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How Can Prion Diseases Be Prevented
There are many forms: of Prion disease from Fatal Familial Insomnia to Kuru. Generally speaking I would avoid eating brains form any source (see my editorial in the British Medical Journal Lancet ) also avoid blood products from potentially contaminated sources where there have been cases of Variant CJD (Mad cow disease). Some cases occur through spontaneous mutations, corneal transplants and contaminated allographs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vaccines: there are many diseases which are preventable with the use of vaccinations. Some which can be included in 400 characters: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza, strep pneumoniae, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, influenza, polio, human papilloma virus... to name a few. more info here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/france ...Read more
Oral secretion/stool: The virus is active in the oral secretions of an infected patient from shortly before the onset of symptoms for up to 2 weeks. It is excreted in the stool for several weeks after the onset of illness. The virus is stable for days at room temperature. Contact with any viral material on hands or inhaled as droplets can pass the infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gene therapy: For some genetic diseases, it may be possible to either alter or provide a normal copy of the gene. We do not have the appropriate technology to transfer genes but in nature, viruses do that as part of their lifecycle. In many cases viruses infect cells and inject their genes into the cell. Researchers use this for gene therapy where viruses are geneticly engineered to transmit a normal gene. ...Read more
ABO hemolysis: Hemolysis in newborns due to ABO incompatibility is not preventable, but is manageable under the care of an experienced pediatrician or neonatologist. For this reason, newborns from mothers with type O blood type or who are Rh- will be screened closely for this condition, as early recognition and intervention is key to successful recovery. ...Read more
Life stlye changes: Prevention of arteriosclerosis is possible but not gaurenteed. Some pts can follow a very healthy life style and still get arteriosclerosis. This so because genetics play a key role in developemennt . Also not all risk factors have been discovered yet. The following are the accepted risks.Age, gender, high cholesterol, high blood pressure , diabetes, family history, and tob. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult to prevent: Damage to heart muscle resulting in injury signficantly compromising function can be due to many causes, most commonly due to coronary artery disease. High blood pressure, heritable, infiltrative or infectious causes can also cause cardiomyopathy. Treating risk factors can reduce the risk of preventable disease, but the infectious (especially viral) causes are bad luck & genetic susceptibility. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: All attempts at genetic engineering have so far failed for any disease. ...Read more
Inhalation: The primary route of infection is via inhalation of aerosolized dried bird droppings or if respiratory secretions from sick birds are inhaled. You can get the disease by handling sick birds or even through transient exposure to sick birds. Human to human transmission is rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reduce your risk: There are certain factors which may lead to diabetes. If it runs in your family, you are obese, smoke cigarettes, had gestational diabetes or had a baby weighing 9 or more pounds, have impaired glucose tolerance, do not exercise regularly, low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides, high blood pressure you are at high risk to develop diabetes, so exercise & develop healthy habits to reduce ur risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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