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Old People Stereotypes
Different scenarios: Memory loss is an older person can have several causes. It can be drug induced, mini-strokes, dementias such as alheimers, and generalized brain atrophy. Sometimes memory loss can actually be depression or sleep deprivation. Only a thorough examination can rule out certain diagnosis and help find the cause. Memory loss is not a normal part of aging in a healthy brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: It does seem that way for many couples. I like to think that they do so much together such as eating the same foods, getting the same amount of sun exposure and sharing the joys and sorrows of married life plays some role. Not all couples end up looking similar but enough do so that many people remark on it. ...Read more
Old world term: Quite a while back & before the chromosome defect was found in '60's, the the facial structure of down syndrome kids/adults, reminded folks of the features of mongolian race. Original scientific publications uses that terminology. It was well into the '70's before the descriptions began to change & the public began to use more modern descriptors. The important people in your kids life don't use it. ...Read more
Taurine, Chelation: Taurine 1500 mg per day may improve renal function. Also, intravenous chelation therapy judiciously applied, will improve kidney function. Start with 500-1,000 mg per infusion, and gradually increase the dose based on glomerular filtration rate (GFR), creatinine, and Cystatin C. Avoid NSAIDs, which are nephrotoxic. ...Read more
In h.S., an old textbook said risks when having children become more likely at 35. Is that still accurate? If so, why are old people having babies?
They want to: Risks of any pregnancy having an unexpected outcome (cleft lip, premi, illness) are 4%. At 35 the risk of a down syndrome birth adds 1%, and becomes more likely with advancing age. Given the little added risk and the joy of parenting, people make informed choices and live their lives to the fullest.At some point you may understand the idea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer