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How effective is the shingles vaccine for a 60 year old vs a 80 year old?

How effective is the shingles vaccine for a 60 year old vs a 80 year old?

Vaccine efficacy: The efficacy of the vaccine in preventing shingles is higher in ages 60-69 years -- vaccine efficacy is 64%. In patients older than 70, vaccine efficacy is 38%. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Shingles Vaccine (Definition)

The shingles vaccine protects your body from reactivation of a virus — the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus — that most people are exposed to during childhood. When you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays latent in your body. For unknown reasons, though, the latent virus sometimes gets reactivated years later, causing shingles. The shingles ...Read more


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How effective is t-pa for a 90 year old suffering a stroke?

How effective is t-pa for a 90 year old suffering a stroke?

Might help: When thromboplastin activator first appeared it was felt dangerous for elderly pts, and only safe if used very early. All of this is now modified and it may be both safe and effective in older pts if additional risk factors are not present. However, still most effective if used as early as possible. ...Read more

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What is a good medication for 'bed-sore' of an 80 yr old patient?

What is a good medication for 'bed-sore' of an 80 yr old patient?

None: There are no medications for bedsores. Wound care and avoiding pressure to the area are the best options. Wound care may include removal of dead tissue and the use of a vac dressing to promote healing. On occasion large sore may require a surgical flap to get the wound to heal. Adequate nutrition is essential to get wound healing. The best treatment is really prevention. ...Read more

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Which vaccines does a 60 year old need?

Which vaccines does a 60 year old need?

At least 3: At age 60, according to the advisory committee on immunization practices, three are recommended (more in some high risk cases). A tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, or whooping cough) for everyone 19 and over, a shingles vaccine for 60 and over, and flu vaccines are recommended in the fall. For a complete list of proven preventive recs, see the ipad /iphone app prevention checklist 2013. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for aneurysm for a 80 year old patient?

Is there a natural cure for aneurysm for a 80 year old patient?

Not really: Aneurysms never really get any smaller as long as they are subject to arterial pressure. Stabilizing aneurysm growth may be possible with control of blood pressure into a normal range and stopping smoking. Other treatments with antibiotics are thought to decrease the rate of aneurysm growth as well. ...Read more

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Is 120/74 good for a 60 year old male?

Is 120/74 good for a 60 year old male?

Wonderful: That is a perfect blood pressure, whether on medication or not. However, the more important question to ask if you have dizziness, fainting spells, nausea, chest pain, headache, or otherwise feel unwell. For a small number of people, that blood pressure may be too low if it was recently much higher. It may have to be reduced gradually. ...Read more

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Is shingles common in a 18 year old boy?

Is shingles common in a 18 year old boy?

It happens: I've seen it in toddlers as early as 15 months and it is seen throughout life. Though more common in older adults, it is not rare. ...Read more

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Why is it more difficult for an eighty year old woman to recover from the flu than a thirty year old?

Why is it more difficult for an eighty year old woman to recover from the flu than a thirty year old?

WHEN YOU ARE 80,: You typically are dealing with aging related conditions like heart disease and diabetes, just to mention the 2 most common. Chronic medical conditions tend to make your immune system a bit more sluggish at times. The good news is, over 80 years you have been exposed to a lot more bugs than someone in their 30's, so your immune "memory cells" have been programmed and are ready to minimize problems. ...Read more

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What is the preventive way to protect a young boy of seven year old from nut allergy?

What is the preventive way to protect a young boy of seven year old  from  nut allergy?

EpiPen (epinephrine) Jr: In addition to your precautions at home, make sure child has written emergency action plan at school and access to Epipen (epinephrine) (home and school) for any signs of anaphylaxis. Be sure to replace with new prescription each year even when unused. ...Read more

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How long does it takes for a five year old girl vs a sixteen year old girl to get hypothermia?

Hypothermia: Younger children take longer to recover from same degree of hypothermia because their body surface area is larger. Kids less than 5 yrs are in particular at risk. Children 5 yrs to 14 yrs develop hypothermia with same level of exposure in same time. Almost all of them ( ages 5-14) recover with minimal serious long term consequences. ...Read more

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What is the typical weight for a 13 year old boy who is 6'0?

What is the typical weight for a 13 year old boy who is 6'0?

145 to 180: 150 to 180 pounds falls into the 20 to 25 recommended BMI. Certainly at 13, we'd expect him to be at the LOW end of this! ...Read more

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All things being equal is treatment for glaucoma more aggressive in a 60 year old or in an 80 year old?

All things being equal is treatment for glaucoma more aggressive in a 60 year old or in an 80 year old?

Arguably the same: A lot of factors figure into the approach for glaucoma management including life expectancy. Above all, preservation of visual function is of paramount importance and control of a patient's eye pressure figures strongly into this. Because a younger patient potentially lives longer, treatment is generally more aggressive, particularly if disease is advanced. ...Read more

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What is the average height for a 18 year old female?

What is the average height for a 18 year old female?

163cm/5'4" in US: There are downloadable growth charts that you can use to monitor height/weight at different ages on the CDC website. See: www.cdc.gov/growthcharts ...Read more

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My 36 year old daughter is diagnosed with pertussis pneumonia after receiving dot booster three years ago. What are the long term implications, follow?

My 36 year old daughter is diagnosed with pertussis pneumonia after receiving dot booster three years ago. What are the long term implications, follow?

It happens: As a bacterial disease, pertussis acquisition depends on level of exposure and level of resistance.The vaccine, though helpful, will not prevent the illness but has been shown to reduce intensity for the individual & epidemics in the community.Pertussis is most deadly among those under a year old, but does trigger the "100 days " cough in adults. Even full disease does not confer total immunity. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give a kidney transplant to a 75 year old patient or 56 year old patient?

Is it safe to give a kidney transplant to a 75 year old patient or 56 year old patient?

Can be safe: Kidney transplants have been done in recipients as old as 80 years, but that is very rare. What is more important than the chronological age of the patient is the physiological age. Specifically, prior cancers, infections, and the cardiovascular health of the patient needs to be evaluated. The potential for physical rehabilitation needs realistic assessment as well. ...Read more

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How typical is it for a 24 years old male to have chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

How typical is it for a 24 years old male to have chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

Yes, very rare: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia(cll) is a cancer of the elderly folks but it can occur in middle aged folks too. It is very rare before the age of 30. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more