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Medical relevance of tetanus vaccination

Clostridium tetani is the causative organism in tetanus. It requires an anaerobic environment to grow so is found in soil and in the gut of animals. Person to person transmission is not possible. ...
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Is Tourrettes considered a condition requiring medication?

The severity of Tourette's varies from person to person and can range from mild, requiring no treatment, to severe, requiring medication and/or behavioral therapy. The tics that are the hallmark of ...
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Are there a maximum number of times for surgical ablations on patients with Atrial Fibrillation?

In 2013, a systematic review and meta-analysis (see ref in source) examined the long term outcome of catheter ablation in patient with atrial fibrillation. They first looked at single procedure ...
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How to calculate my "approximate" mortality rate while in ICU?

An individual person does not have a mortality rate: it means the fraction of people out of a group who die over a specific time period. It may seem like your particular chance of dying is that same ...
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When could chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine be widely available for Covid-19 treatment?

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here.. chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine (and possibly in concert with azithromycin) have been touted over the past few days as a possible treatment regimen. And there's ...
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Root canal therapy for diabetes patient?

Is there any risk for a diabetes patient to undergo this procedure? Yes, root canals carry some risks for everyone, and the degree of risk depends on your health status. Surgical risks for diabetics ...
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Why are some viruses harder to make vaccines for?

This is a very broad question. Addressing all aspects may result in an answer that is too long. Therefore only some examples can be looked at. Since the premise starts with chicken pox vaccine as an ...
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How does one manage sarcopenia as one ages?

Morley (2016) states (with more references than I am copying across here), At a basic level, protein synthesis and/or degradation are controlled by activation of the insulin or IGF-1 receptor. ...
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Does astaxanthin help prevent or heal a tendinopathy?

Source 3 is a book sponsered by Cyanotech Corporation claiming beneficial effects for the human health using Astaxanthin. The author is employee of Cyanotech Corporation. There is a small chapter ...
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Overcome emotions when talking to people

Person with social anxiety here. I want to share some personal experience with you. Most of the symptoms you described (both mental and physical) are familiar to my own. Get help First, I totally ...
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Overcome emotions when talking to people

Usually on health SE the question about specific steps and/or medication to help you would be closed as personal medical advice question, and you would be prompted to ask a medical professional's help....
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Why is FMT an effective treatment for Clostridium difficile?

It seems to be unclear and likely some kind of combination of several factors. The paper Fecal microbiota transplantation in relapsing Clostridium difficile infection mentions two theories as to why ...
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Safety data on chloroquine?

We now have some data from randomized studies that provide some indications of safety considerations when using Hydroxychloroquine/Chloroquine in the management of Covid-19. The first study (non-peer ...
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Why are antibodies not used as treatments for infectious diseases?

Where do you get the antibodies from? You could theoretically use donor blood from infected patients, but apparently it is still unclear if the transmission of those antibodies is safe. Also, those ...
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Why is sepsis more common with leukemia than with cancers involving physical tumors?

It's a combination. By definition, leukemia affects the production and/or development of white blood cells (MedlinePlus - Leukemia). If not enough white blood cells are produced (AKA neutropenia) or ...
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Does nitroglycerin have any medicinal effect other than pain relief?

NTG relieves of pain for angina pectoris because it affects the cause of the pain, which is ischaemia of cardiac muscle tissue due to a lack of blood flow to and within cardiac muscle tissue due to ...
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What are these perfectly circular red shapes on the back of that person?

Disclaimer: we cannot give individual medical advice or diagnoses. This is a general discussion. What you are describing is most consistent with bruising left by the process of cupping. Cupping is a ...
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Are there a maximum number of times for surgical ablations on patients with Atrial Fibrillation?

This is a subject I'm very well versed in since I've had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) and atrial flutter (AFL) for a number of years and I've undergone no fewer than five ablation procedures. ...
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How much tuna can I eat a week without running into mercury issues?

Worried about tuna giving you mercury poisoning? Here's the exact study that caused this concern. It's recommendations are much higher than that of the FDA and online calculators: http://www.atsdr.cdc....
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Is there a cure for bad breath?

You may actually want to try cutting out the mouthwash. There's some evidence that the bacteria being killed with frequent use of mouthwash may include the healthy sort that your mouth needs, not to ...
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Law and Ethics - Refusing to treat intoxicated patients

If there's a field of medicine that deals with this issue more than any other, it's emergency medical services. Drunks are a daily staple for them, even in "nice" communities. So the following is ...
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Healthy way to become numb

These could be symptoms of different medical problems, depression, anxiety, or other issues. In lieu of personal advice or a discussion of treatments, I advise seeing your primary care provider as a ...
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Can a past psychiatrist share information with your current psychiatrist?

Does this mean my previous psychiatrist can share information with my current psychiatrist? Yes.1,2 There is an exception for 'psychotherapy notes', a term with a very specific meaning3 under ...
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How can I quickly know whether a medical treatment is supported by evidence?

A quick way to know if a certain treatment method is supported by scientific evidence without asking a physician is to check some free and easy-to-read evidence-based medical articles on sites like: ...
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How are surgical patients kept still while awake?

I am an anesthetic nurse and have been present at different neurosurgical operations while patients were awake. Mainly brain tumors, but also some stimulation electrodes to fight tremor in Parkinson ...
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Safety data on chloroquine?

And June news: that large study was withdrawn. And there are some real questions if their data was real! May 23 news (AFP) of a large study found no benefits and an increased risk of dying from ...
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Does any drug/cream help prevent DNA damage post UV exposure?

According to a paper published by the principle investigator, Dr. Brash, who was interviewed in the article linked in the question: We document the ability of [acetyl zingerone] in vitro to prevent ...
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Does nitroglycerin have any medicinal effect other than pain relief?

Nitroglycerin, is principally a smooth muscle relaxer. Smooth muscles are the involuntary muscles found in blood vessels and organs, in contrast to the striated muscle that moves the skeleton. ...
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Uremic encephalopathy, diabetes, and halucinations

The treatment for uremic encephalopathy is dialysis of some sort - peritoneal, etc. - or a kidney transplant, of course. But the latter is not the immediate treatment of choice. Looking for why ...
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Current Theories on Ice vs. Heat for injuries

There is only marginal evidence of RICE (rest, ice, elevation and compression) improving recovery in injuries. For example, in a review of 22 studies of ankle injuries, ice and elevation had only ...
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