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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 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 mother has type 2 diabetes. Should I be concerned for my own health?

My mother has type 2 diabetes. Should I be concerned for my own health?

Yes: Everyone should be concerned for their health and I am glad you asked. Stay trim and fit and You can probably keep any genetic tendency at bay. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my sister has been diagnosed with diabetes type 1 but I am not. What are risk of my children getting diabetes, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my sister has been diagnosed with diabetes type 1 but I am not. What are risk of my children getting diabetes, what do you suggest?

Cause is NOT known: Type ii diabetes has a strong genetic component, but not so much for type1. The exact cause is unknown but believed to be an autoimmune process (body attacks itself). If mom has type 1, child has 3% chance; if father has it, then kid has about 6% of developing it, comparing to type2 of about 25+%, up to 50% if both parents have diabetes. Best bet is keep healthy! good luck and happy new year. ...Read more

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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 husband has a cousin born with club foot. I’ve heard this is a genetic condition. Should I be worried about my baby?

My husband has a cousin born with club foot. I’ve heard this is a genetic condition. Should I be worried about my baby?

No: There is a genetic component involved but this is small. If present, this can be usually detected at the 20 week ultrasound. If it is detected at this time, then is is important to rule out other malformations. If club foot is the only anomaly, an orthopedic surgeon evaluates the baby and outlines a treatment plan that involves physical therapy and perhaps surgery. ...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

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My sister has cervical cancer. Should I be worried about it?

My sister has cervical cancer. Should I be worried about it?

No increased risk: Cervical cancer is not one of the hereditary cancers. Almost all cervical cancers are caused by one of the human papilloma viruses (hpv). If you are having your annual exams and routine pap smears, any abnormal cells will likely be detected on the pap smear, which will allow plenty of time for appropriate treatment and prevention of cervical cancer. ...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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I have a hard lump 2" below left clavicle. Concerned about what it could be. What type of dr should I be seeing? Haven't been to 1 in 3 yrs.

I have a hard lump 2" below left clavicle. Concerned about what it could be. What type of dr should I be seeing? Haven't been to 1 in 3 yrs.

How deep?: How deep in the lump? If it feels like it is more on the surface, you should see a dermatologist. If it feels deeper you should get a breast exam and a mammogram from your family practice doctor. If you need to discuss this in more detail or you want me to look at the lump, you can schedule a virtual visit with me. ...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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A type 1 diabetic friend had too much alcohol. Should I be concerned?

A type 1 diabetic friend had too much alcohol. Should I be concerned?

Alcohol: 1: Please get over the term "diabetic"! If he/she has type 2 diabetes they should see a dietitian and an exercise specialist in order to get rid of diabetes. Yes - that should be the goal. 2: Too much alcohol is no good for anybody and perhaps even less so for someone with diabetes. ...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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What do you suggest if my nephew has type 1 diabeaties and I wondered if he could have a pancrease (pancrelipase) transplant?

What do you suggest if my nephew has type 1 diabeaties and I wondered if he could have a pancrease (pancrelipase) transplant?

Not yet: Pancreas transplants for cure of Type 1diabetes is being studied, but has not as of yet been successful. It is likely at least another decade away, and by then we may be able to grow him a new pancreas using stem cells. Stay tuned through your endocrinologist for future therapies. For now, monitoring glucose and insulin. He should be candidate for at least an insulin pump. ...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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Diabetes, Type 1 (Definition)

A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. ...Read more