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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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My husband has cerebral atrophy due to genetic inhrtance medicine gven by doctor NT benefiting. Is there any medicine or surgery to benefit him.

My husband has cerebral atrophy due to genetic inhrtance medicine gven by doctor NT benefiting. Is there any medicine or surgery to benefit him.

There is no treatmen: There is no treatment for cerebral atrophy, once brain cells have been lost the damage is permanent.
Treatment is directed towards the symptoms and complications and includes
1 meds that change the amount of chemicals that control brain signaling or treat symptoms of cognitive impairment,
2physical therapy to improve function and ability to perform
3psychlogical counseling and support. ...Read more

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Would a degree in genetics allow me to do a post graduate degree in medicine?

Would a degree in genetics allow me to do a post graduate degree in medicine?

I can't speak for: Medical School in Nigeria - but in the US there usually is not a specific bachelor's degree that is required to apply for medical school. However, most medical schools in the US do have required prerequisite courses. Thus, it is important to find out prerequisites for schools that one wishes to apply to. Good luck. ...Read more

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My daddy is taken the medicine Imeruvica, or for genetic ibrutinib how should this be taken 3 times together or 3 times a day?

My daddy is taken the medicine Imeruvica, or for genetic ibrutinib how should this be taken 3 times together or 3 times a day?

All together: All of the pills should be taken at the same time in order to get a high level of the drug within the bloodstream. Watch out for the side effects of bleeding as well as an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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If genetic factors are the only thing making my cholesterol high, can I fix it with more extreme/strict diet instead of medicine?

If genetic factors are the only thing making my cholesterol high, can I fix it with more extreme/strict diet instead of medicine?

No harm to try: It does depend somewhat on what you mean by extreme. If what you mean is a rigorous avoidance of cholesterol and saturated fats, but you are meeting all other nutritional requirements, then it is probably ok. Sometimes difficult to stick to, but good luck. ...Read more

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In what areas of medicine is personal genetics testing a routine part of disease diagnosis and treatment?

In what areas of medicine is personal genetics testing a routine part of disease diagnosis and treatment?

Oncology/cancer: Many cancers are genetic so many oncologist will use genetics to identify those at higher risk ...Read more

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Why is it that I have managed to get myself addicted to every single drug I've tried? Is addiction genetic?

Why is it that I have managed to get myself addicted to every single drug I've tried? Is addiction genetic?

Yes Addiction: Tends to run in families. Women whose mothers are alcoholics are 50% more likely to become alcoholics or marry an alcoholic. Sons of alcoholic fathers have similar chances of developing the disease. It is assumed that some of this is due to hereditary issues; some is learned behavior. It is better to avoid alcohol and drugs as much as possible if the disease runs in the family. ...Read more

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18yrs: is sebo_psoriasis on scalp genetic? Causes for it? Is there a permanant solution for it? Other than medicines, what else can we do to improve? Diet

Scalp Psoriasis: It is generally believed that psoriasis comes about as a combination of genetic, immune and environmental causes. It also has a tendency to run in families. Severe scalp psoriasis sometimes warrants treatment with tablets or injections such as methotrexate, ciclosporin, Acitretin or biologic agents. Patients should be under the care of an experienced dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can a drug overdose lead to death by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or is this condition always genetic?

Can a drug overdose lead to death by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or is this condition always genetic?

Cardiomyopathy: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetically inherited condition. Having said that, a person using drugs could die from drug use and have this condition as well. It can predispose to abnormal heart rhythms which can be fatal and drug use can elicit abnormal heart rhythms. ...Read more

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Aviva Plus gluco-meter readings fluctuate btw 102-122/mL over 3 yrs, ie @Pre-Diabetes T2 Genetic. 5'10 165lbs healthy. Need I take prescribed drugs?

Aviva Plus gluco-meter readings fluctuate btw 102-122/mL over 3 yrs, ie @Pre-Diabetes T2 Genetic. 5'10 165lbs healthy. Need I take prescribed drugs?

Prediabetes.: Medications are not necessary for prediabetes, only lifestyle measures such as high fiber diet with complex carbohydrates, smaller more frequent meals, leaner proteins, regular aerobic exercise and weight training and weight reduction if necessary. Supplementing cinnamon and chromium can help as well. ...Read more

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Had the genetic assays for psychotropic drugs, the 2 meds they told me should have no side effcts made me sick or were bad enough to dc, any ideas why?

Had the genetic assays for psychotropic drugs, the 2 meds they told me should have no side effcts made me sick or were bad enough to dc, any ideas why?

Assays = part of ans: Assays for drug response are more about metabolism of the drug and I wouldn't expect would be able to (in a binary yes/no manner) predict the full spectrum of side effects likely to occur on you as a patient. Remember that in medicine as in life, there are few absolutes. I would be wary of anyone or anything that ever predicts a 100% response. Nothing is perfect. ...Read more

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Is thyroid disease life threatening? Can it be cured without medicine! Is it genetic?

Is thyroid disease life threatening? Can it be cured without medicine! Is it genetic?

Poss-Unlikely-Yes: Thyroid disease is easily treated WITH medicine. There is definitely a genetic component. Some can be cured, most need tx, there are many thyroid dz's. Please do not rely only on alternative (medicines) cures, if there is a real documented thyroid problem. As I said they are easily tx'd, unfortunately yes people do die from untreated thyroid disease, which is something that should not happen! ...Read more

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How do they do genetic testing for drugs when they swab your mouth?

How do they do genetic testing for drugs when they swab your mouth?

