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By Victoria J., M.d. Fraser, Laurence, M.d. Burd, Elizabeth, M.d. Liebson, Gregg Y., M.d. Lipschik, C. Matthew, M.d. Peterson

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The follicles shrink and hair production slows. Other causes of temporary hair loss include diseases such as diabetes, lupus, and thyroid disorders. Poor nutrition, such as protein or iron deficiency, can cause hair loss. Medical treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or flu or high fever, can cause temporary hair loss. After the treatment or illness ends and recovery commences, hair will typically begin to regrow. Hair loss is also not uncommon following childbirth. During pregnancy, hair shifts into an active growth state, which returns to normal once the baby is delivered.

34 In 2000, in the United States, 85,000 deaths were directly attributable to drinking alcohol, either excessively or in a risky way. Deaths caused by alcohol vary from state to state, but all are directly related to the quantity of alcohol consumed and the pattern of consumption. In 2002 more than 17,000 people died in automobile accidents that were alcohol related. These motor vehicle crashes accounted for 41 percent of all traffic-related deaths. 10 grams per deciliter or greater. People who are brought into an emergency room for treatment for an unintentional injury are 13 times more likely to have consumed at least five alcoholic drinks a few hours before they became injured.

They are usually grand mal seizures and occur within 48 hours of the last drink. The most significant risk factor for an A L C O H O L - R E L AT E D alcohol withdrawal seizure is a prior alcohol withdrawal seizure. Alcohol withdrawal is a treatable disorder. Those at risk should be monitored and treated with medications if needed. Sedatives such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines have been used for decades to treat alcohol withdrawal. Benzodiazepines have a greater safety profile and are preferred.

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