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Genetic Predisposition To Disease
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
Help plz! Can schizophrenia develop due to environmental factors alone without a genetic predisposition?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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