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Dr. Harinder Gill
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Biological Weapons (Overview)

Biological weapons is a term for infectious diseases being used as weapons to disable, hurt, or kill others.


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Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Probably: The soviet union had a well paid biological weapons development department there is little reason to assume that the break up of the communist system meant the elimination of these programs. The current government is unlikely to publicize such efforts. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
6 Doctors shared insights

Biological Weapons (Overview)

Biological weapons is a term for infectious diseases being used as weapons to disable, hurt, or kill others.


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Should I carry mask in middle east in case of biological weapons?

Should I carry mask in middle east in case of biological weapons?

No: Doubt it would have any benefit against a weaponized biological agent or a neurotoxin. You would need a biohazard set up or specialized mask to work. Thankfully the chance of such an attack is exceedingly small unless you plan on traveling into syria which would be a foolish idea. ...Read more

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Is there an occupation developing viral/biological weapons?

Is there an occupation developing viral/biological weapons?

Of course: In countries with advanced capabilities, this is certainly going on all of the time both for offensive and defensive purposes. Few are likely to publicize or discuss these activities; they remain seriously controlled state secrets. ...Read more

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Who has chemical weapons.?

Who has chemical weapons.?

Assume many do: If any government or crackpot group were to use chemical weapons on their enemies today, the full wrath of all the civilized nations and most of the not-very-civilized nations would come down on them. A single kook could spray a bus with phosgene or a nut cult could kill a few dozen people in a city. These people are crazy but not stupid and realize that this would be self-defeating. ...Read more

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If chemical weapons are all arround us does it mean it's all over?

No: Anyone who would use them on an outside enemy today would bring down the fury of every civilized and almost every not-so-civilized nation. A single kook could spray a bus with phosgene, or a terrorist cell could deploy them in a city at any time and kill at least a few dozen people. But the bad guys know this would self-defeating & I think this is why we haven't seen it. ...Read more

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If there's a shooter, and I know where a weapon is, should I get it?

If there's a shooter, and I know where a weapon is, should I get it?

Quick decisions: In an active-shooter scenario, grab a weapon only if convenient. If you happen to see a sharp object you can carry while running, grab it. Do not waste time looking for one of these when you could be running. This is only for a worse-case scenario when you are unable to escape the shooters. ...Read more

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What can be used as a weapon in a typical workplace, if there's a shooter inside?

What can be used as a weapon in a typical workplace, if there's a shooter inside?

Look around the room: Look around the room where you're hiding and find anything that you can use as a weapon. It can be a stapler or sharp scissors you find in the teacher's desk, the hot coffee in the kitchen of your office, or anything that is sharp, heavy, or made of glass. Even small thrown objects can delay a gunman if a large group of people work together. ...Read more

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What should I do if a student or coworker talks about shooting people or bringing a weapon to school or work?

Remain alert: Report any suspicious activity. You may prevent a disaster by doing so. Many shooters often announce their plans ahead of schedule. Do not take their behavior lightly or as a joke. ...Read more

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Intrusive thoughts, feeling fear for no reason, avoiding places with weapons, waking up at 4 am everyday feeling wired. What could this be?

Intrusive thoughts, feeling fear for no reason, avoiding places with weapons, waking up at 4 am everyday feeling wired. What could this be?

PTSD?: What you are describing are possible symptoms of a trauma disorder. Was there a trauma in the past in which weapons may have been involved? ...Read more

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Fantasy setting without penicillin. Wound with a dirty weapon, doesn't get cleaned until the next day. How long can patient be coherent under care?

Fantasy setting without penicillin. Wound with a dirty weapon, doesn't get cleaned until the next day. How long can patient be coherent under care?

Clean: Hopefully had tetanus toxoid!
clean, keep edges open to drain, soak with peroxide and or warm clean water, see a doctor or corpsman!
there is antibiotic in afghan. ...Read more

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Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam

Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam

Teach: We need to teach our teens that alerting responsible people about dangerous potential is the responsible, safe thing to do. And is not "ratting" on your friends. This is a change to generations of teenage behavior. ...Read more

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Can the HIV virus have originated from human experiments with chemical weapons.?

Can the HIV virus have originated from human experiments with chemical weapons.?

No: Hiv is a virus and humans could not have created it with chemicals. It likely spread from primates to humans. ...Read more

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Does anyone know or treat a patient with aggressive thyroid cancer that lived on a navy weapons station? I lived on nuclear base. Curious of exposure?

