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Low-level ionizing radiation from noninvasive cardiac imaging: can we extrapolate estimated risks from epidemiologic data to the clinical setting?
extrapolation: Your question remains a subject of controversy today. We assume that total exposure to ionizing radiation is a correlate of risk of complications from all kinds of testing exposures. This is why we try and limit radiation testing procedures to use when the data is really needed in decision making. ...Read more
Yes, depends on doc!: Morcellation is only needed if a uterus is larger than a certain size. Usually the uterus can be removed INTACT using laparoscopic or vaginal techniques through a temporary opening in the vagina. If your surgeon is sufficiently skilled, this can be done WITHOUT a hospital stay! A subtotal hysterectomy (where the cervix is left in) DOES require morcellation. There is no advantage to this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clarivein (better?) vs. Venefit since: simplified access, no tumescence, no concern nerve damage(no rf), but need avoidance of catching of vein wall?
No in most instances: If you are looking for a method of vein treatment with no tumescence & minimizing nerve damage risk, I prefer Venaseal vein glue . . . it is superior to the clarivein device. Yes, with clarivein there is some risk of catching the vein wall & the catheter no longer spinning properly. In above knee anatomy I prefer venefit over clarivein. In below the knee anatomy prefer Venaseal to avoid nerves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which universities (except Wake Forest Uni) do scientific studies to regenerate bladder by using stem cell to transplant into patients?
Please see details: Memorial Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson, University of Iowa, & University of CA, SF ...Read more
Filler: Go to a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. ...Read more
Can lab technician infect anyone with HIV during blood drawing procedure by using infected needle?
Maybe in the...: Maybe in the movies or mystery novels. In real life, no lab technician is walking around with an HIV-infected needle waiting to use it on somebody else. Safety protocols are followed every time, all the time. That means needles are single-use, and a lab technician need not take a single step while holding a used needle, because he or she always has a needle-disposal container right there. ...Read more
Varicose veins: is the venefit targeted endovenous therapy procedure taking the place of vnus closure system or are they two different companies?
Same company: Vnus closure was the first company, using three prong catheter heating up to 85 degrees c. This company was bought out by covidien, and the updated catheter heats up 7 cm tip 120 degrees c. Covidien recently changed procedure name to venefit to suit themselves. The vnus closurefast procedure(old name) is the same as venefit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do ambulance services stock or carry antivenins such as crotalidae polyvalent immune fab (corfab)?
No, not at all: antivenins are extremely expensive and require special care / handling. They are stored at regional Poison Control Centers--and when a call comes in (usually from ER) about subject with exposure, the antivenin in cabbed to them ASAP. ...Read more
Which is least invasive of rf procedures for the patient, re: venefit targeted endovenous therapy vs. Vnus closure system for varicose veins?
Can cancer or other diseases live in cremains, after cremation? I've heard bovine spongiform encephalopathy prions are said too. Anything else?
No: extreme tempertures during cremation would defiantely kill prions. ...Read more
Hard to say: Some studies have quoted mortality from neuroinvasive cases of wnv ~5%, but this must be a huge overestimate. Maybe 3 in 1000 of all cases are severe (or neuroinvasive), so you might guess less than 1 in 5000 cases die. Most of the deaths appear to come in the elderly, chronically ill or immunosuppressed. Treatment is mainly supportive (including intubation & ventilation in severe cases). ...Read more
No: Radiation risk is a population based item. There is good data on the radiation dosage and the likelihood a radiation induced disease including cancer. But the chance for each individual is quite variable and can be estimated in a general sense but not for a specific person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See answer: Ethics= society norms vs fair and just for all parties? Surrogate pregnancies or gestational carriers are used when the uterus of the biological mother is absent on unable to carry a pregnancy. Also when the mother has an illness that does not alloww her to carry a pregnancy. Pregnancy is a physical risk to the carrier so she should be at low risk and be aware of the psychological effect. ...Read more
Yes, it can : The common cold is just one example, among many. The good news is that most of the diseases that are spread are not too serious and cause temp illness. Wash your hands with soap before eating and or contacting your hands to your face or mouth. Note that alcohol does not always destroy all viruses -- norwalk virus, which causes gastroenteritis, is not always destroyed by alcohol and requires soap. ...Read more