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Is there real evidence based research that says acupuncture works? Do we have believe it for it to work? As a doctor do you believe it?

Is there real evidence based research that says acupuncture works? Do we have believe it for it to work? As a doctor do you believe it?

What indication?: Evidence based medicine or research is a western concept and its application to a branch of eastern medicine creates difficulties; in other words, they do not share the same fundamental premise. Acupuncture can and does work for treatment of certain medical conditions and ailments. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some outwardly signs a persons cholesterol is too high?

Have researchers discovered some outwardly signs a persons cholesterol is too high?

Generally no: Doctors look for tuberous xanthomas - subcutaneous cholesterol deposits in people with extremely high cholesterol. Unless you undress people, you're not likely to see them so the answer is no. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some weight / height charts that are standard?

Have researchers discovered some weight / height charts that are standard?

It varies...: It depends on your "frame" size, but height and weight charts are all over the internet. These give recommendations, but differ for each person based in age and level of activity as well.

http://www. Healthchecksystems. Com/heightweightchart. Htm. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some penis enlargements that work?

Have researchers discovered some penis enlargements that work?

Different parents: The only way to have a larger penis would have been to be born to different parents w/different genetics. Be satisfied with what you have; it's much better than none at all. Remember, it's not how big but how well you use it. Don;t mess w/surgery and stop looking at the internet ads. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that you could get cancer by wearing a bra?

Have researchers found that you could get cancer by wearing a bra?

Bra myths: My understanding is that a book written by anthropologists “dressed to kill” indicated that use of underwire bras could restrict lymphatic drainage & lead to accumulation of toxins in the breast. Based on this assumption, it was theorized that this could contribute to development of breast cancer. However, lymphatic drainage from the breast is not downward due to gravity – it moves >>. ...Read more

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Hi docs, is it true that researchers are close to finding a cure for tinnitus?

Hi docs, is it true that researchers are close to finding a cure for tinnitus?

Not sure: The one thing that has definitely been accomplished is that we have a much better understanding of the cause of tinnitus. It may be defined as the perception of noise or ringing or music or sounds in the ear. Its origin is now believed to be an up-regulation of electrical activity in the auditory nervous system, With this information, it is likely that a cure will be found. Presently, masking. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that your eyes are darker when you're constipated?

Have researchers found that your eyes are darker when you're constipated?

Probably not: I have never heard this, and I cannot think of any mechanism where constipation would cause darker eyes. Straining, of course, could be a cause of a broken blood vessel on the white of the eye. People with allergies often get a darkening around the eyes due to itching and rubbing, and people with allergies take antihistamines which can be constipating...Just a thought. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some prescriptions for alcoholism?

Have researchers discovered some prescriptions for alcoholism?

Yes: There are medications to help with alcohol withdrawal. Once alcohol withdrawal is successfully completed, you can also discuss 3 different medications to reduce risk of relapse - naltrexone, Campral and antabuse (disulfiram). ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some protein shakes made especially for diabetics?

Have researchers discovered some protein shakes made especially for diabetics?

Most are OK: Most protein shakes or protein powders are ok for diabetics. It is important to check the nutrition label on the product packaging to make sure that protein is listed as the highest ingredient. A small amount of carbohydrates is important as the release of Insulin (for type ii dm) help cells utilize protein. Make sure to mix protein powders with milk or water so you don't ingest extra carbs. ...Read more

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Does the Plan B pill have longterm followup by researchers yet?

Does the Plan B pill have longterm followup by researchers yet?

Yes: Plan b is nothing different from regular birth control pill hormones just given in a slightly different way. The long term effects of Plan B will be the same as the long term effects of oral birth control pills. We have more than 50 years of scientific evidence regarding the safety of these medications. ...Read more

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If aids researchers were provided with infinite funds how long would it take for a cure?

If aids researchers were provided with infinite funds how long would it take for a cure?

Tough to say!: I would say that while funding is helpful to finding a cure, what we are missing is key piece (s) of understanding of how the virus works and how it hides from our immune system. We need to understand how our own immune system works as well. There is a lot of vaccine research to understand how to stimulate our own immune system to recognize and kill HIV in every infected cell in the body. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that women who never marry have less mental health problems than married women?

Have researchers found that women who never marry have less mental health problems than married women?

Not true or false: There has been demographic data on life satisfaction that that supports your question and also suggests the opposite for men. This is pretty important, but it's not exactly the same as mental health. Also, with the tremendous advances we've made in women's equality and men's raised consciences it may be getting better. Let's hope so. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the possible solutions that researchers are using in an attempt to cure diabetes?

Can you please discuss the possible solutions that researchers are using in an attempt to cure diabetes?

Not enough space: To detail all the current research. Check the ada or jdrf websites. The "cure" (actually prevention or treatment) for type 2 diabetes is already known -- it's diet, exercise and weight loss. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that you can out grow asthma?

Have researchers found that you can out grow asthma?

Asthma: Most children do outgrow of asthma but it may recur in some people in their adulthood. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that you can get sun allergies?

Have researchers found that you can get sun allergies?

Sun allergies: Some individuals can develop hives or urticaria from sun exposure. Others can develop a rash from the sun also and may have other underlying autoimmune issues that contribute to it, such as lupus. ...Read more

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