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Why do some babies recover from erb palsy while others do not?

Why do some babies recover from erb palsy while others do not?

Imaging: Cervical mri's can give a better answer as to the extent of cervical injuries. Those that recover tend to have nerves that are stretched and show inflammatiry responses. These tend to recover with physical therapy. A pediatric neurosurgeon can help delineate what is the best therapy. ...Read more

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Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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Can people with autism ever somewhat recover from it? I don't mean fully but to some extent can they recover?

Can people with autism ever somewhat recover from it? I don't mean fully but to some extent can they recover?

Yes: Many people with autism make a great deal of progress and can function normally in their communities; particularly if they have normal intelligence and mild autistic traits. We are starting to use the term "residual autism" for these individuals. ...Read more

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Why do some people suggest delayed cord clamping when giving birth?

Why do some people suggest delayed cord clamping when giving birth?

More blood to baby: Quoting this good article on the pros & cons: "a delay of even 30 to 45 seconds in cord clamping, especially in preterm infants can provide more blood volume and improve cardiovascular stability. By delaying even 30 seconds, blood volume can increase by 8 to 24%" for more of this article: www.Pregnancy.Org/article/delayed-or-immediate-clamping-of-cord. ...Read more

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Why do most people stop giving handjobs after a certain age?

Why do most people stop giving handjobs after a certain age?

INTERESTING!: Not sure how to answer this one. I would say to each there own maybe as you get older you can engage more easily in other forms of sex. Some younger people think that intercourse constitutes sex and other activities do not. ...Read more

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How do babies get brachial plexus injuries, does this happen if they are abused?

How do babies get brachial plexus injuries, does this happen if they are abused?

Sure, it can: Brachial plexus injury means an injury to the bundle of nerves called the brachial plexus. It hides up between your neck and into your armpit area. The inure occurs by physically damaging the nerves, usually by stretching. Think a baby's shoulder being yanked oduring delivery. Of course someone could abuse a baby with similar forces and cause a similar injury. ...Read more

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Why do alcoholics commonly die from seizures after withdrawal but people with epilepsy are usually fine and dont even go to the hospital after sezure?

Why do alcoholics commonly die from seizures after withdrawal but people with epilepsy are usually fine and dont even go to the hospital after sezure?

Epileptics do: die from seizures, just not as frequently. There are different neurologic events with alcohol withdrawal seizures that don’t occur with grand mal seizures. Also, the cardiovascular and other organ damage from alcohol use can be a factor in mortality in alcohol w/d seizures. There is probably more than one reason for this phenomenon, and taken on a case by case basis. Good question. ...Read more

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Why do some people sneeze very loudly, while others seem to be able to control themselves?

Why do some people sneeze very loudly, while others seem to be able to control themselves?

Each to his own: Each person has a different way to sneeze, just like each person has a different voice loudness and pitch, as well as a different cough intensity and pattern. Some of the loudness is a learned behavior as well. ...Read more

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Why do some preemies do well and others, the same age, have serious problems?

Why do some preemies do well and others, the same age, have serious problems?

Different rates: All of us develop at different rates. This is both genetic and environmental. That is why some of us age faster than others and it applies to preemies as well. Good care by an obstetrician can improve a preemie's chances- for example, keeping maternal risk factors under control (bp, sugar) or even by treatments pre-birth to lessen serious pulmonary/heart issues. ...Read more

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How come some preemies do well and some are really sick or die, even if triplets or quads?

How come some preemies do well and some are really sick or die, even if triplets or quads?

It depends...: ...On how premature the baby is. A premature baby is not ready to be born yet, and there are often organ systems (most commonly the lungs) that are not yet sufficiently developed. Triplets and quads are almost always born prematurely, so they are usually at higher risk. There is an entire medical specialty (neonatology) devoted to caring for preemies, so many more of them do well than in the past. ...Read more

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Why do some tall people have bad co-ordination when they walk while others do not?

Why do some tall people have bad co-ordination when they walk while others do not?

Happens to all: You are apparently tall yourself. Tall people have no greater incidence of bad coordination than do average or short people. This is widely distributed. Those with a lack of coordination can take training with sports medicine experts to improve that if that is important. ...Read more

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How come Withdrawal reflex do not function in case of people who self harm/cut themselves?i guess it should stop them from causing any serious damage?

How come Withdrawal reflex do not function in case of people who self harm/cut themselves?i guess it should stop them from causing any serious damage?

Overrride the reflex: The withdrawal reflex (like many) can be voluntarily overridden. Conscious override lets you hold on to hot objects, etc. People who cut themselves can indeed seriously damage themselves to the point of death or permanent damage. These people need help so that they can work through these feelings and not cause further harm. ...Read more

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Physiologically speaking, why do some people have allergies while others do not?

Physiologically speaking, why do some people have allergies while others do not?

Immune system: It is the immune system, and it is genetically determined, we are all born with the propensity to be allergic to something at some point in our lives, which might not come at all, may be because we don't become exposed to what we would react to, anyways, our immune sydtems can tolerate certain exposures to certain limits, people differ in that threshold, hence react differently, ...Read more

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Keep reading healthy adults and children dying from flu. How is this even happening? Why does it happen to some healthy people?

Keep reading healthy adults and children dying from flu. How is this even happening? Why does it happen to some healthy people?

Severity of disease: The epidemic flu that sweeps the country every year causes very severe symptoms usually makes healthy people sick for a week or more. Most healthy people do recover, but, if the infection is very strong, and people get bacterial complications that Infect various parts of the body, and they don't get to the proper medical services in time, they die from the complications. The flu shot may help prevent or at least reduce the severity of the disease. ...Read more

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Why do some people experience symptoms from hiv/aids right away while some people don't?

Why do some people experience symptoms from hiv/aids right away while some people don't?

HIV Early Symptoms: No one knows. But, the symptoms can mimic a severe flu like illness with fatigue and a body rash. Remember please that if one has a high risk of exposure infection can be prevented. Post exposure prophylaxis (pep) can be instigated if one acts within 72 hours of the exposure. This message should be trumpeted to all who may need to get in to see their doctor immediately after an 'accident'. ...Read more

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Can women with MS have babies while on treatment or do they have to stop ?

Can women with MS have babies while on treatment or do they have to stop ?

Suggestions: Most MS drugs do have potential for fetal malformations, and are thus "teratogenic" risks. Copaxone seems safest, and Aubagio and Gilenya (fingolimod) may be riskiest. But I would tend to stop any of the MS drugs prior to pregnancy and would NOT restart until after birth, unless breast feeding desired, which would delay restarting med. ...Read more

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How come kids don't snore but adults do? What changes happen to make us snore and why are some people louder than others?

How come kids don't snore but adults do? What changes happen to make us snore and why are some people louder than others?

Kids do snore too: But reasons for snoring in kids are bit different, although overweight/obesity with more fat deposition in the neck area is the main reason adults snore, in kids this is less common than enlarged adenoids that can block the airways partially and cause snoring. Either way, weight reduction if overweight/obese at any age is needed to control snoring together with treating the enlarged adenoids ...Read more

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Why do some people get motion sickness, but not others?

Why do some people get motion sickness, but not others?

Motion sickness: Motion sickness is due to "ocular - vestibular mismatch." the vestibular system is in the inner ear and senses position and rotation. When what the eyes see does not match what the vestibular system senses, it causes motion sickness. Some people are much more sensitive than others to this mismatch. You can reduce the issue by looking outside the boat or car. Then you have a better match. ...Read more

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How long do people have to stay in rehab if they are recovering from cerebral thrombosis?

How long do people have to stay in rehab if they are recovering from cerebral thrombosis?

Depends: Everyone is different and a cerebral thrombosis or stroke is different in every person. An inpatient rehabilitation stay after a stroke can vary from 1-3 weeks in general. The length of stay for inpatient rehab is much shorter than it used to be in the past. This is being driven mainly by the insurance companies unfortunately. ...Read more

Dr. Nader Ajluni
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Erb Duchenne Paralysis (Definition)

Erb Duchenne paralysis or Erb palsy is the temporary damage of the nerves of the brachial plexus ( network of nerves in the shoulder area). It is most often seen as a birth injury due to stretching of nerves during a difficult birth (dystocia). Erb palsy can last for ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more