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We live in nice highrise along the harbor. Not uncommon to hear of rat sightings. What is our risk if in contact with one?

We live in nice highrise along the harbor. Not uncommon to hear of rat sightings. What is our risk if in contact with one?

35 Diseases: Worldwide, rats and mice spread over 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through handling of rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, or through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through ticks, mites or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent. See http://www.Cdc. Gov/rodents/. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have depression go to harvard and I don't know what to do.?

What do you suggest if I have depression go to harvard and I don't know what to do.?

Depression: Generally there are two types of depression. The first is dysthymia, which is a chronic type of depression that varies little in intensity, and major depression, which varies in intensity a great deal. Get an evaluation by a psychiatrist for what ails you, and seek a psychotherapist to discuss what depression means to YOU. ...Read more

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Does all canned luncheon meat like SPAM harbor listeria? Ate product made with it meant to be cold never warmed. I'm 34w today.

Listeria risks: It can be very difficult to know if food is contaminated or not with bacteria. For that, mostly, we have to trust the FDA and food inspectors. That said, certain clues can help us avoid foodborne illness. Smell and taste obviously. Also, "age" of something after it was opened. Spam direct from can was OK but if it's been in the fridge for a while, toss it. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. ...Read more

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After having started dialysis on Monday Harolds creatinine levels were dropping, today they have risen to a level of 600, is there a reason for this?

After having started dialysis on Monday Harolds creatinine levels were dropping, today they have risen to a level of 600, is there a reason for this?

No dialysis : Creatinine will drop after dialysis, and gradually rise until the next therapy. In the beginning, choir doctors may need some trial and error to get the right schedule. Discuss your concerns with them. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can Naegleria Fowleri be present in soaking wet hot towels? I mean in the droplets when it is shrunk? In other words can a hot towel machine harbor it?

Can Naegleria Fowleri be present in soaking wet hot towels? I mean in the droplets when it is shrunk? In other words can a hot towel machine harbor it?

Absolutely-of course: Bacteria are not homeothermic life forms. They are endothermic &, within limits, depending on specific characteristics, grow and divide more rapidly at higher temperatures; below boiling. Study: https://www.google.com/#q=Naegleria+Fowleri+growth+and+temperature for an overview. ...Read more

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What is the glycemic index and glycemic load for plantain chips? It is not on glycemicindex. Com or on health. Harvard. Edu so please don't link sites.

Search Internet: Glycemic index of plaintains depends upon whether it's raw, green or ripe & whether boiled or fried (I suppose there are other ways to cook/eat them, too): http://www.Ehow. Com/facts_5765402_glycemic-index-plantains_. Html. Glycemic load is dependent upon serving size, eg 1 ounce vs 100g: http://nutritiondata. Self. Com/facts/snacks/10650/2. I use links so you'll know I didn't just pull numbers from. ...Read more

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What do you all, as doctors, think about potential usefulness of personal genome project being done @ harvard? Will docs use it as a tool in future?

What do you all, as doctors, think about potential usefulness of personal genome project being done @ harvard?  Will docs use it as a tool in future?

Yes : The info will help in many ways: identify which diseases you are more likely to have, estimate the severity of that disease, preventing the disease if possible, determine which medications are more appropriate for you- all based on the info regarding what genes you have and how those genes influence your reaction to your environment. ...Read more

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Why does MRSA harbor in the nose yet it is not resp transmitted?

MRSA: Staphylococcus aureus (in this case methicillin-resistant) is part of our normal bacterial flora. It is not until it gains entry into various areas of our body that it becomes a pathogen. This often occurs with disruption in the skin and mucous membranes. It can, in fact, be respiratorily transmitted under the proper circumstances. This is a complex subject that cannot be fully addressed here. ...Read more

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One daughter had a ringworm which turned into a rash of ringworm. It then spread to everyone in our house and even grandparents house. Harolds Patch?

One daughter had a ringworm which turned into a rash of ringworm. It then spread to everyone in our house and even grandparents house. Harolds Patch?

