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Dr. Thomas Rado
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Understanding Medical Research (Overview)

Medical research is an enormous field with many subspecialties. The results of different studies may be difficult to understand, and are frequently debated within the medical community. When reading about medical research, it's important to make sure that the results make sense, and apply to you.


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Any medical research on art kids meeting donors?

Any medical research on art kids meeting donors?

Yes: There is quite a bit of deliberation on this topic, as well as case history studies on the boston pediatric hospital's website, under renal transplant. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Rado
69 Doctors shared insights

Understanding Medical Research (Overview)

Medical research is an enormous field with many subspecialties. The results of different studies may be difficult to understand, and are frequently debated within the medical community. When reading about medical research, it's important to make sure that the results make sense, and apply to you.


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Does anyone have a link to definitive medical research on the porgyria?

Does anyone have a link to definitive medical research on the porgyria?

Porphyria: I think you mean porphyria, which is a chronic metabolic disease involving the liver, which may be characterized by acute flare-ups requiring hospitalization. Google the american porphyria foundation website for current and evolving therapies. ...Read more

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Understanding Puberty for Boys (Checklist)

Boys mature at different rates, so do not compare yourself to others
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Shower regularly
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Ask an adult to teach you how to shave
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Do not be embarrassed by erections, they are normal
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Is there a decent site for me to find peer reviewed medical research articles? I need to find decent, free ones for A&P.

Is there a decent site for me to find peer reviewed medical research articles? I need to find decent, free ones for A&P.

Yes: Try Pubmed it has many citations and occasionally full articles. Also look at MedScape. If those do not work for you check with your professors. ...Read more

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Understanding Puberty for Girls (Checklist)

Read a book about puberty
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Give your daughter a book about puberty
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Buy pads, and have them ready before your daughter gets her period
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Have a talk about birth control and sexuality with your daughter
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What is existing medical research on alternative meds/herbs for bph?

What is existing medical research on alternative meds/herbs for bph?

Here are some...: The excitement to search alternative meds/herbs seems having died down lately. The ingredients of so-called alternative meds usually include saw palmetto, pygeum, bee pollen, zinc, selenium, lycopene, vitamins, etc. The studies on these failed to constantly prove their claimed effects, at best, marginal and inconsistent. Of course, another wave of similar effort may loom; time will tell. ...Read more

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Does the Plan B pill have longterm followup by researchers yet?

Does the Plan B pill have longterm followup by researchers yet?

Yes: Plan b is nothing different from regular birth control pill hormones just given in a slightly different way. The long term effects of Plan B will be the same as the long term effects of oral birth control pills. We have more than 50 years of scientific evidence regarding the safety of these medications. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some outwardly signs a persons cholesterol is too high?

Have researchers discovered some outwardly signs a persons cholesterol is too high?

Generally no: Doctors look for tuberous xanthomas - subcutaneous cholesterol deposits in people with extremely high cholesterol. Unless you undress people, you're not likely to see them so the answer is no. ...Read more

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If aids researchers were provided with infinite funds how long would it take for a cure?

If aids researchers were provided with infinite funds how long would it take for a cure?

Tough to say!: I would say that while funding is helpful to finding a cure, what we are missing is key piece (s) of understanding of how the virus works and how it hides from our immune system. We need to understand how our own immune system works as well. There is a lot of vaccine research to understand how to stimulate our own immune system to recognize and kill HIV in every infected cell in the body. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that women who never marry have less mental health problems than married women?

Have researchers found that women who never marry have less mental health problems than married women?

Not true or false: There has been demographic data on life satisfaction that that supports your question and also suggests the opposite for men. This is pretty important, but it's not exactly the same as mental health. Also, with the tremendous advances we've made in women's equality and men's raised consciences it may be getting better. Let's hope so. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the possible solutions that researchers are using in an attempt to cure diabetes?

Can you please discuss the possible solutions that researchers are using in an attempt to cure diabetes?

Not enough space: To detail all the current research. Check the ada or jdrf websites. The "cure" (actually prevention or treatment) for type 2 diabetes is already known -- it's diet, exercise and weight loss. ...Read more

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What is meant by researchers when they say "double-blind" studies?

What is meant by researchers when they say "double-blind" studies?

Research: An experiment designed to test the effect of a treatment or substance by using groups of experimental and control subjects in which neither the subjects nor the investigators know which treatment or substance is being administered to which group. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some ways I can make withdrawal from alcohol easier?

