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

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

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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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

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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?

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

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Is there a disease that leads to a weak immune system?

Disease low immune: Yes. Temporarly after viral infections there is t cell dysfunction resulting in asthma. With connective tissue disease the is disordered immune systems. After radiation and around certian chemicals the immune systems is disordered. Many other disorders such as pernicious anemia, scid, subclass deficiency etc. Have a genetic basis. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for Lyme disease to weaken your immune system?

How much time does it take for Lyme disease to weaken your immune system?

Not an issue: Lyme disease doesn't weaken the immune system or cause opportunistic infection. The rash of lyme disease (erythema migrans) may begin a week after a tic bite. Other features of the disease may occur weeks, months, or even years after the initial infection. ...Read more

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Are the drugs you take for autoimmune diseases suppressing the immune system?

Yes.: All medical options for autoimmune disorders are essentially immune modulators or suppressants. ...Read more

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What disease causes the immune system to attack its own central nervous system?

What disease causes the immune system to attack its own central nervous system?

There are a number: Inflammation of the CNS causing damage should normally not occur. Unfortunately, for reasons that are not clear, this can and does happen, an in many cases this leads to irreparable damage. For a didactic review, PubMed is a good place to start looking. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are 3 diseases associated with the immune system?

Many autoimmune Dx!: Psoriasis, inflammatory arthritis, most cases of thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes (juvenile onset), lupus, eczema....I can't stop. Immune issues can cause miscarriages, stroke, blood vessel inflammation (vasculitis). Even acne rosacea is autoimmune! allergies are immune diseases. I can't stop.....................................................................! ...Read more

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What skeletal system diseases develop in the immune system?

What skeletal system diseases develop in the immune system?

Can you clarify?: Are you referring to autoimmune types of connective tissue diseases, such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis? These conditions are caused by inflammation driven by immune cells. Obviously bone marrow is an active immune organ, involved in both innate and adaptive immune function. Destruction of bone marrow from cancer, or cancer treatment, drastically effects immune responses. ...Read more

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Could M-GUS disease destroy my immune system? I get IGG TRASFUSION EVERY 3 weeks

Could M-GUS disease destroy my immune system? I get IGG TRASFUSION EVERY 3 weeks

MGUS: Monoclonal gammopathy of uncertain significance should not even be symptomatic or otherwise alter things, and you should not be getting it treated. Perhaps there is a misunderstanding. If you have hypogammaglobulinemia from some other cause, you need to find out why. ...Read more

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Disease caused by a virus that leads to a gradual destructionn of immune system, what to do?

See doc or clinic...: If you are concerned that you have a viral infection that is gradually destroying your immune system, then please see a physician for diagnosis and therapy. There are some antiviral medications that might help you. If financial resources are limiting, then go to a public clinic where payments are based upon your ability to pay. Empower yourself. You are worth it. ...Read more