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Is teen pregnancy a problem in the world?

Is teen pregnancy a problem in the world?

Yes: People becoming pregnant before they have the ability to care adequately for the child is a worldwide problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is dying in your sleep rare in a 23 yo female?

Is dying in your sleep rare in a 23 yo female?

Extremely rare: More concerning is why, at age 23, you would be concerned about dying in your sleep. If this is a preoccupying fear that you find yourself obsessively worrying or perseverating over, this could be a sign of depression, anxiety, OCD, or other psychiatric problems. In someone with a profile that mentions depression and anxiety, such as yourself, I would worry that better control of those is needed. ...Read more

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My wife age is 28 + is there any problem in conceiving? What is the maximum age in females to conceive a child?

My wife age is 28 + is there any problem in conceiving? What is the maximum age in females to conceive a child?

28 is great: 28 is a very good age to start trying to conceive. Fertility rate begins to decrease at the age of 34 and the miscarriage rate increases after that age as well. But, today, many, many women conceive their first baby after the age of 35 and do very well with good obstetric care. Though there are risks to the mom and baby after 35, they can be evaluated and managed in most cases. Get early care! ...Read more

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What stage in a woman's life is a woman considered to be at an age where pregnancy is riskier?

What stage in a woman's life is a woman considered to be at an age where pregnancy is riskier?

20 - 25 best age: Teenage women and women roughly starting at the age of 25 have increasing risk of all kinds of pregnancy complications - which many times with proper prenatal care can be managed and result in the delivery of a healthy baby while keeping mom safe. ...Read more

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What is the chance of a 23yo female to die suddenly in there sleep no history in the family?

What is the chance of a 23yo female to die suddenly in there sleep no history in the family?

Very rare: It's very rare for a young person to ,abruptly die in their sleep. If it happens is usually due to a rupture of a brain aneurysm or a sudden cardiac arrthymia. Most cardiac events can be avoided by periodic histories and physicals. ...Read more

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What is the single most important factor in reducing osteoporosis in older women?

What is the single most important factor in reducing  osteoporosis in older women?

Osteoporosis: There are many very good medications that can help control osteoporosis. The bone mineral density should be measured at least once a year while on therapy, or preferably every 6 months. ...Read more

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Is it a concern of having hypoglycemia in children?

Is it a concern of having hypoglycemia in children?

Yes: Hypoglycemia in anyone, including children, can suggest an underlying metabolic problem including Insulin resistance or other pancreatic problems. Hypoglycemia in anyone should be further evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a major factor in low birth weight?

What is a major factor in low birth weight?

Major Factor: Low birth weight has multiple causes. Utero placental insufficiency being the ultimate culprit. In truth there are many major factors that cause low birth weight. In our present day, in our community i must say that the major factor responsible for lbw is cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

Depends on which : Factor. There are about a dozen clotting factors and any of those could be deficient. Some are serious others not so much. It is not feasible to provide specific suggestion from the information provided. ...Read more

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I've heard the mother's age at conception is important (below 35 usually best) for a baby's health. How much of a factor is the father's age?

I've heard the mother's age at conception is important (below 35 usually best) for a baby's health.  How much of a factor is the father's age?

Age effects: Women get the blunt of aging effect due to the basics of reproduction.Women are born with all the eggs they will ever release and the effect of background radiation/toxic exposures add up.Men produce sperm from stem cells and essentially make a new batch daily.The healthiest and best swimmers are the most successful for conception.This natural selection spares some of the age issue for men. ...Read more

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When should a woman have her first child by? For example is there a sharp increase in pregnancy risk over a certain age?

When should a woman have her first child by?  For example is there a sharp increase in pregnancy risk over a certain age?

When she is ready: There is not an age when there is a "sharp" increase in pregnancy risks. Generally speaking, pregnancy risks tend to increase with age. That also applies to risks for genetic anomalies (like down syndrome), that risk at age 35 is 1 in 270 and it increases with each year. There is no specific age that is recommended as "best" to have your first child. ...Read more

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Is a PSA test and an ultrasound sufficient in case of recurring blood in semen in a teenager?

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Is a PSA test and an ultrasound sufficient in case of recurring blood in semen in a teenager?

Here are some...: Hi! KSkinner, The answer to this Q may be referred to that I offered for you in another question you posted. Again, testing PSA + US would exceed what you need as a 19-y-o man. More? Ask your treating doctor who possesses more pertinent info about you than anyone online. ...Read more

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Is it true that the chances of having a child with a chromosomal abnormality increases as a womans age increases over 40 year?

Is it true that the chances of having a child with a chromosomal abnormality increases as a womans age increases over 40 year?

Yes: It actually increases to a small degree with every year after peak fertility in the mid 20's. At 40 the risk of a trisomy 21 down syndrome reaches 1% while at 45 it reaches 2%. This number is added to the random risk of 4% that any pregnancy has of an unexpected event (cleft palate, premi, other defect). ...Read more

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Is it common for a person in their early twenties to have a loss of cervical lardosis?

Is it common for a person in their early twenties to have a loss of cervical lardosis?

Cervical spine: Not common but loss of normal lordosis can occur with poor posture, a previous traumatic injury, and early arthritis in the cervical spine. Neck exercises for strengthening muscles and improving posture can reverse the loss of lordosis (kyphosis).See a spine specialist for treatment. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to be in a relationship where the male is two years younger than the female?

Is it healthy to be in a relationship where the male is two years younger than the female?

Relationships: Two years does not usually make a significant difference except in the early years. A young 18 year old man is likely to show more difference than a 32 year old man in a relationship with a 34 year old woman. Assess the quality of the relationship, this should be the most important factor. Best. ...Read more

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What is the lower limit in age to diagnose depression in a child?

What is the lower limit in age to diagnose depression in a child?

Not too young: Ahedonia (absence of happiness) is a common childhood symptom of depression. So are irritability anger tantrums misbehavior oppositionality aggressiveness. These latter attributes could be normal in some age groups. So diagnosis is tricky under age 5. Ahedonia is the best sign to look for. These children should have diagnosis confirmed by a child developmentalist, psychiatrist, or psychologist. ...Read more

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Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Yes: Seeing your general doctor regulary for check-ups and physical exams is the best way. Sometimes you can see signs of lymphoma in a blood test, like a high LDH, but this is not an effective screening method. Only if your doctor suspects that you may have lymphoma should she order further testing. ...Read more

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What is a factor that has contributed to the global increase in obesity?

What is a factor that has contributed to the global increase in obesity?

Too many 2 count: Where to start? Convenience foods, fast foods, commercial advertising for soda etc... Decrease in the importance of sit down family dinners... Obesity is a multifactoral problem with many causes that we have yet to identify. Fixing the obesity epidemic is also going to have to be tackled from several different angles.. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Douglas Lawson
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Depression In Pregnancy (Definition)

Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to ...Read more