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Can any docs elaborate about the treatment and prevention of hydrocephalus?

Can any docs elaborate about the treatment and prevention of hydrocephalus?

Read this monograph: I have discussed this question in detail on my own blog. Go to http://surgeonwriter.com/hydrolog/ and download the free monograph HYDROCEPHALUS: An Owner's Manual. It's free. This is written for the lay person. It's brief, interesting, and informative. It's not encyclopedic, but it will answer most of your questions. Enough anyway, so you will know what to ask your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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Can CMV be prevented with a vaccine?

Can CMV be prevented with a vaccine?

No: Currently, there is no effective, recommended vaccination for cytomegalovirus infections. ...Read more

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What are the medical reasons that prevent a person from taking vaccines?

What are the medical reasons  that prevent a person from taking vaccines?

A few: There are a few medical reasons not to receive vaccines, Some people have actual allergies to a component of a vaccine. (pretty rare). Also people with a suppressed immune system (from drugs or illness). Those with severe reactions to childhood vaccinations should probably not have repeat pertussis immunization which is the most likely cause. ...Read more

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Is it true that vaccines can cause the conditions they are supposed to prevent?

Is it true that vaccines can cause the conditions they are supposed to prevent?

No: Most vaccines are made of "killed" or inactivated components of the viruses or bacteria that cause a disease. Some vaccines are weakened "live virus" vaccines, which do actually give you a very mild form of these virues (like measles/mumps/rubella vaccine, chickenpox vaccine and rotavirus vaccine). The viruses are weakened so the do not cause severe illness but may cause a fever or a mild rash. ...Read more

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How do vaccines prevent disease?

How do vaccines prevent disease?

Building immunity: By injecting material that is identical to the stuff that makes up the shell a germ lives in, you can trigger the immune system to make an anti-body that will attack anything that tries to invade the body dressed in that shell. This can be made new in a lab or just by killing the germ & using the left over shell. ...Read more

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What diseases can be prevented with vaccines?

What diseases can be prevented with vaccines?

Vaccines: there are many diseases which are preventable with the use of vaccinations. Some which can be included in 400 characters: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza, strep pneumoniae, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, influenza, polio, human papilloma virus... to name a few. more info here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/france ...Read more

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Is there a good way to prevent pertusiss without a vaccine?

Is there a good way to prevent pertusiss without a vaccine?

Pertussis prevention: Without vaccination, the only prevention you can do is to stay away any adult any unvaccinated child who has a cough or by wearing a mask around them. ...Read more

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How are vaccines made that prevent diphtheria?

How are vaccines made that prevent diphtheria?

Inactive: All diptheria containing vaccines are inactive, meaning the infectious agent has been altered so that it cannot cause disease, but can stimulate an immune response. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if the virulent, ...Read more


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Hydrocephalus (Definition)

Hydrocephalus is a medical condition in which there is swelling of the brain and fluid build up in the skull. Symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, altered ...Read more