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Safety issues that dentists cause?

Safety issues that dentists cause?

Environment issues?: Dentists also use x-rays. Digital x-rays reduce radiation exposure by up to 75%. The dentist should be protecting the patient with a lead apron that has a thyroid collar. Dentists should also be using an amalgam separator to avoid hazardous materials from going into the sewer. Patients should also wear protective eye wear during all dental procedures. ...Read more

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What social problems are linked to health issues?

What social problems are linked to health issues?

Depends: How disease is viewed depends on time, society and context. Usually, higher socio-economic status correlates with better access to healthcare. For example, diabetes in poor areas might be associated with poor access to healthful foods and education, while in affluent areas, might be due to sedentary life-style and overindulgence. ...Read more

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Are autism and attachment issues related?

Are autism and attachment issues related?

No,: Autism is a neurological condition present before birth and manifesting at some point in infancy. Attachment issues can occur in any child exposed to prolonged, insufficient and/or inconsistent parenting. ...Read more

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Are fertility issues associated with Chronic Bacterial Prostatis reversible? If so, how?

Are fertility issues associated with Chronic Bacterial Prostatis reversible? If so, how?

Unrelated problems: If you have prostatitis plus a fertility problem, almost certainly these are separate issues. Chronic bacterial prostatitis usually does not cause infertility. ...Read more

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Are there any particular psychological or health related problems caused by peer pressure?

Are there any particular psychological or health related problems caused by peer pressure?

Many: Peer pressure, like any other psychological stress, can make a person uncomfortable, irritable, or distracted. Health problems can result if this pressure leads the person to act in unhealthy or risky ways. Common problems include smoking, irresponsible sex, unsafe driving, drug use, etc. Although resisting peer pressure can be hard, it's often the smartest & healthiest choice. ...Read more

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Are appendix related problems genetic?

Are appendix related problems genetic?

Not likely: The appendix is a small 'appendage' that extends off the start of the colon--about six ft long (large intestine)--where the small bowel (@20ft long) empties into at the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. It is an evolutionary leftover piece of tissue which has no function; however when it becomes blocked and inflamed, appendicitis, it needs removal (i suppose this functions to help the surgeon). ...Read more

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Is there any peer reviewed research supporting cranial electrotherapy stimulation as an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder?

Is there any peer reviewed research supporting cranial electrotherapy stimulation as an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder?

Yes: There have been over 140 human studies done on ces, many of these on anxiety and many in the peer-reviewed literature. One of the best summaries of this research with references is here: https://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/cranial_electrotherapy_stimulation this site has information on a meta-analysis done by the harvard school of public health: http://www.Cesultra.Com/ces-research.Htm. ...Read more

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Child mental health problems. How common are the real psychiatric problems, not autism or add?

Child mental health problems.  How common are the real psychiatric problems, not autism or add?

Wow, where to begin?: I'm not sure what's "not real" about autism or adhd; but, in prepubertal children, there's also anxiety, sometimes depression, & learning disabilities. After puberty, depression and anxiety increase markedly, as do eating disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder. Not counting adhd (8-10% of the population), in any one year, serious other illness affect about 10-12% of the child population. ...Read more

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Are mental problems linked to age?

Are mental problems linked to age?

Not directly: Of course, some types of mental problems are increasingly common in older people (e.g., dementia), but it is not the age, per se, that causes it. Instead, some types of brain disease processes can begin to show up as a person ages. These diseases are sometimes manifested as memory or other cognitive problems or difficulties. Other mental disorders also tend to have onsets within specific ages. ...Read more

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Basilar artery fenestration found (small) no aneurysm. F, age 53. Scared to death. Overweight, no other health problems. Is HRT ok?

Basilar artery fenestration found (small) no aneurysm. F, age 53.  Scared to death. Overweight, no other health problems. Is HRT ok?

Basilar artery: "fenestrations" are found in normal people and by themselves is not harmful. As long as you are healthy you should stop the WORRY which is a lot more harmful to you as that uncommon but normal "variation" in your arterial brain circulation!!!!! I can think of no reason why HRT would be contra-indicated due to that finding Aneurysms are the only possible "complications" of this anatomic "variation" ...Read more

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Are there other health issues with babies that have congenital deformity?

Are there other health issues with babies that have congenital deformity?

Yes and no: It depends on what congenital deformity your baby has. There are certain constellation of findings, sequence or syndrome related to each congenital deformity. But there is also a possibility that a single isolated congenital deformity can take a place. ...Read more

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Has there been any widespread documented health problems related to mercury in fish?

Has  there been any widespread documented health problems related to mercury in fish?

Japan: An epidemic of neurologic disorders in children in minamata, japan was traced to consumption of fish containing high levels for mercury from industrial discharge. ...Read more

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Have there been documented fetal health problems related to mercury in fish eating communities?

Have there been documented fetal health problems related to mercury in fish eating communities?

Yes: Mercury as a neurotoxin does increase risk for fetal development issues although the risk is thought to be small if high mercury containing fish is avoided. ...Read more

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Is there psychological disorders associated with crohns?

Is there psychological disorders associated with crohns?

Coping: Specific research on psychological disorders with crohns is slim, but one series of 110 patients showed a high incidence of depressed mood along with anxiety, especially when the disease is active [ http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/19644430 ] not only are the gut and brain richly interconnected, but coping with any life-altering chronic disease is challenging. It takes both courage & support. ...Read more

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Any ideas of good occupations or career paths for mid-career professionals that developed OCD and other anxiety related issues?

Any ideas of good occupations or career paths for mid-career professionals that developed OCD and other anxiety related issues?

Wide open options: Your options are wide open. What are your interests? Your experience? Your willingness to learn -- or be coached, if entering a new career? An ocd diagnosis does not limit your possibilities, especially if you have been working on this ; have it well-managed. A detail-oriented career could even be one in which you excel naturally. Good luck. ...Read more

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