Ring worm: Ringworm is the name for a fungal infection called Tinea Corporis which appears in a circular ring like manner on the skin. Typically, with red margins and central clearing in appearance these are spread through direct and indirect contact. You should follow up with your physician to determine best anti-fungal therapy. ...Read more

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Can earwax harbor BV bacteria and cause reinfection?

Yes: But the true meaning behind your question eludes me. ...Read more

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I was swimming in a harbor when I felt like thousands of needles were going into my legs. Now i have all little red dots that r spreading. What is it?

I was swimming in a harbor when I felt like thousands of needles were going into my legs. Now i have all little red dots that r spreading. What is it?

Jellyfish: You had a close encounter with a school of jellyfish. Wash your legs well and you can also use a vinegar swab to cut down the stinging and neutralize the toxin. You will be uncomfortable for a while but will not suffer any permanent damage. ...Read more

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Harvard's recent research: "gut flora is key to either gaining or losing weight, pill on the horizon". What food alters bad bacteria into good ones?

Harvard's recent research: "gut flora is key to either gaining or losing weight, pill on the horizon". What food alters bad bacteria into good ones?

Doubtful: Body weight is calories in versus calories out. I could only find articles about obesity and gut bacteria in obscure journals (help me, anyone?) and I suspect this is just one more fake internet story. I bet dimes-to-dollars this "pill" never appears, but until it does, why not head down to the gym and have a really good time working and eating with fitness-focused friends? ...Read more

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Would it be possible to ask doctor to prescribe Chloroquine/Amodiaquine for off-label use? Harvard recently found them extremely effective for PD.

Would it be possible to ask doctor to prescribe Chloroquine/Amodiaquine for off-label use? Harvard recently found them extremely effective for PD.

You can always ask: A healthy patient-physician relationship should make you comfortable making reasonable request. Having said that, if I know which study you are referring to — one has to keep in mind the study is very much a laboratory study showing chloroquine/amodiaquine can activate Nurr1, a "master switch" for brain regeneration, in petri dish. Clinical efficacy has NOT being proven. ...Read more

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Can foiled, frozen cake in the freezer harbor bacteria such as listeria? I'm 36 weeks pregnant and craving some baby shower cake...

Can foiled, frozen cake in the freezer harbor bacteria such as listeria? I'm 36 weeks pregnant and craving some baby shower cake...

Listeria: Anything is possible, but this would be highly improbable, and this infection is incredibly uncommon under any circumstances. Best wishes and enjoy your cake. ...Read more

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My 5 yo has had multiple strep infections occurring as a rash on skin around nose. Could he be harboring strep in his sinuses? Treatment options?

My 5 yo has had multiple strep infections occurring as a rash on skin around nose. Could he be harboring strep in his sinuses? Treatment options?

Staph rather: More than strep, ask your doctor for bactroban nasal, if s/he thinks your son would benefit from. Often times it is staph colonization of the nasal vestibule that can cause this, if no improvement, see a dermatologist, good luck ...Read more

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My son had genetic test sent to Harvard For hgb disorder. He also has low muscle tone. Would the genetic testing pick up muscular dystrophy too?

My son had genetic test sent to Harvard For hgb disorder. He also has low muscle tone. Would the genetic testing pick up muscular dystrophy too?

Generally not: That would be like doing a compression test on a car engine and finding a brake problem. You only find (or not) what you're looking for. And muscular dystrophy isn't just a matter of muscle tone. You need to read up on a disease or condition before you start making these transcontinental jumps to conclusions. ...Read more

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How is it possible I have chronic prostatitis after massage hand job with oil? Could oil harbor stds?

Not always and STD: Prostatitis/prostodynia isn't always caused by an STD. Any bacteria that can cause a bladder infection (such as e-coli) can cause it. Sometimes it is from trauma. Riding a bicycle, for example, can give you prostatitis/prostodynia. Sometimes the cause is never found and cultures for bacteria are repeatedly negative. Oil is unlikely to harbor STDs. Best wishes! ...Read more

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