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Dr. Hatem Asad
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Hiccups (Definition)

A hiccup is an unintentional movement (spasm) of the diaphragm, the muscle at the base of the lungs. The spasm is followed by quick closing of the vocal cords, which produces a distinctive sound. Hiccups often start for no apparent reason and usually disappear after a few minutes. Rarely, hiccups can last for days, weeks, or months. Hiccups are common and normal ...Read more


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Are there statistics on the effects of drug abuse?

Are there statistics on the effects of drug abuse?

Effects of drug use: According to the national institute on drug abuse, the annual cost in the U.S. Of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use is $600 billion. In most states, the legal threshold for intoxication is a blood alcohol level of .10%. Judgment, attention, and sensorimotor skills can be impaired at .05% bal. Spice, a synthetic form of marijuana, can cause increased heart rate & blood pressure like stimulants. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is drug abuse in pregnancy?

What kind of condition is drug abuse in pregnancy?

Drug abuse in pregna: Means basically taking substances(alcohol, prescription drugs, ilicit drugs) that are not needed for the simple reason of providing pleasure and comfort to the pregnant patient.An addiction mechanism is involved every time. ...Read more

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Does alcohol and drug abuse usually lead to memory loss?

Does alcohol and drug abuse usually lead to memory loss?

Yes: Certainly in the case of alcohol, severe dementia can take place as a consequence certain psychoactive drugs can cause temporary or more persistent changes in memory depending on degree and duration of abuse. ...Read more

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Would history of drug abuse be a cause for myasthenia gravis?

Would history of drug abuse be a cause for myasthenia gravis?

No: Myasthenia gravis is a curious autoimmune disease. I've seen nothing in my decades in medicine to suggest that any of the drugs of abuse trigger this sort of autoimmunity. Don't try to find an explanation, but instead by glad that the past addiction is indeed in the past. ...Read more

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What is the diferences between drug abuse and drug addiction?

What is the diferences between drug abuse and drug addiction?

Abuse vs dependence: Drug abuse is using too much ; having consequences. Dependence, or addiction, involves development of craving ; compulsion, tolerance ; @ times withdrawal. An alcohol abuser drive drunk ; get a dui, but isn't compelled to drink again, nor lose control once starting to drink. An alcoholic may be able to stay sober or have 1 drink @ times, but sometimes can't avoid the first drink ; then can't stop. ...Read more

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What initiatives are underway regarding drug abuse prevention?

What initiatives are underway regarding drug abuse prevention?

Drug abuse: One of the biggest ones is an end user project called rems - it ensures md education and more important patient education. However, it does not deal with the lack of education in the education during training. Furthermore, the current "banning" of interaction between pharm reps and md's has resulted in less knowledge. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a dangerous condition where people are addicted to, or dependent on, illicit or other ...Read more