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Why haven't we cured leprosy?

Why haven't we cured leprosy?

We have: Leprosy is curable for the individual patient. May be you mean, why have we not eliminated leprosy? If that is the question, the answers include lack of an effective vaccine and failure to eliminate poverty. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Leprosy (Definition)

A disease that results in severe skin sores, nerve damage, and gradual muscle weakness. It is more common in temperate, tropical, and subtropical climates. Leprosy ...Read more


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Could you tell me why haven't more diseases since smallpox been eradicated?

Because most: diseases have non-human reservoirs. Rinderpest (cattle) has also been eradicated. ...Read more

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My two year old, three month old &i are all sick. Im not sure yet but I think its strep because we were exposed. We don't have insurance. What do I do?

My two year old, three month old &i are all sick. Im not sure yet but I think its strep because we were exposed. We don't have insurance. What do I do?

Call your doctor: It is a good idea to be evaluated. Even though you do not have insurance, there are low cost alternatives, such as clinics at pharmacies. If the children have strep, there is a chance that their condition can progressively worsen and develop into a very serious condition. While healthcare is not free, it is worth the cost for wellness. ...Read more

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Why some chropractors say " we can cure hasimato deseas" why most doctor says you can not cure hasimato deseas. It's confusing don't kn who to fallow?

Why some chropractors say " we can cure hasimato deseas" why most doctor says you can not cure hasimato deseas. It's confusing don't kn who to fallow?

Chiro no help here: Hashimoto's disease is a thyroid disorder. At first, it causes too much thyroid hormone to be made. Later, it can lead to an inadequate amount of thyroid hormone. It respond's well to medication. Although chiropractic manipulation may be useful in some cases of back pain, it is worthless in the treatment of Hashimoto's disease. ...Read more

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I am 26 male n i heard that type 2 diabetes is completely curable.

I am 26 male n i heard that type 2 diabetes is completely curable.

Not really: With medications, and diet modications, and close follow up your diabetes can be controlled very well. There are some surgeries that you may be a candidate for if you are also overweight. These surgeries have been shown to be better at controlling diabetes, and often can make your diabetes go into remission where your sugars are controlled without medications. But it isn't really "cured". ...Read more

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We just received our diagnosis that my husban has alzheimer's. What do we do now?

We just received our diagnosis that my husban has alzheimer's. What do we do now?

Just ask the doctor: To answer this question, it depends on the level of progression such as early, mild, moderate or severe. These level of progressions present various functional, behavioral and cognitive status. Therefore, there are many ways that you help him. One great book for all caregivers is called 36 hours by dr. Peter rabins from john hopkins university. ...Read more

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I have recently been divorced due to azoospermia and doctors believe here in pakistan that it's non-curable one. ?

I have recently been divorced due to azoospermia and doctors believe here in pakistan that it's non-curable one. ?

Evaluation: There are lots of treatable causes of azoospermia. You need to see a male fertility specialist for a full evaluation before you give up hope. ...Read more

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How did I get HPV if I had all 3 vaccines when I was 11-12, recommended age? Obviously wasn't active then, til 19. Diagnos 1-2yrs ago w/ genital warts

How did I get HPV if I had all 3 vaccines when I was 11-12, recommended age? Obviously wasn't active then, til 19. Diagnos 1-2yrs ago w/ genital warts

Just bad luck: The HPV vaccines are among the most effective vaccines ever developed. But there are >100 HPV types and your vaccine covered only 4 of them. These types account for about 80% of all HPV infections, including the two (HPV 6 and 11) that cause 90% of genital warts. But other HPVs sometimes cause warts, which is what happened to you. You could be re-vaccinated with Gardasil-9, to prevent 5 more types ...Read more

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I was wondering what are eczema symptoms - controlled but never cured?

I was wondering what are eczema symptoms - controlled but never cured?

See below link: A good question. Eczema typically presents with dry, inflamed, itchy skin. There are lots of different patterns of eczema too. Often your primary care doctor can treat this but you can also seek out a dermatologist. http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/e---h/eczema. ...Read more

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Although we are trying to conceive within this month, we cannot get and we have sex regularly.Why can't we?

