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How can you empirically treat spinal infections?

Smart guess: "empirically treat" means taking an educated guess. The scenario you describe means there is an infection but it has not been determined which bug causes it. When there is no precise information on the infectious organism, usually two or three antibiotics are chosen and given to the patient "empirically" to see if there is improvement. ...Read more

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Is there anything one can do to make fetal heartbeat strong from reduced (at 6-7 weeks). Even empirically anything that can be done?

Is there anything one can do to make fetal heartbeat strong from reduced (at 6-7 weeks). Even empirically anything that can be done?

No: If the heartbeat is low at 6-7 weeks but normal at 8 weeks the risk of 1st trimester fetal demise is approximately 25%. If the heartbeat at 6-7 wks is borderline low but normal at 8 weeks the risk of fetal demise is no higher than average (around 7-8%). So wait to see how the heartbeat is at 8 weeks. Hopefully it will be normal. ...Read more

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When a mod amount of leukocytes are found in semen analysis for an asympt person, can a course of doxy be prescribed empirically?

When a mod amount of leukocytes are found in semen analysis for an asympt person, can a course of doxy be prescribed empirically?

Sure, but why?: I would get a semen culture first and i would want to know why the test was ordered. If a man has pain with ejaculation and white cells in semen, i would treat empirically. If it's for fertility, i would repeat the analysis in a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Could pancreatic insufficiency cause difficulty digesting fats? The digestive symptom are severe. Empirically, a very low-fat diet helps.

Could pancreatic insufficiency cause difficulty digesting fats? The digestive symptom are severe. Empirically, a very low-fat diet helps.

pancreatic insuffici: Pancreatic insufficiency causes difficulty digesting fats: read this wiki...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/exocrine_pancreatic_insufficiency. ...Read more

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Had 2 early MCs, all tests normal -antiphosopolipid, autoimmune, hormonal etc. How imp is intralipid transfusion once preg. Dr suggesting imperically?

Had 2 early MCs, all tests normal -antiphosopolipid, autoimmune, hormonal etc. How imp is intralipid transfusion once preg. Dr suggesting imperically?

Worth trying: The idea is simple, intralipid mildly suppresses the immune system,so the implanted embryo would be tolerated by the womb lining,and the local immune cells won't reject it, usually starts before implantation and continues for some weeks after,to make sure pregnancy is stable. It is still an empirical therapy probably comparable to IVIG, be careful if you're allergic to eggs, soy or peanuts though ...Read more

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Can empirically treating vaginal yeast infections create resistances to antifungals?

Can empirically treating vaginal yeast infections create resistances to antifungals?

Resistance: That potential is always present. What is more disturbing, however, is that you may be using antifungal medication against conditions not really due to yeast infection. ...Read more

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Empirically diagnosed with esophageal thrush after 2+ wks on prednisone. How long until I should see benefit on oral fluconazole? Not immunocomp.

Empirically diagnosed with esophageal thrush after 2+ wks on prednisone. How long until I should see benefit on oral fluconazole? Not immunocomp.

A few days.: Given your non-immunocompromised status, I feel that you should be getting some improvement within 3 to 5 days, although that certainly depends on the severity of the initial thrush infection. If you are not seeing any relief after 7 to 10 days, I would contact your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you explain the science behind empirical parenting?

Can you explain the science behind empirical parenting?

Science is empirical: Empirical refers to knowledge derived from investigation, observation, experimentation, or experience, as opposed to theoretical knowledge based on logical or mathematical assumptions.
Therefore parenting may be based on empirical findings. Science is the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a newborn to loose her empirical cord in 8 days?

Is it normal for a newborn to loose her empirical cord  in 8 days?

SEPARATION VARIES: The care of the umbilical cord stump influences the timing of separation. In areas where it is left to dry naturally or occasionally cleaned with rubbing alcohol, it often separates in a week or less. In areas that apply tripple dye as an antiseptic technique, it may delay separation 3 or more wks. International comparison studies show no increase in infections with simple drying over other methods. ...Read more

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Is there any empirical data that compares the effects of cigar with cigarette smoking?

Is there any empirical data that compares the effects of cigar with cigarette smoking?

Yes: The real difference is the type of cancers. Cigars don't have filters, and cigar smokers tend to hold the smoke in their mouths and throat rather than inhaling. Cigars have higher levels of nicotine. Both cigar and cigarette smokers have similar risk for oral cancers. There are strong links between cigar smoking and cancer of the pancreas, and male breast cancer. ...Read more

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Is there anyway a person can be definitively diagnosed as having migraine headaches, or is it based just on empirical evidence?

Is there anyway a person can be definitively diagnosed as having migraine headaches, or is it based just on empirical evidence?

Mostly by history: Migraine headaches are generally diagnosed by clinical history and a negative evaluation for other causes. Unfortunately, there is no specific test for them. ...Read more

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Any empirical evidence to support the health benefits of fish oil?

Any empirical evidence to support the health benefits of fish oil?

Fish Oil healthy?: Yes there is enough evidence in medical literature strongly supports health benefits of fish oil
it has been shown fish oil and omegs 3 benefits patients with cancer of prostate, breast and colon.It also is recommended by american heart association to prevent coronary artery dosease.Nih recommends it for elevated triglycerides, secondary cv dosease, and hypertension.Also in psychatric disease etc. ...Read more

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Hi I am having pain in my lower left side of my tummy and i had a empirical last week.As I have slipped a disc in my back L5 s1.

Hi I am having pain in my lower left side  of my tummy and i had a empirical last week.As I have slipped a disc in my back L5 s1.

Family practice : If you had an epidural then possibly you are taking a pain medication as well. This can cause constipation which will cause this type of pain. Diverticulitis is fairly common and can cause left lower quadrant pain. I don't think the epidural shot is causing the pain however. Check with your dr if it persists. ...Read more

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