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UNEVEN EYEBROWS
Question: My eyebrows are uneven as one is higher up than the other. Can Botox help me?
Dr. Shadan Naji, Specialist Aesthetic Dermatologist answers: “This is a very important question and the answer is yes, it can. Neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin can be used to lift up the tail of the eyebrows especially in women to give them more younger and attractive look. Even if there is a difference, we can adjust that by changing the position of both eyebrows in order to be symmetrical.”


FIBROIDS IN THE UTERUS
Question: I have been diagnosed with fibroids in the uterus. What is the most current and effective way to treat this problem?
Dr. Sejal Devendra Surti, Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology answers: “Fibroids treatment depends on several factors including: symptoms, location, fibroid size, age, and plans for future pregnancies. Medications will help treat mild symptoms like heavy bleeding and pain. Surgery is an option if the symptoms are moderate/ severe. There are different laparoscopic/ open surgical methods like myomectomy- removal of fibroid alone and hysterectomy – removal of the fibroid and uterus when the fibroids are large. There are also minimally invasive treatment procedures like Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) where small particles/ substances are injected via a catheter into the artery to block the blood supply to the fibroid, causing them to shrink. MRI guided focused ultrasound uses focused ultrasound ablation that occurs inside the MRI scanner with an ultrasound transducer.”

CHILD WITH DIABETES
Question: What kind of blood tests/diagnostic tests determine if a child under age 11 is a diabetic? Dr. Palat Krishna Menon, Director of Thumbay Labs answers: “Diabetes is a group of diseases in which the patient has high blood glucose levels. In this case, the child should undergo the following tests: a) Fasting and post prandial blood sugar: this is a preliminary test, the first sample collected fasting, followed by a normal meal and repeat a blood sugar test two hours after the start of the normal meal. b) The next test is for HbA1c: to determine the percentage of glycosylated hemoglobin in the blood. This gives a synopsis of glucose levels over the last 3 months. c) HLA testing for DR3/DR4: to look if the child is carrying the genes rendering him prone to Type I diabetes. d) Finally an assay for Islet cell antibodies. Results from these tests should be collated to give an indication if the child is a Type I diabetic as well as help understand the underlying factors responsible for the disease.”

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