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Is ALS an expensive disease?

Is ALS an expensive disease?

It can be: Because the disease causes progressive disability, adaptive equipment is used to enable the patient to be as mobile as possible. There are also communication devices which may be needed as weakness of the tongue and jaw make speech difficult. Adaptive equipment can be very expensive. ...Read more

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Is Alzheimer's disease a disease where genetic testing is recommended?

Is Alzheimer's disease a disease where genetic testing is recommended?

Offered .. sometimes: Alzheimer disease is a condition for which we have several genetic tests - apoe e4, app, psen1, & psen2. However, these tests are not used to establish the diagnosis of alzeimer disease. Instead we use them sometimes to help understand inheritance & risk, which is rather tricky. Extensive eduation & genetic counseling are very helpful, but the decision to test or not test should always be yours. ...Read more

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Is rsd considered a catastrophic disease?

Is rsd considered a catastrophic disease?

Intense nerve pain: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy is renamed to complex regional pain syndrome to acurately reflect the localized nature of this illness. It is often result of trauma to the area injurying the nerve which healed abnormally and thus becomes hypersenstive. It can be severe and disabling for some, but i don't believe it is generally regarded as catastrophic. Consult doc if u r having trouble. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a demyelinating disease other than MS which is also caused by an autoimmune disease?

Is there a demyelinating disease other than MS which is also caused by an autoimmune disease?

Immune demyelination: Yes. Best discussion go to uptodate.com I recommend using only uptodate to find medical info on web. ...Read more

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What determines whether a disease is considered an epidemic disease?

What determines whether a disease is considered an epidemic  disease?

Beyond the community: An outbreak is often referred to an infectious agent spreading within a community/small area, but when spread beyond this small community to other areas/cities/states is called and epidemic. When the spread is crossing beyond the country to other continent(s) is called a pandemic as what happened with the h1n1 swine flu in 2009. Have fun learning. Knowledge is power. ...Read more

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Huntington's disease, an often fatal disease of the central nervous system, is inherited from a dominant alle, is this right?

Huntington's disease, an often fatal disease of the central nervous system, is inherited from a dominant alle, is this right?

Yes: Autosomal dominant disorder with the presence of excess numbers of tri-nucleotide repeats within the Huntington's gene on human chromosome 4. ...Read more

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What is an experimental drug for Crohn's disease?

What is an experimental drug for Crohn's disease?

Clinical Trials: Although available, experimental drugs are given in clinical trials, usually in academic or private institutions with doctors involved in research, where patients that have failed to existing treatment are treat. There are a variety of immunotherapy medications like Remicade (infliximab) that are available for Crohn's you could discuss with your doctor about. Ustekinumab is a clinical trial drug for Crohn's ...Read more

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Is there a cure for motor neuron disease?

Is there a cure for motor neuron disease?

No: There is no cure for motor neuron disease. The prognosis depends on the type of motor neuron disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als) is the most rapidly progressive. ...Read more

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Is anencephaly a genetic disease or is it preventable?

Is anencephaly a genetic disease or is it preventable?

Sporadic malformatn: The fetal nervous system first forms as a groove that folds in on itself and begins to close from the middle outward to the top & bottom.If the bottom doesn't close, spina bifida develops. If the top doesn't, anencephaly occurs. Recurrence risk to any affected mom ~1-2% makes this non-genetic. There is some evidence that taking Folic Acid before pregnancy & up to 3m can help prevent it. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract creutzfeldt-jakob disease from a dental procedure?

Is it possible to contract creutzfeldt-jakob disease from a dental procedure?

Highly Doubtful: It is difficult to develop a prion disease such as that in any case and it usually is if direct contact is made with nerual tissues and that would also mean the instruments used would have to be contaminated and again very unlikley. I have never heard of anything like that. ...Read more

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Is there a cure available for coronary artery disease?

Is there a cure available for coronary artery disease?

Strictly speaking, : No. But there are many modalities that are preventive and/or therapeutic. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for lou gehrig's disease

Is there a cure for lou gehrig's disease

No: Lou gehrig's disease or ALS is unfortunately not curable at this time. There is a drug, riluzole, that may slow the progression of the disease. More information can be found at: http://www.Alsa.Org/. ...Read more

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Is primary brain cancer considered a pretty rare disease?

Is primary brain cancer considered a pretty rare disease?

There are: 5.7 cases/100k population. Glioblastoma is the most frequent type, and in a 2000 seer report, median survival is about 7 mos. M:f, 6;4; wht:blk, 9:1. ...Read more

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Is it true that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a chromosomal error?

Is it true that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a chromosomal error?

10% are familial: And 25% of these involve a mutation of the gene encoding copper/zinc superoxide dismutase. 90% of all cases are sporadic and of unknown etiology. ...Read more

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Is ALS as difficult to diagnose as multiple sclerosis? Is there a definitive test for als?

Is ALS as difficult to diagnose as multiple sclerosis? Is there a definitive test for als?

ALS can be tricky: There is no specific test available to either rule in or out the diagnosis of als. There can definitely be mimickers of ALS and its diagnosis is not always that straightforward. It may take some time for all the clinical criteria to be met especially if it is early in the disease process. ...Read more

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Is vitiligo a disease that is hereditary?

Is vitiligo a disease that is hereditary?

No : Vitiligo is due to depigmentation of the skin. It is not hereditary but ... It is often associated with autoimmune disorders and many people with vitiligo also have a corresponding autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders do have a genetic basis. Also, vitiligo as part of a group of symptoms is often associated with inherited genetic syndromes. In most cases it is not genetically inherited. ...Read more

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Extensive vascular disease is it always fatal ?

Extensive vascular disease is it always fatal ?

Depends: It depends on several factors...Where, what kind, how extensive, duration, and coexisting disease factors...Best to check with your doc. ...Read more

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Since psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, would it be a risk factor for lymphoma?

Since psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, would it be a risk factor for lymphoma?

Yes, but: Probably not much of one. I cannot say I have seen much lymphoma it patients with bad psoriasis, and also don't note any increase in t cell disease which has a tendency to involve skin. ...Read more