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Doctor insights on: Multiple Hereditary Osteochondromatosis

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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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My uncle has COPD and i'm wondering if it is hereditary?

My uncle has COPD and i'm wondering if it is hereditary?

No: The vast majority of cases is not. There is a rare genetic predisposition related to a deficiency in Alpha 1 anti trypsin. It is a blood test. Your uncle should be checked, and you can take the test if you want. ...Read more

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Are growth spurts hereditary? I'm 5'8 and just turned 17. I don't recall having any spurts of growth, and my mom says her brothers all had late spurts

Are growth spurts hereditary? I'm 5'8 and just turned 17. I don't recall having any spurts of growth, and my mom says her brothers all had late spurts

Usually yes: Height and peak bone mass are largely determined genetically, but whether or not you achieve your genetic potential for height or bone mass depends on behavioral factors, especially nutrition. ...Read more

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Is height a hereditary factor?

Is height a hereditary factor?

Yes, largely it is.: Agree with dr. Lewy weiss. It is unlikely that a person born to short parents will be tall. ...Read more

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Can being premature be hereditary?

Can being premature be hereditary?

Yes, multifactorial: an excellent presentation at the American College of Medical Genetics quite a while ago demonstrated that the increased risk of prematurity was similar to isolated cleft lip/palate, and other multifactorial traits--a combination of environmental effects and genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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Is it true that chromes disease is hereditary?

Is it true that chromes disease is hereditary?

To a minor degree: Most cases of chrohn's disease are sporadic. There is a small tendency for it to run more commonly in families but identical twins for instance do not both always have the condition so there is probably an inheritance component lowering the susceptibilility but not being causative. ...Read more

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Names of physical or mental non hereditary deaseses?

Names of physical or  mental non  hereditary deaseses?

Too many to list: that is too broad of a question to give a meaningful answer. The list of nonhereditary diseases is massive. If you have something more specific, we might be able to answer it in 400 characters or less. ...Read more

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Is good health inherited or just good health behavior?

Is good health inherited or just good health behavior?

Both, but . . . : “each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” there are lots of sayings like this one about this topic. One can't do much about what health is inherited, but one can do a great deal about health behaviors. One must learn what promotes and maintains good health, and one must act. ...Read more