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Which babies are at risk for sids?

Which babies are at risk for sids?

Smoking, prone sleep: Not only is there no treatment to prevent sids, it is the most common cause of death in infants. We DO know risk factors are smoking, NOT breastfeeding, Warm room temperature, baby wearing a hat to sleep, and prone sleeping. So the least SIDS risk is the baby who is breastfed, put down to sleep on his back, in a 68 degree room, without a hat, in a nonsmoking environment. ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
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Sids (Definition)

SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It defines as a group sudden death to newborns up to one year of age without an identifiable cause. If a cause of death can be identified, this cannot be defined as SIDS. Certain factors in the US are believed to contribute to a decreased rate Of SIDS, including sleeping on the back instead of the stomach, breast feeding, ...Read more


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Are people who are born with brca gene at a higher risk for recurrence of cancer too?

Are people who are born with brca gene  at a higher risk for recurrence of  cancer too?

Yes!: If you have a mutation in the brca gene, you are at higher risk of getting a first cancer, and of having recurrence of a prior treated cancer. The brca gene helps cells repair themselves when they get damanged. Cells in people with a mutated brca gene can't repair themselves, so they are more likely to become cancerous. I keep a very close eye on my cancer patients with brca mutations! ...Read more

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Why is having fewer pregnancies or fewer kids a risk factor for cancer of the breast?

Why is having fewer pregnancies or fewer kids a risk factor for cancer of the breast?

Estrogen exposure: Prolonged exposure to and higher concentrations of estrogen increases the risk of breast cancer. The more pregnancies the fewer menses. Breast feeding accomplishes the same goal. Also age at 1st birth is associated with bc risk too. Check this out from acs: http://bit.Ly/oysxjs. ...Read more

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Had 2 babies over 40. Is that considered high risk for breast cancer? Breastfeed both. How much higher of a risk than average woman.

Had 2 babies over 40. Is that considered high risk for breast cancer? Breastfeed both. How much higher of a risk than average woman.

Minimal if any: We don't truly understand what "causes" breast cancer outside certain mutations (brca1/2) ; in most cases its a combination of factors - gene switches ; lifetime experiences. Many items associated w/ "risk" have been identified such as early menarche, late 1st period, mammo density. These are not causes but likely surrogates for other influencing factors. #1 risk: being female and having breast. ...Read more

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Why are diabetics at high risk for infection?

Why are diabetics at high risk for infection?

Sugar, circulation: Some micro-organisms thrive in high-sugar environments. Diabetes can also cause neuropathy (with loss of pain sensation) and circulatory problems, both of which can increase the risk of skin infections, especially in the feet. ...Read more

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Why are tall, slender men at higher risk for developing spontaneous pneumothorax?

Why are tall, slender men at higher risk for developing spontaneous pneumothorax?

Unknown reason: Spontaneous pneumothorax, where a lung leaks air (from a broken bleb) into the chest cavity space, occurs more often in persons with taller, slender bodies. The reason is not known, but maybe taller lungs develop blebs ("bubbles" with air just under the lung's covering) more easily, or break blebs more easily. Men may be affected more often because they are taller than women. ...Read more

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Are pregnant women at a greater risk for developing diabetes?

Are pregnant women at a greater risk for developing diabetes?

Sort of...: Pregnant women can develop gestational diabetes which can lead to complications for the mother and child, but generally disappears after the end of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Why is someone with diabetes at higher risk of having cancer?

Why is someone with diabetes at higher risk of having cancer?

Unclear: The exact causal relationship has not been completely defined. But adopting healthy lifestyle changes to help control diabetes may help to decrease cancer risk. ...Read more

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Is my child at higher risk for giardiasis at day care?

Is my child at higher risk for giardiasis at day care?

Somewhat: At a given time one or more infants can have minimal symptoms of giardia & be in a day care center. Poor technique may lead to contamination of a variety of surfaces including a changing table & hands tainted with the microscopic cysts may bring them to the mouth where the cyst enters the body to begin the infestation. ...Read more

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What are reasons why are homosexual men at a higher risk of get hiv/aids?

What are reasons why are homosexual men at a higher risk of get hiv/aids?

Anal intercourse: Receptive anal intercourse is by its nature the most risky sexual practice for HIV transmission. While it is fairly common among both male-male and male-female couples, men who have sex with men and take different roles have been a population at extra risk. ...Read more

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Hi docs, is it true that prematurely-born children are at greater risk for learning problems later in life?

Hi docs, is it true that prematurely-born children are at greater risk for learning problems later in life?

Not necessarily: If a premature infant has few or no complications of any significance they will grow up with all the brain power they were born with.If one has difficulty during their stay, including prolonged ventilator care, brain hemorrhage, blood poisoning, etc. These issues may injure the brain and cause problems later in life. ...Read more

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How at risk for cancer are children?

How at risk for cancer are children?

Low risk: On average, 1 to 2 children develop the cancer each year for every 10, 000 children in the United States. See this overview at the national cancer institute for more information: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/sites-types/childhood. ...Read more

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Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

See below: They are not at higher risk for complications, unless they have underlying problems (heart and lung, cancer), they may be at more risk for catching the illness due to crowding, such as dorms, and sports, and not being vaccinated. It is the very young and very old that have most of the complications. ...Read more

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Do triplets have a higher risk of getting diseases because they were born smaller?

Do triplets have a higher risk of getting diseases because they were born smaller?

Sure.: All SGA (small) infants have higher risk for infections, as do triplets, compared to singleton and aga infants. ...Read more

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Are people that have cvid at a higher risk if cancer?

Are people that have cvid at a higher risk if cancer?

Sadly, but yes: Unfortunately patients and family members of cvid patients have an unusually high incidence of IgA deficiency, autoimmune diseases, autoantibodies, and malignancy. Our body has its own surveillance system that destroys cancer cells. With an immune deficiency these cells are much less in number and less effective. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for stroke?

Who is at risk for stroke?

Lots of people: Diabetics, anyone with cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure not controlled , high cholesterol especially with known plaques, those with a strong family history, atrial fibrillation, mechanical valves and more. ...Read more

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Who is at greater risk for stroke?

Who is at greater risk for stroke?

Depends: Strokes are more common in men under 75 and women above 75. And african americans are twice as likely to have a stroke. Some other factors for stroke include: high blood pressure, history of previous strokes, women who smoke while on hormonal birth control, diabetes, heart disease such as atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Katz
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Sudden Infant Death (Definition)

SIDS is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is sometimes known as crib death because the infants often die in their cribs. To prevent it babies should sleep on their back, no blankets, bumpers or pillow, no stuffed animals in cribs, avoid second hand-smoking, avoid co-sleeping in ...Read more