Does anyone know or treat a patient with aggressive thyroid cancer that lived on a navy weapons station? I lived on nuclear base. Curious of exposure?

YES!: Radiation exposure is the only known environmental cause of thyroid cancer. The thyroid is very sensitive to radiation. People who have lived near nuclear reactor disasters have high rates of developing thyroid cancer. That being said, the type of thyroid cancer that develops is usually a less-aggressive type called papillary thyroid cancer. Radiation exposure likely contributed to your cancer. ...Read more

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I'm in color guard and had hit my thumb spinning weapon. Its has been 8 hours and the pain hasn't decreased. There's a bruise and is swollen. Sprained?

I'm in color guard and had hit my thumb spinning weapon. Its has been 8 hours and the pain hasn't decreased. There's a bruise and is swollen. Sprained?

Likely: Try ice pack and NSAID to see if they help. It may take a few weeks for you to fully recover. The pain and swelling may get worse in the next 48 hrs. But if it continues to get worse after that period, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Besides bioterrorism, what natural ways may I contract smallpox?

Besides bioterrorism, what natural ways may I contract smallpox?

You won't: The last case of smallpox in the wild was found in samolia in 1977. Since it is only passed human to human, you have no source for natural spread. The world health organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1979 after offering a world bounty for 2 years for anyone finding another case. ...Read more

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Are the main sources of smallpox in modern times likely bioterrorism?

Are the main sources of smallpox in modern times likely bioterrorism?

Essentially none: Unless another poxvirus such as monkeypox mutates to be way more virulent. ...Read more

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Besides bioterrorism, what is the most likely cause of infection?

Besides bioterrorism, what is the most likely cause of infection?

Bioterrorism is rare: Please send your question to healthtap again, but add some details to help us answer you concerns. Thanks! ...Read more

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I am worried about bioterrorism, where can I find the smallpox vaccine?

No: Not currently. There was a volunteer vaccination program in the usa in 2003. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have bad adverse reactions to the smallpox vaccine if the government gives it out for bioterrorism?

Yes: There is a very small, but real risk to this vaccine of developing a fatal case of smallpox from the vaccine. But in an epidemic situation, this risk is far less than naturally becoming sick. Hopefully this scenario will never occur. ...Read more

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What are biological changes in pregnancy?

What are biological changes in pregnancy?

Many: Pregnancy has biological changes on almost every organ system of the body. Some of the more common include a slowing in bowel function, increased urinary frequency, increased body hair, changes in skin, changes in senses (taste, smell), increased melanin production & a variety of other effects. ...Read more

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What is the biological cause of muscular dystrophy?

What is the biological cause of muscular dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophies: Are a group of inherited neuromuscular disorders. Of the 9 major types & > 100 related disorders, each is caused by a specific mutant gene or genes. Some are inherited in an X-linked recessive pattern from a carrier mother; others are autosomal dominant, meaning each child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inheriting it. Please specify the type to know the specific genetic defect. ...Read more

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Why is laughing healthy, from a biological perspective?

Why is laughing healthy, from a biological perspective?

See below:: In the last few decades, researchers have studied laughter's effects on the body. Biologically it affects us via: blood flow; immune response; blood sugar levels; relaxation and sleep. Some feel laughter boosts our energy too. ...Read more

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What are the effects of injecting biological adrenaline?

What are the effects of injecting biological adrenaline?

Palpatations: Norepinephrine (adrenaline) increases heart rate and blood pressure. It will also constrict the vessels in the legs, arms and to the intestines causing leg and arm coolness and sometimes severly decreasing perfusion (circulation) to these arteries. ...Read more

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What causes elevation of biological markers CEA and ca 15-3?

What causes elevation of biological markers CEA and ca 15-3?

Tumor/ inflammation: These are not ideal biomarkers because they are not specific for cancer. CEA of Gold first thought to be good cancer marker elevated if one smokes or takes an enema. CA 15.3 elevated in some ovarian cancers but also in cirrhosis of the liver. Neither define a specific immunogenic tumor protein. and should not used for diagnosis of cancer Best used for monitoring. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: biological therapy?

What is the definition or description of: biological therapy?

Biological therapy: Biological therapy means treatment with agents that are natural biologic products (such as antibodies from other species, etc.). The new drugs like Humira (adalimumab) (that are constantly advertised on tv) are examples; these are usually used for immune caused diseases like ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, etc. ...Read more