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Is alcoholism a genetic disorder?

Is alcoholism a genetic disorder?

Very often yes: Alcoholism does have a very strong genetic component, there is much research to indicate that many alcoholics brains are different than non, even before their first drink, however the degree of genetic influence would very between persons. The environment or life circumstances however are also part of the disease's expression. It is usually a combo of nature and nurture. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Genetic Disease (Definition)

A genetic disease is a disease that is caused by a defect in the genetic (dna) material in a gene(s). It can be inherited and mosy pose a risk to other family members and/or to future children. For many genetic diseases there are molecular tests that allow detection of a change(s) called mutations, we can also detect deltions or other changes to the gene's dna that can also result ...Read more


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Is bipolarity a genetic disorder?

Is bipolarity a genetic disorder?

Yes: Bipolarity is very strongly related to genetic inheritance. How it affects your life (the balance of good and bad effects of mood variation) may depend on your growing up experiences. But whether or not you have bipolar mood variation is almost all due to genes. ...Read more

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Is sanflippo syndrome a genetic disorder?

Is sanflippo syndrome a genetic disorder?

Yes it is: Sanfilippo syndrome (mucopolysaccharidosis type iii) is a genetic condition. It is inherited in an autosomal recessive way. It means that both copies of the gene of a patient have a mutation (we have 2 copies of each gene, one from each parent). Parents of a patient each carry one copy of the mutated gene, and another healthy copy so they typically do not show signs and symptoms of the condition. ...Read more

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What is a genetic disorder?

What is a genetic disorder?

Chromosomes abn.: A genetic disorder is an abnormality in the genetic makeup of an individual, abn expression of chromosomes, (your internal blueprint). This may have been inherited from parents, or a result of a spontaneous change in genes. Epogenetics is the expression of your genes and can be influenced by environment and nutrition. So it doesn't always have to "run in the family". ...Read more

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Genetic disorder hht?

Genetic disorder hht?

HHT is genetic: Hht also known as hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia is a genetic condition that causes differences in how blood vessels are formed causing so-called arteriovenous malformations (avms) which on skin are called teleangiectasias, thus name of condition. Currently three genes are known to cause it. Nih site has good info: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the most common genetic disorder?

Can you tell me about the most common genetic disorder?

Thalassemias: Alpha and beta thalassemias are estimated to be the most common genetic conditions. Who has a nice article and list of common genetic conditions in the world, here link for your convenience: http://www.Who.Int/genomics/public/geneticdiseases/en/index2.Html. ...Read more

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What is the genetic disorder 22q deletion?

What is the genetic disorder 22q deletion?

22q11 deletion: 22q deletion could be any deletion on chromosome #22, in the q arm of chromosome. Each chromosome has a short (p) and a long (q) arm. On both arms many areas that can be deleted. The most common is the 22q11 deletion syndrome which is variable ranging from perhaps mild learning difference to congenital heart defect, immunodeficiency, or hypocalcemia (low blood calcium). Many genes are involved. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the most common genetic disorder?

Could you tell me what is the most common genetic disorder?

Thalassemias: Alpha and beta thalassemias are estimated to be the most common genetic conditions. Who has a nice article and list of common genetic conditions in the world, here link for your convenience: http://www.Who.Int/genomics/public/geneticdiseases/en/index2.Html. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person has a specific genetic disorder, is every other person on earth that has that same genetic disease related to that person?

Can you tell me if a person has a specific genetic disorder, is every other person on earth that has that same genetic disease related to that person?

Generally no: While we all share genes with our ancestors, many genetic diseases arise spontaneously in different populations. Mutations happen all the time in our germ line. If it hits a gene that has an important function it causes a disease. Some genes, or areas of genes are more predisposed to spontaneous mutations (e.g. Due to their large size). This a way same mutation can occur in different populations. ...Read more

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What is the genetic disorder whose effects are not expressed until adulthood is:?

Many: There are many genetic disorders that don't become apparent until adulthood. Arguably more of these are dominant singel gene disorders. Please provide more details of the nature of the genetic condition. ...Read more

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


Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Visibly, it is continuing to drink in ways that are "out of control" despite negative consequences.It is a metabolic disorder where alcohol is not processed normally. Over time tolerance develops, (it takes more to get the desired effect). In later stages there are often withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, esp. ...Read more