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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


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Is there a large genetic component to cerebrovascular disease?

Is there a large genetic component to cerebrovascular disease?

Not really: Though there are rare genetic stroke syndromes (eg cadasil), for the vast majority of strokes, risk factors with a strong genetic component (hypertension , diabetes, high cholesterol) are the much bigger contributors to strokes and heart attacks often running in families (getting these diseases increases risk of stroke). ...Read more

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Does gallbladder disease have a genetic component?

Does gallbladder disease have a genetic component?

Yes: Classically this was demonstrated in the pima indian population, but it is common to have a familial trend in non-native americans as well. ...Read more

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Does Parkinson's disease have a genetic component?

Does Parkinson's disease have a genetic component?

Yes!!: Current thought says many factors are involved. Pd is more common in areas with high agricultural chemical use & in those working with heavy metals or toxic chemicals. We also know that genetics are involved with several identified mutations causing higher susceptibility & rare families with dominantly inherited pd. I believe the key & cure of pd will be found using genetic breakthroughs. ...Read more

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Is there a large genetic component to coronary vascular (artery) disease?

Is there a large genetic component to coronary vascular (artery) disease?

Yes, but: The genetic component is not modifiable (yet) so we focus on what can alter the outcome despite the genes: avoidance of smoking, blood pressure control, lipid control, weight control and exercise. ...Read more

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What is the genetic component to autoimmune disease? I know someone with 6 people in their family with them...& all are neurological..Ms..Cidp...Etc.

What is the genetic component to autoimmune disease? I know someone with 6 people in their family with them...& all are neurological..Ms..Cidp...Etc.

Multiple sclerosis : Good question. Many autoimmune disorders have a prominent genetic predisposition with variable degree of inheritance. We believe most of those conditions require a dual trigger: one being the genetic predisposition and the other some type of environmental trigger (viral infection) that starts the immunological reaction. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic component to leukemia?

Is there a genetic component to leukemia?

There can be: But not in the sense that it is inherited within family members. An example is those individuals affected by down's syndrome have an abnormal chromosome and acute leukemia has a higher incidence in this population. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic component involved in HELLP syndrome?

Is there a genetic component involved in HELLP syndrome?

Unknown: Good question. The underlying cause of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome is one of the great unanswered questions in obstetrics. Hopefully one day we will know the answer and find a way to predict and prevent it ...Read more

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Is there a genetic component to diverticulitis? Is it hereditary?

Is there a genetic component to diverticulitis? Is it hereditary?

Probably: Diverticula of the colon are very common, and will be found in individuals with low risk factors for the disease suggesting that they are genetically predisposed to the disease. ...Read more

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Genetic Linkage (Definition)

Genetic linkage is the tendency of genes that are located proximal to each other on a chromosome to be inherited together during meiosis. Genes whose loci are nearer to each other are less likely to be separated onto different chromatids during chromosomal crossover, and are therefore said ...Read more