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Can you have a vaccine to prevent mitochondrial disease?

Can you have a vaccine to prevent mitochondrial disease?

No: There are no vaccines that actually prevent mitochondrial disease, but the vaccines can prevent infections that can trigger serious flareups of mitochondrial disease. ...Read more

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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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Is there a certain age you have to be before you can get celiac's disease?

Is there a certain age you have to be before you can get celiac's disease?

Probably: Newborns have a crude, immature immune system which likely needs to mature enough to have the reactivity of celiac disease.However, we do see well developed food allergies and intolerances in kids as early as 6 mo or so & this is strong evidence that some could develop it this early. The symptoms are so vague that many are not accurately diagnosed for years.Toddlers do get it. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine you can get to prevent cholera?

Is there a vaccine you can get to prevent cholera?

Yes - Vaxchora: was approved in 2016. “The FDA recently approved a single-dose live oral cholera vaccine called Vaxchora (lyophilized CVD 103-HgR) in the United States. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to approve the vaccine for adults 18 – 64 years old who are traveling to an area of active cholera transmission.” REF: https://www.cdc.gov/cholera/vaccines.html. ...Read more

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How could you catch a disease that dtap is supposed to prevent?

How could you catch a disease that dtap is supposed to prevent?

See below: With time, the immunity provided from the vaccine can decrease. Also the effectiveness of the dtap vaccine varies from 50 to 90 percent. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many of the population need to be vaccinated against a disease for it to be useful?

Can you let me know how many of the population need to be vaccinated against a disease for it to be useful?

Pain/ suffering: This is not being answered by an epidemiologist or by an infectious disease specialist. This is being answered by a person. I believe alleviating one person's suffering is beneficial. If i can stop one heart from breaking, i shall not live in vain; if i can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, i shall not live in vain. ...Read more

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Do you usually have to be diagnosed with heart disease to have a heart attack or you can have one if you have risk factors?

Do you usually have to be diagnosed with heart disease to have a heart attack or you can have one if you have risk factors?

Can have if (+) risk: Many patient with heart attack have no history of heart disease. The more risk factors you have the more your risk: (+)Family history of heart attack in a male age 55 or younger or female by age 65 or younger. (+)Tobacco smoking (+)Diabetes (+)High cholesterol or triglycerides (+)Lack of exercise (+)Obesity (+)High Blood Pressure (+)being a male over 45 years old or female over 55 years ...Read more

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If I have the gene for sickle cell disease, is it possible to not get the actual disease?

If I have the gene for sickle cell disease, is it possible to not get the actual disease?

Yes: One copy of the beta-globin gene mutation causing sickle hemoglobin is called sickle trait--the other normal copy (most genes are paired) makes sufficient normal globin to prevent disease. If you as a person with sickle trait (carrier of sickle cell disease) marry someone with sickle trait, then you have a 25% chance to have a child with sickle cell disease with each pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can you get a vaccination to prevent pneumonia?

Can you get a vaccination to prevent pneumonia?

No single shot fix: Pneumonia can be caused by dozens of viruses, bacteria, fungi, inhaled chemicals, etc. There is no single shot that can prevent all forms of pneumonia. The Pneumovax is a shot that can help a person build some immunity to many strains of a common pneumonia germ. It is often recommended to older patients whose immune system can benefit from a boost. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in future will we be able to control cholesterol by bacteria, for prevention of heart disease?

Can you tell me in future will we be able to control cholesterol by bacteria, for prevention of heart disease?

Not likely: There are no current studies looking at bacteria or it's products in treating high cholesterol.However in the near future instead of pills people with the familial disease causing very high cholesterol will be getting shots once or twice a month using antibodies to a protein that binds to the cholesterol receptor. It is called PCSK9 ...Read more

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Can you tell me how have humans evolved to develop strategies (systems,etc.) that protect against infectious disease?

Can you tell me how have humans evolved to develop strategies (systems,etc.) that protect against infectious disease?

Highly sophisticated: Thankfully the way God made us -we have immune systems that operate on multiple levels. We can trace back these systems to the earliest life forms -fever, in itself, is one of the most primitive defenses. Just by 'turning up the heat' it makes it harder for germs to survive within us. Then there are systems in the blood (complement), specialized cells - B cells/T cells, specialized organs. Amazing ...Read more

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Can you get a brain disease as a child, or do you have to be born with it?

Can you get a brain disease as a child, or do you have to be born with it?

Brain diseases: There are a variety of brain disease. There are infections acquired during pregnancy that can produce congenital brain damage; there are genetic disease and disorders of development that keep the brain from forming normally (like hydrocephalus, encephalocele, etc.), which are obvious at birth, there are genetic diseases present at birth that do not manifest till later in the 1st or 2nd year. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person has an autoimmune disease, wouldn't they be immune to aids?

Can you tell me if a person has an autoimmune disease, wouldn't they be immune to aids?

Autoimmune: That is not true at all. An autoimmune disease is when your immune system is attacking your own tissues, not recognizing you as you. That definitely would not prevent you from getting AIDS or anything else. ...Read more

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I have become prone to fungal & viral infection. Can you suggest which type of immunity test should be done to check immunity strength like igg1, etc.

I have become prone to fungal & viral infection. Can you suggest which type of immunity test should be done to check immunity strength like igg1, etc.

See Immunologist: As a generality, T-cell dysfunction (and not B-cell or lack of antibody production) could potentially lead to susceptibility for viral and fungal infections. One might start by checking lymphocyte subpopulations and T-cell function as an initial work-up. ...Read more

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When you develop a viral disease, how can you help your body to get rid of the disease?

When you develop a viral disease, how can you help your body to get rid of the disease?

Depends on the DZ.: For instance - if you had a wart caused by a virus that would be different from getting a cold or a gastrointestinal infection. Treat symptomatically. Hydrate, rest. Sometimes antiviral medications are prescribed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have thyroid cancer and a rare disease in which some doctors consider to be cancer, adult multi system lch?

What to do if I have thyroid cancer and a rare disease in which some doctors consider to be cancer, adult multi system lch?

Not sure: What you are describing, but there are syndromes where you can get multiple neoplasms of different endocrine glands. This is a complicated question best meant for your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Mitochondrial Disorder (Definition)

defect. Small organelles in the cells responsible for generation of energy required for metabolism may malfunction due to mutations in the genes. The most common manifestation involves abnormality in the function of the muscles, other systems may be affected depending on ...Read more


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 exposed to ...Read more