DNA analysis: There are saliva tests for drugs where one can actually detect the drug or metabolites of the drug in saliva. This type of testing is NOT genetic testing. In genetic testing, we are usually doing DNA testing to see how one metabolizes drugs. This is based on a DNA profile. Since your DNA is found in all of your cells, we can get cells from really anywhere but saliva tends to be easy ...Read more

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Is it true that genetics play a role in an individual's drug or alcohol addiction?

Is it true that genetics play a role in an individual's drug or alcohol addiction?

Unfortunately, yes: Family history is an iimportant risk for developing drug and alcohol addiction. There is something about the brain that one is given, that makes one more susceptible to taking drugs or alcohol.....And those people who are vulnerable, get something extra, that most others do not get from taking drugs or alcohol, which unfortunately encourages the person to take more and more, leading to problems. ...Read more

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Recommend medicine or any surgery for cerebral atrophy due to genetic inheritance?

Recommend medicine or any surgery for cerebral atrophy due to genetic inheritance?

No: You are most likely dealing with the genetic inheritance. You might want to ask your neurologist for advice but I am not aware of any medication for this ; surgery has no place in this condition. I must say that cerebral atrophy at your age is a bit unusual. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic disorder that runs in male genes that can be mistaken for adhd? My 4 yr. Son is very hyper, cries alot, and abusive toward some children and me. The ADHD medicine isn't working. Now he has been scratching his face when he gets mad. What

Is there a genetic disorder that runs in male genes that can be mistaken for adhd? My 4 yr. Son is very hyper, cries alot, and abusive toward some children and me. The ADHD medicine isn't working. Now he has been scratching his face when he gets mad. What

ADHD: Adhd can be difficult to diagnose in a 4 year old. His behavior problems may be caused by something else. It sounds like he needs further evaluation to see how he can be helped. Traits similar to those found in adhd can be seen in some of the autistic spectrum disorders that can be more prevalent in males. His unresponsiveness to some medications can give clues as to what may be causing his difficult behavior as well. It's interesting that you have noted that the aggressive behavior is only in the males and during their childhood. I'm glad the traits went away as these boys grew up. Don't give up, but seek further evaluation and have your pediatrician guide you toward the specialists in your area. ...Read more

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My son, 35, avid walker, no genetic factors, no drugs, never sat down, didn't smoke, drink, died of a pulmonary thromboembolism caused by dvt?

My son, 35, avid walker, no genetic factors, no drugs, never sat down, didn't smoke, drink, died of a pulmonary thromboembolism caused by dvt?

I'm so sorry: My heart goes out to you--it certainly sounds like your son didn't have DVT risk factors, however pulmonary emboli can happen and almost anyone. Genetic factors can play a role. You may want to talk to a henatologist (blood doctor) about possible clotting problems in your family. ...Read more

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I just lost my 4th pregnancy in 5yrs (all at 7-10 wks) 3 miscarriages 1 ectopic. I have pcos on metformin. Whay can I do? Genetic/hormone test/drugs?

I just lost my 4th pregnancy in 5yrs (all at 7-10 wks) 3 miscarriages 1 ectopic. I have pcos on metformin. Whay can I do? Genetic/hormone test/drugs?

Seek evaluation: Evaluation and consultation for recurrent pregnancy loss is an involved process. It is best to seek evaluation that may include a series of blood tests for hormones, clotting, and chromosomal analysis, uterine cavity evaluation, etc. Majority of the time, evaluation is normal. Usually recommend getting pregnant again, which usually results in a live birth ~60-70% of the time. ...Read more

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Is mrkh genetic?

Is mrkh genetic?

MRKH syndrome: Etiology unknown, although postulated to be both genetic & environmental. There is incomplete development of the mullerian duct which develops into the female reproductive organs. ...Read more

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What is genetics?

What is genetics?

General answer: Genetics is a term that refers to the study of genes and their role in inheritance – the way certain traits are passed down from one generation to another. ...Read more

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Is bad vision genetic?

Is bad vision genetic?

Possibly genetic: All eye shapes and function have a genetic underpinning although eyes can be affected by infection and trauma which is not genetic. If the variations in an eye render it beyond the normal or correctable parameters, then a genetic basis is possible as a cause for the bad vision. If it is your vision you are discussing, your ophthalmologist can tell you if genetics is a likely cause. ...Read more

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Is longevity of life genetic?

Is longevity of life genetic?

Genes & Environment: The ability to live long and live a quality life is related to several factors. The most important one is the inherited makeup of your genes and how robust they are at repairing dna damage, oxidative cellular stress, & removing and replenishing damaged cells. The second is environmental both good & bad; healthy lifestyle (diet, sleep, exercise) & body abuse (stress, smoking, drugs, alcohol etc.). ...Read more

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Looking for genetics definitions?

Looking for genetics definitions?

Terminology?: Besides basic textbooks for primary care physicians & nurses, there are several websites. Genealliance. Org, genetest. Org, omim, nord are a few that describe the genetic errors in specific diagnoses. Even wikipedia has a section of genetic terminology for laypersons. Google mendelian inheritance in man, or modes of inheritance of genetic disorders for starters. ...Read more

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Do genetics mean a lot of things?

Do genetics mean a lot of things?

Yes: Genetics is the science of inheritance for all living things, as well as some non-living things like viruses which use living things to replicate. If you have a specific question about something, and which to know whether it is inherited or not, please ask. ...Read more

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How accurate are genetic pedigrees?

Often incomplete: A pedigree is a standard diagram of your family history, using squares for males, circles for females, joining lines for marriage and offspring. Traits/diseases are indicated by marking the circles or squares, the patterns revealing inheritance mechanisms. Accuracy depends on completeness of family information and the knowledge/experience of the historian/interpreter (think clinical geneticist). ...Read more