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What is the I deal weight for a 5ft 5 Australian female aged 22 years old? Is BMI a good measure to rely on?
Can't tell, but...: A starting point is 130 lbs. A lot depends on a person's body build. Some are naturally very thin, others thick or big-boned, but most people are somewhere in between. "Australian" is a location, so that doesn't help either, as many different types of bodies are in Australia. BMI is helpful if a person is of average musculature. If very muscular, a perfectly fine person will have a high BMI. ...Read more
52yo Australian man has all western features. I want to look Asian Filipino and want to undergo Facial surgery to get that look.
Is that possible?
Gummy smiles and gum contouring? I have a gummy smile that i hate and would like fixed. I've been doing research and have come across something called gum contouring as a fix, but most of the sites seem to be british or australian. Is gum contouring somet
Yes, : Yes, it is done quite often. Gum contouring is a minor surgical procedure to remove some of the excess tissue around the necks of the teeth. Your best bet is to make an appointment with a local periodontist in your area. He/she will examine you and recommend treatment specific to your situation. Hope this info helps. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I am ending using copaxone (glatiramer) after more than two years. I am going to try bd 12 (not yet available to australians). Should there be a waiting period before starting a new drug?
Do not know: Ni the us it varies by state. ...Read more
Australian school camp in 4 weeks for 10 days, it includes a 10km walk around Uluru, a 6km hike and 500 step climb. Can I get fit enough in 4 weeks?
If taking pristiq (desvenlafaxine) for 1y, at lowest dosage, how to taper off? Alternate days for x wks? I am a teacher & want 2 use australian 6 wk christmas break.
Tapering Pristiq (desvenlafaxine): First you should make sure to discuss stopping your medication with your physician, as a return of symptoms is quite possible. You should only follow the tapering schedule recommended by that physician. I would tell my patient that many can stop 50 mg of Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) without difficulty. If concerned my patient would use a pill cutter to halve the tablet for 1 week, then take 1/4 for one week and stop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Almost 1/3 of australians are vitamin d deficient. How can I tell if I am getting enough vitamin d?
Blood test: Measurement of serum 25ohd determines if you are deficient. ...Read more
I have Low caeruloplamin 0.19g/L and low serum copper 12.5 umol/L - units (Australian). Do I have Wilson Disease? or Copper deficiency? Thanks.
Finish workup: If there is any concern at all that you have Wilson's, get a proper screen -- urinary copper and perhaps a genetic screen if you've got suggestive symptoms. Missing Wilson's leads to one of the most grisly deaths possible. Managing it is easy. Your ceruloplasmin is trivially low and reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies are outside on either end. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is an 8 year old self inflicted 1.5 inch cut on your arm be considered mental health issue by the doctor doing your medical exam for Australian visa?
Hi docs, im trying to lose some weight but im having weet bix (Australian breakfast made from wheat, oats etc) will eating wheat stop me losing weight?
In my medical report, done after 1 yr of exposure:
hbsag (australian antigen) : negative
hiv i : negative
hiv II : negative
Yes, negative: I assume this question is about serial tests for infections after an exposure. After a year, almost everyone who has acquired HIV will have developed an antibody response, so we take a negative HIV antibody test as evidence that someone did not acquire hiv. No evidence of chronic hepatitis b either if the surface antigen is not detected. There is a vaccine for hepatitis b. ...Read more
Afirma thyroid fna analysis molecular analysis by veracyte-papillary cancer. Is it any good. I am australian, guess costs for me would be too much?
Is cancer: Papillary thyroid. Carinoma is one of the most common in the thyroid in general with good prognosis. Most likely removal of almost all the thyroid(subtotal) is necessary if the cancer is in early stages. Consult with your oncologist for recommendations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Barry J Marshall: Barry james marshall born 30 september 1951, 2005 nobel prize in physiology. ...Read more
We live in Australia & will be travelling to HongKong in March. As Australian flu vaccine is behind HK, & HK is bad now with H3N2, how to be safe?
Australian with ADHD-previously had prescription for MPH (in Australia).Now travelling to US for~9mo. What do I need to provide to get stimulant meds in the US?
Just a doctor: Your doctor can prescribe the medications possibly for the year. I would ask him/her. Otherwise you would have to establish a doctor here in the US if needed. Check with your doctor as ADHD medicines are usually controlled and they do not recommend 9 month supplies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer