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Is it odd to develop a stutter as a teenager when you never had one before?

Is it odd to develop a stutter as a teenager when you never had one before?

Unusual: It is uncommon for a stutter to begin in adolescence. If this has happened it is likely related to increased stress or anxiety. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Lefer
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Stuttering (Definition)

Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It begins during childhood and, in some cases continues until adulthood. It is characterized by disruptions in the production of speech ...Read more


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Is it true that if you start having sex at a young age, it makes it harder for you to have kids later on?

Is it true that if you start having sex at a young age, it makes it harder for you to have kids later on?

No not directly: Sex at an early age has no effect on later fertility, however the more partners a woman has sex with, the greater risk of a sexual transmitted disease. Pid is a consequence and can leave a woman infertile, sterile or even result in a hysterectomy. ...Read more

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Is it possible after a body massage to suddenly get impotence when it was never a problem before?

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Is it possible after a body massage to suddenly get impotence when it was never a problem before?

Yes (read remainder): Yes, it's possible, but that doesn't prove cause & effect. More likely than not, it was just coincidental. In other words, you were bound to get an episode of erectile dysfunction regardless of whether you had a body massage or not. On the other hand, let's say you felt guilty about your massage, that stress could translate into ed w/your partner. But a physical link? Not likely. ...Read more

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I have never had any respiratory issues before (also not as a child). is it possible for me to just suddenly develop asthma?

I have never had any respiratory issues before (also not as a child). is it possible for me to just suddenly develop asthma?

Yes: You can develop asthma at any age. See your doctor to make sure that that is the problem, rather than something else such as pneumonia or COPD. ...Read more

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I never had food allergies as a child, but I seem to have them now as an adult. Is this common to happen?

I never had food allergies as a child, but I seem to have them now as an adult.  Is this common to happen?

Adults get allergies: People are born with the genetic predisposition to develop food allergies and they can occur at any age. Food allergy reactions usually consist of some/all of following: itchy lips/mouth/throat, nausea, vomitting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, hives, lightheadedness, chest tightness/wheezing. These symptoms occur each time a bite or sip of the offending food is eaten within 2 hrs of ingestion. ...Read more

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Can a person have a stroke and not realize she had one until later?

Can a person have a stroke and not realize she had one until later?

Yes: Small lacunar infarcts are not rare and may be relatively silent. But these mount up and can create an insidious progressive cognitive loss. Often associated with hypertension, but need to pay attention to all risk factors. ...Read more

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How long does a child have to be around a family member before getting use to them.....My daughter is almost 11months?

How long does a child have to be around a family member before getting use to them.....My daughter is almost 11months?

Stranger anxiety: Your daughter is entering the peak times of stranger anxiety from 9-15 months of age. Even if they have been around these family members routinely, most kids want mom and/or dad only and preferentially during this time. So it's a really bad time developmentally to try and get them used to someone new. Try to be there with them, and show pictures while doing fun things like reading and playing. ...Read more

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I have a 3 months old who still has a startle reflex. When should that go away and how can I tell if it is a seizure instead?

I have a 3 months old who still has a  startle reflex. When should that go away and how can I tell if it is a seizure instead?

Startle reflex: Is your three monther premature? Normally the startle reflex goes away after 4 months or so for a full term baby. It takes longer if your baby was premature. This is probably not a seizure. If this was a seizure, it would occur spontaneously. A startle reflex can be provoked. That is a significant difference. Sounds like your baby is alright! ...Read more

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As a result of a meatoplasty from a circumcision when I was young, is it normal to have difficulty controlling my urine spray when I first begin?

As a result of a meatoplasty from a circumcision when I was young, is it normal to have difficulty controlling my urine spray when I first begin?

Scar formation: Probably the scar tissue extended to the meatus (the urine opening ) or even possibility you may have minor congenital anomaly like hypospadius not recognized during circumcision , discuss with your doctor ...Read more

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I am a healthy 71 year old male I notice in the past few years, when I get a cut it takes twice as long to heal as it used to. Is this an age thing?

I am a healthy 71 year old male  I notice in the past few years, when I get a cut it takes twice as long to heal as it used to.  Is this an age thing?

Possible: It is possibly related to age but is also influenced by nutritional status as well as other conditions such as cardiovascular health and diabetes to name a few. It is probably reasonable to see a physician for a history and physical if you have not done so in the past 5 years. ...Read more

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Is it true that ovulation occurs before the very first period ever for a young girl? I have read some books, couple state that it's quite rare.

Is it true that ovulation occurs before the very first period ever for a young girl? I have read some books, couple state that it's quite rare.

Strict definition: In reproductive age females: both women and girls, menstruation (a period) is always by definition caused by a drop in Progesterone after ovulation. Thus any spontaneous (meaning no medicines taken) menstrual period at any age is always the result of an ovulation. It gets confused because there can be vaginal bleeding/spotting for other reasons, people may call "a period" - but it is not. ...Read more

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It is true that a woman can be pregnant even if she has her period? I ask this question because i read about girls who happened for a few months.

It is true that a woman can be pregnant even if she has her period? I ask this question because i read about girls who happened for a few months.

Sometimes: A woman will not have a true period if she is pregnant. However some bleeding in pregnancy is not rare, and sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference. Some bleeding is common around the time the embryo implants, for example. Only a pregnancy test can tell for sure. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a toddler to sometimes repeat last syllable of a word? For example truck-k-k or feet-t-t. He only does it once in a while.

Is it normal for a toddler to sometimes repeat last syllable of a word? For example truck-k-k or feet-t-t. He only does it once in a while.

Non-fluency is seen: In typically-developing tots age 2-5. Stuttering that starts < 3 usually is outgrown in ~ 6 mos. Have a speech/language therapist test him if it lasts > 6 months. Don't pressure him to stop repeating phonemes,the smallest units of sound in a language, or rush him. You can gently repeat what he says without the stutter, as in, " You'd like to play with the truck?" Read, talk & play. ...Read more

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I had bronchiolitis when I was a young child, is there a chance of it coming back when you are an adult?

I had bronchiolitis when I was a young child, is there a chance of it coming back when you are an adult?

No: Bronchiolitis is normally seen in childhood. There are some small studies that suggest that a child with RSV bronchiolitis maybe at risk to develop asthma. ...Read more

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Is it normal to not want sex after a year of having kids? I would like to have those urges but i just don't get in the mood anymore like before.

Libido: That this is very common complaint. There can be any number of easy to fix factors. Typically, i find it a complicated situation with many factors. Are you still breast-feeding? Do you feel alone and at home with the baby all the time and not getting help from your husband or partner? Are you unhappy with your weight gain from the pregnancy or effects of pregnancy on your body? ...Read more

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Is it risky to have first child if a woman is already 33 years old?

Is it risky to have first child if a woman is already 33 years old?

Not at all: There are risks involved in getting pregnant no matter what age you are. Thirty three is not particularly risky particularly if you have no medical problems. Pregnancy risks do increase with age though. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a fascination with a boy in my class even though I am a lesbian?

Is it normal to have a fascination with a boy in my class even though I am a lesbian?

Yes: Yes it is fine. We are all fascinated with people of all kinds...Kindred spirits, friends, people we respect for one reason or another. Something in them that brings out the best in us.... ...Read more

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I sometimes feel as if I have had deja vue. Is it possible to dream of an event before it happens or is it just coincidence?

I sometimes feel as if I have had deja vue. Is it possible to dream of an event before it happens or is it just coincidence?

Coincidence: Dreams reflect what is going through your mind. Some times it happens that you dream of things that are in the back of your mind, but dreams do not foretell the future. ...Read more