Although we are trying to conceive within this month, we cannot get and we have sex regularly.Why can't we?

Infertility ?: Infertility is define as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. The chances of conceiving after 1 month of trying is low . If you have some concerns regarding your fertility you can discuss it with your obgyn or fertility specialist and you can undergo a basic evaluation for infertility. ...Read more

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Are mediastinal germ cell tumors known to be hereditary? I was cured, but my girlfriend is concerned if we were to have kids.

Are mediastinal germ cell tumors known to be hereditary?  I was cured, but my girlfriend is concerned if we were to have kids.

Germ cell tumors: These tumors are very rare and as such there isn' t enough information available to determine whether there is a genetic basis involved. ...Read more

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Hi, i m 22. I have been suffering from p. Versicolor for two years and prescribed by too many doctors but couldnt cured it..Plz help me?

Hi, i m 22. I have been suffering from p. Versicolor for two years and prescribed by too many doctors but couldnt cured it..Plz help me?

Review diagnosis: If it is refractory to treatment, i would question the diagnosis of pityriasis / tinea versicolor, which is mild and responds extremely well to simple treatments that any physician can offer. ...Read more

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Our 11-month-old has been biting us. How do we stop it?

Our 11-month-old has been biting us.  How do we stop it?

See below: Consistent response to biting. Every time you child bites, he/she needs to be told no don't bite. You can even place in time out for a minute. No one should be biting you child. It can take up to 2 to 3 weeks of consistent intervention to change the behavior. ...Read more

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I India,I've seen poor ppl get scratched and bite many times by stray dogs.these ppl don't take anti-rabbies vaccine atall yet they live months after?

I India,I've seen poor ppl get scratched and bite many times by stray dogs.these ppl don't take anti-rabbies vaccine atall yet they live months after?

It happens: You can walk across a street and not get run over by a car, but the one time you try to cross and get hit, you may die.If we could identify witch scratch or bite is a real rabies exposure and which are not, we would give less vaccine. We can't. By the time people develop symptoms they will die a horrible death. ...Read more

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I had sex for 3 sec cause we didn't have condoms so we stopped and we were virgin that time. Can you get HIV or aids from it? T

I had sex for 3 sec cause we didn't have condoms so we stopped  and we were virgin that time. Can you get HIV or aids from it? T

HIV is Hard To Get: Now. Here are the real facts: unprotected insertion of an erect penis into the vagina or anus can lead to stds. Even for just a few seconds. It can lead to pregnancy in the vagina if the female is ovulating. Now if both sexual partners are disease free and have not ever participated in any activity to get HIV they cannot get it from nowhere. Thus your scenario is one that you cannot get HIV from. ...Read more

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Recently dated Amy n she was shocked at my penis size n we tried many times used lube n foreplay never worked out. Am feeling depressed . ?

Recently dated Amy n she was shocked at my penis size n we tried many times used lube n foreplay never worked out. Am feeling depressed . ?

Sexual mechanics are resolvable!: Penis size, whether too large or small, is never a deal breaker, so don't despair! These can usually be resolved, not only through lubrication, but through technique, and exercises to stretch vaginal muscles. Be sure to emphasize aspects of sexuality besides intercourse while this issue is worked on with a good therapist. Meanwhile, enjoy the relationship, and work on your mood with a good book on cognitive therapy, like Feeling Good, by David Burns, MD. ...Read more

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I'm currently treating candida albicans nd i also got my partner drugs too how do we prevent being re in fected again?

I'm currently treating candida albicans nd i also got my partner drugs too how do we prevent being re in fected again?

Fluconazole?: Most vaginal candida (yeast) infections are not caught from partners. Probably you carry yeast normally in your vagina or rectum. New yeast infections usually mean your own natural yeasts have grown to larger numbers. Don't worry about it unless and until you start to have frequent recurrent symptoms. In that case, ask your doctor about oral fluconazole (Diflucan®) once a week for prevention. ...Read more