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Doctor insights on: Is Ethnicity A Factor In Sunburn

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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure that represents the body's reaction to the tissue damage resulting ...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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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 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 vitamin E thought to play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease?

Is vitamin E thought to play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease?

Antioxidant: Vitamin e is an antioxidant. Ldl cholesterol is much more harmful when it is oxidized & vit e prevents this from happening. There are very impressive research studies showing the benefits of vit e preventing heart disease- see http://www.Healthy.Net/scr/article.Aspx?Id=557 it is crucial to take only natural e with mixed tocopherols.Studies on synthetic e (dl-alpha tocpherol) suggest it's harmful! ...Read more

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Is ibuprofen a factor in swollen eyes?

Is ibuprofen a factor in swollen eyes?

Swollen eyes: Ibufrofen can cause swelling around the eyes if you are allergic to it, but this is a pretty vague question as you are not providing more details on the eye swelling. Can you eleborate? Does it only happen when you take it? ...Read more

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What is Heat stroke a risk factor for?

What is Heat stroke a risk factor for?

Heat Stroke!: Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. If you suspect that someone has heat stroke -- also known as sunstroke -- call an ambulance immediately and give first aid until paramedics arrive. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heat-stroke-symptoms-and-treatment#1 ...Read more

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What is the avg minimum length of sun exposure to induce melanogenesis in a fair-skinned person assuming it is noon, no clouds, no sunscreen?

What is the avg minimum length of sun exposure to induce melanogenesis in a fair-skinned person assuming it is noon, no clouds, no sunscreen?

Minutes : It would take only minutes. You should know this is a risky endeavor, however! Putting such a person in direct noon time sun will also result quickly in a sunburn, which will increase cancer risk! Unfortunately you can't get the melanogenesis without the risk! What are the goals of this project? To induce a tan? Hope this helps! ...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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How common is melanoma in a male age 27?

How common is melanoma in a male age 27?

Why do you ask?: Not common. But the most common cancer death among young men. If a concern, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is Dry skin a risk factor for?

What is Dry skin a risk factor for?

Chapped Lips: You may think of chapped lips as something that only happens in the winter. But the truth is, unless you take special care, your lips can get dry, sore, and scaly any time of year. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/why-your-lips-are-chapped#1 ...Read more

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How common is bone cancer on a foot in a 23yo female?

How common is bone cancer on a foot in a 23yo female?

It's rare: Of the many different types of cancer bone cancer is one of the more were types. Usually bone cancer is is the spread of cancer that started another place. Cancer that originates in somebody's bones is rare. It is very to have bone cancer in the foot of someone who is in her 20s ...Read more

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Is Lpa a significant risk factor for heart disease or is LDL the most important. ?

Is Lpa a significant risk factor for heart disease or is LDL the most important. ?

Being worked out: Lp(a) is quite elevated is an independent risk factor that seems to be almost entirely hereditary, and may be managed with a different medication regimen. For the vast majority of us, LDL cholesterol is key, and it's always against the background of other risks. Avoid smoking, stay physically fit and trim, and hope for many years of good health. ...Read more

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Is being an african-american a risk factor for rickets?

Is being an african-american a risk factor for rickets?

Yes: Dark skinned individuals need more sunlight exposure compared to light skinned ones. ...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