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Is family medicine n preventive medicine r same? I think family medicine in us is parallel branch of preventive n social medicine in india. It's true?

Is family medicine n preventive medicine r same? I think family medicine in us is parallel branch of preventive n social medicine in india. It's true?

Unfortunately: No. Preventive medicine in the U.S. Is usually physical exams, chest x-rays, colonoscopy etc. A few physicians do prevention by consideration of diet, lifestyle etc mostly medicine is directed toward cure of disease. ...Read more

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Is nuclear medicine considered internal radiation therapy? For some reason, it seems like all the definitions of internal radi don't include nuclear.

Is nuclear medicine considered internal radiation therapy? For some reason, it seems like all the definitions of internal radi don't include nuclear.

Yes: Nuclear Medicine includes tests such as PET and other scans that can assess tumors & evaluate the function of various organs. It also includes giving radioisotopes by mouth or vein for the treatment of certain cancers (most commonly thyroid, lymphoma and bone mets) and hyperthyroidism. This is different than brachytherapy done by Radiation Oncologists in which radioactive seeds are put in a tumor ...Read more

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What are the differences between primary care doctors like family medicine, internal medicine and general practice. ?

What are the differences between primary care doctors like family medicine, internal medicine and general practice. ?

Their training: General practice usually means the doctor has completed only an internship (1 year) of hospital training after medical school. Family physicians and internal medicine doctors usually complete 3-4 years of further training after medical school and they take exams to become board certified in their specialties. All three may take care of some of the same problems, but their training is different. ...Read more

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Who is internal medicine doctor? What's the job of this doctor?

Who is internal medicine doctor? What's the job of this doctor?

An internal : medicine doctor or internist has received specialty training. An internist provides comprehensive care to adults. Sometimes they treat more complex patients. ...Read more

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How do a general practitioner, family practice, and internal medicine differ?

Family medicine : The difference is in training. Family medicine usually focused more in outpatient. Internal medicine training training focus more on inpatient with some emphasis on outpatient. ...Read more

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How is anti-aging medicine (aam) different from geriatrics? Is anti-aging medicine (aam) different from geriatrics?

How is anti-aging medicine (aam) different from geriatrics? Is anti-aging medicine (aam) different from geriatrics?

Nutrition: Aam deals with biochemical aspect understanding of nutritional issues/deficencies of each medical condition. Geriatrics deals with prevention, promotion, preservation and independence but little training on nutrtional management. Both aam and geriatrics do manage what we call successful aging. ...Read more

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Need a doctor. Family practice or internal medicine. Who is better?

No better : Both internists and family practitioners make excellent primary care physicians. I would not choose one specialty over another but concentrate more on the individual doctor. ...Read more

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How many years is the fellowship for interventional cardiologist following the 3 year internal medicine residency?

How many years is the fellowship for interventional cardiologist following the 3 year internal medicine residency?

3+1: Cardiology fellowship is 3 years following 3 years of internal medicine. Interventional cardiology is an additional 1 year after the 3-year cardiology fellowship. So, non-interventional cardiology is 6 years after 4 years of medical school following 4 years of college. Interventional cardiology is 7 years after 8 years of college and medical school (not including a few 6-year bs/md programs). ...Read more

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What's the difference between fellowship , board , master & phd in medicine and dentistry ?

What's the difference between fellowship , board , master & phd in medicine and dentistry ?

Suffixes to names: Masters degrees and phd degrees are non-medical degrees. They are "graduate" degrees (in anything of interest to the graduate student), meaning they are done after getting a bachelor's degree in college. A board is an organization (has rules for membership) that in medicine is usually for each specialty. A fellow would be a doctor who has been recognized as achieving the criteria set by a board. ...Read more

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Mom have venous leg ulcer for past 5 yrs,not cured. Treatment changed from English medicine to Ayurveda.can she take English medicine immediately?

Mom have venous leg ulcer for past 5 yrs,not cured. Treatment changed from English medicine to Ayurveda.can she take English medicine immediately?

Treatment not Meds : Venous leg ulcers usually require external compression with special wraps (jobst stockings) , and leg elevation, possibly with water pills. The mechanical elevation and support is the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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Take chinese herbal medicine together wif diabetes med.(injection n oral) high blood med. , cholesterol med. , and other regard bones med. . Is it ok?

Take chinese herbal  medicine together wif diabetes med.(injection n oral) high blood med. , cholesterol med. , and other regard bones med. . Is it ok?

Be careful: "chinese medicines" are often not what they are supposed to be. "chrysanthemum petals" may be potent steroids or even fungal poisons. Do your best to find out what you are really taking -- and this may be difficult. There are a variety of interesting supplemental / complementary medicines for diabetes available from reputable sources; discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Whats a nuclear medicine scan?

Whats a nuclear medicine scan?

A radiology test: A nuclear scan is a type of radiology study that involves getting injected (or taking orally) a small dose of radioactive tracer that can be imaged by nuclear medicine specific scanners. It is unique in that it measures the physiology of the specific tracer instead of a person's anatomy. Typically, the radioactivity dose used for these exams is minuscule and presents no/little risk. ...Read more

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What are the difference between doctors of family medicine and internal medicine?

What are the difference between doctors of  family medicine and internal medicine?

Training + patients: They complete different residency training programs after medical school graduation. Internists specialize in medical (not surgical) care for adults, whereas family physicians care for adults, children, and may also do some obstetrics or surgery. There is more overlap with primary care internists, who may also do women's health care (but don't deliver babies or see children). ...Read more

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Would a doc that specializes in thromboses be a hematologist? Or another kind? What is the diff b/w hemo and internal medicine doctor?

Would a doc that specializes in thromboses be a hematologist? Or another kind? What is the diff b/w hemo and internal medicine doctor?

Hematologists : Hematologists have training in internal medicine and have completed extra training to become experts in blood related disorders, including thrombosis. Occasionally there are genetic predispositions to getting a thrombosis, and these can be tested with blood samples. Internists will sometimes refer patients with these disorders to a hematologist for management. ...Read more

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After obgyns finish residency do they have to choose a subspecialty (maternal fetal medicine, gynecology oncology)?

After obgyns finish residency do they have to choose a subspecialty (maternal fetal medicine, gynecology oncology)?

Yes and no: Sone decide to just be a ob/gyn. Some do become a sub spacialist by doing a fellowship in gyn onc, etc. ...Read more

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Does nuclear medicine have any uses beyond imaging and destroying cancers?

Does nuclear medicine have any uses beyond imaging and destroying cancers?

In vitro tests: There are in vitro tests where isotopes are injected intravenously and blood samples are withdrawn and measured in laboratory, Examples include GFR for kidney function, blood cell survival, blood loss, pernicious anemia etc. ...Read more

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An internist with fellowship training in vascular medicine told me today that sclerotherapy is the gold standard for leg spider veins. True?

An internist with fellowship training in vascular medicine told me today that sclerotherapy is the gold standard for leg spider veins. True?

Sclerotherapy: Sclerothetapy or some of the new lasers that are specific for blood vessels. Either way, you have to keep up on them. Often will need treatment every couple of years. ...Read more

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Which medicine remove nekotin from blood?

Which medicine remove nekotin from blood?

Not aware of any: sorry: I am not aware of medication to remove nicotine. ...Read more