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Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome preventable yet?

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome preventable yet?

Safe sex.: Safe sex, avoiding illicit drug use, and universal precautions for healthcare workers can prevent most cases of hiv. ...Read more

Dr. Dawn Sokol
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Weak Immune System (Definition)

Weak immune system refers to a state where the body's ability to fight off infection is diminished. A person's immune system can be weakened by chronic disease, malnutrition, or congenital defects of ...Read more


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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
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Check cholesterol medications
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Have a venous ultrasound to check for reflux
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Which test can be use to dignose/identify any immunodeficiency? Thanks

Which test can be use to dignose/identify any immunodeficiency?
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History is important: The specific tests to identify an immunodeficiency are guided by the history and physical exam from your doctor. Tests to evaluate the immune system can include complete blood count (CBC) with differential, peripheral blood smear, esr, immunoglobulin (ig) profile with total iga, igm, igg and at times ige (if eczema present). Total hemolytic complement (ch50) and as well as HIV may be checked. ...Read more

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What are the tests for severe combined immunodeficiency?

What are the tests for severe combined immunodeficiency?

Depends: Scid screening should be done very early in life -- within the first few days. This test is clinically available and looks for, or the lack of, trec's -- which are parts of dna that should be present if immune system is developing properly. If scid screen is abnl and suggests scid the immunophenotyping will be done to confirm screen and further identify genetic defect. ...Read more

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

Visit your medical provider for accurate diagnosis
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Wear a wrist brace at night
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Take pain medications as directed
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Use proper posture when performing tasks
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What is the cause of combined immunodeficiency?

Several gene defects: Combined immunodeficiency (cid) results from many gene defects, they have in common that the result is impairment of the cells of the immune system and also the production of antibodies. Cells and antibodies are essential to fight infections and also for surveillance of cancer cells. ...Read more

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Does anyone treat a baby with severe combined immunodeficiency?

Does anyone treat a baby with severe combined immunodeficiency?

SCID treatment: Highly-trained pediatric immunologists in hospital settings are generally the doctors who treat scid. A good place for you to start learning about this disorder is to go to the website of the immune deficiency foundation: www.Primaryimmune.Org or to go to the jeffrey modell centers website: www.Info4pi.Org. Your local allergist/immunologist can also refer you to the nearest facility in your area. ...Read more

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Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Checklist)

Learn about your condition
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Listen, listen, listen
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Practice stress management and mindfulness
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Do not be afraid to Ask for feedback
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Is there a way to treat severe combined immunodeficiency with gene therapy?

Is there a way to treat severe combined immunodeficiency with gene therapy?

Maybe: In the future gene therapy may be the way we treat scid, but right now the details of how to do this safely have not been proven. At the present time, bone marrow transplant is the mainstream of treatment. Trials may once again start with gene therapy at a few centers in the near future to see if this can be done safely. ...Read more

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