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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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Miliaria (Definition)

A skin rash characterized by redness, little bumps, burning or itching, due to the trapping of leaked sweat underneath the skin surface because of blockage ...Read more


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What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

Depends on which : Factor. There are about a dozen clotting factors and any of those could be deficient. Some are serious others not so much. It is not feasible to provide specific suggestion from the information provided. ...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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Thyroid cancer and heredity? How much does heredity play a part in getting thyroid cancer? Is it different if the relative who had it is a cousin vs. A mother or an aunt? What about an identical twin?

Thyroid cancer and heredity? How much does heredity play a part in getting thyroid cancer? Is it different if the relative who had it is a cousin vs. A mother or an aunt? What about an identical twin?

A little bit: Authorities think about 5% of patients with thyroid cancer may have a hereditary component. We can't identify the genes yet, and go by "clusters. In general, the closer the relative, the more likely you will have thyroid cancer, assuming that this has an hereditary component. But most dont. ...Read more

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What is a type of anemia that is inherited by african- american, mediterranean, and southeast Asian people?

What is a type of anemia that is inherited by african- american, mediterranean, and southeast Asian people?

There are many....: These ethnic groups occupy the thalassemia belt, which is a geographic area that overlaps with areas endemic for malarial pathogens such as plasmodium falciparum and plasmodium vivax. Thalassemia and a host of hemoglobinopathies are thought to confer resistance to malaria. The downside to these protective mechanisms is that some willl inherit combinations that are pathologic. ...Read more

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What is the probability of aquiring HIV from a caucasian man to a caucasian woman?

What is the probability of aquiring HIV from a caucasian man to a caucasian woman?

Race is not a factor: One of the two individuals would need to be HIV + for there to be any possibility of infection. ...Read more

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What is a factor that has contributed to the global increase in obesity?

What is a factor that has contributed to the global increase in obesity?

Too many 2 count: Where to start? Convenience foods, fast foods, commercial advertising for soda etc... Decrease in the importance of sit down family dinners... Obesity is a multifactoral problem with many causes that we have yet to identify. Fixing the obesity epidemic is also going to have to be tackled from several different angles.. ...Read more

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Is there a bone disease that is more present in african americans?

Is there a bone disease that is more present in african americans?

No: Not that i know of. Sickle cell anemia which is more prevelant in african americans can cause a type i'd bone destruction. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic test in UK that can tell if a person is a poor metabolizer with Clopidogrel having two copies of each of the CYP2C19 gene.?

Is there a genetic test in UK that can tell if a person is a poor metabolizer with Clopidogrel having two copies of each of the CYP2C19 gene.?

Phenotype is the big: issue, not genotype, because we each live with the complex results of both genotype combined with all our complex internal controls, beyond the any gene or sets of genes alone. Since clopidgrel is a platelet suppressing, clot-slowing agent, best check clotting with & without whatever trial dosage. The best of the clotting tests is TEG, study: Thromboelastography, commonly used in hospitals. ...Read more

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Is it possible to acquire Androgenetic alopecia in case of no history of hair loss in the family?.

Is it possible to acquire Androgenetic alopecia in case of no history of hair loss in the family?.

Yes -- but...: I read your history. Please get over the idea that entertaining yourself had anything to do with your hair loss, and stop believing what people tell you about apple cider vinegar. You also know that all men lose their temple hair at your age. If you've got a lot of chest hair, you may be starting androgenic alopecia even at the age of 23. You need a relationship with a patient, wise physician. ...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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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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Anemia; is ethnicity a factor?

Sometimes: Anemia is sometimes much more likely is certain ethnicities. These anemias include sickle cell and thalassemia minor. ...Read more

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Are there any occupations that may predispose a person to a higher degree (than the general population is otherwise) of forming blood clots?

Are there any occupations that may predispose a person to a higher degree (than the general population is otherwise) of forming blood clots?

Yes: Job required prolong sitting (desk ) or standing (Traffic police, Military guard ) or extended travels (pilot, bus or truck driver) increases risk for blood clot especailly associated with other risk foactors such as smoking. Blood clots associated with prolonged sitting in front of a computercalled “seated immobility thromboembolism” or “e-thrombosis”. ...Read more

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How common is a diagnosis of thrombocytopenia in a young female?

How common is a diagnosis of thrombocytopenia in a young female?

Find the cause: It's not a common finding, but if you have it, it is 100%. Thrombocytopenia is something that should never be trifled with; if it gets worse it can cause bad bleeding. In a young woman especially, it can herald lupus. Medications, having one's period, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, allergy to quinine in a cocktail, and a variety of other processes can be the cause. ...Read more

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Found out there is also a risk of breast cancer in my family. Could a mastectomy be considered preventive medicine in my case?

Found out there is also a risk of breast cancer in my family. Could a mastectomy be considered preventive medicine in my case?

Not necessarily: You need to have a discussion with your doctor about all the details and may get a genetic test. Even after that it is not an easy call, but it is not an issue for this forum. ...Read more

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