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How can I convince my parents to encourage our family to eat better?

How can I convince my parents to encourage our family to eat better?

Good luck: It is always good to encourage people to live healthier lives including a healthy diet and exercise. Unfortunately, I have found that most folks are pretty set in their ways. I encourage you to continue to plug away. You may not be able to perform miracles, but even slight positive change can make a difference. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and about 5,7. I'm taller than both my parents now. I'd love to be taller than 6 ft and my family and I are thinking about hgh, would it help?

I'm 16 and about 5,7. I'm taller than both my parents now. I'd love to be taller than 6 ft and my family and I are thinking about hgh, would it help?

No!: A pediatrician or primary doctor follows a child's growth every year. A height of 5' 7" is perfectly fine. That is a normal height unless both parents are super tall, as in 6.5 to 7 feet tall. Even then, HGH (growth hormone) is unlikely to be used, because 5' 7" is a normal height in the human population. We do not want to use growth hormone to make normal people taller. ...Read more

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You say its unlikly to get CF unless both parents are carriers but can it be possile at all if only 1 parent and other family members have it and pass?

You say its unlikly to get CF unless both parents are carriers but can it be possile at all if only 1 parent and other family members have it and pass?

Simple fact: You must get a CF gene from both biologic parents. If mom and an uncle are carriers, they need to have sex to pass the defective gene to a baby. It doesn't matter how many carriers are in a family, the only ones that matter are the parents of the potential baby.The chance of a spontaneous mutation in a single newborn to add to 1 parents carrier gene is less than 1/1,000,000. ...Read more

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How can you confide in your parents or family if you think you are homosexual?

How can you confide in your parents or family if you think you are homosexual?

Think it out first!: There is no one right way. Be sure of your position before you say anything to your family. If you can't seem to be clear get professional help from resources you trust. Sometimes saying nothing for a while is best. They may come to you first. That has a better chance for success. Above all choose wisely who you talk to about your dilemma. Those who are immature or intolerant are not good choices. ...Read more

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What are the possible ways a child can become autistic when it doesn't run in either parents family ?

What are the possible ways a child can become autistic when it doesn't run in either parents family ?

Cause undetermined: The cause of autism has not been definitely defined. While it does tend to run in families, many autistic children are born to families without a history of autism. While there may be a delay in presentation, the cause is determined during fetal life and possibly affected by environmental factors. ...Read more

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I want to tell her parents I have another family, but I also do not want the relationship to diminish what should I do?

I want to tell her parents I have another family, but I also do not want the relationship to diminish what should I do?

Be honest: When it comes to serious relationships it is critical that the people involved be honest about other relationships and all other obligations. It is unfair to everyone if you are not. Part of being a mature responsible human being is to be accountable for your actions. ...Read more

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I am considerably taller than my parents and I fear that my condition may be abnormal because no one in my family is taller than me, I am 16 btw?

I am considerably taller than my parents and I fear that my condition may be abnormal because no one in my family is taller than me, I am 16 btw?

HOw tall: Visiting you pediatrician is a good start. He can do an initial evaluation of your height. At this age you should not be growing any more. He can also decide if further testing is needed. Good Luck to you ...Read more

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How do people get to be born mentally challenged when the parents are not? The parents are normal with no sign of mental problems run in the family.

How do people get to be born mentally challenged when the parents are not? The parents are normal with no sign of mental problems run in the family.

We are complex: You don't identify the type of mental challenges, but generically: there can be pre-natal damage from various maternal diseases, nutritional deficiencies and injury, chemical harm from medication, toxins, alcohol or substance use - peri-natal injury - the effects of childhood nutrition, environmental pollution, social bullying and traumas. Humans are both resilient & fragile - things can go wrong. ...Read more

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What will be the chances of birthdefects in my children if i marry a maternal cousin whose parents are first cousins? No cousin marriages in my family

What will be the chances of birthdefects in my children if i marry a maternal cousin whose parents are first cousins? No cousin marriages in my family

Pre-marital genetic : Counseling will help define your risk of autosomal recessive genetic disorders, in which each parent carries the harmful gene mutation.In pakistan, first-cousin marriage has a 7.9% risk of infant mortality ; a 5-6% risk for birth defects, but having multiple generations of first-cousin marriages increases chances of having a child with a recessive disorder 13 times that of the general population. ...Read more

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