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Family History (Overview)

A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to avoid potential environmental triggers.


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I have a family history of arthistis ann lumpus should I get a medical test.

I have a family history of arthistis ann lumpus should I get a medical  test.

See below: Not unless you are having symptoms as you may test false positive in light of your family history. Hope that helps. ...Read more

Family History (Overview)

A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to avoid potential environmental triggers.


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If I do not have a family history of down's, is my baby at risk for the disease?

If I do not have a family history of down's, is my baby at risk for the disease?

1/590 births: As above the rate of ds births are lowest in the early 20's at about 1/2000 with a gradual increase in risks that hit 1/100 at 40.There is always a baseline risk of about 4% of an unexpected outcome with any pregnancy.This must be added to specific age related risk. A visit with a genetic counselor can identify specific risk for any couple. ...Read more

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Managing Glaucoma (Tip)

Managing Glaucoma

If you have glaucoma, your family members are at higher risk. Show love! Tell them to go get tested! ...See more

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My b.P reads 90/150. Should i start medication or change the life style. My age is 34 and have a family history of high b.P. Please suggest?

My b.P reads 90/150. Should i start medication or change the life style. My age is 34 and have a family history of high b.P. Please suggest?

Change your ways now: If your blood pressure is 150/90 and you have a family history of high blood pressure, you would be smart to control any risk factors which contribute to high blood pressure. For example: get exercise, reduce weight if you are overweight or obese, and minimize your intake of salt. If you are a smoker, that habit's just got to go! all of these measures will help tremendously in the long run. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have family history of diabetes?

Ask family: The way to know if you have a family history of diabetes is to ask family members. Your parents would be the best source of information, but grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins are all options. You want to check with those blood relatives if they have been diagnosed with diabetes. ...Read more

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Can i get diabetes if I have family history of that disease?

Can i get diabetes if I have family history of that disease?

American Diabetes : Association article: http://www.Diabetes.Org/diabetes-basics/genetics-of-diabetes.Html.

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What tests sholuld I have if I have a family history of dvts?

What tests sholuld I have if I have a family history of dvts?

Depends: Testing for you would be based upon the genetic abnormality detected in your affected family member. If your family has been tested and no abnormality was found you don't need further testing. If no testing has been done on your family you should ask your doc to evaluate the situation and see if it makes sense to test you. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a child with asperger's if there's a family history?

What are the chances of a child with asperger's if there's a family history?

Higher than if not: The genetic role is strong, but also complex. It is very much still being studied and will be for a long time to come. Since there is so much information, i'll provide what looks like a well-written article link: http://www.Paulcooijmans.Com/asperger/straight_talk_about_asperger.Html this can lead you to more info if you want it. Best! ...Read more