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Alcohol And Epilepsy
Generally no: Alcohol is alcohol, and the same amount is present in a shot (1 1/2 oz) of 40% whiskey or other distilled spirits, 12 oz of beer or 5 oz of usual table wine. There are people who may be sensitive to the congeners in drinks, which give it color, taste, body etc, so a seizure may be more likely if they drink red wine than if they drink beer. Alcohol also interacts with drugs used to treat it. Dont. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Distilled: Gin, whiskey, etc are not harmful on occasional use. The most beneficial is wine. ...Read more
Yes: Legionella is bacteria that grows in warm stagnated water or moist envirnments. It has been known to colonize the hot water systems of buildings but has been more recently associated with poorly maintained hot tubs. Infection can lead to life-threatening pneumonia if not treated early but usually respond quickly to antibiotics. Check with your local health dept for more information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prone to drugs?: The same gene makes you prone to both drugs and alcohol. Kids of alcoholic, even if they do not become alcoholic, has the same gene their parents have, and can digest massive amount of booze while their friends can only take a limited amount. Cannot be alcoholic if no posession of genes that allow presence of massive amount of enzymes to digest big quantity of alcohol. Same with drugs! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are certain types of brain tumour more associated with headaches/headaches as initial symptom than others?
Certainly: If you have anxiety (which is fear of an unknown object or situation) a person who embodies the hidden feared situation can make it worse. Also, a non-supportive or critical partner can make almost anyone anxious, fearing that they are not "good enough.'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there certain types of illegal drugs that can cause early rheumatoid arthritis or bone deterioration more than others?
Sorta kinda: In low doses (1 standard drink=6 oz. 10% wine, 1 1/2 oz 40% distilled sprits=12 oz 6% beer) - 2 drinks/day for men, 1 drink/day for women and older men, and no more than 4 drinks on one occasion, alcohol may have a beneficial effect on raising the "good" cholesterol hdl. Red wines, with resveratrol, may have a slight edge, but so does red grape juice. Above that amount, it does more harm than good. ...Read more
In general, no: Alcohol is alcohol, and the brain just gets the pure stuff - the other things in the beverage that give it flavor and color dont play a role. 12 oz./beer has the same amount of ethyl alcohol as 5 oz/table wine and 1 1/2 oz/ distilled 80 proof spirits. Alcohol can itself cause seizures, addiction to alcohol will cause serious seizures if you stop drinking, alcohol interferes with seizure medicine. ...Read more
Are certain groups more susceptible to acute myeloid leukemia? Do some groups experience this disease differently than others?
On different types of antidepressants n tranquillisers for 8 years. Will these drugs cause brain damage, dementia or alzheimer's when taken long term?
Is there a particular type of antidepressant that tends to be more effective for dysthymia rather than more severe types of depression?
Actually, I have: Found that dysthymia doesn't always respond that well when the only treatment is medication. The best way to approach it is a combination of pharmacotherapy ; other treatments. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a powerful tool. If you haven't tried that - i recommend it. It allows you to challenge the thought processes that keep you depressed. Take care. ...Read more
Side Effects: Each individual is made up of a collection of DNA which codes for genes. The variation in these genes makes each individual unique. Some individuals may have an enzyme or not have an enzyme that works on a medication or substance in the body. This variation can cause someone to be more or less likely to experience side effects. ...Read more
History & labs: Of course if patient tells you they drink vs take/took Aspirin or tylenol, (acetaminophen) but also the liver function tests usually are initially elevated in different patterns between the two. If the damage progresses to failure, it becomes a moot point in short term critical care of patient. ...Read more
Not really: Vitamins are an essential requirement of normal body function. Any severe vitamin deficiency can have dire effects. The good news is that few americans have vitamin deficiencies other than vitamin d among those who get little sun exposure, and vitamin B12 among vegans and seniors. Avoid deficiencies by eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains and some wild salmon. ...Read more
Only the tobacco: That is neither smoked or ingested.Get a more detailed answer ›
Absolutely: The more bizarre the tumor (poorly differentiated or undifferentiated) the more aggressive it would be, as a rule. Now, every patient and their cancer has their own relationship, and there are no absolutes. Your oncologist and/or surgeon can discuss the behavior of your cancer, but it's hard to be specific. Good luck. ...Read more
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