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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
Both: Clearly a combination of both. Research has proven that nature and nurture are both influences. Thus good role modeling and mentoring are always important. ...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 more
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
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 more
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
Genetic disorders: Use a search engine (google/bing/etc) to get list of support group (s) for the particular genetic disease you're searching. National, state, county medical societies may also be able to provide leads as may major health centers. ...Read more
My sister died of a rare genetic disorder that I am a carrier for; should I be worried about having children?
Depending: .. on the disorder, there are many considerations. The best place to start is to sit down with a good genetics counselor. Good luck! ...Read more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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
Genetic hearing loss: Yes, a genetic mutation in mitochondrial RNA has been shown to predispose individuals to hearing and balance problems when they receive amino glycoside antibiotics. This can happen even at low doses typically acknowledged to minimize the risk of toxicity. At high doses, however, amino glycosides can exhibit toxicity in the ear even in individuals without this mutation. ...Read more
Talesemia is genetic blood deasease, what the chances of my children to get talesemia if their mother is a carrier and I'm not?
Could be carriers: Carriers have one normal paired with one carrier (altered) gene. During the formation, there is 50% chance that either will make it into the egg. When paired with your normal gene at conception you have those two possibilities. So with every pregnancy, you have equal risk of producing a carrier child or one with normal genes. ...Read more
Do men who experience permanent decrease in blood flow to both testis due to past injury have a higher risk of having genetic defect children?
Can glutamate sensitivity be genetic? Both myself and my children have problems with foods all high in glutamates.. causing seizures, ADD, diarrhoea
However lots and lots of people can be allergic to it without even knowing!! Avoid MSG and read labels carefully. If eating at a restaurant call ahead to make sure if they use MSG in their kitchen. See link below
http://www. Msgtruth. Org/why. Htm ...Read more
I'm adopted and lately been worried since having children I don't know my medical family history, if im carrying any genetic cancers can I be gene tested?
Life is a journey: With a few exceptions, the family history of an adopted kid doesn't change the pattern of surveillance a physician will do in their lifetime. History is often not clear enough to rule in or out many issues. These gene tests can yield offer some a chance at early detection but are not 100% accurate. Your pcp or obgyn can likely set up some testing if this would ease your mind. ...Read more
In the future (10-20 yrs), what kind of genetic screening will be available to help parents know children’s liklihood of genetic/other disorders?
It already exists: There are genetic tests out there that look at different alleles and give you some probability as to whether you may develop certain conditions later in life. Whether this information is truly beneficial to the patient and whether you can modify risk knowing that information is all debatable. Now, if you are talking about an expecting parent and genetic conditions in newborn there is screening ...Read more
In august my baby pasted away from an genetic disorder if I had another child could it happen again I have 5 other living children 3 with different fathers nothing wrong with them then I have my last 3 by the same father which sad to say my little girl wa
Recommend evaluation: I am sorry for your loss. The risk of it happening again depends on what your child had, whether either parent could be a carrier. Sometimes risk is very low, close to zero% (if genetic condition happened in the baby for the first time), 25% if both parents carriers of a condition, or other risk depending on the condition. I would recommend formal genetic evaluation and counseling. ...Read more
Both my children were born with gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly called gerd. Is this genetic?
Reflux is universal: For a baby to burp (like you want) it refluxes air from the stomach. A wet burp is the same event with a little added. All babies reflux to some degree & their flat position to rest aggravates the process. Some babies become agitated after a while from the stomach acids that accompany the reflux events & improve with treatment. We don't label reflux a disease unless the kid has life altering sx. ...Read more
I was given a CT scan to check if I had appendicitis and given a contrast for it. Will the radiation cause genetic problems to my future children&eggs?
I wouldn't think so: The radiation of a single ct scan in unlikely to have significant effect on your reproductive health. All of us are exposed to gamma radiation from the sun every day & other lifetime exposures to alcohol, illness, environmental issues add up over time. Enough people have faced this issue without a cascade of new problems to say it is unlikely. ...Read more