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I read something on the information sheet that said "meningococcal (type c) conjugate vaccine" what does that mean?

I read something on the information sheet that said "meningococcal (type c) conjugate vaccine" what does that mean?

Way vaccine made.: This refers to how the vaccine is made. The meningococcal conjugate vaccines are made by chemically linking the capsular polysaccharide antigens individually to a protein. The vaccines do not contain live bacteria.Meningococcal conjugate vaccines are believed to give better protection and are more effective in young children than the original polysaccharide vaccine. ...Read more

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What happens to colonized resistant bacteria (eg: esbl kleb) when trachee decannulated? Technical & references/links appreciated.

What happens to colonized resistant bacteria (eg: esbl kleb) when trachee decannulated? Technical & references/links appreciated.

Varies with patients: If a person had a trach and got it removed, and then healed up and resumed normal, natural clearing of mucus and microorganisms, that person should be able to be free of bacteria in the trachea and lungs (regardless of whether the bacteria is antibiotic resistant or not, because the human body doesn't know about antibiotic resistance). If the person remains abnormal, then some bacteria may remain. ...Read more

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Why does it appear that dieticians download patient nutrition info from a standard template that popular on-line sites have? Case-by-case has ended?

Why does it appear that dieticians download patient nutrition info from a standard template that popular on-line sites have? Case-by-case has ended?

Nutrition: In the nutrition world one size does not fit all - so I agree with you. Sadly, it is unlikely that the dietitians who have a fixed "menu", will ever change. How about you doing some online reading and getting a good item out to the folks who need more help. Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Is their a website that has posts nutrition facts for everything?

Is their a website that has posts nutrition facts for everything?

Yes!: This is one of the best websites i've found for analyzing nutritional data of foods. http://nutritiondata.self.com/. ...Read more

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Are public health causes getting good use on social media sites?

Are public health causes getting good use on social media sites?

Not enough yet: I think that social media will prove helpful, but their sue so far is far too limited. However, much good (as well as bad) information can be found on the web. See www.Jpc-se.Org to learn about developing policy issues. (i am the chair of that international committee.). ...Read more

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Epidemiologists, where can I find credible health statistics and demographic statistics?

Epidemiologists, where can I find credible health statistics and demographic statistics?

Multiple locations: Government agencies, special interest and single issue organizations, health organizations, groups, and non-profit associations have websites and may post stats. Also, depending on type you are looking for, cdc has national center for health statistics, and a faststats section on website. Also nat'l institutes of health website, nih.Gov has many. ...Read more

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Information about staph on the face?

Information about staph on the face?

It's there.: Staph is a common skin contaminant. It occasionally causes skin infection and can sometimes be severe. ...Read more

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What are two important or interesting facts about mrsa?

Common: 1- its very common, lots of people carry it in their nostrils and they are not aware of it 2 - its resistant to many antibiotics that we use daily, and its only getting worst. ...Read more

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Does fda publish information on drug safety?

Does fda publish information on drug safety?

All the time: Yes, all the time. So does the cdc, the nih, and even the dea. Plus the manufacturers themselves are fairly exacting in their discussion of safety and side effects. ...Read more

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Artificial insemination of anonymous donor--what are his obligations to provide updated health information about him/his family?

Artificial insemination of anonymous donor--what are his obligations to provide updated health information about him/his family?

Legally Obliged: A donor is legally obliged to provide updates. That being said, i'm not sure there are any good mechanisms in place to monitor that. Any it is entirely possible that anyone can have a change in health information for another family member and not be aware of it. ...Read more

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Is there any research paper regarding humans infected with avian tuberculosis? Because I searched on google scholar it is not providing me what I want

Is there any research paper regarding humans infected with avian tuberculosis? Because I searched on google scholar it is not providing me what I want

MAC in humans: Try search terms Mycobacterium avium, Mycobacterium avium intracellulare, atypical tuberculosis, and/or MAC infection (or any of these terms plus HIV or AIDS). Or visit a public medical literature resource like PubMed, operated by the (US) National Library of Medicine. Good luck! ...Read more

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Doesn't being ethnic minority place patient at definite risk of misdiagnosis b/c dr's base decisions on experience w/ majority population?

Doesn't being ethnic minority place patient at definite risk of misdiagnosis b/c dr's base decisions on experience w/ majority population?

Maybe.: The chemistry and physiology of all humans is pretty close. There are some minor variations in presentation of disease based on sex and race and certainly there are differences in genetic risk factors. But again most of the major variations are covered in training. ...Read more

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Are baby vaccinations safe? I read about the dangers but are they facts or myths?

Are baby vaccinations safe? I read about the dangers but are they facts or myths?

A hoax: Vaccine haters in the 80's told us they caused cp, in the 90's crib death & now autism. Court testimony revealed a money making hoax behind the MMR scare and the dr lost his license to practice. The vaccines have been the single best lifesaver for kids in a hundred years. They are safe and effective as offered. ...Read more

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Why does CDC say intubation and dialysis are high-risk procedures for people treating ebola patient when they say biohazard suits should protect them?

Why does CDC say intubation and dialysis are high-risk procedures for people treating ebola patient when they say biohazard suits should protect them?

Because: they expose the care giver to body fluids which is how the virus is transmitted. As we have seen biohazard equipment is only protective if used properly. we have seen recently that despite the best of intentions, there have been breaches in technique resulting in infection among caregivers. ...Read more

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Met some people who used RSO (RickSimpson Oil) cannabis oil to cure their cancer, left out (cancer) last question. Thoughts on validity of claim?

Met some people who used RSO (RickSimpson Oil) cannabis oil to cure their cancer, left out (cancer) last question. Thoughts on validity of claim?

Cannabis oil: This oil has not been evaluated to FDA standards in order to determine its efficacy or safety. This does not mean it is not safe or effective, but up until now most research has been done by advocates. Do you think it plausible that a single oil could cure all cancer types as claimed? ...Read more