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How can prion diseases be prevented?

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 more

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Dr. Thomas Montine
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Prion Diseases (Definition)

An infection agent consisting only of protein. They behave in very much as slow viral infections do clinically. Many are neurodegenerative; think mad cow disease, ...Read more


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What diseases can be prevented with vaccines?

What diseases can be prevented with vaccines?

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

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How can progeria be transmitted?

How can progeria be transmitted?

Most new mutations: Progeria is a self limited process with most recorded cases appearing as new mutations in families that have other normal children. There are rare sibships reported indicating an autosomal recessive form exists.Most don't survive their teens. ...Read more

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How can lymphoma be prevented?

How can lymphoma be prevented?

No: Unfortunately there's no known way of preventing lymphoma. Certain rare types of lymphoma only occur in patients with HIV or can be caused by other infections, so in one sense preventing these infections can prevent lymphoma. ...Read more

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How can poliomyelitis be transmitted?

How can poliomyelitis be transmitted?

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 more

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What conditions can be caused by Alzheimer's disease?

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What conditions can be caused by Alzheimer's disease?

Dementia/memory loss: Alzheimer's disease is most common form of dementia which is memory loss accompanied by function loss. Check out www.alz.org for more info. ...Read more

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How could parkinson disease be prevented?

How could parkinson disease be prevented?

Parkinson: Despite a good deal of investigation so far there is no known causes of Parkinson's except for those drug induced. So until the source is found the concept of prevention remains remote. ...Read more

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How can polio be prevented?

How can polio be prevented?

By Vaccinating: Polio is pventable disases and has been almost eradicated by active immunization program in countries like India and others By vaccinating all children with Polio Vaccine ...Read more

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How could viruses be used to cure some genetic diseases?

How could viruses be used to cure some genetic diseases?

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

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How could viruses be used to cure some genetic disease?

How could viruses be used to cure some genetic disease?

Engineering: Viruses can be modified so as not to cause disease. Genes can be inserted in the viruses and the modified virus used as a cargo ship to deliver a specific gene to a cell to cure genetic diseases. This is the principle of gene therapy. ...Read more

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How can hemolytic disease be prevented in a newborn?

How can hemolytic disease be prevented in a newborn?

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

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How can arteriosclerosis be prevented?

How can arteriosclerosis be prevented?

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 more

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How can cardiomyopathy be prevented?

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How can cardiomyopathy be prevented?

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 more

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How can I prevent being affected by a disease outbreak?

Multiple ways: The first way to avoid exposure is to not be there. After that if you are very healthy and no medical issues you can fend off disease better. Good hygiene is another important way to stay disease free. ...Read more

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How can psoriasis be transmitted?

How can psoriasis be transmitted?

It can't: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, not an infectious one. It is not transmitted from one person to another. ...Read more

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How can thrombocytopenia be prevented?

How can thrombocytopenia be prevented?

Depends: There are many causes of thrombocytopenia, some of which are preventable. Causes include (but not limited to) infection, autoimmune disorders, metabolic disorders, toxins, blood or clotting disorders, cancer, liver disease, and genetic diseases. ...Read more

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How can psittacosis be transmitted?

How can psittacosis be transmitted?

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 more

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How can diabetes be prevented?

How can diabetes be prevented?

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 more

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