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How Has The Traditional Family Changed Over The Years
Dramatically : The treatment options of diabetes have changed dramatically in the us. Metformin was approved for use in the mid 1990's and since then 9 more classes of diabetes medications have been added as treatment options including a new class just approved in 4/2013. Prior to metformin we had just Insulin and one class of oral medication (sulfonylureas). Many new insulins have been added since then as well. ...Read more
If you've (adult) been same height for the last 8+ years & foot size has been the same even longer, is growth complete and no further height to come?
Hasn't much: There have been few ground breaking developments in anesthesia over the past 15 years. The use of intravenous acetaminophen, indwelling pain pumps that infuse local an esthetics post operatively, long acting/ slow release opiates that are injected epidurally or in the operative joint would be some examples. ...Read more
Pacemaker: Yes - it is very sophisticated due to advancement in electronic technology and in making things smaller. ...Read more
How has our society changed in the past 2 decades that has made obesity a major problem in today's youth?
Obese kids: 1. Kids spend more time playing video games rather than being active outdoors. 2. Kids eat more junk food. 3. People eat cheap food when the economy is bad, and the cheapest foods (fast food) tends to be the worse for you. 4. There are more fast food restaurants now than before. The food they serve in schools is terrible. ...Read more
Is there any way to reduce the progression of alzheimers? My dad has been getting worse over the last few years?
Physical exercise.: To date there is unfortunately no cure to alzheimer's disease. We can not reverse or stop its progression. Physical exercise has shown some benefit in slowing down the decline in dementia as well as some medications like cholinesterase inhibitors ( aricept (donepezil)...). We also recommend socialization ...Read more
Many things : Over the last few decades many things have changed: Taxanes as part of the chemo plan is established for lymph node-positive disease. Herceptin was approved for Her2+ breast cancer. Pertuzumab was approved for Her2+ breast cancer when given before surgery. Lumpectomy and radiation are alternative to mastectomy in many patients. Radiation is more focused, allowing less toxicity. ...Read more
My father has a soft-skinned tumor like structure that gradually grow for the past 6 years on the right portion of his navel.Is it a cyst?Please help.
Alot!: Chemo: molecular staging leading to more precise targeted therapy; new drugs such as Herceptin (trastuzumab) and aromatase inhibitors. Surgery: increased breast conserving rx, sentinel ln biopsy, oncoplastic surgery, nipple-sparing mastectomy. Radiation therapy: partial breast irradiation (brachytherapy, intraoperative radiation therapy). Prevention: brca testing....Just to a name a few. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My best friend's father, who is 85, has recently developed some form of dementia. It has become a safety issue where he leaves the house in the middle of the night-no shoes and no real idea where he is going. This seemed to occur quite rapidly over the la
One must be careful: To "babysit" this type of present and if not capable then help should be gotten or consider nursing home placement. Sometimes, locks need to be placed on doors or alarms set. This is a sad and tough part of life. Your question was cut off.... ...Read more
diagnosed with depression /ADD for over 12 years. In the last 2 yrs the stock and manufacturers have been no supply/changed brand/caused side effects
Depression: with attention all disorders can be difficult to diagnose and manage. I typically will do 3 hours of formal neuropsych testing in addition to a 90 minute consult before recommending pharmacotherapy. It is not uncommon for a therapy to stop working after a while without any change in formulary. Www.healthtap.com/drericweisman ...Read more
What kind of fillings are used on children? My seven year old son has got to go in for a filling, unfortunately, and i'd like to know if they use standard silver fillings on children or the porcelain ones? I'm worried about the mercury that's in the silve
I'm a teenager & I traveled extensively throughout the world. The past 6 months I've had a rash. Over the counter treatment doesn't work. What now?
Elective deliveries: I am sure it would depend on who you ask but in my mind one of the greatest improvements in child birth in the last 10 years are guidelines from the american academy of obsetrics and gynecology that call for an end to elective csections and inductions before 39 weeks. When followed this guideline has led to a huge drop in nicu admissions for near term babies with respiratory distresss. ...Read more
For the past 3 years i've worn a headset for most of the day, and they have changed the shape of my ears. If i stop wearing them, will they change back?
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