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Doctor insights on: Are There Psychological Factors Affected By Thalassemia

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Dr. Michael Engel
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Thalassemia (Definition)

An inherited condition characterized by severe anemia (a deficiency of red blood cells), ...Read more


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Are there any particular psychological or health related problems caused by peer pressure?

Are there any particular psychological or health related problems caused by peer pressure?

Many: Peer pressure, like any other psychological stress, can make a person uncomfortable, irritable, or distracted. Health problems can result if this pressure leads the person to act in unhealthy or risky ways. Common problems include smoking, irresponsible sex, unsafe driving, drug use, etc. Although resisting peer pressure can be hard, it's often the smartest & healthiest choice. ...Read more

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Are there many inherited conditions can be avoided through genetic screening?

Are there many inherited conditions can be avoided through genetic screening?

Yes: Theoretically both partners could have their genomes tested for mutations known to cause genetic diseases. All of us have many mutant genes and as long as both parties do not have defects in the same genes, they could avoid autosomal recessive disorders. If dominant or sex linked defects are discovered, it would make genetic counseling and disease avoidance more difficult. ...Read more

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What diseases and health conditions are influenced by genes?

What diseases and health conditions are influenced by genes?

Many: Many diseases and health conditions are influenced by genes. We have the technology today to do genetic testing from the blood which will provide genetic risk factors for many diseases eg heart disease, prostate cancer in men, breast cancer in women, lung cancer, and many other diseases and cancers. ...Read more

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Can huntington disease be genetic, but triggered by other factors?

Can huntington disease be genetic, but triggered by other factors?

Always genetic: Hd is a genetic disease. Anyone that carries the gene will get the disease, but knowing that you have the gene does not tell you your age of onset at the disease. The onset of the disease will occur regardless of other factors if one lives long enough. ...Read more

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What are environmental factors responsible for autism?

What are environmental factors responsible for autism?

Not identified: Environmental factors that are 100% identifiable as a triggers to autism onset are not currently known. ...Read more

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Are there many factors that can cause the mutation for galactosemia?

Are there many factors that can cause the mutation for galactosemia?

Inherited: Galactosemia is a autosomal recessive inherited condition which causes you to metabolise galactose and other sugars incorrectly or differently. Autosomal recessive conditions usually come from both parent's--usually as carriers but not expresing the disease.There are many factors related to gene expression and gene abnormalities, but once you have the abnormality, it is not easy to determine. ...Read more

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A mild blood clotting disorder that is hereditary? Are there genetic tests both parents can take?

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A mild blood clotting disorder that is hereditary?  Are there genetic tests both parents can take?

What disorder?: If one has a clotting disorder, and he/she would like to know if it is hereditary or not- he/she would need to complete some work-up. See a hematologist and discuss whether it is necessary that she/he ( not the parents) get the full comprehensive clotting work-up. ( the tests are for the patient and not for the parents. ). ...Read more

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What are some human traits that are not controlled by genetics?

What are some human traits that are not controlled by genetics?

Hard to say.: How long your hair is, for one, but the ability to grow your hair below your bottom is genetic. Obesity: mostly poor diet & poor exercise. Our entire development from fertilized egg to adult is under genetic control, Many psychological traits are not inherited, but some basic personality structure is--one toddler will have a distinct personality from another sib. I doubt liberalism is genetic. ...Read more

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What are the ways that genetic factors and environmental factors contribute to autism?

What are the ways that genetic factors and environmental factors contribute to autism?

Work together: Over a very short period of time the incidence of autism has increased so significantly that genetics alone cannot be the explanation. Environmental influence on genetically susceptible individuals can explain the increase. There are thousands of subtle genetic differences that may only present clinically under certain environmental influences. Decreasing negative environmental exposures is key. ...Read more

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Are there different forms of severity in bipolar disorder? And can it be genetic?

Are there different forms of severity in bipolar disorder?  And can it be genetic?

Yes, there are: Different forms and severity, and even cycling speed, of bipolar disorder. Some folks are more manic and some more depressed. While we are making strides w/neuroscience, we don't know the exact cause and why some folks have more pronounced symptoms than others. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Are there any personality traits that are predictive of coronary heart disease?

Are there any personality traits that are predictive of coronary heart disease?

Type-A: Type A personalities are often thought to be at higher risk for coronary problems, most notably those who are not only aggressive and domineering but also prone to anger. ...Read more

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How many africans that are affected by rabies?

How many africans that are affected by rabies?

IT DEPENDS......: It would seem to depend upon where a person lives-urban v. rural. Wild animals account for the vast majority of rabies cases, mostly like skunks or bats. ...Read more

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Are children capable of suffering mental illnesses that are not hereditary?

Are children capable of suffering mental illnesses that are not hereditary?

Yes: The majority of mental health problems often surface in the late teens or early twenties or later. However, there are a variety of mental health issues that may surface in early childhood. Clinical depression, phobias, anxiety disorders & many more can emerge & be overlooked unless assessed by appropriate therapists. Referral to a child psychiatrist is often done after a pcp identifies some issues. ...Read more

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Is there one or multiple psychological disorders associated with being emotionally disturbed?

Is there one or multiple psychological disorders associated with being emotionally disturbed?

Many, Many: There are so many ways to be emotionally disturbed, and also many ways to describe these. The diagnostic and statistical manual contains the criteria and much research on the many psychiatric/psychologic disorders one might develop. All of these cause suffering, and deserve care and treatment. ...Read more