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Doctor insights on: Does Susceptibility To Lung Infections Run In The Family

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Does the susceptibility of prostate cancer to radiation run in families?

Does the susceptibility of prostate cancer to radiation run in families?

Yes: A man with a brother or father with prostate cancer has double te risk of developing prostate cancer than a man with a negative family history. ...Read more

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Does cerebrovascular disease run in the family?

Does cerebrovascular disease  run in the family?

Often does: Many risk factors for vascular disease (stroke, heart attack, peripheralvascualr disease) like hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol tend to run in families, and there are some fairly rare genetic syndromes (eg. Cadasil) that cause strokes in particular. ...Read more

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How to protect from intestinal cancer if runs in family?

How to protect from intestinal cancer if runs in family?

Regular examination: Familial cancers could be detected early with possible cure by regular examination by your physician, along with endoscopy , if necessory genetic studies ( entire family ) other factors like diet excercise , avoiding alcohol and smoking will play minor importent role. ...Read more

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Can Alzheimer's usually run in the family?

Can Alzheimer's usually run in the family?

Usually not genetic: Most of the time alzheimer disease does not run in families. There are a few genes where if you have the gene, you get the disease, but these are extremely, extremely rare. There are susceptibility genes as well. Most of the time when it runs in families, it is not a surprise, as many members have it, and it is usually at a much younger (i.e. 40s, low 50s) age. ...Read more

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Can uti's run in the family?

Can uti's run in the family?

Not typically: Some people are predisposed to utis due to structural issues with their urinary tract. Some of these structural problems can run in families. But your standard risk for UTI does not run in families. ...Read more

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Carry the lupus gene, and have major infections or trauma 2 the body can that start lupus in motion?

Carry the lupus gene, and have major infections or trauma 2 the body can that start lupus in motion?

Autoimmune: Need to see a rhematologist its bad immune system activety test like detailed dna and renal bx needed. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic cancer run in the family?

Can pancreatic cancer run in the family?

YES: Yes, but rarely. Only about 10% of pancreatic cancers are associated with a hereditary component. For example: hereditary breast ovarian syndrome with mutations in the brca2 gene, hereditary non-poliposis colorectal cancer (hnpcc) and familial pancreatitis. ...Read more

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Can epilepsy be hereditary and run in the family?

Can epilepsy be hereditary and run in the family?

Yes: Some types of epilepsy can be inheritted, benign rolandic epilepsy, absence seizures and myoclonic epilepsy can be in the family, so usually asking about the family history of seizures is important when taking the history in kids with seizures. ...Read more

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Does the eye, if exposed to viruses/bacteria/cancer fluids, have any protective mechanisms? Like the way one's immune system attacks viruses in blood?

Does the eye, if exposed to viruses/bacteria/cancer fluids, have any protective mechanisms? Like the way one's immune system attacks viruses in blood?

Yes: Tear has enzymes and antibody (iga class primarily) .Lysozymes etc to act against invaders. The constant flushing from tear flow also helps cleanse the eye surface. ...Read more

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Why does atherosclerosis run in families? Is it just a gene that runs through and you just naturally develop cardiovascular disease or is it because of the risk factors that run in families?

Why does atherosclerosis run in families? Is it just a gene that runs through and you just naturally develop cardiovascular disease or is it because of the risk factors that run in families?

Genetics: High cholesterol, high blod pressure and other risks factors are genetically determined and may be responsible for early onsetnheart disease. That said, may risk factors such as obesity or smoking can be modified and lower your overall risk. ...Read more

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Will smoking cause infections in your lungs?

Will smoking cause infections in your lungs?

Does increase risk: Smoking increases the risk of pneumonia (lung infection). It also is a strong contributor to COPD (emphysema/chronic bronchitis) which increases the risk of serious complications of pneunonia. ...Read more

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Does lymphedema run in the family?

Does lymphedema run in the family?

Rarely: The vast majority of cases of lymphedema have an identifiable cause, occurring after surgery, cancer, and/or radiation. We call this secondary lymphedema. A far smaller number of cases of lymphedema is primary, meaning that we can't identify the cause. Some of these cases are hereditary, and run in families, but not most, as far as we know. ...Read more

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What special features or mechanisms exist in the respiratory system to prevent a virus from being inhaled?

Complicated: The hair cells that line our respiratory tract combined with mucous secretions, antibody secreting (iga) cells, and cells like pulmonary alveolar macrophages all help to prevent infection from reaching our lung tissues, but none are entirely effective. ...Read more

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Can the tendency to develop kidney stones run in families?

Can the tendency to develop kidney stones run in families?

Yes: Having a family member who had kidney stones increases one's risk of having stones as well. ...Read more

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Does dysphagia run in the family?

Does dysphagia run in the family?

Perhaps...: Dysphagia is a general term referring to swallowing disorders. There are certain familial conditions which can be associated with swallowing disorders. ...Read more

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Will determining the factors that cause the immune system to attack beta cells lead to finding a cure for diabetes?

Will determining the factors that cause the immune system to attack beta cells lead to finding a cure for diabetes?

Doubt, but...: we feel strongly, that, at least in some, usingmeds that treat beta cell inflammation will control disease better, decrease risk of progression to insulin therapy in future ...Read more

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I'm doing a project and need to replicate the lungs. How bog in cm or in are an average persons lungs?

I'm doing a project and need to replicate the lungs. How bog in cm or in are an average persons lungs?

Lung size: hello~ I am not sure we would be an appropriate resource for your science project, since most people are not normal and sick when they see us. Have you tried www.google.com or the local library Science section? There's a wealth of information at your disposal there thanks ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more