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Doctor insights on: Addiction And Race/Ethnicity

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Are various races and nationalities effected by differently by addiction?

Are various races and nationalities effected by differently by addiction?

Short answer - no!: addiction does not discriminate. However, there are physical differences such as alcohol dehydrogenase (enzyme that breaks down alcohol) between certain races that some say either protect or make one more vulnerable to addiction. There are also significant socio-cultural/racial differences that may protect against addictive disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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How many people are affected by the pneumoconiosis?

How many people are affected by the pneumoconiosis?

?: If you live in a coal dust prone area, the incidence will be really high, compared to population living away from it. ...Read more

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How many people are affected by autism each year in the U.S.?

How many people are affected by autism each year in the U.S.?

Autism Spectrum Dis.: About 1 in 68 children are identified as ASD according to estimates from the Center for Disease Control. The average Prevalence in USA is 1%. ...Read more

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Are pyschologists/therapists affected by suicide of clients that they work with or is this part of the job?

Are pyschologists/therapists affected by suicide of clients that they work with or is this part of the job?

Absolutely: One cannot be unaffected by the death of a patient with whom one works. It is a risk we as practitioners have to be open to as, yes, potentially being part of the job. ...Read more

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Are all the organs affected by leprosy?

Are all the organs affected by leprosy?

Not all organs: Granulomas can form on nerves, eyes, skin & in respiratory tract. There may be loss of body parts due to inability to feel pain leading to recurrent injuries & secondary infections. ...Read more

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What cardiorespiratory diseases are caused or influenced by the environment?

What cardiorespiratory diseases are caused or influenced by the environment?

Nature vs nurture: I'll focus on lungs. Cancer can be due to tobacco exposure., even 2nd hand Asbestos too. Emphysema can also be due to tobacco. Asthma exacerbation can be due to air borne allergens especially pollen. Smog doesn't help. Influenza outbreaks can be thought of as a result of close quarters, certainly exposure to ill. I'm sure my colleagues will come up w/more. ...Read more

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What parts of the brain are affected by hypnotism?

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What parts of the brain are affected by hypnotism?

Hypnosis: Studies using MRI showed that in highly susceptible subjects there were increase in brain activity in anterior cingulate gyrus and left side of prefrontal cortex. ...Read more

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What are some of the conditions treated by Alcohol abuse?

What are some of the conditions treated by Alcohol abuse?

Unclear question: Alcohol abuse does not treat any conditions. Alcohol abuse may cause a variety of medical conditions. ...Read more

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How many africans that are affected by rabies?

How many africans that are affected by rabies?

IT DEPENDS......: It would seem to depend upon where a person lives-urban v. rural. Wild animals account for the vast majority of rabies cases, mostly like skunks or bats. ...Read more

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Are the different types of leishmaniasis caused by different types of the same parasite? Or are they different phases caused by only one parasite?

Are the different types of leishmaniasis caused by different types of the same parasite? Or are they different phases caused by only one parasite?

Leishmaniasis: Leishmaniasis /is a disease caused by protozoan parasites and spread by the bite of sandflies the disease can present as cutaneous, mucocutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis.The cutaneous form presents with skin ulcers, the mucocutaneous with ulcers of skin, mouth and nose, and the visceral with skin ulcers and then with fever, low red blood cells, and a large spleen and liver. All due to same bug. ...Read more

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How many people are affected by breast cancer each year?

How many people are affected by breast cancer each year?

200K plus: There were more than 200, 000 cases of invasive breast cancer last year. ...Read more

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Why are people with mental disorders being stigmatised in the society?

Why are people with mental disorders being stigmatised in the society?

Two reasons: The most important reason is that mental disorders are poorly understood by comparison to other condition--however much we have advanced in our understanding. And what "we" do understand is not common knowledge. The other reason is that mental disorders affect how we relate to others so that it is easy for others to see not illness but something deliberate. We have a long way to go! ...Read more

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What body systems and organs are affected by astigmatism?

What body systems and organs are affected by astigmatism?

Eyes: Astigmatism is caused by changes in the cornea of the eye. The cornea functions as the watch crystal focusing light into the eye. Astigmatism is the natural changes in the cornea that is one cause of a patient needing glasses or contacts. Astigmatism can be measured by special computers in your eye doctors office! ...Read more

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How many hormones are controlled by the endocrine system?

How many hormones are controlled by the endocrine system?

Hormone is system: 46 asks: How many hormones are controlled by the endocrine system? ANS: All of them. And likely many that we do not even know about yet. I recommend you go to uptodate.com and read about Endocrinology. You will like it. ...Read more

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How are other organs systems affected by cataracts?

How are other organs systems affected by cataracts?

Generally none: A few cataracts are part of rare genetics associations and some are part of certain systemic diseaes either co associated or caused by the treatment of these diseases (such as the use of systemic steroids). But most are age related, and independent of other bodily systems and so other organs will be unaffected by either the presence of the cataracts or its treatment. ...Read more

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What diseases and health conditions are influenced by genes?

What diseases and health conditions are influenced by genes?

Many: Many diseases and health conditions are influenced by genes. We have the technology today to do genetic testing from the blood which will provide genetic risk factors for many diseases eg heart disease, prostate cancer in men, breast cancer in women, lung cancer, and many other diseases and cancers. ...Read more

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Bipolar what causes bipolar in people? Can it be because of some dramatic experience in the past like being raped by family members?

Bipolar what causes bipolar in people? Can it be because of some dramatic experience in the past like being raped by family members?

I : I agree with dr. Bunt's comments. If there is a predisposition for bipolar disorder, traumatic events may provoke the full expression of the disorder. The impact of trauma can be accumulative. I hope you have sought out help. ...Read more

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Why are erections controlled by the emotions?

Why are erections controlled by the emotions?

The autonomic system: Blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate are influenced by your emotions--i.e. Being nervous/anxious can increase heart rate/blood pressure, and breathing etc.. High anxiety state constricts blood vessels hence reducing blood flow, thus reduces erection quality. Nocturnal erections are often of good quality because your mind is relaxed, enlarging blood vessels and hence flow/erection. So, relax. ...Read more