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How can marriage effect someone's physical, intellectual development?

How can marriage effect someone's physical, intellectual development?

Marriage: Everyone who is married, regardless of station in life, wishes for a loving marriage. When we fail or go through difficult times it can affect our spirits, lower our mood as our emotions connect to our brain chemistry and we start to feel low and in some cases slow intellectually. Depression and low mood can have dramatic affects on all aspects of our lives. Remember how great falling in love felt. ...Read more

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Can caffeine in breast milk affect intellectual development of the infant?

Can caffeine in breast milk affect intellectual development of the infant?

Possibly: Small amounts of caffeine taken in the morning are probably not harmful. But if a baby does not get adequate sleep due to excessive caffeine in the breast milk, the lack of sleep can certainly affect their intellectual development. ...Read more

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What is intellectual deveolpment in adulthood?

What is intellectual deveolpment in adulthood?

Multidimensional: There are many phases of adulthood with varying typical tasks. Intellectual development in early adulthood (say 20-30) involves applying what one has learned to a set of discrete real-world tasks (family, career). This requires constraining one's pov. Later in life (50+), further development requires a re-broadening of one's outlook to encompass much that one needed to set aside. ...Read more

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How can childhood malnutrition effect body development as an adult?

How can  childhood malnutrition effect body development as an adult?

Mostly short stature: Childhood malnutrition affects a child's growth, thus it affects the adult height. It also affects the brain function, the immune systems, the digestive systems and etc. ...Read more

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My 4 yo daughter has underarm body odor like an adult would have. She shows no other abnormal signs-no hair, breast development. Is this a problem?

My 4 yo daughter has underarm body odor like an adult would have. She shows no other abnormal signs-no hair, breast development. Is this a problem?

This does happen: with children sometimes without any underlying reason or problem. However, I would recommend discussing this with her pediatrician, and having her examined by them also. They may suggest some laboratory testing to rule out a metabolic or endocrine problem, but they may also determine that it is not a problem and allow you to use a basic deodorant only product. ...Read more

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Does most or at least half of the adult population have gum recession as a result of natural aging into their eighties?

Does most or at least half of the adult population have gum recession as a result of natural aging into their eighties?

Sort of..: Some minor recession may be normal, BUT most pathological gum-recession that I see is from people that have mildly-moderately brushed/scrubbed their teeth with large aggressive motions! Use gentle/small 'massaging' micro-motions with a soft tooth brush! ...Read more

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Can Swab test result prove whether a child has an infection, like influenza? Can it also done in adult and to find other medical issue with someone?

Can Swab test result prove whether a child has an infection, like influenza? Can it also done in adult and to find other medical issue with someone?

Nasal swab: There is a nasal swab test for influenza. It is not incredibly reliable (meaning it can be negative but still have the flu). These tests are specific in what they test for - I'm not sure what "other medical issue" you want to rule out but a flu swab isn't going to be the test to do it. ...Read more

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I was born w/ no soft spot and as a result had big forhead when l was a baby and know asan adult I have no head deformaties. Do I have craniocynostosi?

I was born w/ no soft spot and as a result had big forhead when l was a baby and know asan adult I have no head deformaties. Do I have craniocynostosi?

Craniosynostosis: You made your own diagnosis, but its a shame that it might have not been discovered in infancy... At this point you cannot do anything to change that. The skull is formed and thats all the room you get for your brain! however, if you have neurological symptoms like seizures, learning problems (developmental delay) you probably should consult a neurologist and properly review your medical history. ...Read more

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What type of brain damage can result from a fever of over 104 for 11 days in an adult?

What type of brain damage can result from a fever of over 104 for 11 days in an adult?

How Far Over?: Brain damage from a fever generally will not occur unless the fever is over 107.6 °f (42 °c). That being said, if a person has a relatively low threshold for febrile seizures, it is conceivable that a lower fever could induce frequent seizures and cause problems from low oxygen getting to the brain (anoxic injury). ...Read more

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