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Can mutations in certain grandparents cause Asperger syndrome in grandchildren?

Can mutations in certain grandparents cause Asperger syndrome in grandchildren?

Possible: Certainly there are genetic tendencies, but they are not commercially available to test. And even if there is a family history there is no way to know for sure that that gene trait will be passed. Some genetic abnormalities are spontaneous mutations. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Obesity In Children (Definition)

Body mass index (bmi), expressed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m2), is commonly used to classify obesity among adults, and is also recommended for children. Bmi-for-age-growth charts for the United States are used to plot percentile. Children with bmi values at or above the 95th percentile are considered obese by this definition. Talk to ...Read more


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Do people usually abort due to major genetic disorders identified in the unborn child?

Do people usually abort due to major genetic disorders identified in the unborn child?

Genetica: This is certainly a dilemma faced by prospective parents every day. Those decisions are based on religious beliefs, what the genetic abnormality is and what the long and short term prognosis is. When one gets this kind of diagnosis a consultation with a certified genetics counselor is always recommended so that an educated decision can be made. ...Read more

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Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

No: There is no association between older parents and learning disabilities. Although, older mom's are more likely to have babies with down syndrome. And, there is emerging evidence that older fathers maybe at risk to have children with autism. Both of which, may have learning problems. ...Read more

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Can neglecting type 1 diabetes for 1-2 years result in the development mental illness?

Can neglecting type 1 diabetes for 1-2 years result in the development mental illness?

MI No; Dementia, Yes: Since diabetes mellitus (elevated glucose) diffusely degrades a huge number of complex body functions, including greatly accelerating atherosclerosis, it degrades brain function in many subtle ways, over time in far more blatant ways (e.g. Stroke), thus increases dementia. Mental illness: thoughts, ideas, behaviors which are destructive to self and others, a different issue, remains more complex. ...Read more

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Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

No, but: There are no studies that associate the development of schizophrenia to early child abuse. While the causes of schizophrenia are unclear, some evidence supports a genetic link, a link to chronic and early marijuana use, and effects from a fetus being exposed to certain viruses. However, childhood abuse can lead to symptoms that may look like schizophrenia, including hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can polycythemia in a child cause mental illness in the future?

Can polycythemia in a child cause mental illness in the future?

Possible but rare: Polycythemia, which mostly is an increase in red blood cells but can affect other blood cell lines as well, has multiple complications, mostly physical. There are rare reports almost always in adults of acute onset of psychiatric disorders such as psychosis or depression. This could be secondary to strokes, which can occur because the blood is "too thick.". ...Read more

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Do older mothers somehow lead to or cause learning disorders in child?

Do older mothers somehow lead to or cause learning disorders in child?

Not likely: I am not aware of specific research. Personal experience as a pediatrician, father of four, and husband of a wife who was very involved in mops and other mother-child groups for many years, leads me to think older moms may be able to better recognize learning differences and to work with them, than younger or less experienced mothers. ...Read more

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Can long term trauma in childhood cause apathy in adulthood?

Can long term trauma in childhood cause apathy in adulthood?

It may be depression: Apathy can be a symptom of depression, which childhood trauma can, for sure, cause. Depending on the trauma, duration and age when it was inflicted, it generates many toxic emotions hidden in the deep recesses of the unconscious. It ends up affecting many, sometimes unexpected, aspects of one's life. Best advice, talk to a psychotherapist asap. If this is depression, to a psychiatrist too. ...Read more

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Can extreme shyness and a fear of people, in a young child, lead to early mental illness?

Can extreme shyness and a fear of people, in a young child, lead to early mental illness?

Not necessarily: But it is important to seek help.A behavioral therapist could be very helpful in helping your child overcome these issues.Uncorrected yes, they could lead to mental illness. ...Read more

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How can obesity in children be prevented?

How can obesity in children be prevented?

