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My brother has myelodysplastic syndromes. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has myelodysplastic syndromes. Should I be worried about this?

Possibly: This would depend upon your brothers age, and his risk factors. For instance if he is elderly, and has significant chemical exposure, than no. If he is young, under the age of 50, mds is uncommon and i would seek a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis. If it turns out to actually be mds than yes, you would be at a higher risk. ...Read more

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My brother has coccidiomycosis. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has coccidiomycosis. Should I be worried about this?

Valley Fever: For yourself, no. For your brother it depends on whether he has a mild or complicated case. Coccidioidomycosis aka valley fever is an infection caused by inhaling the microscopic spores of the fungus coccidioides immitis. The lungs are the primary organ of involvement. Try this website for comprehensive information http://www.Valley-fever.Org/. ...Read more

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My mother died of ipf. Should I be worried about this disease?

My mother died of ipf. Should I be worried about this disease?

IPF: There have been cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis reported in families. I have one patient who has had several family members have this process. There are no formal recommendations for family members of patients with ipf. I would make sure that your primary care physician is aware of your family history and is able to refer you to a specialist if needed. ...Read more

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My brother has carsickness. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has carsickness. Should I be worried about this?

No: It's not genetic, it's not contageous, it's not dangerous. It goes away eventually after the car ride. There are over the counter drugs you can take to prevent it from happening. Just be happy you didn't get it. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my daughter has just been diagnosed with nueroblastoma. . Anybody have any experience, advice on nueroblastoma?

Should i be concerned if my daughter has just been diagnosed with nueroblastoma. . Anybody have any experience, advice on nueroblastoma?

Neuroblastoma: Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumor is very young children. Neuroblastoma is a heterogeneous disease in that in sometimes requires very little treatment, or it can require very intensive treatment. Treatment all depends on the extent of disease (staging) and the biological features of the disease. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/neuroblastoma/patient/page1/allpages. ...Read more

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My sister died of a rare genetic disorder that I am a carrier for; should I be worried about having children?

My sister died of a rare genetic disorder that I am a carrier for; should I be worried about having children?

Depending: .. on the disorder, there are many considerations. The best place to start is to sit down with a good genetics counselor. Good luck! ...Read more

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My sister has compression neuropathies. Should I be worried about it?

My sister has compression neuropathies. Should I be worried about it?

Most Likely: The most common compression neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome. Compression neuropathies can be mild and no problem or can be severe leading to permanent tingling, numbness, and weakness. What area is the compression neuropathy? And how symptomatic is she? ...Read more

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My brother has hashimoto's thyroiditis. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has hashimoto's thyroiditis. Should I be worried about this?

Not worried,watchful: You do not have to worry exactly, but someone with a family history of an autoimmune disorder, such as hashimoto's, is at higher risk of developing an autoimmune disroder than someone without a family history. You should be checked periodically (once or twice a year). ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with colitis. Is that something I should worry about?

My son was diagnosed with colitis. Is that something I should worry about?

Yes: I assume you are talking about ulcerative colitis(uc). Uc is chronic condition and persist life long. It gets better with treatment. There are very good treatments. However needs maintainece treament to keep it in remission. If not treated properly it can have serious complications. ...Read more

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My brother has type 1 diabetes. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has type 1 diabetes. Should I be worried about this?

Probably not: Although it is possible, it is actually unusual for there to be more than one type 1 diabetic in the immediate family. There is a hereditary component but there needs to be a trigger and if you have not been subjected to the trigger - whatever it is - you will not develop the disease. ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. Is that something I should worry about?

My son was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. Is that something I should worry about?

Yes: Find out what type of cardiomyopathy it is. Some will have a fairly good prognosis while others can produce a lt of symptoms and limitations. ...Read more

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My brother has atrial flutter. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has atrial flutter. Should I be worried about this?

No: Relatively benign condition and easily treated. Make sure he sees an electrophysiologist who will be able to get rid of that particular arrhythmia fairly easily. ...Read more

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My mother has liver spots. Should I be worried for what this means?

My mother has liver spots. Should I be worried for what this means?

Lentigos or seb k's: There are two common skin spots that are often called liver spots, although neither is related to liver disease. The lentigo is like a dark freckle and can vary a lot in size and shape. They can respond to cryotherapy or bleaching. Seborrheic keratoses can look similar but are more varied in color and are usually raised. They often look warty. Cryotherapy may clear these, bleaching doesn't help. ...Read more

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My mother has huffing. Should I be worried for what this means?

My mother has huffing. Should I be worried for what this means?

Yes you should worry: Huffing is a practice of inhaling chemicals found in various products such as spray paint. It reportedly produces an intoxicating effect. It is dangerous as it can cause deadly heart rhythms. Repeated use can damage the lungs, kidney and brains. Additionally, using any intoxicating substance can lead to a path of using stronger and more dangerous drugs. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about penile cancer? Brother had it.

Should I be concerned about penile cancer? Brother had it.

May be: There are no clear cut genetic patterns in penile cancer. However, given that you share half your genes and probably similar environment with your brother, it would be prudent to be on the look out for any changes in the penile skin, especially the glans penis. ...Read more

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My sister has panic disorder. Should I be worried about it?

My sister has panic disorder. Should I be worried about it?

Yes: Sure. Panic disorder can significantly reduce the quality of life for some individuals. Sometimes it leads to agoraphobia (fear of going outside in public), and sometimes evolves into bipolar disorder or recurrent depression. Some evidence suggests that panic disorder increases the risk for suicide. On the other hand, pure panic disorder is a very treatable condition using medication. ...Read more

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My sister has biliary cirrhosis. Should I be worried about it?

My sister has biliary cirrhosis. Should I be worried about it?

Family risks for PBC: 90% of pbc patients are female. Age ranges 20-80, but typically patients are 40-60. The disease is world-wide, & affects asians, caucasians, jews, african. Family clustering is common in sisters, twins, daughters, mothers. While environmental factors can't be ignored, a strong immunogenetic background for pbc that runs in families is suggested. Early sxs: fatigue, itching before jaundice, RUQ pain. ...Read more

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My lady friend has pancreatitis. Is it contagious and should I be concerned about having sex?

My lady friend has pancreatitis. Is it contagious and should I be concerned about having sex?

Not contagious : The most common causes of pancreatitis which make up 99% of cases are not contagious thus would not be transmitted via intercourse. ...Read more