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Hi m indian.If we all came from adam and eve(bible or evolution), did along the line our dna's got mutated and hence the different looks we have?

Hi m indian.If we all came from adam and eve(bible or evolution), did along the line our dna's got mutated and hence the different looks we have?

Yes: There are many great examples of traits that emerge with spontaneous mutations in our genes. Some provide benefit to us (thinking capacity) and some not (cystic fibrosis) some with some benefit to some and hurt to others. Sickle cell hemoglobin provides resistance to malaria in the carrier state (1/2 genes) but can be deadly if 2/2 genes are involved.Add these over 100's of thousands of generatins. ...Read more

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Can a new mole (located on my back) mean cancer?

Can a new mole (located on my back) mean cancer?

New mole : One can develop new moles as one ages. If a new mole has abnormal features such as asymmetry, irregular borders, different colors (especially brown/black), diameter bigger than a pencil head eraser, or evolving (itch, bleed, etc.) have it examined by a dermatologist . Melanoma is most commonly found on men on the back. This location, however, does not guarantee a mole is or is not cancerous. ...Read more

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Mosaicism, missing "y" in 15% of cells on amniocentesis at 15wks' & postnatal test. Male, now 16. What does this mean?Worried grandma.

Mosaicism, missing "y" in 15% of cells on amniocentesis at 15wks' & postnatal test. Male, now 16.  What does this mean?Worried grandma.

Sounds fine to me: I understand that junior was found to have 15% of cells missing y chromosomes and is now grown into a 16 year old teen with a couple of developmental issues that many other kids share. From my reading, there's no particular syndrome that you're likely to see with this constellation of findings, and everybody's best served by regarding junior as exactly what he is -- a wonderful boy. ...Read more

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Had 3 drs look at invisible lump, no biop. Decided its deep lipoma partly on spine. I found almost matching pair below ribs. Spot on back liposarcoma?

Had 3 drs look at invisible lump, no biop. Decided its deep lipoma partly on spine. I found almost matching pair below ribs. Spot on back liposarcoma?

Probably not: Most subcutaneous above muscle fascia tumors are lipomas. Common to have multiple lipomas at the same time. The lipoma is soft compared to liposarcoma which is firm. Soft fatty tumors under 10 cm. in size are for the most part benign. The growing lipoma which becomes firm is usually the Sa. In very large lipomas, one can find variations with lipoma and Sa mixed in the same growth. ...Read more

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I did a DNA PCR test for HSV & i got the result: -humanes herpesvirus-dna ((typ 7, pcr) (eb) : negative limit of detection:100 copies/ml.So i'm clean?

I did a DNA PCR test for HSV & i got the result: -humanes herpesvirus-dna ((typ 7, pcr) (eb) : negative limit of detection:100 copies/ml.So i'm clean?

Hsv-7 isn't detected: Your question will require some clarification since you stated being tested for herpes simplex virus, the result you describe tests for human herpesvirus type7, which cannot be detected by pcr testing below 100 copies per ml . Hhv-7 is not the same as hsv. Though theyboth belong to the same heresviridae family. ...Read more

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My rnp is1.6 (normal<1.0), u1rnp is >0.2, all ena- panel >0.2. My ebna:0.8, vca-igm:<0.2, ea-d:0, vca-igg:5. Can rnp rise from vca-igg:8.5(norm>1.0)?

My rnp is1.6 (normal<1.0), u1rnp is >0.2, all ena- panel >0.2. My ebna:0.8, vca-igm:<0.2, ea-d:0, vca-igg:5. Can rnp rise from  vca-igg:8.5(norm>1.0)?

Possibly: The epstein-barr virus (causes pos vca, ebna ab)is known for manipulating the immune system of infected people (nearly all adults have evidence of past infection).Acute infections, particularly with some viruses, can definitely cause a non-specific rise in autoantibodies like rnp & other antibodies that contribute to having a positive ana.This rise is not permanent and will likely normalize in time. ...Read more

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Wy does my Ana come back positive all the time? My mom has Lupus, ad two others in my family.Also, auto immune deficiency runs on my moms side.

Wy does my Ana come back positive all the time? My mom has Lupus, ad two others in my family.Also, auto immune deficiency runs on my moms side.

May be genetic: Relative of people with lupus can have a + ANA. This does not mean you will eventually get lupus yourself. You may never. You have a genetic risk factor and your physician will monitor you for lupus development ...Read more

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I got melanoma on my ear clark level 3. One year and 3 months no recurrance. What in particular to look out for?

I got melanoma on my ear clark level 3. One year and 3 months no recurrance. What in particular to look out for?

Recurrence: Usually a wide excision and clear margins on the pathology report are the things you want to see. Local recurrence can occur, and will show as new brown lesion sites forming in the incision line. ...Read more

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I have these white dots pin size on the side of my lip corner inside where the skin meets the lip corner, herpes hiv test neg after 3 month, wat r dey?

I have these white dots pin size on the side of my lip corner inside where the skin meets the lip corner, herpes hiv test neg after 3 month, wat r dey?

Fordyce Spots: Sounds like they could be Fordyce Spots. These are small white spots around the mouth or lips caused when sebum gets trapped in the glands. Not common to the lips but more easily seen there. They are completely benign and are of cosmetic concern only. If you are really bothered, they can be removed. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a beauty spot (mole) on my face my whole life, the last few years, it's become raised & changing around the border. See doc??

I have a beauty spot (mole) on my face my whole life, the last few years, it's become raised & changing around the border. See doc??

Changing skin spot: I would recommend seeing a plastic surgeon or dermatologist for a biopsy. Best to make sure it in not something serious like a skin cancer. Chances are it is not but its best to be safe when you are noticing changes ...Read more

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Brown spot on my nose, recently moved to the caribbean; been here for 3 months now and this spot showed up within about 3 hours of looking in mirror?

Brown spot on my nose, recently moved to the caribbean; been here for 3 months now and this spot showed up within about 3 hours of looking in mirror?

Brown spot on nose: Is color same thruout or mixed colors? R edges well defined or irregulat? How large is it? Is it elevated? Does it bleed? Does it have tiny blood vessels running thru it? May just be freckle or mole but should be checked to r/o serious skin lesions like melanoma. Protect self from sun: sunscreen (spf > 30) applied 15 min before sun exposure; reapply as needed; broad-brimmed hat; long sleeves/pants. ...Read more

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My rnp raised from 1.0 to 1.6 in 2.5yrs. U1-rnpis >0.2, ENA panel>0.2. No clinic sympt. Only capillaries on 1 cheek, now on the other and on nose? Ai?

My rnp raised from 1.0 to 1.6 in 2.5yrs. U1-rnpis >0.2, ENA panel>0.2. No clinic sympt. Only capillaries on 1 cheek, now on the other and on nose? Ai?

It means nothing: The rnp does not mean anything. It has no clinical significance at those levels. My advice is stop checking it. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on the "breast cancer gene test"?

What's your opinion on the "breast cancer gene test"?

BRAC Analysis: As many as 10-15% of breast cancers in the us are believed to be hereditary. These are linked to mutations of a particular group of genes called the brca genes. There is a simple blood test to check to see if someone has a brca mutation. I advise my interested patients to see a genetic counselor to fully understand the ramifications of this test before having it done. ...Read more