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I'm 27 years old and my memory seems much, much worse than it was a year ago. Should i be concerned?

I'm 27 years old and my memory seems much, much worse than it was a year ago.  Should i be concerned?

Stress?: Stress in a person's life is one common factor that impacts memory. There are of course many other potential causes. If you are experiencing a number of stressors consider tai chi, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, stress managment classes or cognitive behavioral therapy to help handle it. If not stressed, consider an eval by your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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How likely is it for a kid with ASD to regress at age 4? Son has been making huge progress since diagnosis 14 months ago but last few days scare me.

How likely is it for a kid with ASD to regress at age 4? Son has been making huge progress since diagnosis 14 months ago but last few days scare me.

Pervasive Disability: I hate that you are seeing regression the last several days in your child with ASD, keep working hard on social skills training and his therapies, speech, OT, even PT in certain cases. Intensive Social Skills training helps teach your child the behaviors that come natural to the rest of us "neurotypicals". Could he have an emerging illness? Sore throat? Fever? Bad day at school? Earache? ...Read more

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My son is now 14months old but only have 4 tooth.Is this normal? because my friends son is even 2months younger than my child & got 8 tooth already.

My son is now 14months old but only have 4 tooth.Is this normal? because my friends son is even 2months younger than my child & got 8 tooth already.

Not abnormal: Some children will get their teeth earlier while others later. When children's teeth come in later than average, it is called delayed tooth eruption. If concerned see a pedodontist, dentist for kids. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mom is 50 and has had dementia for months now. Is this age when it normally sets in?

My mom is 50 and has had dementia for months now. Is this age when it normally sets in?

Not exactly: Early onset dementia is quite rare, and often occurs in clusters with a family history; i would ensure that there are no other reversible contributants to her condition... ...Read more

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My husband went through chemotherapy one year ago. His memory, though never great, is so much worse now. I'm wondering if it could be a result of the chemo or could it be something else? He is 62 years old.

My husband went through chemotherapy one year ago. His memory, though never great, is so much worse now. I'm wondering if it could be a result of the chemo or could it be something else? He is 62 years old.

Can be due to chemo: There is an enlarging body of evidence that chemotherapy can cause cognitive decline in a number of patients. Sometimes the decline is reversible. It's been called "chemobrain" or "chemofog". The exact cause isn't known but chemo does cross the blood brain barrier. ...Read more

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My child is barely 2. He only gets a pacifier at nap/bed time for past yr. Will it harm his teeth or palate development if he has it another year?

My child is barely 2. He only gets a pacifier at nap/bed time for past yr. Will it harm his teeth or palate development if he has it another year?

Deciduous Teeth: Limited to nap and bedtime as a "sleep transitioner" to help soothe him to sleep - not at all. Children usually spit these out after some time asleep anyways. If the habit extends beyond bedtime and into later years, then yes indeed it can affect eruption patterns and lead to flaring of teeth. A pedodontist would be the best to confirm this for you. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for a person with twenty nail dystrophy? I've had it for 5-6 years now. It was worst at first now it is better than before

Time and DermaNail: Twenty nail dystrophy is characterized by excessive ridging, with longitudinal streaks, and discoloration. The nails very slowly return to normal. It is most often seen in young people. Summers labs makes a product called dermnail nail conditioner which may help improve the appearance of your nails. Probably wise to visit a dermatologist to make sure the diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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My 4 year old nephew has measles 9 weeks ago. He is now presenting with same symptoms but much worse. Recurrence is highly unlikely. What could it be?

My 4 year old nephew has measles 9 weeks ago. He is now presenting with same symptoms but much worse. Recurrence is highly unlikely. What could it be?

Must return to: child's doctor today or tomorrow. Could be a secondary bacterial infection following the Measles virus. This requires a history,physical exam, blood work , and possibly other studies. After diagnosis is made,antibiotics may be required. Push fluids and control fever. ...Read more

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My mother just had cataract surgery last month she is 22 years older than me. I was diagnosed with cataracts today and am a bit frightened.

My mother just had cataract surgery last month she is 22 years older than me.  I was diagnosed with cataracts today and am a bit frightened.

Second opinion: Almost all of us will get cataracts if we live long enough. Some can get them earlier than others and the only proven risk factor for age related cataracts is sunlight exposure. Since you seem on the young side, get a second opinion with an ophthalmologist. And some opacities listed as cataract may be lens opacities that are stable and not need treatment. Removal, however, is senign and successf ...Read more

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My dad has been smoking for over 30 years now. If he quits now, would it make a difference? His lung is already damaged, right?

My dad has been smoking for over 30 years now. If he quits now, would it make a difference? His lung is already damaged, right?

Its never too late : Its never too late to quit smoking. The longer he remains without smoking - the better. Lungs can heal over time, although chances of lung cancer never go down to completely the same as if he never smoked, they can dramatically decrease. Also - if he ever needs surgery - he will do better after surgery if he is not actively smoking than if he is. ...Read more

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