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How has the number of people dying of cardiovascular disease changed since the 1950's?

How has the number of people dying of cardiovascular disease changed since the 1950's?

Down dramatically: The number of people dying of cardiovascular disease in the last 50-60 years has decreased greatly. This is due to improvements in treatment and prevention of heart attack and stroke. ...Read more

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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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How has the number of people dying of cardiovascular disease changed since the 1920's?

How has the number of people dying of cardiovascular disease changed since the 1920's?

Age adjusted, Yes!: Cdc achievements in public health, 1900 -1999: since 1921, heart disease has been the leading cause of death and since 1938 stroke has been the 3rd leading cause of death. Together they account for 40 % of all deaths. Since 1950 age adjusted death rates from cardiovascular disease has declined 60%. Attributed to decreased smoking & etter treatment for blood pressure and diabetes in minorities. ...Read more

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What are the stages of Lyme disease?

What are the stages of Lyme disease?

Different stages: You can have the rash called erythema chronicum migrans after the tick bite. This is the intiial acute infection and characteristic rash If it is not detected then it can incubate in your body and cause later sequela such as arthritis adn other systems can be invovled. There are blood tests that can be done to help clarify the diagnosis. Your physician can test for Borrelia Burgdoreri. ...Read more

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How common are cases of chagas disease originating from bites in the USA?

How common are cases of chagas disease originating from bites in the USA?

Not very common: As your question suggests, most cases in the United States originated in Latin America with individuals having become infected as children. The parasitic infection is transmitted by the kissing bug, Triatomine, biting near the eyes or mouth. Chagas is a reportable disease in only 4 states in the US, including Texas. A very small number, 10 or fewer, of cases have been reported as locally acquired. ...Read more

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What proportion of the population are completely disease free through their life?

What proportion of the population are completely disease free through their life?

None: It simply doesn't happen. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. Cancers are inevitable as you live longer. Hypertensive-type vascular disease is inevitable as we age. This is a fantasy question and i'm sorry that someone set you to find the answer. Glad you're a healthtap user -- we're reliable. ...Read more

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Do you know are the types of dioxins present in auto exhaust the type that bioaccumulate in the body for decades?

Do you know are the types of dioxins present in auto exhaust the type that bioaccumulate in the body for decades?

Danger seems minor: If you believed everything you read about dioxins, you'd be reading uncritically. It's enormously politicized, and much of what's written both by "greens" and "industry" is clearly bogus. Dioxins accumulate in the food chain, but are not specially stored in humans that ingest or inhale them; Mr. Yusuchenko got rid of the toxic dose quickly though he was left with scars. ...Read more

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What are the differences between the three stages of Lyme disease?

What are the differences between the three stages of Lyme disease?

Local, systemic: 1. Early localized (flu-like symptoms within wks). 2.Early disseminated-spreading thru body (facial paralysis-bell's palsy, joint aches or swelling, palpitations-weeks to mos later). 3. Late disseminated: centralnervous system- movement, speech problems, numbness, tingling, muscle problems, weakness, cognitive problems. Germ causing lyme cousin of syphilis germ-get it differently, behaves similar. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of fifth disease in kids?

What are some of the symptoms of fifth disease in kids?

Fifth disease …: …is a viral illness (parvovirus b19) aka erythema infectiosum or "slapped cheek" disease. Red cheeks, as if slapped, is one of first symptoms; some may have fever; lacy rash develops on arms & legs; some may have joint pains. Children usually don't act "sick". Use tylenol/ children's Motrin (ibuprofen) for fever/aches. Otherwise, no tx required. Infxn resolves on its own. Don't expose pregnant d/t fetal risk. ...Read more

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Are the pattern and sequence of presentation of signs/symptoms useful in diagnosing autoimmune disease or are they different in every case?

Are the pattern and sequence of presentation of signs/symptoms useful in diagnosing autoimmune disease or are they different in every case?

Yes and yes: We know of numerous diseases which involve auto-immune mechanisms. The variation involves specific genetic susceptibilities, associated with/without environmental triggers. Joint issues, rheumatoid arthritis; bowel issues, ulcerative colitis; brain and spinal cord, multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of Crohn's ? Ie. Those symptoms that will occur at 1st stage of the disease

What are the early signs of Crohn's ? Ie. Those symptoms that will occur at 1st stage of the disease

Many early signs: Early signs include abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, joint pain and sometimes fever.Abdominal pain followed by diarrhea will usually occur after eating a meal. Fatigues is early sign, other findings include anal sores, fissures or cracks and skin tags. Sometimes misdaignosed, confused with other ailments. ...Read more

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Which are the ticks that carry Lyme disease?

Which are the ticks that carry Lyme disease?

Deer ticks & maybe..: The most common carriers of borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes lyme disease, are deer ticks (ixodes scapularis) and their cousin ixodes pacificus (western black-legged tick). There is evidence lone star ticks may transmit it. Other ixodes species may carry it too, as may dog ticks and rocky mountain wood ticks. See http://www.Canlyme.Com/ticks.Html for more info on this. ...Read more

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What are some consequences of a parasitic disease that stops the flow of lymph?

What are some consequences of a parasitic disease that stops the flow of lymph?

Lymphedema: Filariasis (wucheria bancrofti) is the parasite and the lympedema is quite severe. Chronic lymphedema cannot be cured although exercise, compression stocking etc.., may help. The worst consequence is lyphangiosarcoma which is a cancer. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of huntington disease in the population?

What is the frequency of huntington disease in the population?

Huntingtons frequenc: The prevalence of Huntingtons disease is about 5 for every 100,000 people in the world. ...Read more

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How many cases of food borne disease are there in the united states?

How many cases of food borne disease are there in the united states?

48 millions: Cdc estimates that 1 in 6 americans or 48 million people, 128, 000 get hospitalized, and 3, 000 die of food borne diseases every year. ...Read more

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What are the statistics of people infected with coccidioidomycosis in ranching?

What are the statistics of people infected with coccidioidomycosis in ranching?

No such stats: Cocci is not specifically related to ranching. It does occur in people who are out of doors in the south western usa including the central valley of california and in northern mexico. It occurs in the sonoran life zone where the spores of cocci can live in the soil, be aerosolized and inhaled into the lungs. ...Read more

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In what ways are the concentrations of LDL and HDL associated with the risk of heart disease?

In what ways are the concentrations of LDL and HDL associated with the risk of heart disease?

Cholesterol: Cholesterol has multiple components. The high density component is called 'good' and the low density component is called 'bad'. This is because high levels of HDL are somewhat associated with less vascular disease and high levels of LDL are associated with worse vascular disease. ...Read more