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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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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

An infection caused by the parasite toxoplasma gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of ...Read more


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

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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 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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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 diabetes a major factor in kidney health?

Is diabetes a major factor in kidney health?

Absolutely!: It is the primary cause of most chronic kidney disease. ...Read more

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Is a woman with sc blood genotype a sickle cell carrier or patient. And what is the health implication of this especially during pregnancy?

Is a woman with sc blood genotype a sickle cell carrier or patient. And what is the health implication of this especially during pregnancy?

Hgb SC: Is a sickle cell syndrome but the genetics are different. A woman with HGB sc will pass either a HGB s gene, or a HGB c gene to her child. It is important to know what kind of HGB the father has-he should have a hemoglobin electrophoresis to find out how the child might be affected. Pregnancy complications are rare, but the baby can have a low weight, and rarely there are complications for the mom. ...Read more

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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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Is cancer in a persons DNA?

Is cancer in a persons DNA?

Predisposition: There are some cancers (i.e. certain breast cancers) that are associated with a strong genetic predisposition and some more related to environmental factors (i.e. lung cancer from smoking). Emerging research suggests that many of the genes that may predispose one to cancer can be modified through certain health-promoting behaviors, a field known as Epigenetics. ...Read more

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Is a certain population at a higher risk of inheriting angelman?

Is a certain population at a higher risk of inheriting angelman?

Not usually: On www.Angelman.Org there is an explanation of the ways in which the genetic errors that cause angelman syndrome can occur.In a very few cases, there is an alteration in mother's ub3a gene or a balanced translocation on her chromosome 15 that increases risk, but usually it's a new mutation. ...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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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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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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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 smoking a risk factor in becoming diabetic over a person's lifetime?

Is smoking a risk factor in becoming diabetic over a person's lifetime?

Yes: It does increase your risk, of diabetes, plus your risks of complications. Try to stop now, get help and support. ...Read more

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What is toxoplasmosis?

What is toxoplasmosis?

Rare infection: Toxoplasomosis is a rare infection that can cause problems if it occurs in pregnancy. The main source of toxoplasmosis in the United States is undercooked meat, not cats as everyone assumes. Outdoor cats that kill their own food may introduce toxoplasomosis into the home by passing the organism into their litter box. Indoor cats that consume food that is provided to them will not get toxo. ...Read more

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Is toxoplasmosis airborne?

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Sort of: The airborne transmission you are thinking of is if a pregnant woman changes the litter for an infected cat; the close proximity to the infected litter dust could lead to transmission. By far, the most likely transmission is from consumption of undercooked meat. ...Read more

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How common is toxoplasmosis?

Fairly: According to the CDC, about 60 million people in the US have this parasite in their body. Risk of getting sick increases in pregnancy or if immunity is low. People are exposed by eating undercooked vegetables or meat or from cat litter. ...Read more

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How can I get toxoplasmosis?

How can I get toxoplasmosis?

From a litter box: The parasite, toxoplasma is excreted in the stool of healthy appearing house cats. It can be acquired from a task as simple as changing a litter box without washing ones hands. ...Read more

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How is toxoplasmosis treated?

Medication: This condition can be treated with a few different medications. Key is confirming the diagnosis before embarking onto medications. This article may help answer your questions. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/ ...Read more

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Can toxoplasmosis be hard to get?

No: Just bad luck really, you can acquire it from undercooked pork, or from cat feces (more common with outdoor cats). ...Read more

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How do people catch toxoplasmosis?

Several ways: Cats are the definitive host for toxoplasmosis, that is, the sexual life cycle for the organism takes place in their intestines. The oocysts are then passed in the stool and become infectious to humans after a few days of maturing. Many people, however, acquire toxoplasmosis by eating undercooked meat that contain cysts in the tissues rather than from cat droppings. ...Read more

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Is toxoplasmosis testing complicated?

Is toxoplasmosis testing complicated?

Toxo testing: No. A blood test is performed. Serologic (igg and igm) blood testing is the most common initial diagnostic test for acute toxoplasmosis. ...Read more

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In what way can you get toxoplasmosis?

Cat feces: Litter boxes are the most obvious. Unfortunately, cats get around, so their feces are almost everywhere in soil. Cows can inadvertently eat cat feces when in pasture. You can get toxo from eating undercooked meat, drinking unpasteurized milk, or handling soil without gloves or washing hands. And, of course, from cleaning up after your cat. ...Read more

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Can my cat give my child toxoplasmosis?

Can my cat give my child toxoplasmosis?

Yes.: One can contract toxoplasmosis by consuming food or water contaminated with cat feces or by contaminated environmental samples (such as fecal-contaminated soil or changing the litter box of a pet cat). Children are particularly vulnerable because of poor hand hygiene. ...Read more

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Where can I find toxoplasmosis testing?

Where can I find toxoplasmosis testing?

Anywhere: It can be ordered by any doctorn and sent to any commercial laboratory. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis : The vast majority of adults with primary toxoplasma infection have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, patients often complain of fevers, chills, and sweats in association with prominent enlargement of lymph nodes in the neck. Blood testing is needed for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can I die from toxoplasmosis if I ignore it?

No,but in some cases: Depending where it is and on the state of your immune system. If it is in your brain, and have HIV then you are at risk for brain swelling and hernation. Otherwise, many people with an intact immune system get infected but are able to beat the infectio n down. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting toxoplasmosis?

.2-1% per year: The chance of a women getting Toxoplasmosis during Pregnancy in the USA is estimated to be between 0.2% and 1%. Risks are increased by new exposure to cat feces, gardening and certain meats. If you are a cat lover, chances are you already have it. Its only worrisome if you acquire it the first time during pregnancy or if you are immune suppressed from HIV or an organ transplant. Bests wishes! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of toxoplasmosis in baby?

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Often asymptomatic: 70-90% of infants infected in utero are asymptomatic in newborn period but develop visual impairment, learning disability, and mental retardation become apparent several months to years later. Symptomatic infants present with rash, enlarged liver, spleen, lymph nodes, and microcephaly or hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Are children more susceptible to toxoplasmosis?

Maturity helps: Yes, their brains are undergoing maturation especially during the first2-3 years of life thereby making them more susceptible. Alo they have not yet reached adult levels of immunity. Newborn babies are usually screened for toxo in most states because of their susceptibility. ...Read more

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What is toxoplasmosis and how can it be treated?

Parasite Infection: Infection with toxoplasma gondii can cause no symptoms or a range of problems; worse in those with weakened immune systems. The disease can affect the brain, lung, heart, eyes, or liver.If symptoms are present, t is treated with antibiotics and a medicine also used for malaria. If a baby is born with the infection, congenital changes occur so pregnant women are checked for this infection. ...Read more

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Can you contract toxoplasmosis from another human?

Can you contract toxoplasmosis from another human?

No: Transmission to humans ( & pregnant women) is only through exposure to kitty litter from litter boxes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of exposure to toxoplasmosis?

Many: Fever, rash, lymph swelling, or no symptoms. If pg or trying to get pg get a blood test to see if you have an active or old exposure! ...Read more

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What are the odds of a human getting toxoplasmosis?

Favorable: People can get toxoplasmosis but not many are at risk.No treatment is needed if there are no symptoms and many never knew they had and cleared infection. Those at risk: 1. Hiv/aids 2. On steroids or other immunosuppressant drugs 3. On chemotherapy 4. During pregnancy: avoid cat litter/ contaminated soil, undercooked meat. Cover kid's sand boxes, wash hands after cutting raw meat, screened if risk. ...Read more