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Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Does kleptomania occur more in children or in adults?

Does kleptomania occur more in children or in adults?

Adults: It is more common for children to take things, but the full blown diagnosis of kleptomania is more common in adults. ...Read more

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Is being bald or losing hair hereditary in males? Females?

Is being bald or losing hair hereditary in males? Females?

Yes: Both graying and baldness are mostly genetic- ask your older relatives when they lost their hair or started graying. Sometimes, medical illness or certain stressors or medical treatments(like chemo) are the cause. Male pattern baldness is carried by the females- so it is possible to have a bald father and sons with full heads of hair. Women can also have male pattern baldness. ...Read more

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What percentage of young adults in america have pingueculas in their eyes?

What percentage of young adults in america have pingueculas in their eyes?

High percentage: Pingueclua are a normal response to wind, dust and uv light. They are the eyes defense in the middle years to these external forces. They have no symptoms and are usually unnoticed. Many are small enough that they can only be seen with a medical microscope. Almost all young adults have some degree of pinguecula even if not obvious in a mirror. ...Read more

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Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

No: There is no association between older parents and learning disabilities. Although, older mom's are more likely to have babies with down syndrome. And, there is emerging evidence that older fathers maybe at risk to have children with autism. Both of which, may have learning problems. ...Read more

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Can starvation in children prevent growth of adult teeth?

Can starvation in children prevent growth of adult teeth?

Sure: Starvation can cause many developmental problems. I am curious as to why you ask about starvation. ...Read more

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Depression in children common?

Depression in children common?

No But Not Rare: Depression in childhood, at least of a severity that requires treatment, is not common (maybe 3-5% of the population). At the same time, this becomes a pretty large numbr when you start looking at groups of children. Also, depression is much more common among certain groups of kids - those with chronic medical illness, or children who have been abused. ...Read more

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Can schizophrenia occur in a young child?

Can schizophrenia occur in a young child?

Yes, but rarely does: For reasons still poorly understood, schizophrenia is relatively rare until after puberty, but there are well-described cases in children as young as 4 years old. Aftter puberty, the risk rises, with the peak risk at 18-20. Research suggests this is related to major changes in brain architecture that occurs during puberty, but we still do not understand what causes the disorder. ...Read more

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What causes blindness in children in africa?

What causes blindness in children in africa?

Vit A deficiency,etc: Children in africa can be blinded by vitamin a deficiency, onchocerciasis, sometimes malaria, trachoma, injuries, congenital defects some of which might be corrected in a first world country like cataracts at birth, glaucoma, uveitis and a host of other conditions. ...Read more

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Why is eczema mainly found in young children?

Why is eczema mainly found in young children?

Good question: It is felt that this is a genetic condition realated to the early exposure of antigens in this population. As time passes and the body becomes more tolerant to the environment it tends to be mitigated in nearly 3/4 of involved patients. ...Read more

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Is depression common in children and teens?

Is depression common in children and teens?

Yes: http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/health4.asp http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/statistics/1mdd_child.Shtml. Sx might differ in children and adolescents. In younger children depression might manifest as somatic complaints (headaches, tummy aches, school- and separation anxiety). In adolesecents, it's more complicated, given their developmental stages (more behavioral acting out, irritability). ...Read more

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Any good treatments for receeding hair line in women whose male ancestors had baldness?

Any good treatments for receeding hair line in women whose male ancestors had baldness?

Rogaine (minoxidil): Is helpful to prevent future hair loss. Some people get substantial improvements in hair density, but even if you don't gain hair, it is effective at preventing or slowing future hair loss. Follow the directions on the package. ...Read more

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Does androgenic alopecia run in everybody in the family, or are some guys spared?

Does androgenic alopecia run in everybody in the family, or are some guys spared?

May be spared: The genes associated with increased risk of getting androgenic alopecia are primarily passed by your mother via one of her 2 x chromosomes or by one of her 2 chromosome #3. Therefore, brothers have 50 percent chance of getting the same chromosome. However, there is also an increased risk (about 2.5 x) of baldness derived from the father's y chromosome and/or chromosome #3. ...Read more

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What are the solution for male pattern baldness in teenage?

What are the solution for male pattern baldness in teenage?

Baldness: This is unusual in a teenager and I would suggest he gets a physical to be sure there is not an endocrine problem with his hormones. ...Read more

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Is saw palmetto safe for younger men in their early twenties?

Yes but why?: What symptoms are you having that make you think you need to take saw palmetto? Saw palmetto has traditionally been used for enlarged prostate in older men. Studies have shown it to be ineffective at treating urinary problems in this group. Saw palmetto is safe for you to take but i would not waste my money on it. I would advise seeing your md. ...Read more

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Can mutations in certain grandparents cause Asperger syndrome in grandchildren?

Can mutations in certain grandparents cause Asperger syndrome in grandchildren?

Possible: Certainly there are genetic tendencies, but they are not commercially available to test. And even if there is a family history there is no way to know for sure that that gene trait will be passed. Some genetic abnormalities are spontaneous mutations. ...Read more

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Fainting and vomiting in male children at 10years?

Fainting and vomiting in  male children at 10years?

Fainting & vomiting : Your child should be evaluated by a neurologist, if you can't get an appointment soon, take him to E R. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can juvenile arthritis in children cause CKD in adulthood?

Can juvenile arthritis in children cause CKD in adulthood?

No: You need to look for another cause of your chronic kidney disease (I'm going to assume that is what CKD means). Remember that nowadays, with the fad for subscientific estimates of renal function, many athletic men are overdiagnosed just because their muscles produce extra creatinine. Painkillers for JRA can also impair kidney function, usually reversibly. Insist on a real diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more


Dr. Alan Bauman
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