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Any health benefits to donating blood?

Any health benefits to donating blood?

Yes: There have been a few studies suggesting people who regularly donate blood have a decrease occurrence of heart disease. While unsure of direct causal relationship, there is definitely a relationship between the two and it may have to do with iron turnover and red blood cell production. Some people have med conditions that will be directly aided by this, such as hemachromatosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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Does sedation for colonoscopy pose any risks for someone with brain damage?

Does sedation for colonoscopy pose any risks for someone with brain damage?

not usually, but: During procedure, no issue, but as sedation wears off, could see more confusion and disorientation which would be quite transient. Very rarely, could encounter brief delirium. All is easily handled by selection of agent for conscious sedation. Discuss fully with your doctor, and avoid complications. ...Read more

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What negative health consequences are associated with cancer radiation and/or cancer surgery?

What negative health consequences are associated with cancer radiation and/or cancer surgery?

Depends on type.: Cancer treatment is usually divided into local (the organ where the cancer started) and systemic (the rest of the body) therapy. Both surgery and radiation therapy are local rx's--their side effects are dependent on which organ is being treated. Which specific cancer type are you referring to? ...Read more

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Are there health risks from having 3 CT scans before the age of 16?

Are there health risks from having 3 CT scans before the age of 16?

Minimal: You didn't say if you are female or male or what part if your body was scanned. Radiation to the thyroid area, breasts, eyes, or ovaries if repeated multiple times over many years carry a small but statiscally increased risk of radiation induced tissue damage. 3 scans by themselves should not cause you to worry, but be aware that you want to limit your exposure to radiation. ...Read more

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What are the health risks for sedation? Are there long term health risks due to heavy sedation?

What are the health risks for sedation? Are there long term health risks due to heavy sedation?

Short term : Risks include hypotension and respiratory depression. You should be properly monitored and the medication should be administered by a dedicated, well trained physician. The only long term risks relate directly to complications experienced during the procedure. ...Read more

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What health risks are associated with radon exposure?

What health risks are associated with radon exposure?

There may be some: Radon is sometimes blamed as the cause for lung Cancer. But it is not a proven cause. You can get your home Radon level checked if you are concerned. Most houses do not have this problem. Why do you have this concern?? ...Read more

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General health checkup?

Yes: At least every other year in your age group, to be sure nothing creeping up on you, std/diet/ general health education and answer any question youhave. ...Read more

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Cost of CT scan without health insurance? Any options for me?

Cost of CT scan without health insurance? Any options for me?

Depending: Depending on the type of ct scan ordered, they can cost several thousand dollars. But the costs vary widely from place to place, so it would be good to shop around your area and ask each site what they charge for the scan you are considering. You would typically have 2 separate bills: one for the scan itself and a separate bill for the interpretation. The interpretation bill is much smaller. ...Read more

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Does fishing have any health benefits?

Does fishing have any health benefits?

Absolutely: Yup. Many of the men that i treat for ptsd, fish. It allows them to have quiet time & to relax. They usually go to isolated places where they have alone time or they can go with buddies. It is quieting & they feel safe. Eating the catch of the day might enhance health as well. ...Read more

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Anyone had your employer health care plan deny dental benefits?

Anyone had  your employer health care plan deny dental benefits?

Dental benefits: Dental benefits are something negotiated by your company and a insurance company. They decide which procedures will or will not be covered and what percentage of the dentists fee they will cover. Every plan is different. Contact your company representative to discuss all your benefits that you are paying for. ...Read more

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Do you recommend daily baby aspirin for colon and/or preventive for skin cancer issues if I'm 66, no heart issues, recent benign colon polyp? Thanks!

Do you recommend daily baby aspirin for colon and/or preventive for skin cancer issues if I'm 66, no heart issues, recent benign colon polyp?  Thanks!

No need : This is unlikely to help, but probably won't hurt. Use your judgment, and dis is with your primary care provider that you have a relationship with. There could be other reasons to do this as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Health benefits for nipple play?

Health benefits for nipple play?

None: This won't effect your physical health unless you are in some way causing damage to the skin of the nipple risking infections. ...Read more

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What increases risk for oral health problems?

What increases  risk for oral health problems?

See below: Poor oral hygiene, not brushing teeth, not receiving dental care, and lack of Fluoride in water. Too many sugary snacks and drinks. Certainly, in adults, chewing tobacco. ...Read more

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What health screening methods can reduce colorectal cancer?

What health screening methods can reduce colorectal cancer?

Polyp detection and: Removal. Almost all colon cancers arise in polyps and colonoscopy is the best method for detection of polyps as well as colon cancers. Other methods are testing for occult blood in stool, barium enema and 3d ct scans. ...Read more

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I have smoked for 4-5 years. Health risks?

I have smoked for 4-5 years. Health risks?

Yes: Smoke contains an uncounted number of toxins and damaging substances. Your lungs especially, and your body as well has to accomodate your putting them inside in the form of smoke. It will take several years for your health risk to approach normal after smoking for 4-5 years. ...Read more

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What health risks increase after nightfall?

What health risks increase after nightfall?

None. It's healthy.: "Nightfall" is a euphemism for nocturnal emissions, a man having an ejaculation while he's asleep from rubbing his pajamas, bedclothes, etc. It's healthy and normal and it's something you should enjoy. It's certain to happen unless you ejaculate during the day fairly often by whatever means. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong and may well be trying to manipulate you by phony fears. ...Read more

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What health benefits are associated with smoking?

There are None: There are no known health benifits of smoking tobacco products & smoking anything else is debateable except that there is some evidence that smoking pot does decrease the side-effects of some anti-cancer treatments. Smoking causes a wide range of problems from copd, emphysema, oral cancer, to lung cancer. ...Read more