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What to do if I have to do this leaflet for years 1+2 about diseases, like sars and swine flu. how are they transmitted ?

What to do if I have to do this leaflet for years 1+2 about diseases, like sars and swine flu. how are they transmitted ?

Leaflet: If asked to do a leaflet about a medical topic that is not in an area of yoru expertise, it would be wise to consult an authoritative source like the CDC website for information. The CDC does a good job in making medical information available in a way that everyone can understand it. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) (Definition)

SARS is a severe viral respiratory illness. It is contagious, and may be life-threatening. Common symptoms include cough, trouble breathing, and high fever. ...Read more


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Expat in singapore. Concerned about sars. Am I the only person here who is really scared of this disease?

Probably: Sars has not been detected in a long time, and the epidemic from many years ago has not repeated itself. Individual cases may pop up, but I have not heard of them, and i monitor the cdc web site for epidemic data regularly. ...Read more

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Which of the following diseases would you consider to be endemic- sars, aids, flu, influenza or cancer?

Which of the following diseases would you consider to be endemic- sars, aids, flu, influenza or cancer?

All except SARS: Hiv/aids, flu, influenza and cancer all occur on a regular basis and by definition are endemic. There was an epidemic of sars and a sars like illness in now present in the middle east. ...Read more

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How can kidney disease affect the immune system?

How can  kidney disease affect the immune system?

Plenty of reasons: If your kidneys are losing protein in your urine (proteinuria), this can affect the production of antibodies to fight infections. If your kidney disease is a result of uncontrolled diabetes, elevated blood sugars can lower the immune response to infections. Finally, if one is on dialysis, great care must be taken to keep the dialysis site sterile as this is often a source of infections. ...Read more

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How does kidney disease actually affect the immune system?

How does kidney disease actually affect the immune system?

Lowers immunity : Kidney diseases usually lowers someone's immunity as evidenced by the high risk of these patients to develop infections ( pneumonia, urine infection etc) and their lack to respond appropriately to vaccinations ( hepatitis ....). ...Read more

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Why is celiac disease considered an autoimmune disease? Does it affect the immune system?

Why is celiac disease considered an autoimmune disease? Does it affect the immune system?

Terminology: If the body develops antibodies to human tissue of any type,it is labeled auto immune.In celiac disease and lesser forms of gluten sensitivity, the body has developed antibodies to tissue transglutaminases.These can cause injury to the absorptive surfaces of the small intestines and impair absorption of nutrients.Nutritional deficits can weaken the body but are not specific to the immune system ...Read more

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Is it possible the immune system can cause an autoimmune attack with t cells nk killer cells without causing antibodies and what diseases can they be?

Yes: An example would be coombs negative hemolytic anemia in a patient with large granular lymphocytosis. Very detailed question so if you need more information probably need a long appointment with your doc. ...Read more

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Can there be some reason why your immune system wouldn't fight disease at all?

Can there be some reason why your immune system wouldn't fight disease at all?

There some!: Job's syndrome-high ige, deficiency of iga-gi disease, parasites. Complement deficiency: propensity to lupus, ra, and sjogren's. But most people who catch diseases easily are stressed and fatigued. The stress can be emotional of physical or both! ...Read more

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Do autoimmune diseases suppress your immune system?

Generally yes.: Autoimmune disorders deregulate the immune system and may even compromise it. The medications used to manage these disorders suppress the immune system predictably. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system?

Yes: They represent any abnormal immune response and often therefore will suppress the normal immune response. ...Read more