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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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What are cardiovascular disease risk factors associated with obesity?

Obesity: Read this: http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/gettinghealthy/weightmanagement/obesity/obesity-information_ucm_307908_article.Jsp.

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Could environmental factors increased chance of schizophrenia?

Could environmental factors increased chance of schizophrenia?

Environment : Environmental factors can increase one’s chance of getting almost any type of psychological disorders if there is genetic or other physical predisposition. It is widely believed that for most psychological disorders emerge in this way (e.g., someone being exposed to undue stress--deployed to war zones returning with PTSD, schizophrenia due to genetic predisposition and stress ...Read more

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What are cardiac risk factors

What are cardiac risk factors

Modifiable and non: Modifiable : smoking, lifetstyle, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes non-modifiable: heredity, age, gender, . ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for high risk pregnancies?

What are the risk factors for high risk pregnancies?

Threats to baby, mom: Risk factors include conditions that might affect the health of the fetus and/or pregnant woman. Those include higher chance for birth defects, >1 baby, prior preterm birth, diabetes, history of eclampsia. Many women at high risk for pregnancy complications have healthy babies, but they probably saw perinatologists, had extra testing or imaging, or underwent treatments or delivery with nicu aware. ...Read more

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What are risk factors for esophageal cancer?

What are risk factors for esophageal cancer?

Two types: For adenocarcinoma, the main risk factor is acid reflux or gerd. For squamous cell carcinoma, the main risk factors are smoking and alcoholol. ...Read more

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What factors increases the risk of esophageal cancer?

What factors increases the risk of esophageal cancer?

Chronic Heartburn: Severe gastro-esophageal reflux can lead to adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. If you have severe heartburn, see your doctor so you can be screened for pre-cancerous changes of your esophagus. ...Read more

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Possible risk factor, and etiology of iugr?

Possible risk factor, and etiology of iugr?

Multifactorial: There are a number of medical conditions preexisting in the mother that can increase risk of iugr, including hypertension, lupus, kidney disease, and sickle cell; fetal conditions such as abnormal chromosomes; twins or more; infection, placental disorders, smoking, and poor diet, as well as history of iugr in a prior pregnancy. ...Read more

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Describe risk factors of coronary heart disease?

Describe risk factors of coronary heart disease?

See below: The most common riak factors are : family history . Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking ., age>45 in men, >55 in women. ...Read more

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What risk factors are associated with coronary heart disease?

What risk factors are associated with coronary heart disease?

Atherosclerosis: Depends on one's personal risks smoking, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipemia, diabetes , family history. Simply, one blocks the feeding artery to part of the heart muscle and low flow, or no flow causes ischemia which cause death of the heart cells, which is a heart attack! myocardial infarction is the medical term.Ekg and lab tests show the damage. ...Read more

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What are risk factors involved with colon cancer?

What are risk factors involved with colon cancer?

Risks: Risks of any cancer is that it grows or spreads to other organs. Colon cancer has risks of bleeding, intestinal blockage, cancer spreading to lymph nodes or to other organs, intestinal perforation if neglected long enough. ...Read more

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Gestational diabetes mellitus--what are risk factors or causes?

Gestational diabetes mellitus--what are risk factors or causes?

Weight/Family Hist.: Obesity is a major risk for any diabetes. The other factor is genetics. There are many women of asian descent who have a normal weight (and body mass index), but develop gestational or regular diabetes. Obesity is one that people can modify though. ...Read more

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What are risk factors of cholelithiasis?

What are risk factors of cholelithiasis?

Variable: Many people may have gallstones and have no symptoms at all. Some people will get upper abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort, nausea or vomiting. Eating fatty foods may make more discomfort. Vomiting, inability to eat are common. Serious infections sometimes can occur, and sometimes the gallstone can cause bile duct blockage with marked pain, vomiting, jaundice, and sometimes pancreatitis. ...Read more

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What factors increase the risk of diabetes 2?

What factors increase the risk of diabetes 2?

Family history- ie:: genetic history- then obesity , hi fat and hi carbohydrate diets, abnormal sleep-wake cycles, acute stress ...Read more

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What are the risk factors associated with gestational diabetes?

What are the risk factors associated with gestational diabetes?

Many: Diabetes can affect the developing baby throughout the pregnancy. In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects and an increased rate of miscarriage. Many of the birth defects that occur affect major organs such as the brain and heart. During the 2nd & 3rd trimester, a mother's diabetes can lead to over-nutrition & excess growth of the baby. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors of ventilator associated pneumonia?

What are the risk factors of ventilator associated pneumonia?

