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What Does Homeostasis Have To Do With Breathing
Artificial question: All cancers are the result of accumulated genetic mutations in a line of cells, and unless you are treated with surgery, radiation and/or evidence-based chemotherapy for lung cancer, it will kill you. The word "homeostasis" is misused by charlatans. Anyone who tells you otherwise, or that they have something that "will restore homeostasis naturally" without scientific rx is deceiving you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Little: Asthma tends to get worse around 4 A.M. Coinciding with the lowest level in plasma cortisol in a 24-hr period. However if you are asking why cortisone is important, then the answer would be that cortisone acts as a non-specific agent to control the inflammation of the airways- a hallmark for asthma. Your body would not be able to produce enough cortisol to do the job. ...Read more
Many things: Congestive heart failure leads to back up of fluid in lungs and difficulty breathing. Sometimes congenital heart disease causes too much blood delivered to lungs and again respiratory problem. If diffuse lung disease heart has difficulty pumping blood to lungs for oxygenation which can result in heart failure. If blockage of heart delivering blood to lungs, blood not oxygenated and cyanosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clearing the airways: Ciliated cells line the trachea, bronchi and smaller airways. The beating of the cilia transports any particles, that land on the them, towards the mouth and on the way such particles may be coughed out or swallowed. Maintaining the potency of the airways is essential for breathing. ...Read more
Possible panicattack: It is not typical that someone can consciously intentionally hyperventilate for an extended period of time as physiology changes will occur to make it uncomfortable to continue. If involuntary usually due to anxiety or panic disorder or some underlying respiratory or metabolic condition. ...Read more
Yes, in a way.: Acetylcholine transmits signals from nerves to muscles, such as those that control the pupil size and the focusing power. When these muscles are activated, the pupil will get smaller and the focusing muscles will contract, enabling the eye to see up close, as for reading. These two actions can also normally occur separately. Acetylcholine is sometimes used during eye surgery. ...Read more
See details: If it involves your chest muscles, it can make it painful to breathe. ...Read more
Confusing, huh?: Hydrophobia comes from the greek for water (hydro) + greek for fear (phobia) hydrogen comes from the greek for water (hud?r) + french for generates (gennes) hydrophobia means "fear of water" & hydrogen means "generates water" when you have rabies your throat spasms so much you choke & even the sight of water--which you might so crave in thirst --scares you & starts off painful spasms. Get it? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Caused by diabetes: Gastroparesis is when the stomach has a reduced ability to empty its contents. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and/or loss of appetite. Although other conditions can also cause it, it is commonly caused by diabetes because the high blood glucose associated with diabetes can damage nerves in the body, including the autonomic nerves that control the stomach. Thanks to e. Lu. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lupus : Lupus is an autoimmune disease (where your immune system attacks your body) that can affect various organs of your body. There are systemic, discoid, drug-induced, and subacute cutanous forms. Check out the lupus foundations website for more details and if you are not seeing a rheumatologist at this time, please consider seeing one if you have been told that you may have lupus. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Detail history: 1st start with a detailed history and physical. Then simple test such as a chest xray and "routine" blood work. Follow up from there. Sometimes one needs pulmonary function test or even a ct scan. Oxygen levels with a pulse ox is useful. If all normal then a follow up with a pulmonary doctor may help. Remember all breathing problems may not be lungs. ...Read more
Atheroma: Although recent evidence discounts much of a direct link between the gums and the heart, there are many risk factors that are associated. The inflammatory markers whch are produced and cause inflammation in the vessels of the gum tissue, can cause inflammation and arterial damagethroughout the entire body. This creates areas that cholesterol binds to and attributes to atheroma formation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you tell me what to do if i found out that I have a weak immune system. What will happen and what does this mean?
Metabolism: Imagine your thyroid as the furnace heating your home. The temperature is controlled by the thermostat (pituitary gland). When the heater or thermostat malfunctions by providing too much or too little heat, it makes your life miserable. In human, it equates to how much energy your body can put out. Too much would exhaust your fuel supply too quickly, too little makes your energy sluggish. ...Read more
Vit D deficiency: Rickets is the bony manifestation of vitamin d deficiency in childhood. Vit d deficiency has many effects. The incidence of vit d insufficiency has doubled from 1994 to 2004. An air pollutant, cadmium, which has become more toxic since the removal of lead from gasoline breaks down 25-oh vitamin d. Low calcium, phosphorus, elevated alkaline phosphatase , neuromuscular irritability result. ...Read more
Androgens: The following article describes what you ask: int j fertil. 1992;37 suppl 2:83-92. Mechanism of action/effects of androgens on lipid metabolism. Other on line info: androgen appears to affect lipoprotein metabolism in a number of ways. These include: increasing the activity of lipoprotein lipase and hepatic triglyceride lipase, resulting in higher levels of triglyceride in adipose tissue and a dr. ...Read more
Shivering, sweating: Shivering is the main defense against cold; the muscles produce heat by shaking you. Sweating causes evaporative cooling. ...Read more
What medicines will bring someone with MS back to a balanced homeostasis when the body can't do it on its own?
Will try to reassure: Every patient with ms is different, but when problems appear you need to make certain that your basic disease modifying treatment is a potent drug (like Gilenya (fingolimod) or tysabri). If you are suffering relapses, get steroids or acthar. You should be taking vitamin d-3, 5-10000 units daily. You should be doing aerobic exercise, follow low fat diet and manage stress, as all may help. Discuss with doc. ...Read more
What warning signs/ symptoms would a person with MS have that would keep your body from having normal homeostasis?
Several: Big issues in ms include fatigue and cognitive loss, and these can be successfully treated with potent meds, and symptomatic approaches. Sometimes, co-morbidities appear resulting in infections, and relapses, so need to check for urinary problems, low vitamin b-12 and d levels, and even additional issues which will contribute to worsening. ...Read more
Yes if its healthy: Maintaining an ideal body weight is critical for health. When we have too much fat, our body becomes inefficient. The nih just showed that in an obese person, 100cal is not 100cal but probably more b/c the body just stops functioning well. Hormonal disruption can occur, inflammation starts and starts this negative spiral downwards towards disease. Maintain a healthy weight & stop many diseases. ...Read more
Balance: Homeostasis refers to a stable or balanced state. ...Read more
Does more than that: Homeostasis really occurs at a cellular level, and blood (or its equivalent in simpler life forms) carries what cells need to maintain their own homeostasis - defined by one of my professors as "change that is necessary for staying the same". Cells send out signals when they are distressed or in need, and in some cases the body responds and sends what those cells need in the blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tolerance: The GI tract is tolerant of food antigens, and mounts a response to infections. ...Read more
WebMD: See webmd for a thorough discussion. Not enough room in this forum. ...Read more
Part of it: The heart rate resting tells how well you are functioningt. The heart is like a machine, the more work it has to do, the faster it will stop working. The better functioning it is with a low resting heart rate (not something so low that it causes symptoms), the faster you recovery from exercise, the better shape you are which signals the better balance you have internally. ...Read more
Compensatory: Mechanism. The body attains to maintain balance. ...Read more
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