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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Diseases In Teenagers

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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Are people with any specific age group prone to hodgkin's disease?

Are people with any specific age group prone to hodgkin's disease?

Yes: Hodgkins disease has a bimodal distribution occurring most commonly in people between 15 and 30 and again between 75 and 90. ...Read more

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Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state. ...Read more

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How often are young children diagnosed with hyperthyroidism?

How often are young children diagnosed with hyperthyroidism?

It happens, notoften: Most common reason is graves disease, usually kids 10-14, about 3/100, 000, far more girls than boys, can happen younger. Sometimes others in family may have it, not always. It can be effectively treated with medicine and close follow-up; kids often do better than adults. Also, toddlers can get into others' meds, and newborns can be affected if their moms are hyperthyroid. ...Read more

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Is congenital heart disease correlated with age? Are older people more at risk with congenital heart disease, if so, how can it be prevented?

Is congenital heart disease  correlated with age? Are older people more at risk with congenital heart disease, if so, how can it be prevented?

No: I think this is a definition issue. Congenital means "from birth", and most congenital issues are caught nearer to birth, especially major ones that either cause blue lips and gums, or failure to grow properly. Sometimes an issue like a small hole between chambers of the heart goes undetected, and is found later on a cardiac work up for other reasons. But issues like that start from birth. ...Read more

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Does alzheimer's disease occur in younger adults too?

Does alzheimer's disease occur in younger adults too?

It is rare: There are rare forms of early-onset alzheimer disease that run in families. These forms of alzheimer disease are usually cause by mutations in one of three genes. People with these mutations often develop alzheimer disease in their 40s and 50s. Families with multiple people suffering from early-onset alzheimer disease may wish to consider genetic testing. ...Read more

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Can men with sickle cell disease have healthy children?

Can men with sickle cell disease have healthy children?

Yes.: Sickle cell disease must be inherited from both parents. So it depends on the mother of the child. If she has sickle cell - all of your children will have sickle cell. If she has sickle cell trait - there is a 50% chance your children will have sickle cell disease, and a 50% chance of your children having sickle cell trait. If she has no sickle cell - your children will have sickle cell trait. ...Read more

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Are there any young people with Parkinson's disease?

Are there any young people with Parkinson's disease?

Yes, Absolutely :(: Unfortunately, approximately 20% of pd patients are early-onset, meaning symptoms began at < 45years old. I have 2 patients who even started exhibiting symptoms in their late 20's. The earlier the disease begins & the more people athe family affected, raises our suspicion that genetics play a significant role. For reference, average age of onset is 58. Or, pd can come as late as 80. ...Read more

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What are some heart disease prevention tips for teens and young adults?

What are some heart disease prevention tips for teens and young adults?

Stay Active: Stay active. Decrease the amount of simple sugars in your diet such as candy, ice cream, regular soda pop. Get regular annual exams to monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in case you have a genetic predisposition. Find an enjoyable, active hobby or exercise activity and stick with it. ...Read more

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Are people with huntington's disease contagious to others?

Are people with huntington's disease contagious to others?

No. You are safe.: People with huntington disease (hd) have inherited a genetic mutation in a specific gene right at the tip of one of their 4th chromosomes. They can't give this to you like a cold or the flu, even if they tried. Our friends and relatives with hd very much need us to help them, so don't be shy about staying close and showing that you care. We'll all appreciate that! ...Read more

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What age does coronary heart disease happen most commonly especially with family history,metabolic syndrome?

What age does coronary heart disease happen most commonly especially with family history,metabolic syndrome?

HIGHLY variable!: Hi. The risk goes up as you age, and at any age, populations with positive family history and metabolic syndrome have higher risk of CHD than otherwise matched populations without those characteristics. You can use the Framingham Risk Score (online), but still, it assigns risk based on population studies. You, the individual, have genetics and environmental characteristics not taken into account. ...Read more

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Why are some doctors against diagnosing teens with mental illnesses?

Why are some doctors against diagnosing teens with mental illnesses?

Bias, caution: If one assumes proper diagnosis is the first step toward enabling treatment, such bias means that many teens may be labeled as lazy, bad, or other perjorative terms, or wont get the help they need to have better quality of life and success. Some of this may be well intended, as labels can follow or stigmatize someone. Consevative care by experienced professionals is needed, not lack of treatment. ...Read more

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Can acute late stage Lyme disease get misdiagnosed with among other things as dissociative identity disorder (traumatic past)?

Can acute late stage Lyme disease get misdiagnosed with among other things as dissociative identity disorder (traumatic past)?

Lyme affects brain: Acute lyme is recent onset. Late stage lyme often includes neuroborreliosis, lyme infecting the brain. This can manifest as a variety of psychiatric symptoms. Those with past trauma will have a harder time healing from this if they have neuro lyme. Few with lyme have diss. Identity disorder- if they do, address not just lyme but history of trauma. See http://www.Lymeinfo.Net/neuropsych.Html. ...Read more

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What diseases are often co-diagnosed with leukemia?

What diseases are often co-diagnosed with leukemia?

Depends: As noted, it depends on the leukemia, but some leukemias have an increased risk of infections. Some leukemias can transform into worse cancers. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases are associated with iritis?

What autoimmune diseases are associated with iritis?

Iritis: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, lyme disease, syphilis, hla-b27 disease, trauma, herpes, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, toxoplasmosis, and many other issues may cause iritis. In many cases, no cause is found. You should be evaluated by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Are canker sores more common in people with an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis?

Are canker sores more common in people with an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis?

Can be: Canker sores are more common when the body is stresses - either emotionally or physically. Any uncontrolled disease process places a stress on the body, and can lead to more canker sores - either directly, or by causing other stress such as a loss of sleep or poor sleep quality. ...Read more

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Could people with autoimmune disorders donate blood?

Could people with autoimmune disorders donate blood?

Yes: It depends on the disease, what medications you are on, what your blood count is, and which disease. Check with your local red cross blood donation center. ...Read more

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Does family history in first cousin (or other NON-first-degree relatives) increase risk for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, RA?

Yes: If you have autoimmune disease in your family - you are at increase risk to also develop Autoimmune diseases also seem to have a genetic component, but, mysteriously, they can cluster in families as different illnesses. For example, a mother may have lupus erythematosus; her daughter, diabetes; her grandmother, rheumatoid arthritis. Research is shedding light on genetic, as well as hormonal and environmental risk factors that contribute to the causes of these diseases. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more