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Does radiation poisoning cause birth defects?

Does radiation poisoning cause birth defects?

Yes: It depends on the amount of exposure and the timing in the pregnancy. Early on in the pregnancy, radiation poisoning will likely lead to a miscarriage. Later on in the pregnancy, radiation poisoning can lead to death or growth disturbances or congenital malformations. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Congenital Malformation (Definition)

Congenital malformation is aphysical defect present in a baby at birth that can involve many different parts of the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, and intestinal tract. Congenital malformation can be genetic, it can result from exposure of the fetus to a malforming agent (such as alcohol), or it can ...Read more


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Do exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors always cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Do exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors always cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Yes, : Ionizing radiation can cause variety of different dna damages. Radiosensitivity differs in different cell type and tumors. Usually fasting deviding cell types are more susciptible to radiation-induced dna damage during cell proliferation. However, our cells also have an elegant dna damage repair system. Most of the cells can repair the damage by 30 min following exposure to 15 gy radiation. ...Read more

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What environmental chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects?

What environmental chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects?

Too many to list: A large number of environmental chemicals are carcinogenic, e.g., arsenic, benzene, pcb, aflatoxin, radon, alcohol and radioactive isotopes. Mercury, acutane, alcohol, lead etc cause birth defects. ...Read more

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Will all exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Will all exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Yes it may: Radiation treatment can cause damage to surrounding areas. It may put you at risk for cancer in the future as well. Normally the risk/benefit ratio of radiation treatment is taken into account to treat the tumor now. ...Read more

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Could exposure to dioxin cause testicular cancer?

Could exposure to dioxin cause testicular cancer?

I say no: Probably no chemical exposure has been more deeply studied than that of vietnam vets and i could find nothing in the nih database to support this; there was a small increase reported in gulf war vets. Claims that testicular cancer results from too much / too little exercise or cannabis seem soft to me. Unless it's from cryptorchidism, don't look for a cause. ...Read more

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Could exposure to formaldehyde cause birth defects?

Could exposure to formaldehyde cause birth defects?

No: According to the national institute of health and our government who reviewed all the literature. The answer was there is little evidence of reproductive or developmental toxicity. ...Read more

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Does congenital heart defects lead to growth changes?

Does congenital heart defects lead to growth changes?

They can/some don't: Congenital heart defects include a number of conditions that vary greatly in their impact on final growth. The more severe the defect, the more likely it will require multiple surgeries and impair the bodies strength & growth. The cyanotic or blue baby group of defects are more likely to do this.Some defects, like the common small VSD self correct & seldom if ever alter the patients life. ...Read more

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Can indirect exposure to radiations from an X-ray cause any harm to cardiac patients who have had multiple angioplasties?

Can indirect exposure to radiations from an X-ray cause any harm to cardiac patients who have had multiple angioplasties?

Probably not: People who have multiple angioplasties are no more injured by indirect exposure to xray than other people without heart disease. The degree of harm will depend on how much exposure to xray the individual has had. ...Read more

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Does minoxidil cause brain cancer due to absorption ?

Does minoxidil cause brain cancer due to absorption ?

Hope not: Brain cancer rates have been rare, stayed rare, and don't seem to be going anywhere. So.... you can have all the risks for it you want, cell phones, blood pressure drugs, TV towers, etc. The exposure to these have skyrocketed over the last 30 years, the amount of brain cancer stays about the same... they cannot do very much. ...Read more

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How can ionizing radiation from nuclear explosions cause cancer?

How can ionizing radiation from nuclear explosions cause cancer?

Damaging genes: Inhaling or ingesting the radioactive particles that come from the explosing is also risky -- in fact, after chernobyl, most of the problems are thyroid concerns from the iodine. People in hiroshima and nagasaki had a significant rise especially in rates of leukemia, civilians exposed to tests had less cancers long-term than many had feared. ...Read more

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Need doctor help! can radiation cause cancer if so, what type of cancer does radiation cause?

Need doctor help! can radiation cause cancer if so, what type of cancer does radiation cause?

Absolutely: Therapeutic radiation famously causes certain sarcomas. After chernobyl, the worst was thyroid cancers that were thankfully mostly manageable. After hiroshima / nagasaki, there was a lot of leukemia, some increase in breast and other cancers. Home radon ; lung cancer is complicated and politicized. I believe the risk from worthwhile diagnostic x-rays is far lower than some scare-stories. ...Read more

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Does exposure to radon causes cancer?

Does exposure to radon causes cancer?

Little risk: This is largely about politics and how much money we are willing to pay (or to force a homeowner to pay) to decrease a very small risk to something even smaller. The risk to a non-smoker is too small to measure even in a big study, and the risk to smokers, while a majority of studies suggest it's real, is also miniscule. Most scientists today seem to be opposed to pricey forced radon-proofing. ...Read more

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Does bone scan involve any exposure to radiation?

Does bone scan involve any exposure to radiation?

Minimal: There is some radiation exposure as a bone scan involves injecting a radioactive isotope into your blood and then scaning your body to see where the radioactive isotope accumulates. ...Read more

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What cardiac diseases or conditions that can be caused by Anemia ? How long does it take for anemia to affect the heart ?

What cardiac diseases or conditions that can be caused by Anemia ? How long does it take for anemia to affect the heart ?

Unusual to affect he: Anemia rarely causes any heart damage although the Heart has to work harder in patients who have more than mild Anemia and that too if they have chronic Anemia like in patients with Sickle cell disease or other hemolytic anemias for which there is no cure. Most times this does not mean that the heart is damaged or diseased due to anemia. ...Read more

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Does cipralrex cause Cancer or problems in the body?

Does cipralrex cause Cancer or problems in the body?

Cipralex and cancer?: No. Cipralex, an SSRI often prescribed for depression and/or anxiety is not known to cause cancer. Most "problems in the body" (or side effects) that can be caused by cipralex are benign (not seriously harmful) and self-limited (they pass). Always discuss the risks, benefits, and potential side effects of any medication you may take with your doc. Rarely, SSRIs can cause serious side effects. ...Read more

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Exposure To Radiation (Definition)

Exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation from X-rays, CT scans and radioactive materials increases the chance of various cancers and leukemias later in life. Microwaves and other radio waves, such as the transmissions from cell phones, do ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Abnormalites that are present at birth. Also known as birth defects. For example- cleft palate is a congenital abnormalities. Another example congenital heart disease is the presence of a ...Read more