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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 anorexia something that is hereditary, can I pass it on to my children?

Is anorexia something that is hereditary, can I pass it on to my children?

Genetic Influence: There are possible genetic risk factors involved with anorexia, but genetics do not explain the whole picture. It is by no means guaranteed that your children would have anorexia because of your own experience. ...Read more

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I and my fiancé both have genotype as.Its really sad but is there any medication that can change the genotype or is there a way to avoid ss babies?

I and my fiancé both have genotype as.Its really sad but is there any medication that can change the genotype or is there a way to avoid  ss babies?

IVF: There is no medication to alter the genotype. The only way to avoid having a baby with hemoglobin ss would be in vitro fertilization with preimplantation dna testing. Costly process. ...Read more

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Is there a disease, virus, or environmental factor that can cause a child to be born with no legs? I was curious because a friend of mine does not have legs. With the way he speaks it doesn't seem as though he lost them in an accident. I was curious if a

Is there a disease, virus, or environmental factor that can cause a child to be born with no legs? I was curious because a friend of mine does not have legs. With the way he speaks it doesn't seem as though he lost them in an accident. I was curious if a

1 : 1 in 2000 children are born with a limb deformity ranging from a missing part of a finger to missing entire arms and legs. Most of the time, the cause is unknown. Sometimes it can be caused by a genetic defect, chemical or drug exposure in the first trimester (such as thalidomide or agent orange in the 1960's and 1970's), or amniotic band syndrome. I don't know of any specific syndromes that tie in with his other health ailments. ...Read more

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Why are some people born with brain aneurysms? Is it passed down from a family membe who had a rupture? Is it due to other conditions? Pls elaborate

Why are some people born with brain aneurysms? Is it passed down from a family membe who had a rupture? Is it due to other conditions? Pls elaborate

Explanation : This vascular abnormality usually random, rare it could be through the family members through different generation. Other vascular problems can be among the family tree. But this is not somebody's fault. Not contagious. ...Read more

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I saw that cerebal palsy was linked to genetic abnormalities. Will that change the way my child is treated?

I saw that cerebal palsy was linked to genetic abnormalities. Will that change the way my child is treated?

No: It should not change the way she is treated. If there is a genetic link there may be information that allows anticipation of problems and may help head off problems, but it should not impact her treatment in any negative way. ...Read more

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Mom hbc1a is 11 we are trying to control it but the problem that it is ranging in high qualities from2years but what to do with the risk she is in now?

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Mom hbc1a is 11 we are trying to control it but the problem that it is ranging in high qualities from2years but what to do with the risk she is in now?

Diabetes: In States, we typically aim for HbA1c less than 7 in younger adults compared to less than 8 in older adults. Being too aggressive in lowering sugar can lead to hypoglycemic complications in short term. But poor sugar control can increase risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney failure & amputations in long run. Chat w/diabetes educator & nutritionist 1st. Learn what (not) to eat. Maybe then drugs. ...Read more

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Is there a type of mosaic Down syndrome that doesn't require the mutation to come from either parent to have a downs child?

Is there a type of mosaic Down syndrome that doesn't require the mutation to come from either parent to have a downs child?

Yes: A mosaic down syndrome child can come from a normal egg and normal sperm, produced by normal parents. The fertilized egg would start out normal with 46 chromosomes. It can divide into 2 normal cells, which themselves divide again. If on one of the early divisions, one cell ends up with an extra #21 chromosome and survives to continue dividing, the child will be mosaic with some trisomy 21 cells. ...Read more

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About IVF treatment i want to know that in this system how it is possible to born the child without his/her parents sperm/egg?

About IVF treatment i want to know that in this system how it is possible to born the child without his/her parents sperm/egg?

Not how it works: A baby can not be born without an egg and a sperm. With ivf the egg is removed from the ovary. Then it is mixed with the sperm from the father. Fertilization then occurs. Then the fertilized egg is implanted back into the uterus. In some cases using an egg or sperm from a third party donor is needed but in any case 1 sperm and 1 egg are needed for fertilization. ...Read more

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What causes one to develop autism? Is it something the child is born with? Is their anything a pregnant woman can do to help prevent this?

What causes one to develop autism? Is it something the child is born with? Is their anything a pregnant woman can do to help prevent this?

Mostly genetic: The strongest evidence is that genes comprise a much bigger part of the pie influencing this outcome. There is a variety of evidence that only weakly finds the environment causal e.g. diet and vaccines. But of course, being selective about wholesome foods and lifestyle preferences e.g. exercise, being aware of medications that are safe during pregnancy, and for the baby later on is top job. ...Read more

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My five-year-old son is going through a work up to find a hemoglobin disorder. They think it is hereditary spherocytosis. Is this fatal or dangerous??

My five-year-old son is going through a work up to find a hemoglobin disorder. They think it is hereditary spherocytosis. Is this fatal or dangerous??

Mgt: It is a inherited disorder, and there are treatments available. This is one link for information: https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/hereditary-spherocytosis#diagnosis ...Read more

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If my partner(man) has congenital heart disease with the vessel, is there any way to get pregnant with help of genetic doctor to have a healthy baby?

If my partner(man) has congenital heart disease with the vessel, is there any way to get pregnant with help of genetic doctor to have a healthy baby?

Genetics of heart: Many male patients with congenital heart disease have fathered healthy children. Depending on the father's disorder there may or may not be a somewhat increased chance of transmitting a genetic condition. This could be addressed by a cardiovascular genetic medical doctor. More details would be needed to give you a specific answer. ...Read more

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When a child is born with extra chromosomes is that a genetic trait from the father side or the mother side? Or can it go both ways?

When a child is born with extra chromosomes is that a genetic trait from the father side or the mother side? Or can it go both ways?

Both but not a trait: During formation of either egg or sperm (gametes), the chromosome (c) pairs that make up the normal cell separate & each gamete is supposed to have 1/2 of a pair. If any pair does not separate, three rather than a pair of that c be in the embryo. Having an extra c in every cell of the fetus confuses development.Miscarriage or birth defects often occur.This is not a trait but an error in whole cms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my aunt has cancer, then is there a low/medium/high chance that my dad, and then i, may also have inherited the genes?

Can you tell me if my aunt has cancer, then is there a low/medium/high chance that my dad, and then i, may also have inherited the genes?

No can do: What cancer did she have? How old when she had it? Anyone else with cancer? How many members in the family? How many males versus females? Good question but i suggest you discuss it with your doc and see if you need to see a specialist in cancer risk assessment. ...Read more

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If alzheimer's disease runs in my family, is there a test I can have done to see if I will develop it in the future?

Yes: If several have alzheimer, particularly at early ages, then you may want to consider gene (dna) testing. Enter omim in browswer, search on alzheimer, look at alz-1, 2, and 3 entries for genes involved. On right of entry hit link to genetests that shows labs doing testing. I strongly recommend seeing a clinical geneticist or neurologist to discuss the value and burden of testing. ...Read more

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Is rds hereditary, is there a test I can have to make sure my next child doesn't have the same problem?

Is rds hereditary, is there a test I can have to make sure my next child doesn't have the same problem?

Can happen to all: Typical rds results when a baby is born before the lung has finished developing and can happen to any baby born prematurely. Like having a new house without painted walls, premi's have lung tissue without a chemical on the walls to help aerate the lungs. Some factors like stress increaselung maturity while diabetes in mom can slow it. Your best prevention is to keep healthy & deliver on time. ...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