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What are the major causes of heart diseases?

I know "heart disease" is like a term used to describe ALL kinds of diseases having to do with the heart and arteries...so I was wondering if there were any causes to these diseases that are common in most of them. Thanks for any help!

There are many factors that increase one's risk for heart disease. The biggest three are smoking, obesity and blood pressure. Also take into account age, comorbidties (other diseases that can affect the heart, like diabetes) heredity, and diet.  (+ info)

What is the name of the doctor who studies insect, tick and spider borne diseases?

I've heard of the term vector bourne diseases, and also infectious diseases. What is the specific name of a doctor who studies insect, tick, and spider bite diseases?

Epidemiologist  (+ info)

What brain and body diseases have been cured due to animal testing?

I'm totally against animal testing but I'm doing this project and I have to take an unbiased view... but no one seems to want to tell me how certain diseases have been cured. Do you know any diseases (brain and body) that have been cured due to animal testing? Please provide sources so I can check it out myself.

In 1937 the US government required that all drugs to be used by humans must be tested on animals first. other countries soon followed suit. So the simple answer is any disease that has been cured since 1937. But a really good example is rabies. since the carrier of rabies is animals. good luck with the report and i hope you learn a learn a lot. (the wiki page will take a while to get through)  (+ info)

Are there any long term diseases that cause a weaker immune system?

I want to know if there are any diseases that are basically long lasting, even lifelong that cause a generally weaker immune system. So that a person with this disease would generally be more susceptible to basic colds and flu and get them quite often as opposed to a regular person. Any such conditions?

HIV / AIDS and cancer are the two biggest ones for causing this...

Primary Immune Deficiency is another one. It's genetic, meaning you were born with it, and also means you have it your whole life. People who have this actually have part of their immune system "missing", so they get very sick very easily. In order to maintain some sort of normal life they need to have immunoglobulin injections regularly. Their symptoms can be similar to those who have HIV or AIDS.

Diabetes also causes increased susceptibility to infections, and people whose diabetes is more severe do have to be careful about what they're exposed to.

All autoimmune diseases (and there are a lot of them) essentially cause weakened immune systems due to the type of treatments that are necessary to treat the disease (immune suppressants). People being treated for autoimmune diseases need to be very careful about infections, because their immune systems are suppressed from the treatments, to the point that they can't fight them off easily.
There are too many autoimmune diseases to list here - hundreds. You may have a good result if you google "autoimmune disease". These range from systemic disorders, such as Lupus, to more specific disorders affecting certain systems, like Crohn's disease (affecting the bowel) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (affecting the joints). Autoimmune diseases are basically lifelong, although they can go into periods where there are no symptoms for awhile (remission).  (+ info)

What are some diseases that would cause an expectant mother to cough up blood?

I am writing a story for a creative writing class, and the main character is an expectant mother who begans to cough up blood. Fearing for the life of her unborn child, she checks herself into the hospital, but the only symptom she has is the blood.

The problem is, I know nothing about diseases and symptoms and such.

What are some diseases that might cause that, and what other syptoms would come with those diseases?

Also, how would they check for the diseases you listed? Please and thanks.

Coughing up blood. Not a good sign at all.

This would mean that there is something wrong in the trachea or in the lungs. It would be a serious thing and something to be concerned with.

It could be:
A throat infection (a really bad one), that started to bleed while she was coughing.

An internal cut in the throat (unlikely unles she ate something very wrong).

A burst blood vessel in the back of the throat, possibly behind the nose. This could be due to stifling a sneeze, believe it or not

Epistaxis (bloody nose), weak blood vessels that weep blood.

A throat polyp which managed to get broken off somehow

pulmonary hypertension, leading to pulmonary edema. That give a pink frothy sputum. The doctors would notice a high blood pressure, with the diastolic above 150. She would be in cogestive heart failure at this point but still quite alive.

A lung infection such as tuberculosis, or some mystery infection which broke the alveoli. An x ray would be useful to see the infection in the lungs

A wound to the lungs. Gunshot wounds, for example, but it could be much less serious. A car accident can lead to this.

Early signs of some variant of a hemoragic infection, they cause the blood vessels walls to break down. There might be a fever eventually, but not necessarily. She might start bleeding from other places too, such as the eyes, ears, skin, sweat glands, etc.
Perhaps a local version of that.

A serious staph infection in the trachea, throat or lungs. A fever might come along, or not. There would be a lot of necrosis (dead tissues) in the area. I would expect her to have bad breath with this. She would have to be on very serious antibiotics for this, and even that might not help.

Inhalation of certain poisons, such as blister agents might work. Figure coughing, dry throat, blisters in the throat, esophagus, and lungs. A minor injury to the lungs could rupture one or more.

Of course, a little literary license might come into play also. Just think of what symptoms you would like:
No fever - typically viral or an injury
Fever - bacterial
Fresh red blood - probably means an injury where the blood is not being mixed with anything else
pink - blood is mixed with water. Water may be in the lungs due to high blood pressure.
frothy - there is a lot of mixing with air.
Lots of blood - big injury and probably lower in the lungs
difficulty breathing - lungs are full of water or a fluid

I hope that gave you a few pointers. Good luck on the story  (+ info)

What are some contagious elderly diseases?

Can someone supply me with a couple of contagious diseases that affect the elderly? Not common diseases, but contagious. Pneumonia is one, but i need others.

Elderly individuals are susceptible to the same contagious diseases as everyone else. The list of contagious diseases is very large. Pneumonia is one. Also upper respiratory infections, such as influenza, the common cold (Rhinovirus, Coronavirus, Parainfluena virus). Elderly people can also get STDs if they are sexually active. The list goes on and on.  (+ info)

what are three diseases that can be contracted by exposure to body fluids?

Three diseases that can be contracted by exposure to body fluids are:
1. HIV
2. Aids
3. Hepatitis B
what are some other ones?

Hep A and C
Any of the STD's
Hand Foot and Mouth  (+ info)

What are some diseases that smiking causes?

For a persuasive paper and all i want to know are the diseases and no other facts.

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How many people die every year from starvation and preventable diseases?

How many people die every year from starvation and preventable diseases?
Where are these statistics the highest?



These may not be exactly right, so you should probably do your own homework.  (+ info)

How many genetic diseases can be tested for?

I'm wondering how many genetic tests they are able to test for. I know there are already over 1300 different tests available, but how many diseases are there that can be tested for?

many genetic diseases can be tested. Here's the situation. I have cystic fibrosis. There are over 1600 DNA mutations for this illness, any of them can be a diagnosis of this illness. this is just chrome 7. there can be other mutations to chrome 7 for other illnesses, ie candida predisposition, something like that. most hosp/clinics will initially test for the most common mutations and are limited to the 32 most common mutations, pt can fall outside that area. I did. the 23/32 most common were negative. further testing proved that. It was expensive, $1150. out of pocket. took about a month.

For amniotic screening, many genetic diseases can be tested, most common are tested for unless known family hx and specific testing is requested. Ambry genetics does mostly cystic fibrosis.  (+ info)

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