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Please help docs! is lactose intolerance a mutation, or is the tolerance a mutation?

Please help docs! is lactose intolerance a mutation, or is the tolerance a mutation?

Confusing question: Since lactose is the sugar in human milk, it is the norm to have the enzyme to digest it. Some appear to lose the enzyme as they get older, some never have it (mutation) and some lose it transiently during illness but it may return. ...Read more

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Is beta-hydroxybutyrate a hormone?

Is beta-hydroxybutyrate a hormone?

No: Hi. No, beta-hydroxybutyrate is not a hormone. It is a so-called "ketone body", manufactured by the liver as a fuel for non-CNS tissues in states of extreme starvation, OR in diabetic ketoacidosis from not enough insulin. ...Read more

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What happens at the end of metachromatic leukodystrophy?

What happens at the end of metachromatic leukodystrophy?

Loss of function: This is a very rare disease, inherited when both parents are usually carriers. Because of the deficient enzyme, arylsulfatase a, patients suffer from a gradual destruction of myelin sheath, the protective covering of nerves. At the end, loss of muscle function, seizures, possibly coma, and mental illness (in older people) prevail. Unfortunately, no cure, though therapies may improve life quality. ...Read more

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What exactly is a mental health check?

What exactly is a mental health check?

Wellness screen: A mental health check is brief screening of emotional, social and occupational functioning that is often done as a part of a annual medical check-up. Mental health checks are a good way of identifying people who have undiagnosed but very treatable mental health concerns. ...Read more

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Is there a test for stevens-johnson syndrome?

Is there a test for stevens-johnson syndrome?

No: Stevens-johnson syndrome or erytema muliforme is a dermatological reaction, usually allergic to something. ...Read more

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Define health is wealth?

Definition: Good health, mental , physical & spiritual, leads to enjoyment of life to its fullest. Wealth without good health cannot provide any quality to your life. Thus goes this saying! health leads to wealth, but not vice versa! ...Read more

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Is there a possibility that a few vitamin e 268mg capsules can cause a priapism if one is taking it for peyronies treatment?

Is there a possibility that a few vitamin e 268mg capsules can cause a priapism if one is taking it for peyronies treatment?

Unlikely: Sometimes it is difficult to know what causes priapism or for that matter peyronie's disease. My hunch is that something other than Vit E, even at high doses, is the cause. Sometimes when we can't figure out a cause it's because there are multiple causes..Priapism warrants as you probably already know immediate medical attention. Fortunately most ER professionals know what to do. ...Read more

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Hi is there a substitute for this drug Invokana...help?

Hi is there a substitute for this drug Invokana...help?

Need more info!: Did you talk to the doctor who prescribed it? Invokana excretes excessive sugar via kidneys & so there are many medications which can be substituted.I need more details.Try virtual consult. ...Read more

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Is there a number one doctor-recommended protein powder for a teenager?

Is there a number one doctor-recommended protein powder for a teenager?

The best?: Would contain whey protein and little carbs. There are many brands. Beware the high cost of claims that essential Amino Acids have been added! soy protein is not nearly as good! ...Read more

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Please describe the most prevalent childhood disease?

Please describe the most prevalent childhood disease?

Asthma: The most prevalent chronic childhood disease is asthma. Prevalence is the total number of children with the disease at the current time. For asthma, the prevalence is about 10% of children. For childhood acute illnesses that go away after a short while, colds are the most common (usually caused by rhinoviruses). ...Read more

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Is edge labs a pro hormone or a designer steroid?

Is edge labs a pro hormone or a designer steroid?

A synthetic hormone: I am not sure exactly which product you are questioning but will answer about the product testaedge cream for men. It contains herbal supplements that naturally increase testosterone levels plus prasterone. Prasterone is a synthetically made dhea (dehydroepiandrosterone), which is a hormone. Dhea is also a precursor or is further metabolized to the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about leukodystrophies?

What can you tell me about  leukodystrophies?

Leukodystrophy: Metachromatic leukodystrophy (mld) is a genetic disorder that affects nerves, muscles, other organs, and behavior. It slowly gets worse over time. Mld is usually caused by the lack of an important enzyme called arylsulfatase a. Because this enzyme is missing, chemicals called sulfatides build up in and damage the nervous system, kidneys, gallbladder, and other organs. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p. ...Read more

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Is there an after effect of a 'leptin deficiency'?

Is there an after effect of a 'leptin deficiency'?

Fat hormone: Leptons are hypothesized to be a hormone released to control fat metabolism. It has been shown in mice to be effective in fat control, but not in humans. At this point, there are no significant effects of a deficiency. ...Read more

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Looking for health information for an elder. Where do I go?

Looking for health information for an elder. Where do I go?

American Geriatrics: America geriatric society, local departments of aging, local unirversities & hospitals with geriatric programmes & websites like medscape etc. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a nutritional supplement that has trypsin and chemotrypsin if you have an alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

Is it safe to take a nutritional supplement that has trypsin and chemotrypsin if you have an alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?

Yes but not helpful: Trypsin ; chemotrypsin being proteins get digested and broken down in to individual Amino Acids before being absorbed from the gut. So in terms of safety, there are no concerns. However, i don't think they have any value of health benefit as nutritional supplements. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of an mmpi? And how do you interprit the results?

MMPI: The benefits of the mmpi compared to other personality inventories is that it has lie and fake scale. This can help to determine if the patient is faking or manipulating in their stance towards the testing. In addition the mmpi is validated with 100's of thousands of patients worldwide. Certain profile scores can help detect challenging personality types like borderline, i.e., "gull wing" scatter. ...Read more

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How can I manage my anger at work?

How can I manage my anger at work?

Anger management: It is important to first have a medical evaluation to rule out a medical cause for your anger (e.g. Temporal lobe dysfunction). If there isn't a medical reason, then the following psychological techniques may be helpful: reframing, relaxation techniques including deep breathing, progressive muscle relatxation, and assertiveness training. These are a few things that can help. ...Read more

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Which is more effective: a lumpectomy or a mastectomy?

Which is more effective: a lumpectomy or a mastectomy?

Agree with others: I agree with my colleagues. I want to add that if you choose a lumpectomy, you must get radiation in order for the lumpectomy option to (almost) equal a mastectomy alone. Be sure you discuss your options with your oncology team (surgeon, medical & radiation). If you have addition concerns, a 2nd opinion may give another perspective. ...Read more

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