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What are the health effects of poor nutrition in children?

What are the health effects of poor nutrition in children?

There are many: adverse health effects of poor nutrition in children, such as poor growth, obesity, poor weight gain, more frequent infections, poor brain development, poor bone health, decreased ability to focus in school, decreased energy and therefore decreased ability to exercise enough/properly, among others. ...Read more

Malnutrition (Definition)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or ...Read more


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Can a poor learner survive in the workplace?

Can a poor learner survive in the workplace?

Yes but . . .: Education is a key factor in more advanced employment so slow learning can be a problem. Is this person through with schooling? Has this person gotten in trouble due to lack of learning skills. These skills can be improved but sometimes the goals may need adjustment. A vocational counselor should be consulted for the best options. ...Read more

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What most influences the health of the elderly?

What most influences the health of the elderly?

A few things: The ability to and attention to eating healthy, successful digestion, exercise, social activity and family. ...Read more

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Can loss of one important long term memory with full recovery of the same upon pointing out the loss in a healthy elderly lady be due to ministroke?

Can loss of one important long term memory with full recovery of the same upon pointing out the loss in a healthy elderly lady be due to ministroke?

Unlikely: Mini stroke can affect memory but requires many not one. A form of dementia called multi infarction dementia. Remember the brain is the fabric of our persona. If enough events occur can alter us per mantle. If you are worried suggest seeing physician diagnostic studies can be performed. Key is prevention ...Read more

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How often on average are poor hygiene skills causes of urinary infection in women?

How often on average are poor hygiene skills causes of urinary infection in women?

Often: It is important to wipe after urination from front to back. Otherwise contamination can cause problems. Always try to urinate before and after sex as well. ...Read more

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What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in the elderly?

What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in the elderly?

Low estrogen: First, osteoporosis has many causal factors: diet, exercise, life style and even stress. However, the single biggest cause of bone loss in women is the loss of estrogen at menopause (or earlier in some cases) which leads to increased bone loss. ...Read more

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What kind of conditions/deficiencies result in poor healing in tendons/ligaments , or suspectability to injury ?

What kind of conditions/deficiencies result in poor healing in tendons/ligaments , or suspectability to injury ?

Here's a few: Poor nutrition or use of steroids will lead to poor healing. Overexercise or stress to limbs and joints without proper preparation, such as strength training and appropriate warm up, can also lead to injury. Also, some chronic disease processes, such as diabetes, can make one susceptible to injury. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can coarctation of the aorta cause poor growth in height?

Can coarctation of the aorta cause poor growth in height?

Possible but...: It certainly could, though growth retardation is not a classic side effect. Hypertension is most common in older individuals (after infancy, but including children). Slow growth only is not likely related. ...Read more

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What is the government doing in preventing obesity in children and teenagers?

What is the government doing in preventing obesity in children and teenagers?

Childhood obesity: The government has began some plans in helping educate and treat the increasing problem of childhood obesity but the real prevention should start at home with educating families on eating healthier and exercising regularly. ...Read more

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Natural disasters can precipitate a rapid spread of disease particularly where hygiene is poor.?

Natural disasters can precipitate a rapid spread of disease particularly where hygiene is poor.?

Disease and Disaster: The vectors of disease in disasters include contaminated water, contaminated food, and exposure to the natural elements. Clean water, clean food, and access to shelter and warmth are critical. Without it, exposure to the elements, germs in contaminated food and water, and lack of hygiene expose one to infection, shock, and starvation of nutrients as well as the cold and temperature change. ...Read more

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How can poor diet affect the function of the circulatory system?

How can  poor diet affect the function of the circulatory system?

Atherosclerosis: This condition is caused by poor diet which is typically a diet with too much animal fat in it. It also occurs in obese people and in those who have diabetes once again due to over eating. Excessive fat(cholesterol) is deposited inside the arteries which leads to damaged vasculature , a set up for heart attack and or stroke due to blood clots forming inside the diseased arteries. ...Read more

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Are the purplish feet symptoms of poor blood circulation, in an otherwise healthy person?

Are the purplish feet symptoms of poor blood circulation, in an otherwise healthy person?

Sometimes: If they turn purple when you are standing up it could mean that your circulation is impaired. You could also have a vascular condition that causes constriction of the blood vessels. Have it checked by a vascular specialist. ...Read more

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Could the lack of nutrients stunt the cell growth in a child?

Could the lack of nutrients stunt the cell growth in a child?

Yes: Malnutrition is the primary cause of failure to thrive.The impact varies directly with the degree of undernutrition. ...Read more

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What is the most common electrolyte abnormality in patients on total parental nutrition?

What is the most common electrolyte abnormality in patients on total parental nutrition?

Depends: Lots of potential problems. Abnormalities in sodium, potassium, magnesium are not uncommon. Abnormalities in glucose (not an electrolyte) are common. Careful monitoring, and appropriate changes in formulas, or Insulin dosing can help keep these down to a minimum. Some patients have been able to be maintained on long-term TPN (>10-15 yrs) in good health. Infection always a risk too. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

Poor nutrition or malnutrition occurs when the body has insufficient intake, too much intake that is not healthy or when the diet is poorly balanced . Malnutrition can be the result of poor ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Poor Eating (Definition)

Poor eating = Unhealthy eating habits that fail to meet the body's nutritional needs. Examples are eating too much or a diet that is ...Read more