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Will high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight?

Will high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight?

Possibly: There is a condition known as retinopathy of prematurity that has been linked to oxygen supplementation in premature infants. Neonatologists are very aware of this condition and babies born prematurely are routinely monitored for evidence of this condition by ophthalmologists. Treatment, usually with laser therapy, is available to protect the developing retina if necessary. ...Read more

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Could low levels of dioxin kill you over time?

I wouldn't worry: Much of the concern of dioxin, which is not even a mutagen, is driven by the injustices and folly of the Vietnam war rather than any real science. Probably some people will disagree with me vehemently, but I'm aware of no syndrome of chronic low-level exposure, much less a lethal one. ...Read more

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II eat no more 20 carbs a day. My blood sugars have been in the 50's, 60's & 70's. Can low potassium cause low blood sugar readings or my carb intake?

II eat no more 20 carbs a day. My blood sugars have been in the 50's, 60's & 70's. Can low potassium cause low blood sugar readings or my carb intake?

It's lack of carbs: Why limit your carbs to 20g daily? Why are you checking your blood sugars? As you ought to know if you are doing this experiment, your body will eventually deplete its natural stores of glucose and eventually have impaired gluconeogenesis, leading to ketosis, a state that some seek for extreme weight loss, as fat is mobilized to provide alternative ketone-related energy. Be careful! Good luck ...Read more

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Can high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight in kids?

Can high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight in kids?

Story of 1960s: Premature infants who were exposed to excessive oxygen exhibited retinal damage called retrolental fibrodysplagia, leading even to blindness. Since 1970s, monitoring of blood oxygen level has been a standard procedure whenever infant received extra oxygen. However, some premature infants especially extreme preemies continue to develop same complication today, known as retinopathy of prematurity. ...Read more

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Could high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight?

Could high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight?

Prematurity: The classic issue with high oxygen in premature babies is the production of a condition termed retinopathy of prematurity (rop) in which abnormal blood vessels course across the retina, scar down and cause distortion and destruction of the retina. Facilities with incubators are well aware of this and run the course between survival needs for oxygen and retinal damage. ...Read more

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12 hour fast, glucose level- 110. About 95 in prior tests. Problem? Also does 1 glass of wine/day contribute to long term higher glucose levels?

12 hour fast, glucose level- 110.  About 95 in prior tests.  Problem?  Also does 1 glass of wine/day contribute to long term higher glucose levels?

Prediabetes: A fasting glucose of 100-125 is considered prediabetes. Another test to check your average glucose over 3 months is a hemoglobin A1C. Considering you have an impaired fasting glucose, this would be a good test to see where your average blood sugar levels are. At this stage, you have the potential to reverse your condition with diet and exercise. You're likely ok with 1 glass of wine. ...Read more

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I read that those with a high baseline WBC are more at risk of various cancers- true? Mine is always 8.5-10, high end normal range and differential.

I read that those with a high baseline WBC are more at risk of various cancers- true? Mine is always 8.5-10, high end  normal range and differential.

Possibly true.: There have been a few studies, mostly in older patients, which have shown an increase of certain cancers in patients who maintain a high white blood count. This is not a definitive finding, and the reason is unknown. It may mean that there is a link between chronic inflammation, which may affect the white blood count, and cancer formation. There will certainly be more studies in the future. ...Read more

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Can high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight? Can any docs explain?

Can high levels of oxygen in an incubator cause bad eye sight? Can any docs explain?

Yes: When this happens it is called 'retinopathy of prematurity'. There is a constant weighing of options for prematures between enough oxygen to sustain life and too much which can cause retinopathy. The oxygen causes abnormal vessels to grow in the back of the eye with retinal distortion and various degrees of loss of vision. ...Read more

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What conditions may cause the 2 hr postprandial glucose level become lower than the fasting level in sb with a family history of DM and Psoriasis?

What conditions may cause the 2 hr postprandial glucose level become lower than the fasting level in sb with a family history of DM and Psoriasis?

Obesity and: insulin resistance can lead to fasting hyperglycemia that can drop with an after meal excess insulin surge. Talk w/your doctor, and it you've overweight, get on a diet and exercise regimen. Also stop smoking. ...Read more

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What can the consequences of high blood sugar concentration be over time?

What can the consequences of high blood sugar concentration be over time?

Lots of problems: Diabetes is a bad disease. Control of sugar is key. Eye, nerve and kidney damage are more likely with poorly controlled sugar. There are now many ways to treat. ...Read more

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Was on high doses of ppi's now high gastrin levels, achlorhdria and gastroparesis - could they be linked?

Was on high doses of ppi's now high gastrin levels, achlorhdria and gastroparesis  - could they be linked?

Yes, mostly: The purpose of a PPI is to stop the production of hydrochloric acid.. Achlorhydia is the abscence of that acid. So the answer is yes. Gastrin stimulates acid production, so when the PPI blocks it's production, the body reacts by producing more gastrin trying to overcome the effect of the PPI. Both these can resolve after PPI is stopped or dose decreased. Gastroparesis is not related to PPI. ...Read more

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Can harmful levels of dehydration occur without drop in BP or rise in resting pulse? What are the 4-5 best Blood-tests to confirm dehydration?

Can harmful levels of dehydration occur without drop in BP or rise in resting pulse?  What are the 4-5 best Blood-tests to confirm dehydration?

Whoa: Dehydration is diagnosed on physical exam. The high sodium, protein, and BUN may reflect, but the history and physical are still the basis of medicine. Anyone telling you otherwise is giving up a physician's most important task -- diagnosing disease by talking, listening, and touching -- and I say this as a pathologist who's devoted my life to labs. ...Read more

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What can happen with untreated high hematocrit, red blood cell counts, and blood calcium levels? I do live at high altitude in SLC, Utah.

What can happen with untreated high hematocrit, red blood cell counts, and blood calcium levels? I do live at high altitude in SLC, Utah.

Nothing for high HCT: Your hematocrit is high due to living on high altititude which may be normal physiological reaction to O2 level being low.But we do not know how high it is to comment High Calcium level needs to be further investigated as it may be due Primary Hyperparathyroidism or Secondary Hyperparathyroidism You need to have blood level of Calcium,Parathyroid Hormone Level,25 Hydroxy VitD level as well Consult ...Read more

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Used to eat a lot of fish my mercury levels were slightly elevated@10 does the body naturally detoxify mercury. I'm i at any risk.

Used to eat a lot of fish my mercury levels were slightly elevated@10 does the body naturally detoxify mercury. I'm i at any risk.

What lab?: Be very sure you know what lab is doing the assay. There are some disreputable labs in the "heavy metal" screening business that engage in non-evidence-based practices. The whole business of mercury in fish as contentious with much scaremongering -- one study showed kids in poor nations that ate more fish & had slightly more mercury were also smarter as (?) they got more protein. I wouldn't worry. ...Read more

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Does having low hemoglobin (eg blood levels around 6-8) require the body to have a higher calorie intake? If so, why?

Does having low hemoglobin (eg blood levels around 6-8) require the body to have a higher calorie intake? If so, why?

No: Anemia has many causes and each cause requires specific treatment. Some due to Iron or vitamin deficiency will require the specific vitamin or iron and treatment underlying cause ...Read more

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4yo. Extreme high IgA levels. Chronic diarrhea. Bright green stools for 1+yr. High WBC off and on. Are IgA levels indicative of anything or pointless?

4yo. Extreme high IgA levels. Chronic diarrhea. Bright green stools for 1+yr. High WBC off and on. Are IgA levels indicative of anything or pointless?

IgA is associated w: immunity of the mucosa surface, ie, nose, mouth and GI tract tract. A low IgA would indicate that a person has poor immunity and would be subject to recurrent respiratory or GI infections. An elevated level is reassuring that her immunity is responding to inflammation, but does not give an explanation for the recurrent diarrhea or elevated WBC. ...Read more

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Intestinal yeast infection and false breathalyzer reading need to know if intestinal yeast infection can increase reading of blood alcohol concentration reading (bac) during police breathalyzer test? I had some wine but was not drunk and driving when the

Intestinal yeast infection and false breathalyzer reading need to know if intestinal yeast infection can increase reading of blood alcohol concentration reading (bac) during police breathalyzer test?

I had some wine but was not drunk and driving when the

No, it doesnt: This is almost entirely fiction, based on one case of someone with a very unusual yeast species which was fermenting alcohol. But even if it was that, you are still responsible for driving while impaired. If your level was over 0.8, you were legally intoxicated (0.5 for those less than 21). If you did not feel intoxicated, it means you were tolerant and clearly have an alcohol problem get help! ...Read more

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Hi I have high levels of Immunoglobulin IE levels (504.70), ABsolute Eosinophils count (500), Total WBC(10800).severe itching in body with eczema(leg)?

See allergist: The findings are compatible with atopic dermatitis and other allergic diseases. I would recommend that you apply a moisturizer on your body within 3 minutes after bathing because water loss is likely a major factor in you r itching. Of course, you need to avoid the allergens such egg . Considering seeing an allergist. ...Read more