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Teens And High Risk Behavior
No: I'm not aware of any data on this, but in general individuals with ASD are less likely to be risk-takers, more likely to be under the watchful eye of an adult, and less likely to congregate unsupervised with peers who are experimenting with substances of abuse. Among my fairly substantial patient population, i've not seen any problems, even with marijuana. ...Read more
No: None of the standard medications for adhd are associated with suicidality in young children. Atomoxetine (strattera) has been associated with a slight increase in suicidation in adolescents and adults, however. Any time a new medication is started the parents or the patient should be in close contact with the doctor, communicating any concern that arises. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: They are not at higher risk for complications, unless they have underlying problems (heart and lung, cancer), they may be at more risk for catching the illness due to crowding, such as dorms, and sports, and not being vaccinated. It is the very young and very old that have most of the complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shouldn't people who train much and thereby also often have high BP be on higher risk for developing aneurysm? Because of the high BP...
Good question: we believe that persistent hbp produces the aneurysmal changes and most folks have more less active than more active time. We believe acute aneurysmal rupture is more related to acute increased wall stress. Having said this I am unaware of 'proof' of this belief by controlled study ...Read more
Do people in high risk jobs experience a higher level of stress than people in low risk or zero risk jobs?
Depends on you...: Stress levels are dependent on an interaction between many factors, including level of job risk, level of perceived risk, stress tolerance, personal resilience, abilities, and coping abilities. Depending on these variables, and others, a person at a high risk job may actually experience less stress than someone in a lower risk job. ...Read more
I understand high risk pregnancies are primarily due to advanced age. Won't healthy diet, weight, active, prior to pregnancy lessen high risk?
Many causes: Advanced age is just one of reasons many other causes are high blood pressure, diabetes, small pelvis, family history of congenital malformations, bleeding, hiv, genital herpes , multiple pregnancies and many other reasons healthy diet weight active life does help and can not prevent high risk pregnancies. ...Read more
Terminology of risk: We humans apply the high /low designations based on observed behavior. A rattlesnake bite is dangerous a garter snake bite is not, because of individual differences in the snakes. The same goes for HPV in this broad family of dozens of individual strains. Some strains are an inconvenience, triggering a wart in a cosmetically embarrassing site, others can give you cancer and kill you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?
Nicotine & Schiz: There are different ideas about this, but no "written in stone" answers. One is the possibility that nicotine may assist people whose internal "gating" mechanisms may be faulty -- where they have trouble differentiating inner from outer stimuli. Another is that nicotine may simply be more addicting in schizophrenic brains than others. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23919443. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No, but...: Almonds are rich in the "right" kind of fat (mono unsaturated fats, such as are in olive oil), and also are a source of vitamin e, magnesium, postassium, and fiber. Studies suggest that replacing other fats in your diet with almonds will lead to a reduction in your LDL cholesterol. As always, your primary care physician is a great source of information on how to manage high cholesterol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable effects: There are many possible outcomes from child abuse & neglect. The most tragic is when the same things are perpetrated upon children. It can cause severe anxiety, depression, flashbacks, dissociation, trouble with trust & boundaries, drug & alcohol abuse, & suicide attempts. It can also lead to perfectionism and high achievement. With treatment, the person can heal and enjoy a fulfilling life. ...Read more
If it makes you sad.: It depends on the effects of the social isolation on your emotions. There is some evidence that low levels of positive emotion (or high levels of negative emotions) can affect your immune system, which could increase your risk of infections. So, if the social isolation is associated with negative emotions (e.g., depression, anger, anxiety) it could make you more susceptible to illness. ...Read more
Yes: In both men & women, testosterone therapy in excess can increase risk of aggression. Typically, if someone is good-natured, testosterone in excess won't change their temperament. But in those who are already nasty to begin with, it's been said that too much testosterone can make their disposition worse. Notice i didn't list a specific level as everyone has an individual threshold. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A partial list: First, adhd is highly heritable, so having a parent or sibling who has adhd or a family history of adhd is the most common set-up. Then comes prematurity; the smaller the baby, the higher the risk of adhd. Many genetic syndromes are associated with with adhd, giving researchers the opportunity to look at the genes involved with adhd. Less common are brain infections or injuries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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