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Genetics In Children
Only a little: Prior to 1979, pediatric overweight/obesity was at a flat rate of about 5% in the U.S. It had been at 5% since the records were first kept, beginning in the 1950's. Starting in 1980 there has been an increase every year, and we are now near 20%. So it appears that about 5% of kids will be overweight/obese and part of that is genetic. The rest is related to our lifestyle in this country. ...Read more
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
MIR CT Radiologist. Is it possible to get a USA based radiologist to read scans as trefused in UK .Important,so chldren get USA Treatemnt an genetics
Sure.: Radiologists can read scans from anywhere. The question is, cost, purpose, and ability to send quality films. Previous films are always helpful too. See if there is a radiologist on Healthtap Concierge. A neurologist can also review images of the brain and spine which it seems you have had. Check Healthtap Concierge for either kind of doctor. ...Read more
Usually genes: There is no exercise, special diet, or other such plan to increase the height of anyone.A healthy lifestyle with proper exercise, nutrition and sleep habits will assure that a kid reaches their genetic potential. Improper diet/lack of sleep/long term illness/ lack of exercise may all contribute to less than expected final height. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible that unacceptable behaviour in children such as cruelty to animals be due to genetic inheritance?
No statistical link: Most commonly, children who abuse animals have either witnessed or experienced physical abuse or sexual abuse themselves. Statistics show that 30 % of children who have witnessed domestic violence act out a similar type of violence against their pets. In fact, the link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence is well-known in US. No genetic link has been found. Professional help needed. ...Read more
Are there any rare genetic conditions that could occur if third cousins have children? Do any specifically effect the height of those children?
Low risk but some: We are all thought to carry a few defective recessive genes.This has no importance because a good gene does enough work to prevent symptoms.You are more likely to share the same defective recessive genes with those closest to you genetically.Brother/sister are the closest, 1st cousins less & 2nd cousins even less.When recessive genes pair up, metabolic diseases like PKU can show up. ...Read more
Family sarcoid: It is not likely that you would give your children sarcoid, however your inherited immune system may make it more likely. The statistics show about a 16%increase of sarcoid in family. Sarcoid has an unknown cause.Some ideas have been, bacteria in the environment-but scientists have not isolated it; or chemicals in the environment-more common on rural areas, fields/ farmers, health care, & teachers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Too broad a topic: There are books written on the topic.If there is a critical enzyme pathway in the body there is likely a defect somewhere in that pathway. State screening tests commonly look for > 25 different ones. ...Read more
Are there karyotyping like genetic level tests to confirm if a couple is compatible & will certainly have healthy children if they plan for pregnency?
Not really: There are no guarantees of compatibility or healthy children. The best thing to do is make sure that you and your partner are healthy and get early prenatal care if she becomes pregnant. If she intends to get pregnant, have her start taking a Folic Acid supplement (found in many vitamins) before she conceives. ...Read more
My sister died of a rare genetic disorder that I am a carrier for; should I be worried about having children?
Possible predisposed: Genetic predisposition is one of several contributing factors to gum disease. Bacteria ; poor oral hygiene are the major causes. Go to www.Perioprotect.Com to read about a proven non-surgical treatment system that significantly reduces bacteria in the gum pockets. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If you have a disorder that is controlled by a dominant gene, statistically half your offspring could get it. Babies don't always follow statistics, all your babies could get your dominant gene & the condition or none could & none get the condition.If you carry a recessive gene you would have no affected kids unless you had them with a carrier.Then, all or none could get it most would be carriers ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which kind?: There are multiple types of md. Many are hereditary, i see age related macular degeneration every day in my practice. What we know about it: many genes on many chromosomes involved - genetic component, but also environmental or epigenetic factors including antioxidant levels. So for amd, there appears to be a genetic component, in addition to other factors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What happens when a male with an x linked recessive genetic disorder has children with a female who does not carry the disease?
No disease, but...: The scenario you describe would result in a male infant being totally normal, while a female infant would be a carrier that would most likely be unaffected, given that the mutation is recessive. Depending on the actual disease, it is theoretically possible for the female infant to have mild symptoms, since one x chromosome in each cell gets randomly shut down (lyonization). ...Read more
Can hereditary rickets be prevented? My family has a genetic kidney disorder that causes rickets. Is it possible to take steps to prevent my children from getting rickets this way?
There : There are multiple kinds of kidney associated hereditary rickets that all have different patterns of inheritance. Many are "autosomal recessive" which means that the child must get an affected gene from each parent in order to have the disease. Some are x-linked which means that women carry the gene and men get the disease. The other type is "autosomal dominant" which means that you only need one gene to have the disease and that gene can come from either parent. The best thing to do is discuss your type of family rickets with your doctor. They may refer you to a genetic counselor to discuss the risk of your children in developing the disease. Prevention depends on what kind of rickets run in your family, your gender, whether you have the disease or are a carrier, and who the partner is with whom you want to have children. ...Read more