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What do you suggest if I have depression go to harvard and i don't know what to do.?

What do you suggest if I have depression go to harvard and i don't know what to do.?

Depression: Generally there are two types of depression. The first is dysthymia, which is a chronic type of depression that varies little in intensity, and major depression, which varies in intensity a great deal. Get an evaluation by a psychiatrist for what ails you, and seek a psychotherapist to discuss what depression means to YOU. ...Read more

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What is the glycemic index and glycemic load for plantain chips? It is not on glycemicindex.Com or on health.Harvard.Edu so please don't link sites.

Search Internet: Glycemic index of plaintains depends upon whether it's raw, green or ripe & whether boiled or fried (i suppose there are other ways to cook/eat them, too): http://www.Ehow.Com/facts_5765402_glycemic-index-plantains_.Html. Glycemic load is dependent upon serving size, eg 1 ounce vs 100g: http://nutritiondata.Self.Com/facts/snacks/10650/2. I use links so you'll know i didn't just pull numbers from. ...Read more

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What do you all, as doctors, think about potential usefulness of personal genome project being done @ harvard? Will docs use it as a tool in future?

What do you all, as doctors, think about potential usefulness of personal genome project being done @ harvard?  Will docs use it as a tool in future?

Yes : The info will help in many ways: identify which diseases you are more likely to have, estimate the severity of that disease, preventing the disease if possible, determine which medications are more appropriate for you- all based on the info regarding what genes you have and how those genes influence your reaction to your environment. ...Read more

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Harvard's recent research: "gut flora is key to either gaining or losing weight, pill on the horizon". What food alters bad bacteria into good ones?

Harvard's recent research: "gut flora is key to either gaining or losing weight, pill on the horizon". What food alters bad bacteria into good ones?

Doubtful: Body weight is calories in versus calories out. I could only find articles about obesity and gut bacteria in obscure journals (help me, anyone?) and i suspect this is just one more fake internet story. I bet dimes-to-dollars this "pill" never appears, but until it does, why not head down to the gym and have a really good time working and eating with fitness-focused friends? ...Read more

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Would it be possible to ask doctor to prescribe Chloroquine/Amodiaquine for off-label use? Harvard recently found them extremely effective for PD.

Would it be possible to ask doctor to prescribe Chloroquine/Amodiaquine for off-label use? Harvard recently found them extremely effective for PD.

You can always ask: A healthy patient-physician relationship should make you comfortable making reasonable request. Having said that, if I know which study you are referring to - one has to keep in mind the study is very much a laboratory study showing chloroquine/amodiaquine can activate Nurr1, a "master switch" for brain regeneration, in petri dish. Clinical efficacy has NOT being proven. ...Read more

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My son had genetic test sent to Harvard For hgb disorder. He also has low muscle tone. Would the genetic testing pick up muscular dystrophy too?

My son had genetic test sent to Harvard   For hgb disorder. He also has low muscle tone. Would the genetic testing pick up muscular dystrophy too?

Generally not: That would be like doing a compression test on a car engine and finding a brake problem. You only find (or not) what you're looking for. And muscular dystrophy isn't just a matter of muscle tone. You need to read up on a disease or condition before you start making these transcontinental jumps to conclusions. ...Read more