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Doctor insights on: Relapse Rates For Addicts

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What are the relapse rates for ex smokers who have abstained for a decade? I read in some papers that it's very low, eg < 1%/year. I feel fearful that it may actually be higher. Can you confirm this?

What are the relapse rates for ex smokers who have abstained for a decade? I read in some papers that it's very low, eg < 1%/year. I feel fearful that it may actually be higher. Can you confirm this?

1st 10 years hardest: There aren't many studies on this but according to a good one "this risk (of relapse) decreases to less than 1% annually after 10 years of abstinence, ”says... Elizabeth a. Krall, ph.D see http://www.Eurekalert.Org/pub_releases/2002-02/cfta-srr022702.Php obviously many smokers relapse early on, but the longer they abstain the less likely they are to relapse.I've seen very few relapse after 10 yrs. ...Read more

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What drugs cause the highest rates of long-term disability?

What drugs cause the highest rates of long-term disability?

Any: Different drugs affect different people differently. There are so called "hard" ones and "light" ones, but in essence both are very addictive and can cause short and long term disability. The "hard" ones on the air are heroin, meth, cocaine, lsd etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible for parts of your body to grow at different rates than other parts?

Is it possible for parts of your body to grow at different rates than other parts?

Yes: Yes, that can happen. For instance - a gal going through puberty may be dismayed to see that one breast is growing faster than the other. Our bodies are not completely symmetric. ...Read more

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Please explain the procedure for advanced neuro modulation system? How it works? Success rates?

Please explain the procedure for advanced neuro modulation system? How it works? Success rates?

ANS system: I think you are referring to spinal cord stimulation. Basically its the placement of fine wires with metal contacts into the spine. This is connected to a generator that provides a fine current. The idea is to produce a tingling feeling in an area of pain in order to reduce or control the pain severity. There are 3 companies and the devices work differently. ...Read more

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What are osteosarcoma survival rates?

What are  osteosarcoma survival rates?

Varies: Osteosarcoma survival rates depends on many factors, with age being the most important. Up to 65% of children are cured with surgery and chemotherapy. We are now in some cases curing patients with limited metastatic disease or diseas ein other sites like the lungs. Extensive metastatic disease and age over 40 are typically two bad prognostic signs. This is one i would directly ask your physician. ...Read more

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What are the survival rates of a splenectomy?

What are the survival rates of a splenectomy?

Almost 100%: Actually depends. Splenectomy is normally a safe operation, especially for itp. It has some risk when done for certain hematologic disorders characterized by massive enlargement and other issues (myeloproliferative disorders). ...Read more

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Where can I find rates of MRSA in our community?

Where can I find rates of MRSA in our community?

Ask dept. of health: Community MRSA rates may be hard to get, but hospital rates should be available through the infection control office. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the success rates of desensitization?

What can you tell me about the success rates of desensitization?

Please clarify.: From what i know of desensitization, it is a form of therapy for allergies that is supposed to make people less sensitive to things they are allergic to, like chocolate. They are exposed to a small amount, which gives a reaction, which, over time, gets less. It has been done for a long time with decent results, but is not employed as much as it once was. ...Read more

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What are the success rates for people using suboxone to get off of drugs for good?

It depends: Switching to Suboxone from other drugs is only part of the process. If you only trade one drug for another, that is not too beneficial. It is going to therapy, working on recovery and using the time while taking Suboxone to deal with the issues you have either avoided or created while using, which is beneficial. Finding support for your commitment to stay sober is the most useful part. ...Read more