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Doctor insights on: Epidemic Diseases In History

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What causes heart disease in people without a family history of the condition?

What causes heart disease in people without a family history of the condition?

Heart disease: Familial disease is only one category of disease. Acquired heart disease has infectious, metabolic, toxic, immunologic, oncologic, endocrine and other causes. ...Read more

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About how many people have died of epidemic typhus throughout history?

Billions: From wwi backwards, probably more soldiers died of epidemic typhus than from combat in each war. It is the classical pale horseman of the apocalypse. ...Read more

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Statistics for diabetes mellitus type 2 in children middle east countries?

Statistics for diabetes mellitus type 2 in children middle east countries?

Related to Obesity: When children go beyond a body mass index of 28 (there are charts for children bmi) specially if one parent or worse 2 have heavy family history of type 2, you have to change life style to bring that body mass index down. Statistics are against you if you do not. ...Read more

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Why the alarming rise of sexually transmitted diseases in singapore young people?

Why the alarming rise of sexually transmitted diseases in singapore young people?

Sex at an early age.: Sex at earlier ages, the media, etc. Sexual promiscuity is the greatest factor for std rise. In africa, HIV is more transmitted by promiscuous men, than by homosexual behavior or needle use. ...Read more

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Who have risk of getting chronic kidney diseases in adults?

Who have risk of getting chronic kidney diseases in adults?

Everybody: Today there's a laboratory fad that overdiagnoses 'chronic kidney disease' in all well-muscled individuals based on serum creatinine levels. However, anyone who neglects high blood pressure or kidney infections or does not manage diabetes closely will end up sick bad kidneys, and a few disesaes strike at random. ...Read more

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Congenital heart diseases in parents -> what risk in fetuses?

Congenital heart diseases in parents -> what risk in fetuses?

One~4%both~6-8: Chd is polygenic= influenced by multiple genes and not directly passed on. The type of the parents chd is not necessarily one seen in the offspring. ...Read more

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Statistics for diabetes mellitus type 2 in arabian gulf countries?

Statistics for diabetes mellitus type 2 in arabian gulf countries?

About 25%: It is known that uae has the second highest prevalence of diabetes worldwide with 25% of the population affected. ...Read more

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Please describe the most prevalent childhood disease?

Please describe the most prevalent childhood disease?

Asthma: The most prevalent chronic childhood disease is asthma. Prevalence is the total number of children with the disease at the current time. For asthma, the prevalence is about 10% of children. For childhood acute illnesses that go away after a short while, colds are the most common (usually caused by rhinoviruses). ...Read more

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In what countries is creutzfeldt jakob disease more common? Which groups inside those countries?

In what countries is creutzfeldt jakob disease more common?  Which groups inside those countries?

See WHO website: From the world health organization: from 10/96- 3/11, 175 cases of vcjd have been reported in the uk, 25 in france, 5 in spain, 4 in ireland, 3 each in the netherlands and the usa, 2 each in canada, italy and portugal, and one each in japan, saudi arabia and taiwan. There is no group predilection, other than people who eat meat. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs180/en/. ...Read more

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New Lancet article: Obesity in middle age lowers Alzheimer's risk by a third. New Neurology: Obesity in middle age increases risk fourfold. What gives?

New Lancet article: Obesity in middle age lowers Alzheimer's risk by a third. New Neurology: Obesity in middle age increases risk fourfold. What gives?

Haven't seen either: Article are written many ways and you need to see the article to clarify it. They may have looked at different groups, may have assumes the wrong information, put in misinformation, used different statistical models etc. An in depth analysis may explain this ...Read more

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Risk factors for central line-associated bloodstream infections in the era of best practice.?

# of times used: Central lines, like any catheter, should be protected from unnecessary manipulation. We know that the more frequently the catheter is manipulated or "accessed", the more likely an infection will occur in the blood stream. Other causes include obvious breaks in technique and failure to use sterile technique with dressing changes. ...Read more

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Are diabetes, thyroid diseases, child births common causes of obesity?

Are diabetes, thyroid diseases, child births  common causes of obesity?

Obesity: Obesity is the main cause of diabetes type 2. Thyroid disease can cause weight gain or weight loss, depending on what it's doing. Obesity does not cause child births. ...Read more

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How many deaths every year are caused by cardiovascular disease vs cancer in old people?

How many deaths every year are caused by cardiovascular disease vs cancer in old people?

See below: It changes every year: for 2009, the latest data from the center for disease control are: cv disease: 598, 607 malignant diseases: 568, 668 this is for all ages. Here is the actual data if you want more detail: http://www.Cdc.Gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr59/nvsr59_04.Pdf. ...Read more

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Why are some inherited diseases more prevalent in particular populations of people from se asia?

Why are some inherited diseases more prevalent in particular populations of people from se asia?

Small social groups: Each group around the world has inherited diseases. The particular disease vary by location. This is primarily a function of social groups; you tend to marry and have children with people who live near you. Some inherited diseases may help you survive certain local illnesses better(ex malaria/sickle trait). This will make the particular inherited disease more common in those areas. ...Read more

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Does family history in first cousin (or other NON-first-degree relatives) increase risk for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, RA?

Does family history in first cousin (or other NON-first-degree relatives) increase risk for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, RA?

Yes: If you have autoimmune disease in your family - you are at increase risk to also develop Autoimmune diseases also seem to have a genetic component, but, mysteriously, they can cluster in families as different illnesses. For example, a mother may have lupus erythematosus; her daughter, diabetes; her grandmother, rheumatoid arthritis. Research is shedding light on genetic, as well as hormonal and environmental risk factors that contribute to the causes of these diseases. ...Read more

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How rare is a stroke in the male age group 25-30?Especislly with no family history and healthy life style.What causes them in young? Severe HP/ HChol?

How rare is a stroke in the male age group 25-30?Especislly with no family history and healthy life style.What causes them in young? Severe HP/ HChol?

Can be complex: Strokes in young folks are often caused by very different disorders, such as classical migraine associated with smoking and female hormones, but another to search for might be MTHFR mutations with high homocysteine, or perhaps cocaine or meth issues. Trauma of course, congenital vascular malformations. Would suggest an opinion at a nearby medical school, as there could be future risks. ...Read more

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