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Can You Have A Vaccine To Prevent Mitochondrial Disease
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Hypochondriac: Please google hypochondriasis.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not really: use protection to avoid PID.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have thyroid cancer and a rare disease in which some doctors consider to be cancer, adult multi system lch?
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
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