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Gamma Brainwave Entrainment
Definitely: There have been very impressive results using tms in patients coming out of bariatric surgery. This was a double blinded-sham controlled study and it was repeated so it is very rigorous. People with active tms self-administered about 50% less narcotic from a pain pump than those with sham (fake) treatment. Without a doubt, tms works for certain types of pain and it is being explored for others. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
While I do not: Know and googled it, gk was developed in the 1950's. Requires a neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist to identify the target lesion, define the adjcacent tissue tolerances, and deliver a single very large dose, typically 16 - 24 gy, depending on size to the 50% isodose line. Google says the price is frequently 20 -30% less than in the us. Charges are in the range of $25 - 35 k in the usa. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: I believe you are asking which is better, MRI of the brain or mr angiography. An MRI of the brain details the structure and morphology of the brain as well as whether there is evidence of infarct (stroke), demyelination (ms) or a mass. Mr angiography details the arterial vessels to evaluate for aneurysm or vascular disease. They are often performed together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The power of magnets: I wish I could tell you the scientific community and FDA and ACP recommends magnetic bracelets to treat high blood pressure but I can not. There are no proven studies that show magnets are superior to treat htn than the proven studies that show the DASH diet, cut down on Etoh, stop smoking, diet exercise and yes medications to treat high blood pressure. So wear one for fun but heed the docs advice ...Read more
What does Minimally reduced final aggregation in response to ADP with disaggregation(final aggregation approximate 30%)
means in platelet aggrigation?
Platelet aggregation: The platelet test measures 2 phases - initial ability of platelets to plug leaks, and the secondary reaction of clumps of platelets to stick together (aggregate). Some drugs (like ASA or NSAIDS /ibuprofen) and other structural (genetic) defects can reduce secondary aggregation, which can increase risk of bleeding. Your result could be caused by taking 1 ASA weeks ago. ...Read more
Passed out briefly w/ auditory hallucination, blurry peripheral vision foggy mind for past week, bloodwork ok but carbon dioxide level 19. Causes?
Unknown: We are much better at answering what DID NOT cause such an event than what did. Follow your doctor's recommendations regarding referrals for such things as cardiology and neurology referral. If your doctor is saying that these aren't indicated, I'd ask him/her what the diagnosis is to explain this event. ...Read more
Eye test report spherical +.75 cylindrical -.5 axis 180 axis. Symptoms headache work on computer daily basis for 4 hours?
Yes.: Svt, (supraventricular tachycardia) is a short-circuit of the normal heart conduction pathways. Usually there is a small area that, if removed, would Prohibit the circuit from conducting and therefore block the svt. During ablation, a catheter is placed in this area of the heart, and the tip generates rf energy to scar the heart tissue in a small area, which prevents it from conducting electricity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The theory is that: You can receive subliminal messages while asleep. ...Read more
Chronic abd. Pain, lab results mean anything?
Total protein 65 g/l
low normal gamma globulins. No
Why?: Why were these levels drawn? They don't point to any specific diagnosis. ...Read more
I've read various stories on less invasive colonoscopy procedures out there. Can you help me better understand their effectiveness verus traditional?
Big differences: Ct colonography is the non invasive alternative to colonoscopy. It requires a similar preparation to that needed for colonoscopy ( the part nobody likes);, is only 60-70% accurate compared to 90+% accuracy of colonoscopy; can only be diagnostic so if a lesion or polyp is found you still need a colonoscopy to remove the polyp; and lastly, it is not covered by most insurance companies or medicare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any input on the success rate of using "interactive metronome" for sensory integration disorders or speech delay?
Developed by OTs: From all children's hospital- a computer based program for self care. I am looking at their website http://www.Allkids.Org/body.Cfm?Id=798 https://www.Interactivemetronome.Com/ it looks interesting- but unable to find any studies with large sample size that demonstrates efficacy. ...Read more
Depth perception : Is a binocular entity. Many one eyed people have dercreased depth perception but learn to compensate by using cues like shadowing, spatial orientation and movement. ...Read more
Read that Bence Jones Protein can sometimes appear in 24 hr urine and be missed/normal in serum Free Light Chain Assay? Normal SPEP but no UPEP done..
No consensus: The serum free light chain assay is newer and is supposed to detect free light chains in serum even before they are detectable in urine. The old protocol was with plasma electrophoresis and urine protein immunofixation. It all depends now on the hematologist's confidence level in the new test. ...Read more