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What is the current status of glaucoma today in third world?

What is the current status of glaucoma today in  third world?

Research: Looking for more cost-effective ways to screen for the asymptomatic disease and looking for better surgical treatments that don't have as many complications or require as much followup. ...Read more

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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more


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What is the current status of glaucoma today in the world?

What is the current status of glaucoma today in the world?

Prevalent: Glaucoma, a condition in which the internal eye pressure is higher than the eye can withstand, causes a gradual vision loss over time if not treated. It is present in all countries with slightly variable incidence of the different types. In richer countries treatment is commonly by drops, then laser, then surgery. In some poor countries, if at all, surgery is preferred as it is long lasting. ...Read more

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What is the current legal status of ephedra in the u.S.?

What is the current legal status of ephedra in the u.S.?

banned: After a series of health effects including many deaths, the fda finally activated a ban on this stimulant which was being abused, especially by professional athletes. ...Read more

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Why is heart disease one of the major killers of the world?

Why is heart disease one of the major killers of the world?

Exercise/diet: As countries become more "western", they exercise less and eat a high-fat diet. When a third world countries becomes more like the United States, they exercise less, drive around in cars, and eat a fatty diet. Subsequently, they develop heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and heart disease becomes the leading cause of death. ...Read more

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What modern day epidemic is similar to the progression of the plague?

What modern day epidemic is similar to the progression of the plague?

Epidemic: Plague, which has been pandemic, is in many ways different from Ebola, which is currently epidemic in West Africa. Yersinia pestis is part of a cycle involving bacteria infected rodents who infect fleas, who infect people. Ebola is theorized to be spread by fruit bats that drop contaminated fruit, which is then eaten by Diuker antelopes, monkeys, apes or other mammals. ...Read more

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What is the status of lung transplant in CF over the world?

What is the status of lung transplant in CF over the world?

Current status: Outside of north america, europe & australia, there are not many lung transplant centers that routinely perform lung transplants for CF patients. Between jan 1995 & june 2011, a total of 5, 469 double lung transplants have been done for CF patients (ishlt data 2012), majority of the recipients being adults with cf. CF patients make up 26% of all lung transplants done worldwide. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on the causes of the autism epidemic we are facing today?

Unknown: Although it unquestionably is true that autism and related disorders are much more commonly diagnosed now thany they were 20 years ago, why remains controversial. A well-established partial explanation is, we broadened the definition markedly, so many more are "eligible" for this diagnosis than used to be the case. Some believe there is a "real" increase; others do not. Causes remain unknown. ...Read more

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What is the current thinking on BPD and treatment resistant depression? Is there anything new in the pipeline at the moment?

What is the current thinking on BPD and treatment resistant depression? Is there anything new in the pipeline at the moment?

BPD ?: KatieM881~ here are some references for you to read for latest treatment for BPD: http://bipolar.stanford.edu/documents/3.WangNewBP.Rx.MoodD.EdDay10.Final.pdf http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/science-news-about-bipolar-disorder.shtml https://www.seroquelxrtouchpoints.com/bipolar-disorder/bipolar-depression-efficacy?source=SERH34439&WT.mc_id=SERH34439&umedium=paid%20search&uadpub=google ...Read more

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What is the biggest blood type in the world?

What is the biggest blood type in the world?

O+ and A+: Generally, there is the ABO blood group system (a, b, or ab), and the rh system (+ or --). When in different combinations, each person is one of 8 types. The % of each type varies from country to country. But if take the whole world, i believe 0 positive is most common, a positive next most common (about 2/3). Ab negative is the rarest. O-- is the universal donor. Ab+ is the universal receiver. ...Read more

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What is the cost of angiography test of eyes in india?

What is the cost of angiography test of eyes in india?

Not on Health Tap: I am sorry but that is a local question that the experts here on this international site cannot possibly answer. This is a question for the physician doing the test there in india. ...Read more

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Did pregnancy have a role in the progress of scoliosis? What are the treatments of 21 degree curve?

