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Of women on birth control pills who have cardiac incidents, what percentage have secondary causes, such as smoking or a genetic predisposition?

Of women on birth control pills who have cardiac incidents, what percentage have secondary causes, such as smoking or a genetic predisposition?

Outstanding question: Excellent question! Let me re-phrase it: what is the risk of having any type of vascular event? It depends on exact formulation, duration of use, & risk factors. No prospective studies have been reported. Here is summary from the NIH: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK148774/. This reports odds ratios. If the risk is 1 in a million, an OR of 2 is only 2 per million. They're rare. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Is there a genetic predisposition for paranoia?

Is there a genetic predisposition for paranoia?

yes, but depends: Certain types of paranoia can have a genetic predisposition, and some times it can be caused by drugs or medications. Your best bet is to get a thorough evaluation by a psychiatrist and get a better answer that is specific to you. ...Read more

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Can lifestyle affect a genetic predisposition to cancer?

Yes and no: Genetic predisposition is what you are born with, for good or bad (like brca mutations causing breast and ovarian cancer). Can't do anything to change your genes although you can work to decrease the odds if you have a high risk gene. Lifestyle choices may increase the risk even more so avoiding unhealthy choices will be beneficial. In other words, change what you can but be aware of your risk. ...Read more

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Will making lifestyle changes matter if I have a genetic predisposition to being stressed?

Will making lifestyle changes matter if I have a genetic predisposition to being stressed?

Absolutely, yes!: Many of us live in an environment with is predisposed to stress, with or without genetic predisposition. Lifestyle changes can make a huge difference. Start with the basics ("easy", but challenging to incorporate in to your daily schedule): eat a healthy meal/snack every 3-4 hours, go to bed relatively early and get enough sleep, try to limit caffeine and alcohol, and get up and move every day! ...Read more

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Help plz! Can schizophrenia develop due to environmental factors alone without a genetic predisposition?

Help plz! Can schizophrenia develop due to environmental factors alone without a genetic predisposition?

Psychosis: Psychosis can have different roots and some cases might look very similar to some Schizophrenia(s). But even they may have some predispositional contribution. As far as I've ever heard - Sz does have at least a significant genetic element. Best! ...Read more

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Can lifestyle affect genetic predisposition to get cancer? For example can healthy lifestyle decrease chance of cancer in jewish women

Yes: A healthy lifestyle (no tobacco, eating well, exercising) will reduce the risk of getting cancer in any person, jewish or not. Certain jewish and other ethnic groups have a higher risk than others (e.g. Ashkenazi jews and brca mutations) so gather as much family info as you can and discuss this with your doc. Live healthy please. Best regards. ...Read more

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Could there be a genetic predisposition to acne?

Could there be a genetic predisposition to acne?

Yes: There's a single good twin study. No locus was identified. Here you go: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/12485434. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more