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What is the most common cause of pleuritic chest pain? What should my doctor look for?

What is the most common cause of pleuritic chest pain? What should my doctor look for?

Many reason: consult: Can be due to heavy lifting (chest wall muscle pain). Pleuritic pain after a pulmonary virus. Smoke Inhalation. Gastric Reflux. Asthma. Also more serious: Inflamed heart lining. Small opening between heart chambers (PFO, ASD). Solution: Reflux: no food after dinner. Refrain heavy lifting. Asthma:need treatment. Heart problem must seek Consultation (PMD, Cardiology). ...Read more

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What causes an influenza epidemic?

What causes an influenza epidemic?

Epidemic/ pandemic: Per the CDC "An influenza pandemic can occur when a non-human (novel) influenza virus gains the ability for efficient and sustained human-to-human transmission and then spreads globally. " See: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/ ...Read more

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What causes an epidemic or pandemic?

What causes an epidemic or pandemic?

New sub-subtype: Generally, a new subtype of virus appears that people have little or no immunity or protection against. Because so many people are vulnerable, the virus spreads easily through sneezing or coughing if an airborne disease, or through intimate contact if a blood-borne disease. A disease that has been absent from a population for some time may also cause an outbreak. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on the causes of the autism epidemic we are facing today?

Unknown: Although it unquestionably is true that autism and related disorders are much more commonly diagnosed now thany they were 20 years ago, why remains controversial. A well-established partial explanation is, we broadened the definition markedly, so many more are "eligible" for this diagnosis than used to be the case. Some believe there is a "real" increase; others do not. Causes remain unknown. ...Read more

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Is it true that the recent autism epidemic is a result of radiation poisoning caused by chernobyl in 1986?

Is it true that the recent autism epidemic is a result of radiation poisoning caused by chernobyl in 1986?

No: We started routinely training pediatricians in developmental pediatrics and changed the definition of autism to include more patients in the early 80's. These two changes probably account for the increased rate of autism diagnoses. ...Read more

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My 3yr old and I have bad follictulitis. Bad enuf that many of mine should have been sticthed after. We both are having an outbreak, possible causes?

My 3yr old and I have bad follictulitis. Bad enuf that many of mine should have been sticthed after. We both are having an outbreak, possible causes?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis is usually caused by either a staph or strep organism. So the obvious question who had the folliculitis first. If you did it is a good chance he got it from you. ...Read more