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Are people with aspergers at higher risk for substance abuse?

Are people with aspergers at higher risk for substance abuse?

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

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Are patients with bipolar disorder at high risk for suicide?

Are patients with bipolar disorder at high risk for suicide?

Yes: Studies have shown that 25-50% of patients with Bipolar disorder attempt suicide. This is much less likely to happen if prsons with this condition are in a good relationship with a psychiatrist and are on the proper medication . ...Read more

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Does ADHD medication increase the risk of suicide in young children?

Does ADHD medication increase the risk of suicide in young children?

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 more

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Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

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 more

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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...

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

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Do people in high risk jobs experience a higher level of stress than people in low risk or zero risk jobs?

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

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I understand high risk pregnancies are primarily due to advanced age. Won't healthy diet, weight, active, prior to pregnancy lessen high risk?

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

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High risk human papillomavirus. Why are there low risk and high risk viruses?

High risk human papillomavirus. Why are there low risk and high risk viruses?

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 more

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Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

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 more

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Do ballerinas have high rates of eating disorders?

Do ballerinas have high rates of eating disorders?

Ballet eating dis: yes that are at increased risk - as are many women who participate in activities where small/thin bodies are prized or advantageous ...Read more

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Are almonds bad for people with high cholesterol because of their high fat content?

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Are almonds bad for people with high cholesterol because of their high fat content?

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 more

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How child abuse and neglect effects adults behavior?

How child abuse and neglect effects adults behavior?

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

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Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Maybe: Abused children are much more highly represented among the ranks of poor learners, misbehaving, aggressive and oppositional conduct disordered kids. These conditions can subsequently lead to adult criminal behavior if interventions don't occur in childhood. ...Read more

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Does sexual education in high school impact the rate of sexually transmitted infections?

Does sexual education in high school impact the rate of sexually transmitted infections?

PC correct or not!: Zealots argue that sex education prevents stds by explaing how to have unprotected sex, and also say it decreases teen pregnancy. Well both have gone up in the era of "sex education." the schools should focus on core knowledge and have sex ed elsewhere! ...Read more

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How to control high blood pressure, her age is 57 and even her sugar levels are high?

How to control high blood pressure, her age is 57 and even her sugar levels are high?

Be seen: There are many medications to treat hypertension and diabetes, but you need to be seen by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Can I reduce risk of getting cancer by behavior modification?

Can I reduce risk of getting cancer by behavior modification?

Absolutely!: Smoking cessation, alcohol avoidance, low fat diets are but a few behavior modifications that are known to reduce the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Can social isolation increase my risk for certain diseases?

Can social isolation increase my risk for certain diseases?

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

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Can testosterone therapy increase a woman's risk of aggression?

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Can testosterone therapy increase a woman's risk of aggression?

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 more

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What types of children are at higher risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

What types of children are at higher risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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 more

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