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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. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...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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Is microcephaly a genetic disease?

Is microcephaly a genetic disease?

It can be: Primary microcephaly is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder. Microcephaly is also a feature of other genetic disorders with multiple features. Microcephaly however is not always a genetic condition. A clinical geneticist or neurologist will be able to perform evaluations to determine the cause of the microcephaly. ...Read more

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Which type of genetic disorder is this?

Please clarify.: What kind of genetic disorder is what? Please clarify & re-ask this question. ...Read more

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Is turners syndrome a genetic disorder?

Is turners syndrome a genetic disorder?

Yes: Most females are born with 2 x chromosomes. Ts is a disorder resulting from missing one x chromosome or some part of it in the cells of the body. It is a disorder exclusive to females. Those with ts are born with it. Manifestations vary depending on the genetics. Small stature is one feature most girls have in common with each other. ...Read more

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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 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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Han viruses be used to cure genetic disease?

Han viruses be used to cure genetic disease?

Engineering: Viruses can be modified so as not to cause disease. Genes can be inserted in the viruses and the modified virus used as a cargo ship to deliver a specific gene to a cell to cure genetic diseases. This is the principle of gene therapy. ...Read more

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What level of genetic disorder is colorblindness?

What level of genetic disorder is colorblindness?

Red green: Typically red-green color blindness is an x-linked single gene disorder affecting ~8% of the male population. ...Read more

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Is dystonia a genetic disorder? 

Is dystonia a genetic disorder? 

Not always: Not always. While there are hereditary forms, it can also be caused by trauma, infections and more commonly, by some medications. ...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


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