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Is there a symptom of "failure to thrive" in the elderly?

Is there a symptom of "failure to thrive" in the elderly?

That's for kids: That diagnosis is usually used in children. Saying that about an adult is an opinion, not a diagnosis. ...Read more

Malnutrition (Definition)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or ...Read more


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What sort of disorder is failure to thrive in a child?

What sort of disorder is failure to thrive in a child?

Could be a Problem: This is either a child whose physical growth-both height and weight are delayed well beyond age predicted values or a serious delay in emotional or intellectual development or both.This term describes a condition, but not the cause which needs looking into. Consult your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a person with sleep apnea dying due to lack of oxygen?

What is the probablity of a person with sleep apnea dying due to lack of oxygen?

Sleep apnea: The greater the sleep apnea ( classifications from mild to severe) the greater the chance of dying of " natural causes " in your sleep. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition and should be actively treated. ...Read more

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Is the lack of attention from parents a definite cause of depression in children, or is that not important?

Is the lack of attention from parents a definite cause of depression in children, or is that not important?

Parents are good: Parental involvement in a child's life is very important to his/her overall being, growth as an individual, and general self-esteem. Lack of attention, or involvement may play prominent role in depression. ...Read more

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Is it possible that weight loss be a possible consequence of stress or lack of sleep?

Is it possible that weight loss be a possible consequence of stress or lack of sleep?

CERTAINLY: Stress and lack of sleep cna cause weight loss in some people, but so can other thinngs. It would be wise to eliminate the possible physical causes and then get help with the way you're dealing with stress - and possibly the cause of it. When you've been trying alone for a time, getting some help makes sense. Therapists are often helpful with stress difficulties. ...Read more

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Is reactive arthritis related to poor nutrition, in terms of causes and treatment?

Is reactive arthritis related to poor nutrition, in terms of causes and treatment?

Reactive arthritis: Arthritis is due to inflammation in the joint spaces. Proper nutrition is important for well-being and for healing. Everyone who has poor nutrition does not have reactive arthritis; the cause and effect relationship between the two is not established. ...Read more

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Is weight loss a sign of worsening condition in a patient with congestive heart failure?

Is weight loss a sign of worsening condition in a patient with congestive heart failure?

It can be: Weight loss can reflect appropriate dietary changes, salt reduction, and colirc reduction that may be beneficial if part of one's heart failure status is due to obesity and obesity related conditions. However, in severe, advanced heart failure, weight loss can be a sign of cardiac cachexia, suggestive of a worsened prognosis. ...Read more

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Is poor hygiene a sign of schizophrenia?

Is poor hygiene a sign of schizophrenia?

Yes: Often times and in severe cases, a person with schizophrenia who is actively psychotic may completely ignore their personal hygiene as well as other important activities of daily life. ...Read more

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What is "failure to thrive" in infants?

What is "failure to thrive" in infants?

Not doing well: Ftt usually means poor physical growth from any cause, often evaluated as low weight for age or insufficient rate of weight gain. The potential consequences can be great because of the critical need of the infant to reach growth milestones at certain times for proper physical and emotional development. A baby with ftt needs to have close, regular care with a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is falling a sign of declining health or is health decline secondary to fracture?

Is falling a sign of declining health or is health decline secondary to fracture?

Not necessarily: Very interesting question, falls at your age could have many reasons and do not indicate health deterioration.Falls occur mainly in people after age 65 with poor vision and imbalance problems.Fracture hips have many times complications associated with the teatment.If you are falling frquently suggest you see your fp. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die due to respiratory infection with a oxygen level of 95 in 48 hours?

Is it possible to die due to respiratory infection with a oxygen level of 95 in 48 hours?

Sure: Your oxygen level of 95 is normal. However that's not to say you won't get septic and develop septic shock and die in 48 hours. Or get a PE. There are many things that can happen to someone aside from having low oxygen. ...Read more

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Can long term anxiety and lack of sleep in a healthy young adult cause scarring of the heart or inflammation?

Can long term anxiety and lack of sleep in a healthy young adult cause scarring of the heart or inflammation?

Long term sleep loss: And anxiety can cause many physical conditions. Please see your doc to rule out/identify any medical situations and then a mental health professional to learn how to manage your anxiety and sleep situations. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is the reason of depression is lack of knowledge to be happy, lack of faith and self weakness?

Is the reason of depression is lack of knowledge to be happy, lack of faith and self weakness?

Oh, my -- NO!: Whoever might have told you this is terribly misinformed. I wish you could have come along with me for over 30 years of treating terribly depressed and suicidal people. If you could know them and what they've been through, you would know in your bones that depression is an illness beyond their conscious control. Genetics and family patterns may prime them for this. Healing is still possible. ...Read more

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Patient with chronic illness is losing weight. What is happening at the cellular level to cause the loss? Remedies?

Patient with chronic illness is losing weight.  What is happening at the cellular level to cause the loss?  Remedies?

Complex question.: I can't be specific what in this case w/out details but the basic issue is that calories taken in & absorbed are not matching or exceeding the body's needs. This is known as "catabolism". Sometimes this is due to lack of apetite, lack of GI absorption or hypermetabolic states. When calorie intake is inadequate, the body burns fat stores and breaks down muscle to make fuel (ketones+gluconeogenesis) ...Read more

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Fear of gaining weight is it always a sign of emotional immaturity or neediness?

Fear of gaining weight is it always a sign of emotional immaturity or neediness?

Causes - weight gain: Wow thats harsh! weight gain can be from normal aging and maturation weight gain can be from hormonal imbalances such as thyroid disease weight gain can be from heart disease or cancers weight gain can be from anxiety and overeating weight gain can be from eating to quell the pain of an ulcer and on and on and on get checked by a physician and don't be judgemental as there are many causes. ...Read more

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Does a lack of sleep lead to anemia?

Does a lack of sleep lead to anemia?

No: Both lack of sleep and anemia can lead to feeling tired and fatigued. Anemia is caused by either blood loss, cell destruction or insufficient production. In women, iron deficiency anemia and excessive bleeding during menstruation are the most common causes. Lack of folate (folic acid) and vitamin B12 also cause a different form of anemia. There are also genetic diseases that result in anemia. ...Read more

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How high is the percentage of illnesses and death is linked to our dietary habits?

How high is the percentage of illnesses and death is linked to our dietary habits?

Unknown: What I do know is that the people of today's developed world are the healthiest that have ever lived -- thanks to technology, science, sanitation, medical treatments, immunization, and having enough food. As other causes of death have diminished, lifestyle-related (especially obesity) diseases flourish with some impact on vascular health; relating diet to cancer etc. Remains soft. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

Poor nutrition or malnutrition occurs when the body has insufficient intake, too much intake that is not healthy or when the diet is poorly balanced . Malnutrition can be the result of poor ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Poor Eating (Definition)

Poor eating = Unhealthy eating habits that fail to meet the body's nutritional needs. Examples are eating too much or a diet that is ...Read more