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Doctor insights on: How Does Being A Vegetarian Affect You Neurologically

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If you are born without a thyroid gland how does this affect you?

If you are  born without a thyroid gland how does this affect you?

Medical emergency: Newborn blood screening identifies infants with abnormal thyroid function within a few days of life. Babies with low thyroid levels are seen by peds endocrinologists/pediatricians immediately to start thyroid hormone replacement. Depending on where you are, thyroid scan may be done to try identify if the gland is present. Treatment is asap to avoid brain damage to the infant. Most babies do well. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be mild mentally handicapped and how can it affect me as an adult?

What does it mean to be mild mentally handicapped and how can it affect me as an adult?

Lower IQ: Mild mental handicap means having cognitive or learning abilities that are lower than average for your age. One can help by trying to learn as much as possible about how to manage your daily life and handle your family and/or job. Often helpful to seek personal counseling and help with seeking employment , social services, ways to improve yourself. ...Read more

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If you are obese does it affect trying to have a child?

If you are obese does it affect trying to have a child?

It can: Being obese can effect the actual mechanics of making the baby by making it difficult. Erectile problems are more common in the obese, especially if they have high blood pressure and diabetes too. Additionally, being obese affects how the body makes sex and pregnancy hormones. That being said, sometimes obese people make babies easily, and sometimes skinny people are infertile. ...Read more

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How do people get anorexia? Is it a genetic disease? If you want to be anorexic and act as one would, will you become anorexic?

How do people get anorexia? Is it a genetic disease? If you want to be anorexic and act as one would, will you become anorexic?

Anorexia nervosa: Excuse me -- why would you want a deadly illness? Anorexia nervosa does show genetic transmission; it is not complete, but studies with twins show that it's highly heritable. Others can develop it too, but people with this illness suffer and cause their families and significant others suffering too. Please consult a psychiatrist about your desire for self-harm. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?

Can you tell me what you suggest if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?

Possibly: We do know that the elderly have more cognitive issues when infected or if they experience anti-cholinergic medication reactions. Often, the first sign of future dementia is such an event, but not always. Worthwhile getting a cognitive assessment just to clarify future risk issues. ...Read more

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How does smoking affect a person's health if they have HIV?

How does smoking affect a person's health if they have HIV?

HIV and Smoking: Some good information here - please take a look: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/diseases/smoking-and-hiv.html ...Read more

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What would be the best diet for male sperms to have more count i mean. people say diet can affect ur sex and how much fun u have is that true?

What would be the best diet for male sperms to have more count i mean. people say diet can affect ur sex and how much fun u have is that true?

No, ...: Such info catches attention from the public, which in turn generates a huge volume of political correctness and commercialism. If male infertility is your concern, seek evaluation since some 10-15% of couples may not conceive under unprotected sex, and some 50% of causes are from female, 30% from male, and 20% from both. Premature ejaculation is the most common concern in male sexual disorders. ...Read more

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What if a person who is perfectly healthy and does not have any problem takes an epinephrine inj. How will it affect him. Can u please tell me. Thank u?

What if a person who is perfectly healthy and does not have any problem takes an epinephrine inj. How will it affect him. Can u please tell me. Thank u?

Depends: The effect of Epinephrine depends on the dose and how it is given (subcutaneous, intramuscularly, or intravenously). Epinephrine is adrenalin. It typically causes an increase in heart rate, increased blood pressure, shakiness, headache. The effect usually wears off rapidly. It is typically given in an emergency, such as major allergic reactions with breathing problems, or heart stoppage. ...Read more

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What causes liver functions to be elevated when you are a healthy person who does not drink ect.?

What causes liver functions to be elevated when you are a healthy person who does not drink ect.?

Many causes: The most common causes for elevated liver enzymes such as ast and alt in someone asymptomatic are drugs (many medications), chronic viral hepatitis, and fatty liver. Early liver disease is often asymptomatic and symptoms only arise after many years. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some healthy is someone who is free from diseasesso does that mean he or she is having a balanced diet?

Can you tell me some healthy is someone who is free from diseasesso does that mean he or she is having a balanced diet?

Healthy Person: Balanced Diet is one part of good Physical Health. Exercise is one part of good Physical Health Lack of Disease is also part of good health Improve other areas of Health: Intellectual Health Emotional Health Social Health Spiritual Health Healthy Person has good all 5 areas of Health, and maintains his Health. ...Read more

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What does depression actually mean and how does it affect a person's health?

Depressive sxs: Mood isn't happy (i.e., sad, angry, irritable). It can lead to too much sleep or not enough sleep. Weight gain or weight loss. Energy level may be low or possibly even higher than normal if agitated. Depression makes one more succeptible to pain & vice versa. Depression can go hand in hand with problems like fibromyalgia. To make a diagnosis of major depression, sxs must last at least 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you get sick as a child does it affect your immune system?

I'm just wondering, if you get sick as a child does it affect your immune system?

Doubtful: There is some suggestion that early use of antibiotics and frequent use of tylenol (acetaminophen) may increase the risk for asthma. Overall, your childhood illnesses are unlikely to affect your immune system in adulthood. ...Read more

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Can you donate plasma if youre on metformin or simvastatin? what if youre 4ft5 and 126 lbs? Im out of work. does it make you really sick?

Can you donate plasma if youre on metformin or simvastatin? what if youre 4ft5 and 126 lbs? Im out of work. does it make you really sick?

YouCanDonateBloodBut: You do not donate Plasma but blood.According to the Red Cross even if you have Diabetese and take insulin or metformin,you can donate blood as long as your diabetes is under control.You can donate blood if you are taking simvastatin and are otherwise healthy without any heart disase,then you can be accepted as a donor after filling up a questnaire ...Read more

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How does your current health vs your genes affect procreation (assuming you were considering having a child now)?

How does your current health vs your genes affect procreation (assuming you were considering having a child now)?

Gender? Effects ?: The interplay between gene potential & health is complex. In some respects a male gets by easier since they don't carry the pregnancy & of millions of sperm, the healthier ones swim the best. The general health of the female influences quality of eggs available, tolerance to the stress of pregnancy & quality of nourishment to a fetus.Best health = best chance to express genes, worst = worst. ...Read more

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I know a splenectomy can cause diabetes but how will it affect someone who is already a diabetic?

I know a splenectomy can cause diabetes but how will it affect someone who is already a diabetic?

May vary: It has been suggested that the spleen harbors stem cells that act as precursors to insulin-producing pancreas cells, and post-splenectomy patients may have worsening hyperglycemia. Splenectomy does not "cause" diabetes, but may aggravate blood sugar control over the long term. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?

Can you tell me if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?

No: When elderly people have hallucinations or other psychiatric symptoms due to an infections (such as a uti) it is actually a delirium. Delirium is a medical illness and is very serious and the underlying condition (in this case, uti) must be treated. This is a completely different illness then dementia. ...Read more

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How does one know if a person is not getting enough oxygen to brain?

How does one know if a person is not getting enough oxygen to brain?

They pass out: Generally, if a person isnt getting enough oxygen to the brain, he or she will pass out. This is the body's way of protecting the brain by increasing blood flow in the lying position. It is unlikely that minor symptoms are related to lack of oxygen. ...Read more