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Doctor insights on: Is There A Certain Place On Your Body Where It Is Bad To Shoot Heroin

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I've heard that if you carry a lupus gene, that it takes a major trauma to make it start attacking your body. Is this true? Where can I find the info?

I've heard that if you carry a lupus gene, that it takes a major trauma to make it start attacking your body. Is this true? Where can I find the info?

Not really: There is no identified one 'lupus gene'. Of the many genetic tendencies, none of them make you 100% get lupus. Also, there is no evidence of traumatic events causing lupus. Lupus is an immune system issue and sometimes a preceding infection can be seen prior to symptom onset, but not most of the time. ...Read more

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I want to know what it means when a drug blocks sodium channels in the brain. Is that good or bad for my metabolism? Topiramate.

I want to know what it means when a drug blocks sodium channels in the brain. Is that good or bad for my metabolism? Topiramate.

The way it works: Blocking sodium channels in the brain is the MECHANISM OF ACTION in most antiseizure drugs. Changing electrical activity in this way reduces/controls epileptic fits. Since it's CRITICAL to control seizures we feel that possible side effects on overall metabolism by sodium blockade is an acceptable tradeoff of side effects that could act systemically. Questions? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Why is it bad to breathe pure oxygen and is it true it strips down the molecules to a single electron or what?

Why is it bad to breathe pure oxygen and is it true it strips down the molecules to a single electron or what?

It can be bad: Air is approx 80 % nitrogen and 20% oxygen. When you breath 100% oxygen it creates free radicals that act like "pacman" and destroys lung tissue. This can occur with in 6-12hours of breathing the pure oxygen. ...Read more

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How long does sperm really live outside the body? For instance- on a hand or in the mouth? There are so many rumors its hard to know the truth.

How long does sperm really live outside the body?  For instance- on a hand or in the mouth? There are so many rumors its hard to know the truth.

A few hours: Sperm is dead if the semen dries. It may live a few hours while the semen is wet on clothing. For more information about the subject see this site. http://www.webmd.com/infertility-and-reproduction/guide/sperm-and-semen-faq. ...Read more

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Is there any way you can change where the fat on your body goes?

No: You can selectively tone or build muscles but you can not selectively lose weight from specific areas of the body. ...Read more

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A doctor happens to feel that when sclerotherapy is used, for instance, on the upper leg that new surrounding spiders will form. How true?

A doctor happens to feel that when sclerotherapy is used, for instance, on the upper leg that new surrounding spiders will form. How true?

The question: Was new spider veins formation after sclerotherapy but the answer you got was unrelated... Indeed it can happen randomly that sclerotherapy for any type of vein can induce the formation of new, fine , red colored so called second generation of spiders or matting usually quite resilient to treat. If varicose veins are injected a good compression may prevent their occurrence. ...Read more

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Is it bad to put your phone on the top of your lap if it is not on flight mode?

No: As long as you're not flying, then no, it's not bad in any way. If you are flying, well that would change things and could very well upset your flight attendant. ...Read more

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Why is it called a brain freeze when the person's brain doesn't actually get any pain, but it is in the mouth area?

Why is it called a brain freeze when the person's brain doesn't actually get any pain, but it is in the mouth area?

Brain freeze: Consuming ice cold drinks or ice cream causes stimulation of roof of mouth (Palate) which causes rapid changes in small vessels in the sinuses which sends signals to the brain thru the Trigeminal nerve, causing referred pain (headache). ...Read more

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How is tooth shaping priced? Id like to have the shape of some of my teeth corrected, but would like to know how the cost is usually calculated. Is it broken down by tooth, or is the overall time send used? .

How is tooth shaping priced? Id like to have the shape of some of my teeth corrected, but would like to know how the cost is usually calculated. Is it broken down by tooth, or is the overall time send used?


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There : There are several options when it comes to reshaping your teeth. It can be a very simple procedure such as some contouring of your natural tooth, composites, which adds material to your natural tooth or even veneers which would be the most intricate procedure when it comes to reshaping your tooth. There have been many times when i've simply touched up a patient's tooth while he/she is in the chair for another procedure so there is no fee for the touch up. The fee for a composite typically ranges between $200-400/tooth depending how much of the tooth needs to be fixed. Veneers (depending on where you go) can range between $1000-2000/tooth. I would recommend visiting your dentist for a cosmetic consult to see what is the best option for you. ...Read more

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Please can I find out , if known, when a person dies, is it protocol that the body is weighed , does the body lose weight after death . ?

Please can I find out , if known, when a person dies, is it protocol that the body is weighed , does the body lose weight after death . ?

No such protocol: When a person has died, we stop all medical interventions. I am not aware of anyone doing what you have indicated. There is no sense in doing weight checks at that stage. There is not expected to be any further weight changes once a person is dead. ...Read more

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Why is it that whenever I go online it tells me that by losing the fat pad you can gain an inch in size in penis is that true I can pinch a great deal?

Why is it that whenever I go online it tells me that by losing the fat pad you can gain an inch in size in penis is that true I can pinch a great deal?

Lose weight: Lose weight for the sake of your health, not for the size of your penis. Bad health can make a penis, no matter, how big, a useless appendage. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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