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Dr. Hatem Asad
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Hiccups (Definition)

Hiccups = involuntary spasm of diaphragm followed by ...Read more


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Why do people hiccup?

Spasm: A hiccup is a sudden involuntary contraction of the diaphragm. They can happen if the phrenic nerve (the one that innervates the diaphragm) is irritated, but most often we have no idea why hiccups occur. ...Read more

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Why do we get hiccups?

Why do we get hiccups?

Hiccups!: Hiccups are caused from the frenic nerve that exits from the spinal column in the neck and travels down to the diaphragm along side of the esophagus. This makes this nerve the longest exposed nerve inside our body. As we eat or drink this nerve gets "bumped" by the esophagus causing it to stimulate the diaphragm to contract. It is common in babies; the nerve is still developing. More sensitive. ...Read more

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Why do people get nightmares?

Why do people get  nightmares?

Nightmares: Nightmares frequently happen in post-traumatic stress disorder, but also in 20-40% of kids between age 5-12 without any psychopathology. Creative people with "thin boundaries" on psychological tests may have them. Medications like antidepressants, certain antihypertensives, antiparkinsonian drugs, & barbiturates can cause nightmares; also withdrawal from alcohol, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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Why do people get diarrhea?

Why do people get diarrhea?

Diarrhea: Diarrhea is caused when a virus ir bacterium upsets the normal flora of the bowel resulting in diarrhea. ...Read more

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Why do people get whiplash?

Why do people get whiplash?

It is related to the: Design of our 12-14 pound head sitting on top of a long, flexible spine region without large enough muscles surrounding the bone structure to protect against all forces that the neck may be potentially exposed to such as in a car accident. ...Read more

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Why do people get heart pain?

Why do people get heart pain?

Several reasons: If there is a blockage in an artery supplying the heart, pain will occur, often on exertion but it could occur at rest as well. Pericarditis, an inflammation in the sac around the heart, can also cause pain. But remember, not all pain in the chest is related to the heart. Pain related to GI problems, for instance, can simulate heart pain. ...Read more

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Why do people get dandruff?

Why do people get dandruff?

Complex: It's the interaction between several hormones, one's own skin biology, and the pityrosporum yeast. It has nothing to do with poor personal hygiene. Fortunately, it is usually easy to manage. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do people get hypertension?

Why do people get hypertension?

Many factors: Hardening of the arteries/atherosclerosis, kidney problems, hormonal problems, overweight/obesity, adrenal gland problems, too much salt, too much blood volume, calcification of the arteries and congenital heart problems such as coarctation. ...Read more

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Why do we get the hiccupsk?

Hiccups: Hiccups are normally caused by irritation to the phrenic nerve. This nerve originates from the spinal cord in the neck (cervicals 3, 4 and 5) on both sides and travels down to innervate the diaphragm. Irritation to the nerve causes spasms in the diaphragm which results in hiccups. ...Read more

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Why do people get heart palpitations when they get upset?

Why do people get heart palpitations when they get upset?

Heart rhythm change: There are many different conditions that can cause the awareness of a different sensation - what we call palpitations. The vast majority of times in healthy people it is a benign condition - extra strong heartbeats due to the fight or flight response can be felt as a change and sometimes benign premature ventricular contractions due to adrenaline. If frequent or if other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do people get dementia?

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Why do people get dementia?

Dementia: Too wide to describe here, but u can google the word & get full description of causes of cognitive deficits. Summary is that there are either genetic such as fragile x syndrome, fixed such as brain injury, slowly progressive such as infection, a feature of other conditions such as parkinson's disease, or rapidly progressive dementias such as organ failure. ...Read more

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Why do people get bedsores?

Why do people get bedsores?

Skin breakdown. : When a sick or frail patient lays in one position for a long time and cannot move the pressure over bony prominences ( hip, tailbone, etc ) can crush and kill the skin in between the bone and the bed. Bad ones can even kill off the muscle. This dead tissue can become infected and spread to the rest of the system ...Read more

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Why do people get headaches? Like what causes them.

Why do people get headaches? Like what causes them.

Various causes: Headaches could be a rather simple annoyance or very complicated. There are many factors causing headaches. Also, a headache could be a sign of another disease process or be the disease itself. Some examples include simple tensions headaches, vascular headaches (e.g. Migraine), tumor related headaches, spine related headaches, etc. A qualified physician needs to assess this properly. ...Read more

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Why do people get gangrene?

Why do people get gangrene?

Several reasons: Gangrene is tissue death. Generally the cause is due to poor or disrupted blood supply due to cardiovascular disease (hardening of the arteries) or infection. Blood clots are also a cause. Gangrene can also be caused by external sources such as severe burns, both chemical and thermal (heat and cold (frostbite)). Certain conditions like diabetes, kidney failure, high cholesterol will increase risk. ...Read more

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Why do I get hiccups so often when I drink?

Hicupps: Hicupps, are caused by sudden contractions of the diaphragm, which results from irritation of the nerve that controls that muscle function.This nerve runs close to the esophagus(food pipe), you propably get the hiccups when you drink cold liquids, at a fast pace.Another cause can be seen in people who has gastric reflux, or hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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Why do people cough?

Why do people cough?

Many reasons: Persons cough for various reasons. A cough can be associated with upper or lower respiratory infections, acid reflux, asthma (even without wheezing), post nasal drip, foreign body obstructions, lesions in the lungs such as cancer, and even damage to some nerves. There are many causes to a cough. ...Read more

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Why do people cough?

Why do people cough?

Reaction: Cough is a defense mechanism intended to clear the lungs and airways from anything offending them. ...Read more

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Why do so many people get cancer?

Why do so many people get cancer?

We are living longer: God question. Control for smoking and the fact that we're living longer, and there's no "cancer epidemic". It results from the inevitable damage to genes accumulating over a lifetime, and thus cancer will develop sooner or later in multicellular organisms that live long enough. More important is how to detect and cure it; the cancer death rate is half of what it was when i was a kid. ...Read more

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Why do certain people get epilepsy?

Why do certain people get epilepsy?

Cause of epilepsy: There is no single cause for epilepsy; structural derangement, space occupying lesions, toxic and metabolic features, in born errors, traumatic brain injury and other may cause epilepsy. In a simple terms uncontrolled electrical discharges from brain cells may result in seizures and epilepsy. ...Read more