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Is there a difference between major depression w/ melancholia and severe major depression?

Is there a difference between major depression w/ melancholia and severe major depression?

There can be: Major depressive disorder is diagnosed by having at least 5 symptoms from a list. Melancholic major depressive disorder refers to having certain specific symptoms. The severe classifier refers to how much the symptoms you have interfere with your functioning and your life. Much of the time if you have melanchotic mdd your symptoms are severe but not always. ...Read more

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Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Probably: The soviet union had a well paid biological weapons development department there is little reason to assume that the break up of the communist system meant the elimination of these programs. The current government is unlikely to publicize such efforts. ...Read more

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Manic depressive disorder vs major depression, what is the difference?

Manic depressive disorder vs major depression, what is the difference?

These are different: Diagnosis. People with depression may have bouts with depression followed by periods when they are less depressed. They do not have manic episodes. Bipolar disorder is a physical illness like diabetes that does not go away, it simply can be controlled using and adjusting the proper medication throughout your life. Having a good psychotherapist and psychiatrist is imperative. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the major chemotherapy agent in anti-cancer drugs?

What is the major chemotherapy agent in anti-cancer drugs?

Various: there is a large number of chemotherapy drugs, available by injection and orally. The list would exceed space available here. ...Read more

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What is the major histocompatibility complex (mhc)?

What is the major histocompatibility complex (mhc)?

Identifier for cells: Mhc is a marker on each cell, which tells our immune system whether the cell is our own or "foreign" (an infection or a transplant), and our body tries to destroy the "foreign" cells. This is great to get rid of infection, but also why transplants can be rejected. To minimize the risk of rejection, transplant doctors try to find donors with mhc similar to the patient's, often within the family. ...Read more

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What are major complications of CNS vasculitis?

What are major complications of CNS  vasculitis?

bleeding and infecti: Infections. Lupus and other vasculidities are associated with CNS bleeding. ...Read more

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Is clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same?

Is clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same?

Yes: The official name is "major depressive disorder", but many people say "clinical depression" as a sort of shorthand for that. This is depression > 2 wks, severe enough to interfere with everyday life, and accompanied by changes in sleep, energy, appetite, ability to experience pleasure, suicidal ideas, and so forth. Many depressed moods are not severe enough to count as "clinical". ...Read more

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Common Disease, Loss Of Plasma, Amnesia?

Common Disease, Loss Of Plasma, Amnesia?

Unclear question: Your question, if any, is not intelligible. Would you please restate your question. ...Read more

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How is bipolar disorder different from major depression?

How is bipolar disorder different from major depression?

Bipolarvs Depression: Actually, according to the criteria used, one may have only ever had manic moods, or mania, and qualify for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That is why the term manic-depression is confusing. One may never have been depressed at any time, and still have bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What makes Trovax different from other kidney cancer meds (like nexavar, proleukin, torisel, (temsirolimus) sutent)?

What makes Trovax different from other kidney cancer meds (like nexavar, proleukin, torisel, (temsirolimus) sutent)?

Other drugs worked: Nexavar, torisel, and sutent all received FDA approval because they improved progression free survival. The initial Trovax trial was terminated early because there was little or no prospect of demonstrating a statistically significant survival benefit compared to placebo. http://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/16/22/5539.long ...Read more

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Is evidence of elevated mao enzymes in the brains of clinically depressed people a biological marker of major depression?

Is evidence of elevated mao enzymes in the brains of clinically depressed people a biological marker of major depression?

Depression: No tests to diagnose depression. It is a clinical diagnosis means by seeing the patient asking question and mental status exam done by a doc. ...Read more

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Is orencia (abatacept) a type of chemotherapy?

Is orencia (abatacept) a type of chemotherapy?

No: Orencia, or abatacept, is a medication that blocks t cells, which are part of your immune system. Orencia is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and is given intravenously. It can depress your immune system, but it is not the same as chemotherapy. I would call it an immunomodulatory drug. ...Read more

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Are there any major veins major artery or major nerves in the eyebrow ?

Are there any major veins major artery or major nerves in the eyebrow ?

No vessels, one nerv: The eyebrow is well supplied with small arteries and veins but there is no named or large artery at that site. The supraorbital nerve takes off medially (near the middle) and supplies the forehead on that side. Is that major? It is annoying if it loses sensation No motor nerves are in that area. ...Read more

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Can lupus directly impact the brain? Myoclonic seizures, major depression, GAD, major mood swings. No official diagnosis, but positive for antibodies.

Can lupus directly impact the brain? Myoclonic seizures, major depression, GAD, major mood swings. No official diagnosis, but positive for antibodies.

A few comments: Yes, lupus cerebritis can occur. Spinal fluid measure of P-ribosomal protein might help. Your myoclonic seizures could be Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy, and could benefit from Depakote or Keppra (levetiracetam). Your emotional state could be assessed by psychiatry. Recommend you see a neurologist, and have all of this looked at thoroughly. ...Read more

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What causes major inhibitory effects in the central nervous system?

What causes major inhibitory effects in the central nervous system?

Neurotransmitters: A balance of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters exist to facilitate normal bodily functions. The inhibitors are many, including acetylcholine, norepinephrine, seratonin, dopamine, and these modulate the effects of the excitatory chemicals. ...Read more

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What evidence exists on short- and long-term negative effects of GHB (street name g) on the central nervous system, heart, liver or other major organ?

What evidence exists on short- and long-term negative effects of GHB (street name g) on the central nervous system, heart, liver or other major organ?

Unknown: Short term sedation including respiratory depression may require intubation, long term effects are unknown since prospective data are needed. But it can be addicting since it will cause a surge of Dopamine the chief chemical involved in addiction. ...Read more

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Abilify (aripiprazole) or Effexor for major depressive disorder. Which is better?

Abilify (aripiprazole) or Effexor for major depressive disorder. Which is better?

Completely different: Effexor is directly an antidepressant, and is fda indicated for this disorder & generalized anxiety, etc. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic, but is also sometimes used to augment antidepressant effect. If you have bipolar depression, being on an antidepressant alone is unwise due to possible triggering of hypomania or mania. In manic situations, Abilify (aripiprazole) may be used to contain these symptoms. ...Read more

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CANCER: Is the DaVinci Robotic System used for pancreatic cancer in any major medical center in the U.S.?

CANCER: Is the DaVinci Robotic System used for pancreatic cancer in any major  medical center in the U.S.?

Yes: There are likely a number of cancer centers using it. Here is the webpage for The Cancer Treatment Centers of America discussing the use of the DaVinci system for pancreatic cancer: http://ctcaho.pe/1U7XgLj ...Read more