternative therapies for child with low thyroid?

Are there effective alternative therapies for child with low thyroid?

No: If a child is not manufacturing enough thyroid hormone it must be replaced. Levothyroxine is the generic name for the medication used to treat an underactive thyroid. Particularly in children, thyroid hormone is important for growth and also brain development when very young. ...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 effective alternative therapies for dental eruptions?

Are there effective alternative therapies for dental eruptions?

Avoiding dentures: This is an excellent question, and there are ways to prevent a need for dentures. But you have to start early with regular dental check-ups and some kind of Fluoride treatment in childhood. As you get older, take care of your gums with dental floss, toothpicks, or water-pik-like devices. Get problems treated promptly and avoid foods that harm teeth (carbonated beverages, high sugar content foods). ...Read more

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Are there effective alternative therapies for fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) addiction?

Are there effective alternative therapies for fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) addiction?

Alternatives?: Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) addiction can kill you. Get help and support at na and talk honestly with your doctor or an addiction specialist and get the help you need and deserve. ...Read more

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