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Teen Bullying Controversies
Bullying is an abnormal behavior in which a person (the bully) treats others in an abusive way, uses force to harm others, or otherwise scares others into responding the way the bully wants. Bullying is common, and involves verbal abuse, physical assault, coercion (forcing others to do things) and is often targeted at selected victims, sometimes because of the victims' race, ...Read more
No regulation: Regulation and standards of care are the missing link in this practice. Except for certified nurse midwives, most midwives don't need a state license or certification. Normal labor develops in a delicate balance the may require interventions only possible in hospitals. Naturally, no one complains when the outcome is good for both mother and child. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heavy metal: Gadolinium is a heavy metal and people do test high for gadolinium even months after getting contrast. ...Read more
Media frenzy: Actos (pioglitazone) is a good drug for diabetes. All drugs in this class cause fluid retention, which can worsen heart failure in some people. A related drug (avandia) got slammed for increasing coronary heart disease, but this never affected actos (pioglitazone). These drugs may increase bone loss. Now there is a weak inference of bladder cancer, and the media and lawyers are all over this like sharks on fresh meat. ...Read more
Benefits outweigh: risks per American Academy of Pediatrics. Studies show circumcision leads to better hygiene and less risk for UTI's/STD's, and smaller risk for developing penile cancer. This procedure however is mostly done for religious/cultural reasons and the AAP leaves the decision up to the parents because of this. If it helps, I have never had an uncircumcised patient with any of the above problems. Best! ...Read more
Autism 'controversy': What is 'autism act' ? Never heard about it. There is no 'controversy' about diagnosis, , and symptomatic treatment, or usefulness of early intervention. ...Read more
I have recently heard about the controversy surrounding the pill and that it can cause abortions? What are the facts related to this?
Stemcell controversy: Proponents say the research has the potential to cure serious diseases, while critics believe harvesting and studying embryonic stem cells is immoral and use of adult stem cells unwarranted due to lack of sufficient research. ...Read more
Stemcell controversy: All humans first start as a fertilized ovum, which is totipotent ("potential to become every cell"). After several days, it grows into an embryo, comprised of embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are described as being pluripotent ("potential to become a wide variety of cells"). The main controversy has to do with the use of human cells, abortions, and the ethics of using these cells. ...Read more
No fix by Obama: Obama regulatory issues have compounded difficulties in obtaining research funding for both embryonic & adult derived stem cell. More research is being developed for use of adult deirved tissue than embryonic. Both hold great promise, with embryonic in the far distant future. Adult stem cell therapies are exploding in applications and uses. Government part of problem, not the solution. ...Read more
Good question!: As i understand it, the right-wing groups calling themselves "pro-life", have consistently opposed use of embryonic stem cells from abortuses or stored fertilized eggs from ivf and family planning centers, as an extrapolation of their stance on many issues that touch upon the definition of life. ...Read more
Yes: Controversy surrounds how these embryonic stem cells obtained... From living or dead donors (fetus), will growing fetuses become a big market for stem cell supplies? This is a big problem if they are not your own stem cells harvested when you were born. Some people use cord stem cells, however the risk of any genetic material good/bad (ie. Cancer, disorders) can be transmitted. ...Read more
Chaos of Chaos: Children are developing in an environment that has an impact on their behavior. Having a mental disorder means there is something wrong with the individual's development. The controversy is that it is difficult to tell if a child's behavior is the result of bad biology or a chaotic environment that supports the behavior as adaptive. Brain development is altered by Meds, but not clear how long. ...Read more
My 03 months son get cold cough, what should be ideal treatment. No ronchi or creps found, what about cough syrup, as there are so controversy?
No cough syrup: Cough syrups aren't given to infants, actually they're not recommended for children under 2 years of age. For a 3 month old, you can use a humidifier and suction out his nose. Saline drops in the nose are useful prior to suctioning. Such a young infant should be seen by his/her pediatrician. ...Read more
The ADA considers 100mg/dL to be impaired fasting glucose, but WHO is still using 110. Is there any controversy here? E.g, lobbying delaying WHO?
No: This is just one example of differences in opinion among different experts. ...Read more
There seems to be some controversy over the use of high-dose vitamin therapy to treat certain diseases--what is your opinion?
Rare: High dose vitamins usually not good for anything except for seller. Recent very large study showed 8% reduction in all cancers in group who took one multivitamin a day. Large doses of vit e, d, a etc may be dangerous and in certain diseases even a regular multivite is contraindicated. ...Read more
Safe and important!: Asthmatics, like pregnant women and the elderly, are most likely to have severe cases of flu, with complications that can even be fatal. As far as any myths you might have heard, the flu shot has no actual flu virus in it and cannot give you the flu. It has some proteins from the virus that stimulate your own immunity.It might not totally prevent the flu but can make the illness much less severe. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Wb indicating protein 41 active.I read its a lot of controversy about p41.Dfm showed spirochetes and gemmas.Syphilis test negative.Is it lyme?
Be skeptical: Lyme disease is not transmitted sexually, but through bites from infected ticks. Diagnosis using western blot is complicated and requires review of the entire blot and assessment of your other symptoms and risks. Dfm reliability is dependent on the person doing it, and may be manipulated in an attempt to sell you unproven or even dangerous treatments for lyme disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the controversy re: Lexapro (escitalopram) and qt longation and should this ever be prescribed to a cardiac patient with stents? Are there better choices?
Cardiac evaluation: You should be evaluated by a cardiologist before prescribing this medication. ...Read more