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Is addisons disease a genetic hereditary problem?

Is addisons disease a genetic hereditary problem?

Addisions is genetic: In 2012 the answer is usually yes. Tuberculosis caused dr. Addison to describe the condition. Now it is any failure of the adrenal glands. Today it does run in families where autoimmune diseases occur. (thyroid, diabetes, adrenal, celiac, etc). ...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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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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Can Parkinson's disease have genetic testing?

Can Parkinson's disease have genetic testing?

Clinical diagnosis: Parkinson disease may have genetic basis, but the diagnosis is usually made based on signs and symptoms. See this site for genetic basis of the disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15503301. ...Read more

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Can mutations in hla genes cause people to be predisposed to possibly developing an autoimmune condition?

Can mutations in hla genes cause people to be predisposed to possibly developing an autoimmune condition?

Yes: Hla controls the immune system and mutations in hla and other genes in the same area may predispose to autoimmune disorders, especially complement deficiency. ...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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Is tay-sach's disease associated with developing other genetic conditions?

Is tay-sach's disease associated with developing other genetic conditions?

Possibly: Because tay-sach's disease is one of several genetic diseases that can occur in people of ashkenazi jewish background, when screening is done for this disorder, usually several other disease states are screened for as well. This is a very complicated area to discuss and genetic counselling is best left to experts in this area. ...Read more

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Can huntington disease be genetic, but triggered by other factors?

Can huntington disease be genetic, but triggered by other factors?

Always genetic: Hd is a genetic disease. Anyone that carries the gene will get the disease, but knowing that you have the gene does not tell you your age of onset at the disease. The onset of the disease will occur regardless of other factors if one lives long enough. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic disease an environmentally-induced disease or a hereditary disease?

Is pancreatic disease an environmentally-induced disease or a hereditary disease?

Pancreas: The simple answer is yes (environment), and yes (hereditary), but it could be nothing or something unrelated. I suggest you have your PC refer you to a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease genetic?

Is alzheimer's disease genetic?

It depends: In rare families, there is an abnormal gene that is transmitted to children and there is 50% probability that the children will eventually develop alzheimer's disease. However, it is usually in families where several members develop alzheimer's disease in early age. Otherwise, there is inheritance of the form of apolipoprotein that increases the risk of developing alzheimer's disease earlier. ...Read more

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Is addison's disease genetic?

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Is addison's disease genetic?

Not usually: The leading causes of Addison' disease in the US are: autoimmune; metastatic cancer; bleeding into adrenal glands; infectious infiltration (such as tuberculosis). Only the autoimmune type may possibly run in families, whose members typically have other autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, vitiligo, pernicious anemia, or myasthenia gravis, to name a few. ...Read more

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Is gaucher's disease a metabolic or genetic disorder?

Is gaucher's disease a metabolic or genetic disorder?

Both: Gaucher disease is passed as an autosomal recessive genetic defect. It involves improper coding for an enzyme that would otherwise process and remove excess buildup of glycolipids from a variety of cells in the body. ...Read more

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Can kawasaki disease happen genetically?

Can kawasaki disease happen genetically?

No: While we have not yet identified the cause of kd, we do know that kd is not a "genetic" disease. However, it is likely that certain genes confer an increased susceptibility for contracting kd or developing some of its complications. ...Read more

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How does a genetic mutation cause sickle-cell disease?

How does a genetic mutation cause sickle-cell disease?

Important gene...: Sickle cell anemia is caused by a mutation in the gene that tells your body to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin allows red blood cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body. In sickle cell anemia, the abnormal hemoglobin causes red blood cells to become rigid, sticky and misshapen. These abnormal red blood cells lead to the various symptoms of the disease. ...Read more

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Can embryo screening identify hereditary heart disease?

Can embryo screening identify hereditary heart disease?

Sometimes: Hereditary heart diseases caused by a single gene may screened for an identified using ivf with pgd. Those without a known single gene cannot. ...Read more

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Is raynaud's disease genetic?

Is raynaud's disease genetic?

Sometimes: Raynaud's phenomenon has been seen with a number of conditions, including some that are genetically linked. Causes? Scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and mixed connective tissue disease, hormone imbalance (hypothyroidism and carcinoid), trauma (frostbite, vibrating tools), medications (propranolol [inderal], Estrogens without additional progesterone, bleomycin [bleoxane] (chemotherapy). ...Read more

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Can graves disease be hereditary?

Can graves disease be hereditary?

Heredity and Graves: Graves' disease ruins in some families but can also present spontaneously. In the south, I have noticed is in many African American families. ...Read more

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Can asthma be a genetic disease ?

Can asthma be a genetic disease ?

Yes: Depending on which study is read, if one parent has asthma, there is a 25-40% chance that the children will have some form of it; if both parents have asthma, then there is a 60-80% chance that the children will have it. This suggests that there is a very strong genetic component to asthma but it is not the only factor. ...Read more

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Is obedience genetic or hereditary?

Is obedience genetic or hereditary?

Obedience : This is an interesting question. It's confused by statements, like: "Something that is hereditary “can” be transmitted genetically from one generation to another." What might be more important to discuss is whether obedience can be taught, and learned, or if it might be something neither taught nor learned in the family setting. Non-obedient parents may model non-obedience for thier children. ...Read more

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Is lung cancer infectious, dietary, genetic or environmental?

Is lung cancer infectious, dietary, genetic or environmental?

Lung cancer: Cancer is a genetic disease, resulting from changes in the individual cell genetics. Things that cause these basic changes include some known and some unknown factors. We know that smoking tobacco is the biggest risk factor, and that radiation exposure, asbestos exposure and other environmental agents contribute. Infectious agents can cause cancers elsewhere but have only a minimal role in lung ca ...Read more