Did pregnancy have a role in the progress of  scoliosis? What are the treatments of  21 degree curve?

Unlikely: A 21 degree curve in a 21 year old female is considered a stable curve as long as it is idiopathic. While pregnancy does cause some ligamentous laxity, it would not cause a significant change in your scoliosis. In your age group, the only recommended treatment are staying physically fit and having a regular non-balistic work out routine. For a stable curve of this degree, we do not rec any surg. ...Read more

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What is the consensus in the medical community about the validity and/or wisdom of the "DNAFit" genetic analyses?

What is the consensus in the medical community about the validity and/or wisdom of the "DNAFit" genetic analyses?

No consensus : This testing is too new for there to be any medical consensus opinion. However I don't believe you need sophisticated genetic testing to eat a healthy diet and plan an exercise program. I suspect the recommendation for most people is going to be a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables limited amounts of meat and reduced intake of refined carbohydrates ...Read more

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What is the death rate of rubella now, and what was it in the pre-vaccine days?

What is the death rate of rubella now, and what was it in the pre-vaccine days?

Rarely fatl pre/post: Rubella is a rather minor illness in most patients with 25-50% remaining asymptomatic. Rarely infections of the heart muscle or encephalitis were quite worrisome. Incidence has declined 99% with vaccines. The problem with rubella is with pregnancy. If acquired in pregnancy: miscarriage, blindness, deafness, liver failure, heart disease & mental retardation were often the tragic result. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of my second and third brain aneurysm growing fast like the first one?

What is the likelihood of my second and third brain aneurysm growing fast like the first one?

Unsure: About 20% of patients with one aneurysm have another. Aneurysms less than 7 mm in size are noted to have a low like hood of. Becoming symptomatic. ...Read more

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Is the incidence of RHD in the U.S. really high enough to mandate rapid strep swab/culture instead of just relying on the Centor score Telemed visit?

Is the incidence of RHD in the U.S.
really high enough to mandate rapid strep swab/culture instead of just relying on the Centor score Telemed visit?

More than RHD: Streptococcal sore throat has more than rheumatic fever as a potential complication. The other serious ones being scarlet fever, post-streptococcal glomerulo-nephritis, quinzy, otitis media, and spread to others in contact with the patient. ...Read more

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What is the current status of glaucoma today in third world?

Research: Looking for more cost-effective ways to screen for the asymptomatic disease and looking for better surgical treatments that don't have as many complications or require as much followup. ...Read more

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Are lobotomies performed in third-world countries?

Are lobotomies performed in third-world countries?

NO: There so many meds available now that lobotomies are rarely done.Also a lot of third world countries do not have neurosurgery services available. ...Read more

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You believe telemedicine is going to resolve the problems in third world?

You believe telemedicine is going to resolve the problems in third world?

Partially: Telemedicine is likely to allow medical specialists to help people in remote locations. I am of the opinon that telemedicine is unlikely to deliver much routine or basic care. Other technologies can help with basic health care by allowing people access to medical information (such as healthtap) and connecting people with health concerns to the medical providers. ...Read more

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Why can't united states provide free and quality health care to all when third world countries can?

Why can't united states provide free and quality health care to all when third world countries can?

They don't either: Health care avaialabilty and cost to individuals vary the world around. Many developing countries provide subsidized health care for their citizens. Many also depend upon the generosity of other govermnments or ngo's for funding. The quality and availabltiy of healthcare varies tremedously country to country. Citizens in the usa who want subsidized health care need to work with their governement. ...Read more

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Hi, Does HeathTap have any services for people from third world countries? What I mean is a discount in the prices? Thanks

I Dont Know: You are on the free sight where can ask questions for free. You need to ask the owners because the doctors on here are unable to make that decision. ...Read more

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Is rabies more prevalent in third world countries?

