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Doctor insights on: Crowded Living Conditions

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What can I do about crowded teeth? The molars in the back of my mouth are so crowded and tight that both i and my dentist have a hard time flossing back there. Is there anything that can be done about the crowding so i can floss? .

Difficulty : Difficulty in flossing is certainly a concern, especially if the dentist is not able to access the areas in between your molars with floss. If you truly have crowding in the back, tooth alignment by way of orthodontics can help significantly. Seeing an orthodontist for an initial evaluation can help elucidate what treatment modalities they can offer to help you achieve the proper home care that is very necessary and that you desire. You may also want to discuss with your dentist about any fillings that extend in between the teeth. It is possible that they may also contribute to the difficulties you are having when flossing. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I report a neighbor's one-year-old living in poor conditions?

State hotlines: In most states there is a hotline where you can report suspicion of abuse or neglect anonymously. The intake person will take down the observations you report & assign the report a case number. Depending on the state you can avoid further contact or agree to be interviewed by a case worker.Cases are prioritized so life threatening cases are worked first & lesser cases later. Make the call. ...Read more

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Living with Seizures (Checklist)

Sleep 6-8 hours each night
daily
Wear a medical alert bracelet
Once
Limit your alcohol intake as much as possible
Once
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How probable is it to actually get TB from poor living conditions and houseflies?

How probable is it to actually get TB from poor living conditions and houseflies?

Exposure to infected: Tb spreads from person to person by transmission of TB bug in coughed out droplets that are inhaled by others. In poor living conditions, overcrowding leads to higher risk fo transmission of infection from one person to several others in their vicinity. Lack of access to health care, timely diagnosis & treatment also increases risk for transmission as infected person is contagious for longer times. ...Read more

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Living with Osteoporosis (Checklist)

Quit smoking!
Once
Limit alcohol to no more than 1 serving per day
Once
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What is the best living conditions for my mom with walker?

What is the best living conditions for my mom with walker?

One story flat: It is important that your mother live in an environment that decreases the likelihood of her falling. She should live in a home without stairs, and wide doorways that is easily accessible for emergency personnel. ...Read more

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A person who is on life support on a respiratory, can they sit up and converse/talk with others? From what i read, life support is similar to being in a coma, half alive and half not. What are the conditions of the person who is put on life support, who

A : A person on a ventilator (a machine that pushes air into his or her lungs) is usually very ill and would not be able to communicate very well, much less sit up in bed. However, that's not always the case. It is certainly possible for a person to be awake, alert, and aware, and yet not have the strength required to breath independently. In such cases, the person could definitely communicate (by writing notes). ...Read more

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Living with Apraxia (Checklist)

Work with a Speech & Language Pathologist to assess speech apraxias.
weekly
Obtain an accurate diagnosis of all the treatable impairments.
yearly
Work with therapists for assistive devices and technology evaluation.
3x year
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Retiring is when you stop living at work to start work at living. Why do you have to wait that long to to do that?

Retiring is when you stop living at work to start work at living. Why do you have to wait that long to to do that?

You don't: Work/life balance is one of life's most difficult challenges especially in professional or demanding careers. Set priorites, schedule times for exercise, hobbies, relaxation, and friends. Organize your workday to minimize "homework' if possible and practice meditation, yoga, or spirituality on a regular basis. Our "inner child" in each of us likes to have fun occasionally go gratify him/her. ...Read more