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Do babies brains continue to develop after they're born?

Do babies brains continue to develop after they're born?

Yes: Technically, they never stop developing; every time you learn something new, you develop new connections in the brain, be you a month old, or 90 years. The rapid maturation goes on well into the teen years. ...Read more

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How come modern children grow taller and develop faster than children before?

How come modern children grow taller and develop faster than children before?

Several reasons: This could be because of several reasons, the most obvious if that of greatly improved nutrition for children as compared to even that of fifty years ago. ...Read more

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How long do babies have without breathing before they develop hie?

How long do babies have without breathing before they develop hie?

Seconds to Breathe: It is difficult to say precisely which infants develop hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (hie) and to what degree of severity. We do know, however, that effective breathing (ventilation and oxygenation) should be initiated within seconds of delivery and well-established by one minute of life. If not, there are clear steps for intervention, outlined in the neonatal resuscitation program (nrp). ...Read more

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When do babies develop reflexes?

When do babies develop reflexes?

Born with them: Babies are born with reflexes. They turn their head toward whatever stokes their cheek looking for breastmilk. We can suppress reflexes over time but they are something that we are born with. ...Read more

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Do premature babies grow up to be short adults?

Do premature babies grow up to be short adults?

Not necessarily: Extremely early or very low birth weight babies may be generally smaller in height and weight as adults than term babies, but many preterm babies grow to essentially normal height (genetically determined). ...Read more

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Why are premature babies less likely to gain weight when they get older?

Why are premature babies less likely to gain weight when they get older?

Apparently...: ...They seem to be born with fewer cells, including fat cells, and while growing at a similar rate, do not achieve the same size milestones at the same time. ...Read more

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Do elderly people always die soon if they decline fast?

Do elderly people always die soon if they decline fast?

Definitely NO!: This depends entirely on the cause of decline. For example, my 83 yo mother experienced a sudden dramatic decline in health in january. She was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica & with appropriate treatment is now doing quite well. Not all causes are as readily treated. A thorough medical evaluation needs to be done to find the cause- it could be as simple as B12 deficiency or be irreversible. ...Read more

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Do bones close normally for Marfans pts or do they remain open longer even causing added growth in 30somethings? Can Marfans develop late in life(30s)

Do bones close normally for Marfans pts or do they remain open longer even causing added growth in 30somethings? Can Marfans develop late in life(30s)

Marfans: Rapid growth of bones in childhood, the epiphyses should fuse at the usual time. Marfans may be identified later in life, but it is a genetic disorder that is present at birth. ...Read more

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Do people whose children develop tay-sachs disease later have better outcome if they reproduce?

Do people whose children develop tay-sachs disease later have better outcome if they reproduce?

Most likely: Having the knowledge that they produced such a child which will die at a young age, they usually will opt to test any developing fetus for the condition and terminate the pregnancy if it is positive. They have a 75% chance of having a normal child. ...Read more

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Why do elderly people tend to develop mental impairments?

Why do elderly people tend to develop mental impairments?

Wear & tear: Time takes its toll on our minds & bodies. Not everyone will develop infirmities or impairments but odds are not in your favor unless you eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep & choose your parents wisely. That last bit is my attempt to add luck to list of things that we can't control. ...Read more

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Elderly relative with breathing difficulties. Do lungs get tighter or smaller as people age?

Elderly relative with breathing difficulties.  Do lungs get tighter or smaller as people age?

Yes: The lungs do get "smaller" with age and lose some of their elastic recoil (ability to deflate with exhalation) but age alone should not result in breathing difficulties. It would be advisable to determine smoking history, other medical problems and evaluate with chest xray, breathing tests oxygen level and work to regain their breathing capacity when cause is determined. ...Read more

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Will slow-to-warm-up toddlers grow up to become shy and unsociable adults?

Will slow-to-warm-up toddlers grow up to become shy and unsociable adults?

Not likely: I have see a lots kids transformed into being very confident and sociable . positive encouragement help the process ...Read more

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Exactly how common is vp shunt independence? Will young people eventually outgrow the need for one as they grow older?

Exactly how common is vp shunt independence? Will young people eventually outgrow the need for one as they grow older?

Shunt indepedence: A common asked question but a commonly unknown answer. Very few patients with shunts truly become independent, in my own experience it is probably only about 5%. There is a surgery, known as a iiird ventriculostomy where a hole can be made at the base of the brain to bypass the fluid obstruction - if successful the shunt can be removed but not all patients fulfill the criteria for this operation. ...Read more

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Does insulin resistance mean i will inevitably develop diabetes in 5-15 years?

Depends, Yes..Unless: Type dm develops over several decades, so concern is highly appropriate; keep hba1c ~5.0%, the NMR particle test can predict dm ~20 yrs in advance & keeping these fat carrying proteins in excellent ranges is critically important. Biggest driver of dm is eating sugar(s), i.e. Carbs, so go very low carb. Study: taubes, attia, dietdoctor, lchf, paleo, science for smart people. ...Read more

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Why do kids have faster heart rates?

Why do kids have faster heart rates?

Volume pumped: The amount of blood pumped around is the product of your heat rate times the amount of blood pumped out with each beat. Children's hearts cannot increase the volume of blood pumped out like an adult heart can.I. ...Read more

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Why do children with a higher BMI tend to enter puberty early?

Why do children with a higher BMI tend to enter puberty early?

BMI and puberty: Although the true cause remains unknown, many theorize that there is a link to the connection between fat content and sex steroid (estrogen and testosterone) synthesis. For example, the enzyme aromatase is strongly expressed on advocates (fat cells). ...Read more

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When do premature retinas become developed in premature babies?

When do premature retinas become developed in premature babies?

Rop: Infants born before 32 wks of age are at greatest risk for developing retinopathy of prematurity. Infants at risk are monitored beginning at 4 wks of age or 32 wks whichever is later retinas typically are mature at about 37 wks but this can vary, and so retinas are typically monitored until mature. ...Read more