Is rabies more prevalent in third world countries?

YES: These countries may have less access to the vaccine, and fewer pets are vaccinated against it. ...Read more

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How do children contract HIV and what is being done in third world countries?

How do children contract HIV and what is being done in third world countries?

Childhood HIV: Most through childbirth or breast feeding from an infected mother. Sexual abuse is certainly involved in some. Blood transfusion may account for some. In third world countries there are intensive efforts to prevent and treat while educating the population. See who web site for hiv/aids. ...Read more

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Having cystic fibrosis would it be unsafe to travel to a third world country ?

Having cystic fibrosis would it be unsafe to travel to a third world country ?

Depends: If a child has minimal symptoms from his cf, he might be fine. He will have more trouble getting medical care in a third world country if he becomes ill, however. The more complicated the CF is, the more risky such a trip would be. ...Read more

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Is female genital mutilation common in third world countries?

Is female genital mutilation common in third world countries?

It still occurs: According to the world health organization (2013), 140 million females have received female genital circumcisions. ...Read more

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Are rotavirus infections generally deadly in third world countries?

Are rotavirus infections generally deadly in third world countries?

Yes. They can be.: Rotavirus causes around 500, 000 deaths annually in kids under the age of 5, almost all of which occur in 3rd world countries. It is spread by fecal oral route and causes copious diarrhea and vomiting which then causes severe dehydration and even death secondary to this dehydration. Clean water an sanitary conditions would prevent most deaths. ...Read more

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What kind of incurable blindness can a baby be born with in third world?

What kind of incurable blindness can a baby be born with in third world?

Corneal scarring: Corneal scarring and ulceration related to infections especially to measles and trachoma is the most important cause, followed by corneal blindness resulting from vitamin a deficiency. Congenital rubella is another important cause for cataract/blindness. ...Read more

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Relatives from India are coming to live permanently with us could they carry diseases like hepatitis or malaria from third world country?

Relatives from India are coming to live permanently with us could they carry diseases like hepatitis or malaria from third world country?

Maybe: They won't transmit malaria. Most Americans have already had hepatitis A subclinically, and are immune to hepatitis B. Hepatitis C travels by needles, mostly. Dengue and Chikungunya need an arthropod vector. I wouldn't be concerned. Have a good time with your relatives. ...Read more

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Ihave serious jock itch with discoloration.I live in nepal a third world country.I am considering garlic treatment but my skin is sensitive.llease hel?

Ihave serious jock itch with discoloration.I live in nepal a third world country.I am considering garlic treatment but my skin is sensitive.llease hel?

See DR: If a DR's visit is impossible, then perhaps you could go to the pharmacy and get advice about what medications are available to you in your location. I am not familiar with garlic treatment for your condition. Rather get help from one of the above. ...Read more

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Last three years I have tested eos 7.8 or higher on blood test. Doctors have said it is just do to stress (but would be parasite if i visited a third world country). Should i be concerned?

Seek help: Your eosinophilia count could possibly speak for a parasite , but you may have an allergic condition.See a gastroenterologist or possibly an allergist to see you have a problem. ...Read more

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What is the current status of glaucoma today in the world?

Prevalent: Glaucoma, a condition in which the internal eye pressure is higher than the eye can withstand, causes a gradual vision loss over time if not treated. It is present in all countries with slightly variable incidence of the different types. In richer countries treatment is commonly by drops, then laser, then surgery. In some poor countries, if at all, surgery is preferred as it is long lasting. ...Read more

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Ok to take an SSRI (Paxil (paroxetine) 20 mg) with history of elevated intraocular pressure and 'glaucoma suspect' status? Thanks

Best ask Eye Dr.: The provider assessing your eye issues is the best by far to ask about this. It's very good that you are thinking of it before doing it. We wish more folks would! With so many on SSRIs now, they must have had experience with the impact on such eye issues. Good luck w/ finding the best views on this. ...Read more