Healthy lifestyle: It isn't easy because of all the junk food and minimization of physical activity relative to screen time. However, keeping kids active and instilling in them healthy eating by example is the best way to go. Emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle by example and your kids will do better. ...Read more

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What are the biological contributors to childhood obesity?

What are the biological contributors to childhood obesity?

Genes, diet exercise: A complex question. Kids can inherit a predisposition to obesity from one or both parents, but whether they actually become obese depends a lot on their caloric intake (especially if they consume lots of high sugar foods and drinks) and how much energy they expend on exercise. Newer research also suggests that the bacteria in your gut may have an important effect on how easily some people gain ...Read more

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Can stress cause a reading disorder in young adults?

Can stress cause a reading disorder in young adults?

Stress & Reading: A reading disorder is categorically a specific deficit that would exist even without stress. However, high levels of stress interfere with concentration and can, therefore, affect reading (which requires paying attention). Lower, or eliminate the stress and your usual reading level should return. ...Read more

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Read online reports that rare genetic disorders can cause noticable growth spurts in 40YO adults w/no other physical changes. What are those disorders?

Read online reports that rare genetic disorders can cause noticable growth spurts in 40YO adults w/no other physical changes. What are those disorders?

Growth spurts: It would be quite unusual for a 40 year old man to have growth spurts. That does not mean he has no problems and he must see his Primary doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Genetic disorders that can cause a person's intelligence to become underdeveloped?

Genetic disorders that can cause a person's intelligence to become underdeveloped?

Lots!: Generally, if you have fewer or more genes or chromosomes than you're supposed to have, intelligence may well be affected. Other genetic/metabolic diseases can damage the brain because of the toxic build up of by products from dysfunctional metabolism which the body may have difficulty disposing of. ...Read more

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Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc) during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?

Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc)  during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?

Speaking as a: psychologist, the liklihood of onset depression goes up during the teen years if there is trauma or loss during the critical window of age 2 to 4. This is because of a developmental stage--constancy--that is interrupted, and then re-visited during the teen years, when it is again interrupted through individuation. Physical illnesses can accompany this, but consult an MD for more specific info. ...Read more

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What are some fatal genetic disorders that can cause death in early adulthood?

What are some fatal genetic disorders that can cause death in early adulthood?

Homework project?: Timing death's unpredictable. Duchenne's, xeroderma pigmentosm, ehlers-danlos iv, tuberous sclerosis, mild recessive polycystic kidney, canavan's, many sicklers, krabbe's & other leukodystrophies, moderate gaucher's, hunter's, hurler's, ataxia-telangiectasia & other cerebellar degenerations, bloom's; very-common schizophrenia kills indirectly (suicide, accidents) and has a strong genetic component. ...Read more

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Why can family caregiving cause stress in older children?

Why can family caregiving cause stress in older children?

Attention: I understand your question to be caring for a parent with your own children at home. It seems that children may feel ignored at times. ...Read more

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Why does incest lead to mental problems in children?

Why does incest lead to mental problems in children?

Trust: The pivotal pillar of healthy emotional growth is the ability to form trust relationships.The prime example is the mother/child bond which in healthy relationships survives past the mothers death.Secondary trust relationships extend to dad & primary caregivers or siblings. When a cultures taboos are violated by those within the trust circle, it is unlikely that trust can ever be reclaimed. ...Read more

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Can grandparents carry a mutation to cause Asperger syndrome in grandchildren, skipping a generation?

Can grandparents carry a mutation to cause Asperger syndrome in grandchildren, skipping a generation?

Not that simple: For the most part what are inherited are genes coding for (snp)single nucleotide polymorphisims-different forms of enzymes that do not digest certain proteins. It is possible to be the contributor of (at most 1/4 total)genes that might contribute to certain symptom patterns. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

A condition in which a person has too much body fat, with a BMI greater than 30. This indicates the person is not in in good health. It is not the same as being overweight because weight can come from other things like muscle, bone, ...Read more