Ventilator...: Ventilator associated pneumonia occurs when a person has a tube in place that goes into their airway and connects to a ventilator. This allows bacteria to enter the lungs from the outside. Prevention strategies include good oral hygiene, GERD therapy and getting the tube out as quickly as possible. A chest x-ray can confirm the diagnosis and antibiotics treat it after sputum culture is sent to lab ...Read more

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What are the cardiovascular risk factors of diabetes type 2?

What are the cardiovascular risk factors of diabetes type 2?

Heart disease: Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease (clogging of the arteries) which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. This is because diabetes affects your body's metabolism and increases the release of inflammatory proteins and hormones which then exacerbate coronary artery (heart) disease. This disease is not limited to the heart but also affects the blood vessels in your brain as well. ...Read more

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Are there any risk factors for colitis?

Are there any risk factors for colitis?

Causes of colitis: Inflammation (infection, ischemic, ibd) of large intestine = colitis. For ibd: ulcerative colitis primarily involves the lining of the large intestine whereas crohn's is transmural (full thickness involvement by) inflammation of any part of the GI tract (from mouth to anus). Both involve similar pathways of inflammation, are similarly treated, increase risk of colon cancer, & may require surgery. ...Read more

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What are some of the risk factors for getting Gastroenteritis?

What are some of the risk factors for getting Gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis: Most commonly - food and water borne-- Guardia , campylobacter etc - viral - bacterial - food poisoning may give similar symptoms ...Read more

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What is gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis is a condition in which there is a combination of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain . It can be caused by a variety of viral, bacterial and parasitic pathogens. The causative agent for most cases of gastroenteritis is never isolated and the responsible agent never diagnosed. http://patient.info/doctor/gastroenteritis-in-adults-and-older-children ...Read more

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What is gastroenteritis?

What is gastroenteritis?

Is the fancy name: For "stomach flu". It's an infection, usually viral that results in vomiting or diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can sex spread gastroenteritis?

Usually Yes.: Any exchange of body fluid can potentially increase one's risk for an infection. If either you or your partner is sick, i would advise to take a break until everyone is better. ...Read more

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Can you die from gastroenteritis?

Yes: Rotavirus group a is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis worldwide. It causes a dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children. More than a half-million infants and young children worldwide die of rotavirus gastroenteritis each year (parashar et al, 2009). Fatalities from viral gastroenteritis are more likely to occur in those at the extremes of age or the immunocompromised. ...Read more

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What causes gastroenteritis usually?

What causes gastroenteritis usually?

Germ invasion: The gut viruses are spread through saliva & end up on a variety of surfaces like door knobs or shopping carts & live for hours or days.The average adult will pass germs from their contaminated fingers to their face or mouth several times per hour. These germs invade the lining of your gut & cause symptoms.Some bacteria can enter the same way & cause the same sx. Frequent handwasing can reduce this. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get gastroenteritis?

Yes: It is a common illness caused by a virus that has no specific cure. Fortunately, gastroenteritis is self-limited and resolves without specific treatment. Treatment is supportive and symptom directed. ...Read more

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How long does gastroenteritis usually last?

Depends on the cause: But given the fact that the majority of all gastroenteritis cases are caused by viruses, in someone with a healthy immune system, viral gastroenteritis usually lasts somewhere between 4-10 days. Bacterial and toxin-mediated illness can be longer or shorter, depending on the cause. ...Read more

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How to know if I still have gastroenteritis?

Symptoms: The symptoms of Stomach Flu (Viral Gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). ...Read more

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What people are at risk for gastroenteritis?

Gastro: Gastroenteritis is usually caused by a virus and just like the flu is transmitted from person to person. Unlike the flu, it is usually transmitted by poor hand hygeine. It can come in waves on certain communities and during certain tomes of year (spring/summer). Anyone can get gastroenteritis - prevention with good hand washing and food storage is key. ...Read more

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Ok i've got gastroenteritis. What should I do?

Fluid: Stay well hydrated, control nausea and get some bed rest until symptoms have improved. This seldom lasts more than a day or two, and if it stays longer see your doctor. Drink plenty of fluids and if you cannot keep things down - see your doctor. ...Read more

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What to eat when suffering from gastroenteritis?

What to eat when suffering from gastroenteritis?

Bland diet: Take it easy and try to have a bland diet - banana, rice, toast, and plenty of fluid. ...Read more

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How can my cooking give my friend gastroenteritis?

Bad cooking!: It means that the food you served contained bacferia that were not killed by cooking. ...Read more

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How does one person give gastroenteritis to another?

Fecal-oral: This is generally hard to do. Usually other family members or friends/co-workers get infected by the same source as the original person (i.e., contaminated food). The most common way to transmit from person to person is poor hand hygiene in which the virus or bacteria is transmitted from someone's hands to another person's hands or clothes. That person then unknowingly ingests the pathogen. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more