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if my brother developed schizophrenia as a teenager, does that mean i will too?

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Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Maybe: Schizophrenia does have a genetic component. But, environmental factors do also play a significant role. So, having a sibling with the disease may increase the risk, but this definitely does not mean the risk is certain.
Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Chances are higher : Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that for most part genetic but inherited in a complicated/ multifactorial disorder. General prevalence is less than 1% but as sibling your risk goes up to 6%. You or your siblings might inherit some other minor cognitive deficits. If you are past early 20s the chances of developing schizophrenia decrease significantly. Relax chances are low.

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Is it okay for my sister to breastfeed my child sometimes?

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No: While some babies are fed donor breast milk, the donors are screened for diseases that could be transmitted via breastmilk, such as CMV or hiv. Each mother's milk is perfectly tailored to her infant's needs, including the age of the baby. Breastfeeding is more than just milk production, bonding and emotional issues are involved. There's no right or wrong answer but consider all the implications.
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Is it normal for my childs confidence to drop when a teenager?

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A 32-year-old male asked:

My brother was diagnosed with a warthin's tumor and needs surgery to remove it. What should we be concerned with in regards to this procedure?

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Dr. Francine Mosley
General Practice 20 years experience
Have surgery, go on.: It's also called: papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum, and is 8x > in smokers, occurs in men and women and in 5% - 14% or cases, warthin's tumor is bilateral. Warthin's tumor is highly unlikely to become malignant. This is not to be confused with wharton's duct, which is the name for the submandibular duct. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/warthin%27s_tumor.
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My sister just diagnosis with grade 3 endometrial cancer with clear cells why are clear cells so aggressive?

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Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Various cell types: Endometrial cancer is characterized by stage and cell type. Clear cell is a description of the type of cells and simply behave in a more aggressive growth pattern than others.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
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