Have researchers discovered some ways I can make withdrawal from alcohol easier?

Yes: Work with an addiction medicine specialist. The husband of one of my patients died due to untreated alcohol withdrawal. Get professional help - you will feel more comfortable and won't put your life at risk. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some risks to swallowing chewing gum?

Have researchers discovered some risks to swallowing chewing gum?

Chewing gum: Usually there isn't a problem as it passes through the body. However, there are rare cases of chewing gum bezoars which have occurred causing esophageal ; intestinal obstruction. Lack of absorbtion of sorbitol in sugarless gym can sometimes lead to gas, loose stools and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Have researchers found too much running does damage to the heart?

Have researchers found too much running does damage to the heart?

Grain of truth: Let's be clear: running is a very good activity for the heart and the vast majority of people who run will benefit. That said, there's a tiny increased incidence of atrial fibrillation and even of sudden death in runners but primarily because they develop symptoms and ignore them, assuming that because they run, "it can't happen to me". ...Read more

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Have researchers found that your boobs grown when on the pill?

Have researchers found that your boobs grown when on the pill?

Sometimes: Some women do notice that the pill can cause their breasts to become fuller. Not every woman experiences this, but yes, it definitely happens. ...Read more

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How many scientists and researchers are studying solutions to breast cancer in the us? Globally?

How many scientists and researchers are studying solutions to breast cancer in the us? Globally?

Many!: That's a difficult answer to quantify, but rest assured, it is many! In the us, since it is the most common cancer in women, funding and research for this disease is available, through federal grants, non-profit organizations, private companies, and grateful donors. We are making strides toward curing breast cancer every day! ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some weight / height charts that are standard?

Have researchers discovered some weight / height charts that are standard?

It varies...: It depends on your "frame" size, but height and weight charts are all over the internet. These give recommendations, but differ for each person based in age and level of activity as well.

http://www. Healthchecksystems. Com/heightweightchart. Htm. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that you can out grow asthma?

Have researchers found that you can out grow asthma?

Asthma: Most children do outgrow of asthma but it may recur in some people in their adulthood. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that you can get sun allergies?

Have researchers found that you can get sun allergies?

Sun allergies: Some individuals can develop hives or urticaria from sun exposure. Others can develop a rash from the sun also and may have other underlying autoimmune issues that contribute to it, such as lupus. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that your boobs get bigger after you have a child?

Have researchers found that your boobs get bigger after you have a child?

Breast enlargement: The hormones of pregnancy directly impact breast tissue which causing enlargement of the breasts which continues after the child's birth specifically to provide the optimal nutrition for this new precious person - human breastmilk. ...Read more

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Have researchers found there is a link between stess and developing allergies?

Have researchers found there is a link between stess and developing allergies?

No good answer: Whereas stress makes any illnesses worse, there is no proof that it causes allergies. There were some studies (if I recall correctly) showing that when a pregnant mother had a lot of stress, the infant is more likely to get asthma- however I will look this up again and revisit this question ...Read more

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Where do researchers get subjects for child abuse research? Who consents? What child agrees to be abused while research is conducted?

Where do researchers get subjects for child abuse research? Who consents? What child agrees to be abused while research is conducted?

Misconceptions: Research often falls into 2 separate types. In forward looking studies, you study a control group and one under the study conditions. In rear looking research, you compare a control group to those who underwent the conditions in the past. Most child abuse research is done as rear looking (retrospective) studies. Your confusion is valid, no review board would allow a kid to be put in such conditions. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some tips or tricks to ease seasonal allergy pain?

Have researchers discovered some tips or tricks to ease seasonal allergy pain?

Seasonal allergies: A short answer use daily nasal saline spray. A long term advice, see a board certified allergist to best manage them. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that you can get cancer from orange juice?

Have researchers found that you can get cancer from orange juice?

Don't worry about it: Many, probably most foods of vegetable origin have tiny amounts of natural carcinogens -- chemicals that can potentially mutate your genes. Since you can't escape them and the risk is obviously tiny, sensible people ignore them. This is where shady politics and misguided activism meet; folks get excited about one or another from time to time and the hoopla upsets everybody & discredits real work. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that when you pick your pimples you get scars?

Have researchers found that when you pick your pimples you get scars?

Forever Present: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there. ...Read more

Dr. Darrell Herrington
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Medical Research (Definition)

Medical research is the field of basic and translational research conducted to help and expand knowledge in the field of medicine. One important focus involves creating and studying the safety and efficacy of treatments ...Read more