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Is a family medical history important? 

Is a family medical history important? 

VERY VERY IMPORTANT: Dear bgonzalez, i feel that family history is at least 50% of a patient's evaluation. I still believe that family genetics is greater than 50%, perhaps 70% of my focus on a patients's potentially preventable disease. If there is breast cancer in the family at an early age-more attention to early diagnostic testing is appropriate. Myriad now has certain tests available. See their website, . ...Read more

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Why di I need a family medical history?

Why di I need a family medical history?

DNA+: You are a genetic product of two lines of genetics. Some diseases exhibit themselves probably when exposed to certain "carcinogens" in our everyday environment. We really don't know what does turn certain cancers on, in some ways our own body kills off cancer cells regularly, sometimes this system fails; these cancer cells continue to multiply. I try to discover through the history possiblity ...Read more

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How far back can a family medical history extend back?

Pretty far: It can extend as far back as there was someone around to keep records and document it. ...Read more

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I am 24 years old .my monocyte count is 9.2..no medical history.is that count normal?

I am 24 years old .my monocyte count is 9.2..no medical history.is that count normal?

Need more info.: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, a monocyte count of 9.2 is by itself not a cause for concern. If you do not have any symptoms, do not chase lab test results. ...Read more

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My 18 year old doesn't want to meet his half siblings but I want more medical history on him. Who has the rights?

My 18 year old doesn't want to meet his half siblings but I want more medical history on him. Who has the rights?

Both: Your child is an adult and has the same right to choose whether or not to meet his siblings as you do. Neither of you needs the others permission. ...Read more

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How far back should I trace my families medical history to know if i'm predisposed to common hereditary disorders?

How far back should I trace my families medical history to know if i'm predisposed to common hereditary disorders?

Immediate family: Autosomal dominants (polycystic kidneys, lynch's, brca, some of the other tumor syndromes) affect mom or dad; if an uncle / aunt or grandparent has something suggestive, maybe you have it -- and an extra screening need. If a sib has an autosomal recessive / x-linked problem, you probably already know about you. Beyond this -- stop obsessing. You've got your genes already. Live your life. Cheers. ...Read more

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If you change medical centres will the new doctors already have access to your medical history and records? Or is there confidentiality?

If you change medical centres will the new doctors already have access to your medical history and records? Or is there confidentiality?

Confidential: If they are part of the same group and on an electronic medical record, they probably have access to your old records. If it is an entirely different group, you have to sign a records release for the new doctor to get your old records. ...Read more

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When does male fertility depend on his medical history?

When does male fertility depend on his medical history?

Not always: 1/3 of infertility stems from "male factor." red flags in a man's history include mumps, fevers or a job environment with heat to the scrotum. Marijuana use lowers sperm count. However, men may be born with no vas deferens and not be making sperm but ejaculating with what looks normal. ...Read more