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Measles can make you blind and cause birth defects. Is all this true?

Measles can make you blind and cause birth defects. Is all this true?

Yes: However, the childhood diseases were always so common when i was a child that we expected them and there were no complcations. We assumed that it was mother nature's way of stimulating the immune system. In england, i would treat about 200 cases of measles every 2 years----no complications---why? Because the kids were not overwhelmed with "junk". They were healthy! ...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


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Diabetes can make you blind and cause birth defects. Is all this true?

Diabetes can make you blind and cause birth defects. Is all this true?

Yes, this is true: Diabetes that is not treated properly can cause problems with your eyes, heart, and kidneys. If you are pregnant and you have diabetes that is not under tight control, your unborn child may develop birth defects and may develop dangerously low blood glucose after delivery. Your obstetrician or primary care doctor can help you keep your sugar levels in a safe range. ...Read more

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I have to do a genetic disorder report for class and was debating between color blindness and hemophilia. What are your opinions?

I have to do a genetic disorder report for class and was debating between color blindness and hemophilia. What are your opinions?

Both interesting: These are both fascinating diseases and the subject of much inquiry. Look on wikipedia and you will find much to talk about. The issues are quite different but the underpinning for each is genetic. The hemophilia has had impacts on history such as the family of queen victoria. Color deficiency has caused some famous accidents. Have fun. ...Read more

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Sickle cell anemia:is this birth defect only due to genetics?

Sickle cell anemia:is this birth defect only due to genetics?

Yes: It is a defect present from birth, yes. Would i call it a birth defect, no. It is a genetically derived abnormality in the metabolism of hemoglobin that results in sickling of the red cells under some circumstances. As a metabolic disease, it is inherited in a similar fashion to pku or cystic fibrosis. The term birth defect is more appropriate for a kid with malformation of an organ or body part. ...Read more

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What genetic birth defects are associated when two first cousins have a baby?

What genetic birth defects are associated when two first cousins have a baby?

Autosomal recessive: There is increased risk of autosomal recessive type genetic disorders when close family members have a baby together. There are many of them but some examples include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and Tay-Sachs disease. ...Read more

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Is clinodactyly a genetic disorder, birth defect?

Is clinodactyly a genetic disorder, birth defect?

Yes, but .....: Clinodactyly is a curve of one or more fingers, which is pretty common, especially for the pinkies, and no big deal at all. Technically it's a minor birth defect and usually not a sign of any problem. But sometimes it's one component of a rare genetic syndrome, like wahab syndrome (http://omim.Org/entry/615170) or a more common one, like down syndrome. I have a little clinodactyly myself! ...Read more

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Can genetic testing prevent birth defects in pregnancy?

Can genetic testing prevent birth defects in pregnancy?

Nope.: Genetic prenatal testing can detect many chromosomal or microscopic dna defects - but it cannot prevent birth defects! 2-4% of all newborns will have a minor or major birth defect and the vast majority of those have unknown genetic underpinnings at this time, although many of us are working to change that. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily to prevent 75-95% of major neural/cardiac fetal anomalies! ...Read more

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Is it common to develop color blindness in your mid 20's?

Is it common to develop color blindness in your mid 20's?

Unusual: Color deficiency is an inherited condition. Some extremely rare strokes of the brain can affect color perception. Global disease of the retina can also lower color perception in an adult. ...Read more

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What do reverse color blind people see?

What do reverse color blind people see?

Color blindness: There is no such condition as "reverse color blindness." the most common type of color "blindess" typically occurs in males. These people confuse red and green colors. In rare cases, people can be born with complete color blindness and only see colors as various shades of light and dark. In severe cases of color blindness, patients often don't see very well either. ...Read more

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What can I do to help a color blind student?

What can I do to help a color blind student?

Needs little help: Most school activities including classwork and sports, do not depend upon color recognition. The color deficient tend to make bland choices when confronted with color choices, and might have some minor alteration in doing things like crafts and art. But they are not handicapped and can perform to the level of their intellectual capacity. Anything you do might call attention to this difference. ...Read more

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Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kale
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Color Blindness (Definition)

Color blindness is a condition where an individual has a decreased ability or complete inability to detect differences between various colors. For example, red-green color blindness is the inability to distinguish between ...Read more