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Doctor insights on: Can Radiation From Holding A Laptop Cause Irreparable Damage To Your Lungs

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Does radiation from the back of my laptop cause health problems if place it on my belly when i'm in my bed?

Does radiation from the back of my laptop cause health problems if place it on my  belly when i'm in my bed?

Radiation: Your laptop, like your cell phone, radio, television, etc, radiates radiation in all directions at once. The "strength" of the radiation drops dramatically, the further away you get from the source of the radiation. It shouldn't really be an issue for you. You get greater radiation exposure when you go out in the sun than you do from most modern electronic devices. ...Read more

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Can heat radiation from your laptop/ laptop keyboard cause skin cancer on your hands?

Can heat radiation from your laptop/ laptop keyboard cause skin cancer on your hands?

None of these: This radiation is not of a wavelength capable of damaging the genes, which is what causes cancer. There are scare websites that will try to deceive you. They are crooks. Life is too difficult already without this. ...Read more

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Does leaning on the same side on your bed whilst using a laptop cause breast cancer? I'm worried about the radiation from my computer

Does leaning on the same side on your bed whilst using a laptop cause breast cancer? I'm worried about the radiation from my computer

That's rubbish: I'm really sorry that there are so many lies on the internet. People simply make this stuff up as pranks or to pose as "your friends who are telling you what you doctor won't" and sell you stuff you don't need. The radiation given off by your computer isn't the kind that mutates genes or causes cancer. You, yourself, give off the same radiation. Stop reading this stuff. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can chemo or radiation for lung cancer cause brain damage?

Can chemo or radiation for lung cancer cause brain damage?

Chemo brain: Chemo brain has been studied fairly well and in fact at this past years national conference a seminal study was presented that notes that chemo brain can begin even before a patient has received any chemotherapy. Thus the cognitive impairment begins from the traumatic stress caused by the diagnosis and hearing the words chemotherapy and cancer. This is a form of ptsd. Some ctx makes it worse. ...Read more

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How long does the nausea side effect from radiation treatment for lung cancer last?   how do you tell if nausea is caused by radiation or tarceva (erlotinib)?

How long does the nausea side effect from radiation treatment for lung cancer last?   how do you tell if nausea is caused by radiation or tarceva (erlotinib)?

Not from radiation: Most lung cancer treated with radiation does not cause nausea unless the fields are large and on the left bottom part of the lung overlaps the stomach. Chemo is systemic and more likely the cause of the nausea. Lung cancer can easily go to the brain and the presenting sign can be nausea so make sure a brain scan was negative. ...Read more

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Could radiation treatments for breast cancer cause scar tissue in the lungs?

Could radiation treatments for breast cancer cause scar tissue in the lungs?

Yes: This was a more common occurrence before modern tangential fields that avoid the lung. However, if the lung receives significant radiation, then pulmonary fibrosis can develop. ...Read more

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Today i'm having more productive cough due to the pulmonary fibrosis which was caused by the lung radiation. Can you help me in getting this under control without a hospital stay?

Today i'm having more productive cough due to the pulmonary fibrosis which was caused by the lung radiation. Can you help me in getting this  under control without a hospital stay?

Call your doctor: If this is really purely due to the radiation pneumonitis, Prednisone may help (as outpatient). You would want to be sure there is no concomitant infection or any other problem. Your doctor should be able to help you with this. ...Read more

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By mistake, I jammed the corner of my laptop into the left side of my chest fairly hard.How likely is it I caused a cardiac injury or commotio cordis?

By mistake, I jammed the corner of my laptop into the left side of my chest fairly hard.How likely is it I caused a cardiac injury or commotio cordis?

Very Very Unlikely: Hi Savannah, I doubt you did any injury at all to your heart as it requires significant force to cause cardiac injury such as getting into a car accident. Any pain you may feel now is from injuring the overlying skin, muscle and rib cage. If you are still concerned, it is always reasonable to get a check up from your primary care doctor or schedule a health tap consult. ...Read more

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I slept on my phone last night. It was under me when i woke up, near shoulder & chest. Did i get bad radiation from it?! will i be ok? Cause cancer?

I slept on my phone last night. It was under  me when i woke up, near shoulder & chest. Did i get bad radiation from it?! will i be ok? Cause cancer?

No worries: Phone has no radiation risk to humans. So i would not worry about all that you are concerned about in terms of risk of cancer. You should live a healthy lifestyle(keep weight normal and avoid fast foods and focus on eating healthy, plant-based foods with limited use of meats in your diet) and quit worrying about cancer. ...Read more

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I've had a vcug, cat scan and chest/back/spine x-rays. Can the radiation from tests cause cancer?

All radiation: It is dose related and dependent on whether it is ionizing (alpha or beta rays), or non-ionizing (gamma and x-rays). Very slight increases in cancer occur in people with many x-rays. ...Read more

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Is putting a lap top on your chest or stomach harmful to your organs or heart cause of the radiation? And does putting a pillow under it fix it?

Great question: As far as i'm aware there's no consensus yet on the effects of radiation from laptops, cell phones, ipods, ipads, nooks, computers etc. On the human condition. Lots of theories and speculation but nothing firm. My guess is that if there is harmful radiation emitted from these devices that a pillow is of no use unless the feathers are made out of lead! may the race glow in good health! ...Read more

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I had one chest CT with 4.8msv dose, is it too much radiation? Will it cause cancer years later? I am worried about cancer risk. Please help!

I had one chest CT with 4.8msv dose, is it too much radiation? Will it cause cancer years later? I am worried about cancer risk. Please help!

Stop worrying buddy: Pilots get an extra 3 mSV every year and nobody's shown an increased cancer risk. Be thankful for good health and the technology that will detect serious disease while it's treatable. ...Read more

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6mnoths ago I did Xray for kyphosis Now doc asked for chest Xray for enlargement nodes I'm afraid of this amount of radiation Can it cause cancer?

6mnoths ago I did Xray for kyphosis
Now doc asked for chest Xray for enlargement nodes
I'm afraid of this amount of radiation
Can it cause cancer?

Unlikely: Any radiation poses a small risk, however that theoretical risk needs to be balanced against the medical need to assess your current health issue. One additional x-ray is not likely to alter your risk for cancer. ...Read more

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I'm 20 year old unmarried female i got a chest xray done first time can d xray radiation cause infertility or cancer? Wat r d side effects? Plz rply

I'm 20 year old unmarried female i got a chest xray done  first time can d xray radiation cause infertility or cancer? Wat r d side effects? Plz rply

No problem: Hi. No, a chest X-ray will cause you no problem with infertility or cancer (or anything else). I see you're on TB drugs. Worry MUCH MORE about TB than the chest X-ray!!! Keep a perspective on risk!!! ...Read more

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more