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Exposed To Irritants (Definition)

Exposure to smoke, irritants, or volatile inhalants (chemical fumes) means a person has spent time around these airborne particles. Usually, symptoms from exposure to smoke, irritants, or volatile chemicals occur in the eyes, ...Read more


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Can digital dental xray machine malfunction and overexpose patients to radiation? Are safety mechanisms in machine/software to limit radiation levels?

Can digital dental xray machine malfunction and overexpose patients to radiation? Are safety mechanisms in machine/software to limit radiation levels?

Digital X-rays: Generally digital x-rays have a lower radiation exposure than conventional x-rays. There a re safety features built into the machines. You dentist would know if the machine was not functioning properly. ...Read more

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Could exposure to ionizing radiation progress pkd?

Could exposure to ionizing radiation progress pkd?

Pkd and ionizing rad: Data are not clear on this. For sure, select mutations on either chromosome 16 or chromosome 4 lead to PKD expression. Scientists have long thought that a single mutation that affects polycystin expression leads to cyst formations. Newer data show that second or third or fourth mutations on these chromosomes affect expression of pkd. So, it is conceivable that yes ionizing rad could affect pkd ...Read more

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What jobs can expose people to radiation?

What jobs can expose people to radiation?

All jobs: If you want to be technical, that is. Radiation is all around us. We can get it from both the sun and even the earth. Realistically, however, jobs in the medical and scientific fields pose the most exposure, but safeguards are taken to minimize human risk to practically zero. Be practical-minded when it comes to concerns about radiation. There's a lot of paranoia and mis-information around. ...Read more

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Which is worse exposure to second hand cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exhaust?

Which is worse exposure to second hand cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exhaust?

Nothing to choose: Both are bad in different ways. Tobacco smoke predisposes to heart attacks, aggravates respiratory problems and may marginally increase the risk of cancers. Auto exhaust causes respiratory damage, carbon monoxide poisoning and depending on the type of exhaust may increase the risk of cancers. ...Read more

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Can exposure to mold accelerat lupus?

Can exposure to mold accelerat lupus?

See below: If you have lupus and are on immunosuppressive drugs you are more apt to have infection from mold. ...Read more

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Do hospital face-masks protect you from inhaling radiation if there's radioactive stuff in the air?

Do hospital face-masks protect you from inhaling radiation if there's radioactive stuff in the air?

Surgical masks No: Surgical masks won't cut it (pun). You did ask about Niosh Masks on a former HT. See: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/factsheets/respfact.html ...Read more

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Can electromagnetic fields (not sure of correct term) generated by power company smart meters on homes cause cancer or other illness?

Can electromagnetic fields (not sure of correct term) generated by power company smart meters on homes cause cancer or other illness?

No: A one time it was felt that homes built in viscinity of High voltage tension lines brought in by overhead power cables might induce tumors in a way that it was thought that cell phones could induce brain tumors. These were speculative and have not been confirmed. ...Read more

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Is the infrasound emitted by moving wind turbines harmful to humans or animals?

Is the infrasound emitted by moving wind turbines harmful to humans or animals?

Weak or none: If it is, the effect is weak. The only good recent review (the book is anecdote, militant activism and sub-science) is in j laryngol march '13; these folks simply concluded we cannot rule out an effect on the ear even though it's not been demonstrated to take place. Science is cutthroat and if there were a major real effect, one of the nih research piranhas would have demonstrated it by now. ...Read more

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Can work exposure to chemicals increase my susceptibility to lung infections?

Can work exposure to chemicals increase my susceptibility to lung infections?

Maybe: What chemicals? There could be more to worry about than infections if you are breathing in the wrong things. ...Read more

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Should survivors of pulmonary emboli avoid exposure to aresol products like air fresheners and cleaning chemicals?

Should survivors of pulmonary emboli avoid exposure to aresol products like air fresheners and cleaning chemicals?

Not particularly: Everybody should avoid chemicals. Survivors of pulmonary emboli have no particular susceptibility. ...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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Are saprophytes harmed by UV light? Could UV light decrease the decomposition rate in an apple?

Are saprophytes harmed by UV light?
Could UV light decrease the decomposition rate in an apple?

Good questions: These are both interesting questions, but, since they don't directly involve human biology, perhaps HealthTap isn't the place to find answers. Mycologists who specialize in decomposition in rain forest might be able to help you with the first. Extension agents who deal with plant agricultural products might be able to help with the second. Or you can try an experiment on your own! ...Read more

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Can you reduce radiation exposure to the eyes with the use of leaded protective eyewear?

Can you reduce radiation exposure to the eyes with the use of leaded protective eyewear?

Probably: Leaded eyewear will lower the radiation intensity. What circumstance are you in where this could happen? If you are getting medical irradiation, then the doctors will provide proper protection. And if you are in a commercial situation, it is a little difficult to imagine what is happening? ...Read more

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1-is it true that electromagnetic radiation , from computers n mobile phones are bad for you, ? 2-is it true that computers emit ozone which is toxic

1-is it true that electromagnetic radiation , from computers n mobile phones are bad for you,  ?
2-is it true that computers emit ozone which is toxic

Ozone: I use ozone daily in my office. High voltage can make ozone. Lungs and eyes are less tolerant of ozone than other tissues. Do u smell it? However it may be improving your health. Ozone is used in europe subways and schools to reduce bacteria and virus in air. Ozone is very reactive and does not last long in air. I believe that if the amount was high enough to cause you harm you'd know it. ...Read more

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How much radiation are you exposed to from dental paranormic xrays?

How much radiation are you exposed to from dental paranormic xrays?

Not much: The radiation you receive these days from a panoramic x ray or a full mouth of individual xrays is very little. Especially if the x rays are digital. You get more radiation sitting in an airplane going across the us than from these x rays. ...Read more

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Exposure to radiation while driving under power lines; does that cause cancer?

Exposure to radiation while driving under power lines; does that cause cancer?

No way.: The dose is so small that even people living under power lines don't get more cancer. You get more radiation flying in a plane or having an x-ray. Even going on the roof of a tall building gives you more. Forget about it. ...Read more

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Are electromagnetic fields (EMFs) dangerous to human health? Am concerned due to local power co's new smart meters being installed on homes in my area

Are electromagnetic fields (EMFs) dangerous to human health? Am concerned due to local power co's new smart meters being installed on homes in my area

I say you're safe: The "independent medical thinkers" have been alleging horrible health problems caused by these fields for four decades without a single decent study that isn't loaded with recall bias. There's no animal model, no real theory as to why they're dangerous, and the field generated by your beating heart affects you more. By now, the NIH research piranhas would have found any danger that's real. ...Read more

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Electromagnetic Fields (Definition)

Electromagnetic fields are areas affected by movements from particles that have an electric charge, and includes radio ...Read more