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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Grandma has alzheimer's and a broken wrist- what can we do to help her sleep?

Grandma has alzheimer's and a broken wrist- what can we do to help her sleep?

Control her pain: The most important is to make sure she does not have any pain. Pain should be treated before it happens not only after it starts. ...Read more

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Is there a law that helps me because I have to take time off work to help my father who has stage 4 terminal lung cancer?

Is there a law that helps me because I have to take time off work to help my father who has stage 4 terminal lung cancer?

Ask social worker: Sorry about your mom. There are both federal and state laws that may apply. Ask your employer or your mom's social worker (if on hospice or palliative care they can also provide or refer to one) about information and how to apply for fmla (the family medical leave act) and also about any state laws/regulations that may apply. ...Read more

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My sister only sleeps about 4 hours a night. Does she have insomnia? How can I help her? She is 13, and also has anemia/iron deficiency. Respond soon!

My sister only sleeps about 4 hours a night. Does she have insomnia? How can I help her? She is 13, and also has anemia/iron deficiency. Respond soon!

Speak with your : Parents about your sister's sleep patterns. They may not know she is having trouble sleeping. They can then speak with your sister's doctors and take appropriate action. ...Read more

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How can I cure my COPD breathlessness in order to sleep?

How can I cure my COPD breathlessness in order to sleep?

See doctor: There are many treatments for COPD but the word cure is probably not very appropriate. You can improve but it is doubtful you will be cured. First the diagnosis has to be clarified with various tests which will also help decide how severe is the problem. If you are smoking, stop. There are pills and inhaled medicines that improve copd. You may need oxygen at night or during the day as well. ...Read more

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My mother was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the knee, what natural supplements can she take to help?

My mother was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the knee, what natural supplements can she take to help?

Perhaps ...: Glucosamine may help but it doesn't help as much as keeping your weight within a normal range and walking (as tolerated due to knee pain). Most supplements are completely unproven remedies. ...Read more

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If my mom is in her 80s and has primary liver cancer, how much time does she have to live?

If my mom is in her 80s and has primary liver cancer, how much time does she have to live?

Tough to answer: Sorry to hear it. If she is in good shape she might still be able to have surgery. If not there are some other procedures that might be beneficial. Some centers are looking at targeted radiation treatment. Her survival depends on how advanced her cancer is, and how kind the aging process has been to her. ...Read more

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Kindly guide me how to handle idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, diagnosed in my mom. She is suffering from dry cough now, and feels fatigued while walk .

Kindly guide me how to handle idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, diagnosed in my mom. She is suffering from dry cough now, and feels fatigued while walk .

Help is available: The coalition for pulmonary fibrosis can provide guidance, education and support for families and patients dealing with pulmonary fibrosis. There website is: http://www.Coalitionforpf.Org/ this is a challenging diagnosis--you are not alone. ...Read more

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Mom recently diagnosed with epilepsy. Is she a candidate for medical marijuana? She is on anti-convulsants just wants marijuana to help her relax

Mom recently diagnosed with epilepsy. Is she a candidate for medical marijuana? She is on anti-convulsants just wants marijuana to help her relax

Alternatives: Before turning to marijuana, the latest of what may turn out to be a fad approach to anxiety, have a meeting with your mom speak to her prescriber about anti anxiety medication, compatible with her anti seizure medication. ...Read more

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How can I help a friend who's been to rehab 3 times and still hasn't help her drug addiction

How can I help a friend who's been to rehab 3 times and still hasn't help her drug addiction

3 treatments: One of the most common causes of drug addiction treatment failure is treating the co existing disease such as bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders etc. The latter exist in greater than 60 percent with addiction and the second most common cause of failure is that patients stop medications helping them contain their anxiety. Treatment compliance is a big challenge for recovering patients. ...Read more

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My wife has a chronic weight problem. Even when she diets a lot, she can barely maintain. What tests can we take to understand the situation?

My wife has a chronic weight problem. Even when she diets a lot, she can barely maintain. What tests can we take to understand the situation?

Labs : Rule out thyroid disorder, pcos, cushings are some that may be helpful. Otherwise lifestyle modifications including portion control and exercise can help. ...Read more

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My mom has COPD.She got a trach,been on ventilator for 28 days,and they won't take the feeding tube out to let her eat,but she can swallow fine.Why???

My mom has COPD.She got a trach,been on ventilator for 28 days,and they won't take the feeding tube out to let her eat,but she can swallow fine.Why???

Complex: For the best answer, ask your mother's physicians because they know the specifics of her case. Generally speaking, it is considered high risk to feed by mouth while on positive pressure ventilation even via trach. ...Read more

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Can a person with asthma take medication for a cold? My daughter who is 3 has asthma, and right now she have a cold, her doctor prescribed her cold medicine(liquid)...Everyone is telling me not to give it to her because she have asthma that people with as

Can a person with asthma take medication for a cold? My daughter who is 3 has asthma, and right now she have a cold, her doctor prescribed her cold medicine(liquid)...Everyone is telling me not to give it to her because she have asthma that people with as

Knowledgeable friend: Most "cold" medications have been studied thoroughly over decades. They were often routinely prescribed to any kid at almost any age. However, we now feel that they have little to offer any kid under age 12, if then. There may be a specific reason this was offered, but sometimes these are given as a reflex, to reward you for coming in. I don't use them, asthma or not at that age. ...Read more

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My father has gone under a lung transplant surgery and he's not able to sleep and he's nauseous everyday. Can eating some cannabinoid edibles help him?

My father has gone under a lung transplant surgery and he's not able to sleep and he's nauseous everyday. Can eating some cannabinoid edibles help him?

NO!!: Cannabis has effects on the immune system that could be potentially a problem for anybody who has had a transplant and is on anti-rejection drugs which already compromise the immune system. In addition, it has potential drug interactions. There is a prescription drug, marinol, that his doctors could prescribe if they feel it is appropriate. This should be something he should discuss with his doc. ...Read more

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My husband has been diagnosis wirh osa and refuses to wear bipap. He is always tired snores, and slow thinking. What can I do to help him?

My husband has been diagnosis wirh osa and refuses to wear bipap. He is always tired snores, and slow thinking. What can I do to help him?

FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil is cheaper and better tolerated than Nuvigil .Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera can help. Start a gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gut loss.com. If CPAP/BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. ALSO FOCUS ON WEIGHT LOSS. MAKE SURE LABS ARE RECHECKED ESPECIALLY. VITD &TFTS ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

A lung condition in which there is progressive scarring of the lung tissue. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, ...Read more


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Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more