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Doctor insights on: Is Ethnicity A Factor In Erythema Toxicum

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What causes a BRAF mutation in melanoma patients? Is it UV or is it family genetics?

What causes a BRAF mutation in melanoma patients?  Is it UV or is it family genetics?

Probably both: UV radiation and family genetics probably both play a role in BRAF genetics. To lower your risk of developing melanoma, it is best to limit your exposure to UV radiation and to know your family history. If your family history increases your risk, you should see your dermatologist a few times a year for skin cancer screening. Melanoma that is caught early is highly treatable. ...Read more

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Newborn Rash (Definition)

Erythema toxicum is a common, harmless rash among newborns consisting of red areas of ...Read more


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Is systemic lupus erythematosus a kind of cancer disease, and is it fatal?

Is systemic lupus erythematosus a kind of cancer disease, and is it fatal?

Not a cancer: Sle is an autoimmune disease that can affects multiple organ including kidney, brain, joints, skin, blood, eyes etc. It is not cancer. Yes, it can be very debilitating and lethal if not treated properly. You need to see a rheumatologist and discuss in detail with your md. ...Read more

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Is the prevalence of a given genetic disease revealed by a census?

Is the prevalence of a given genetic disease revealed by a census?

Not specifically: The last time i filled out my form there was no such personal medical information collected. Most prevalence data are generated by such things as newborn screening programs and reported cases within a given population. Since the number of births within a given population is collected, researchers compare the number treated with the number born to get a prevalence. These are estimates. ...Read more

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How common is a positive ANA in scleroderma?

How common is a positive ANA in scleroderma?

Common: Ther are some special ANA patterns that are seen depending on what type of scleroderma you have. People with limited scleroderma can have an anti-centromere pattern. People with diffuse scleroderma can have an anti- nucleolar pattern and can also have certain autoantibodies such as scl-70. If you have a scleroderma overlap syndrome you may have other patterns depending on the overlap. ...Read more

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How common is an ANA 1:640 in centromere pattern? Is it common to have vascular symptoms of raynauds, digital ischemia and stenosis in toes and exercise-induced pH w/o developing skin thickening?

How common is an ANA 1:640 in centromere pattern?  Is it common to have vascular symptoms of raynauds, digital  ischemia and stenosis in toes and exercise-induced pH w/o developing skin thickening?

Somewhat: ANA in titers of 1:160 occur in up to 10 % of the population as does raynaud's, especially in smokers. However, digital ischemia is less common and more concerning as is the ph. You should definitely see a doctor for these if you are not already doing so. ...Read more

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What type of disorder is geographic tongue? Autoimmune? Inflammatory? Is it psoarisis? Is it a hypersensitive immune response?

What type of disorder is geographic tongue? Autoimmune? Inflammatory? Is it psoarisis? Is it a hypersensitive immune response?

Geographic tongue: Also knows as benign migratory glossitis, is as the name suggests a moving lesion. There is some correlation that suggests hat it is often commonly seen in patients with autoimmune conditions though i don't believe that is is directly related. It is a kind of psoriasis of the tongue. There is a lot of information available on the internet about it if you would like to know more. Hope this help. ...Read more

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Is a jo-1 antibody is common in fibromyalgia?

Is a  jo-1 antibody is common in fibromyalgia?

No: The jo-1 antibody can be associated with a form of polymyositis which is an autoimmune inflammatory muscle disease. Fibromyalgia is a very painful condition in which muscles, ligaments, and tendons are highly sensitive and can hurt but the condition is neither autoimmune nor inflammatory. ...Read more

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What group of people does atopic eczema affect the most? Is there a geographic area that is worst?

What group of people does atopic eczema affect the most?  Is there a geographic area that is worst?

Eczema: Eczema or atopic dermatitis affects up to 17% of the pediatric population in the United States, with increasing prevalence over the past several decades. Studies in japan and northern europe have found similar prevalence, with industrialized and westernized nations noting increasing trends of patients with atopic dermatitis. ...Read more

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What is a pathogenic disease with the exact same characteristics/symptons of a genetic disorder?

More info: Pathogenic is a medical worse for disease causing. Genetic disorders cause disease processes that can be considered pathogenic. More information is needed for me to help you. ...Read more

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What is rosacea? Is it related to lupus or a symptom of lupus?

No: Rosacea is not a part of lupus erythematosus. It is a poorly understood skin disorder that affects 16 million Americans. Try www.rosacea.org for more information on the disease and possible causes and treatment. ...Read more

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If someone follows a regimen to avoid the onset of a certain disease but still develops it, is that indicative of a genetic predisposition?

If someone follows a regimen to avoid the onset of a certain disease but still develops it, is that indicative of a genetic predisposition?

Yes: Almost every medical condition has a genetic basis. Family history of disease predicts genetic predisposition & increases one's risk however the road to development of a disease is much more complicated. We know that predisposition is influenced by multi-factorial elements eg. environment, diet, viral triggers, & more. Some diseases appear by spontaneous gene mutation showing no familial trail. ...Read more

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Is vitiligo a disease that is hereditary?

Is vitiligo a disease that is hereditary?

No : Vitiligo is due to depigmentation of the skin. It is not hereditary but ... It is often associated with autoimmune disorders and many people with vitiligo also have a corresponding autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders do have a genetic basis. Also, vitiligo as part of a group of symptoms is often associated with inherited genetic syndromes. In most cases it is not genetically inherited. ...Read more

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Is there a name for the sort of anemia that is hereditary, causing gray hair as well?

Is there a name for the sort of anemia that is hereditary, causing gray hair as well?

DKC1: The most famous of these is dyskeratosis congenita, in which the cells of the body that must constantly renew themselves eventually fail. Thankfully, it is quite uncommon. Ordinary pernicious anemia (which should not be missed) can make the hair go gray early. ...Read more

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The hereditary version of cjd, is it a single-gene disorder or something else?

The hereditary version of cjd, is it a single-gene disorder or something else?

Terminology: Check out www.Cjdsurveillance.Com for information on this subject. ...Read more

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Skin Redness (Definition)

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Blister Rash (Definition)

Blister- elevated skin lesion, filled ...Read more