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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more


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How does leukemia effect your cardiovascular system?

How does leukemia effect your cardiovascular system?

Mostly indirectly: Acute leukemia can cause anemia (bleeding or low production) which if severe leads to low blood pressure, fast heart rate, stressing the heart and may lead to congestive heart failure. Infection and sepsis can happen leading to shock and rapid death if untreated. The treatment of leukemia may involve drugs that affect the heart and multiple blood transfusions that can cause fluid overload. ...Read more

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Does cidp reduce your lifespan?

Does cidp reduce your lifespan?

See comments: Cidp is an autoimmune disorder predominantly affecting the myelin coverings of the peripheral nerves, and can readily be controlled in over 80% of people by monthly ivig (intravenous immune globulin) infusions. Life span would not be shortened if the disorder is appropriately managed. ...Read more

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If RA is left untreated does it shorten your lifespan?

If RA is left untreated does it shorten your lifespan?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease which means that the entire body is under attack not just the joints. Due to the widespread inflammation, internal organs can be affected such as the lungs, blood vessels, heart, and other organs. The good news is that newer medicines are lessening the burden of rheumatoid inflammation. Thus, prompt diagnosis and treatment have become even more important. ...Read more

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How does gout affect the skeletal system?

How does gout affect the skeletal system?

Pain, inflammation..: Gout is a type of arthritis. It can effect the joints of your skeletal system. With recurring flairs you can develop deposition of tophi within the joint, the bone around the joint can erode. A typical presentation is pain, redness, and swelling of a great toe joint that lasts 2-14 days. This is triggered by a food or drink. Avoid what causes the flair and your skeletal system won't be effected. ...Read more

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Does obesity affect your life expectancy?

Does obesity affect your life expectancy?

Yes: Obesity can increase your risk for health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which can shorten your life expectancy. ...Read more

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How does COPD affect your overall lifestyle?

How does COPD affect your overall lifestyle?

Shortness of breath: COPD usually causes shortness of breath, especially with exertion, and decreased exercise capacity, causing fatigue with minimal exercise. ...Read more

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How much does humira (adalimumab) compromise my immune system?

How much does humira (adalimumab) compromise my immune system?

No simple answer: Some physicians use t cell subsets to measure immune impairment but there are many other tests. It is actually quite hard to quantify easily. ...Read more

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Wat effect does canavan disease have on your life?

Wat effect does canavan disease have on your life?

CANAVAN DISEASE: Genetic disorder among jews causing major malformations in the fetus. ...Read more

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How much does smoking affect your lifespan?

How much does smoking affect your lifespan?

1: Smoking has many problems, not just the nicotene and tar. The paper has heavy metal toxins including arsenic, cyanide and cadmium. But the major problem is the carbon monoxide ingestion. This problem causes inadequate oxygenation of our tissues. So therefore, it increases the risk of every disease and cancer secondary to our tissues not repairing correctly. ...Read more

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How does Crohn's disease affect your sex life?

Different ways: Crohn's disease can cause pain, fatigue, and any chronic condition can cause depression, all of which can affect sex life. Also fistulas and ostomies can sometimes get in the way. There are some medications that can affect fertility in men (methotrexate, sulfasalazine, etc.), or risk of birth defects in women (methotrexate, etc.). Ask your doctor because this is a very individual issue. ...Read more

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How does age affect the immune system?

How does age affect the immune system?

Old age not golden : Advanced age seems at least in some people to lessen or blunt both immune recognition and the intensity of the humeral and cellular response. Additionally often skin barrier protection is affected as elderly are more prone to skin breakdown. Other protective functions such as cough can be diminished. Additionally other diseases, nutrition and hygiene can more likely affect the elderly. ...Read more

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Does prednisone affect your heart ?

Does prednisone affect your heart ?

Dose dependent: It is a steroid that can promote salt and water retention...So it is a possible consideration in hypertension and congestive heart failure. Generally used in least possible doses to treat another condition. ...Read more

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How does leukemia affect the skeletal system?

How does leukemia affect the skeletal system?

Rarely: There are 4 types of Leukemias, ranging from Acute and chronic. Although they mostly begin in the bone marrow cavity, they typically do not affect the hard shell of the bones. So we rarely if ever see skeletal system effects in patients affected by Leukemia.. ...Read more

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Does methadone effect your liver?

Does methadone effect your liver?

Methadone: Methadone requires liver enzymes to be metabolized and then ultimately eliminated. So one could argue that it may affect the liver. ...Read more

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How does smoking affect your circulatory system?

How does smoking affect your circulatory system?

Vasculopathy.: Smoking is a risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and peripheral vascular disease. It disrupts the integrity and functioning of the blood vessels. ...Read more

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How does malaria affect your life expectancy?

How does malaria affect your life expectancy?

Can be fatal.: Plasmodium falciparum is the most lethal form of Malaria. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) an African child dies from Malaria every minute. Risks of death are higher in people w AIDS, young children, pregnant women & their fetuses & in people from non-endemic areas. See: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/ ...Read more

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Does your level of happiness affect your life expectancy?

Does your level of happiness affect your life expectancy?

Maybe: It's impossible to study, since people who take good care of themselves generally (good health habits) also do the things that promote happiness (organization, time management, work ethic, learn career and people skills). And why ask -- the fact that you wrote healthtap tells me you're more clever and smarter-living than most folks! cheers. ...Read more