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Do birth and death rates in the family bible have value to genetic counselors?

Do birth and death rates in the family bible have value to genetic counselors?

Definitely yes: Any records of births & deaths in the family can be useful to genetic counselors. Extra helpful if any info on health status, cause of death, age at death, how many children & any fetal/infant/child deaths. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Name that diagnosis: Your question is very complex as is your child. It is possible to have both diagnoses. However it would be very difficult to diagnose both separately. I am wondering if the head injury is also related. I think you need to see a pediatric development and behavior specialist to help decide what to do. The treatment for the language delays will be about the same for either cause. ...Read more

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What tests in pregnancy look for disabilities in your child?

What tests in pregnancy look for disabilities in your child?

Ultrasound and labs: Throughout pregnancy there are incremental examinations for disabilities. Sometimes there is an early sonogram inside of 10 weeks, that can visualize the heart and check size. Around 20 weeks, there is a full sonogram that looks over multiple areas for any kind of anomalies. Depending, there may be one later too. There are also labs drawn that look for congenital and spinal defects around 20 wks. ...Read more

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Is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?

Is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?

?: There seems to be major lawsuits against the maker of Celexa on-going (stating that citalopram use is associated with autism). Frankly, I am not sure how strong the causal link is (if any). I will be interested to see the studies behind this. ...Read more

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Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc) during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?

Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc)  during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?

Speaking as a: psychologist, the liklihood of onset depression goes up during the teen years if there is trauma or loss during the critical window of age 2 to 4. This is because of a developmental stage--constancy--that is interrupted, and then re-visited during the teen years, when it is again interrupted through individuation. Physical illnesses can accompany this, but consult an MD for more specific info. ...Read more

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Is there rellation seen between sexual abuse and social problems later in life?

Is there rellation seen between sexual abuse and social problems later in life?

Yes!: Sexual abuse harms all concerned, particularly those molested. Studies clearly show a tendency toward greater promiscuity, earlier sex, and marital problems. This is a serious issue, and you need to talk with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor, particularly those dealing with these issues. ...Read more

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Is a pastor available for family members of those in a critical care room?

Is a pastor available for family members of those in a critical care room?

Yes: Pastoral care is a part of the healthcare team in an ICU and should be available to you. ...Read more

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What type of conditions would be acceptable by IVF clinic to perform pre-implantation genetic dx? Does fh or autism in family provide basis for pgd?

What type of conditions would be acceptable by IVF clinic to perform pre-implantation genetic dx? Does fh or autism in family provide basis for pgd?

1) If your relatives: With autism have a heritable genetic syndrome (e.g., fragile x ) or a copy repeat error on microarray known to cause autism 2) "advanced maternal age" (35 & >, ) increases risk of down syndrome & other chromosomal abnormalities 3) "advanced paternal age, " increases risk of new mutations & autism. Babies born by ivf have a higher incidence of autism than those conceived without assistance. ...Read more

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Are there any depression programs for broke teenagers with families in denial?

Are there any depression programs for broke teenagers with families in denial?

DEPRESSION: See your md and he will refer you to mental health clinic. Or go to cook county hospital or board of health for free clinic counseling. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Other than immediate family members (mother father brother sister) should any other family member's medical history be taken in consideration as well?

Other than immediate family members (mother father brother sister) should any other family member's medical history be taken in consideration as well?

Grandparents too!: When considering close family history, i also want to include grandparents. Although uncles, aunts, cousins may not be as important, include their information if you have it. ...Read more

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If a hospital pt has suicidal ideation & is on good terms with other family members, would someone in the family normally be informed of the problem?

In the U.S., doctors: & hospital personnel cannot divulge or release information to family members without written permission from the patient. Check on the Health Information Privacy laws in Australia. ...Read more

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Is it fair to have a psychological evaluation when you are sad and depress? The court ordered psychological evaluation on the parents. One parent who had custody of the child for 16 years temporary loss custody and the child was given to the abusive paren

Is it fair to have a psychological evaluation when you are sad and depress? The court ordered psychological evaluation on the parents. One parent who had custody of the child for 16 years temporary loss custody and the child was given to the abusive paren

A : A good court evaluator would take into consideration all aspects of the parental care of the minor child. It is certainly understandable that the circumstances described would create great stress for the custodial parent and could contribute to the mood disorder described. However, if that parent had custody for 16 years, it is reasonable to assume that the child is at least 16 years of age and certainly in many state jurisdictions has a say about which parent he/she wishes to live with. It is not stated why the long term custodial parent lost custody nor what the nature of the alleged abuse might have been. These are the very factors, especially the adolescent's viewpoint that a competent evaluator would be taking into account. ...Read more

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Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?

Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?

Requires expertise: Autism can present in many forms, and other disorders can have elements that can be mistaken for it. Age also is important: 2 or 3 yo children present much differently than older ones or adolescents. No behaviors associated with autism occur only with autism. Experts look at the total picture, both how development is going and what impairments are present. So, far no biological tests. ...Read more

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Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type? With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type?  With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can happen..: If it has been so severe and chronic that a usual sequence would be ptsd first, then psychotic features from initial flashback. Eventually the personality becomes so fragile it detaches from reality. Add to this genetic vulnerabilities that are not apparent to people in the family. Many reasons abuse in families can make it difficult to get all the data. Environment and genes are key. ...Read more

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Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Other Problems: Societal problems such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and lack of availability of mental health services contribute to violence in our society. Some of our regulations also need to be re-examined. ...Read more

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In spina bifida is there a link to family ntds or do they just come with maternal age?

In spina bifida is there a link to family ntds or do they just come with maternal age?

Some link: There is a genetic link to neural tube defects but is poorly understood. We know the incidence is higher in maternal age, decreased Folic Acid intake, and first generation relatives with neural tube defects. Otherwise, it's not well understood. ...Read more

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If 92yo mom in nursing home reports symptoms to me and has some worrisome speech should I call their rns or her md? Prior ischemic cva, mild htn, utis

If 92yo mom in nursing home reports symptoms to me and has some worrisome speech should I call their rns or her md? Prior ischemic cva, mild htn, utis

Depends: The issue here is how much intensive care your 92 year old mother wants to undergo. This is always a difficult decision since however much you are a realist and know that everyone dies, it is always difficult to let go. If the speech is changing in clarity and appropriateness and you want care, call her doctor. Nurses may or may not transmit this info to her doctors, or may or may not care. ...Read more

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What are the chances of an abnormality (of any kind) to go undetected in pre natal screening & tests for fetus in today's world? Pls give % & explain

What are the chances of an abnormality (of any kind) to go undetected in pre natal screening & tests for fetus in today's world? Pls give % & explain

Pretty low: The answer depends on who type of prenatal screening you did. There are several different ways to do and each one has a different detections rate. Even the most basic tests detect over 90% of abnormalities. Find out from your doctor what prenatal tests you did. A simple google search of that test should outline the detection rates for your specific method ...Read more

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Can suicide/ depression run in the family?

Can suicide/ depression  run in the family?

Sure: Bipolar & depression are often seen across generations, suggesting a genetic basis. But, families also behaviorally "inherit" coping skills & levels of "differentiation" from prior generations. A person w/ mood problems may be attracted to & marry a person w/ mood problems (same level of differentiation), enhancing the chances that their children will have mood probs. Makes it look all genetic! ...Read more

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What to do about escalating aggression in blind autistic teen. Puberty or mental illness?

What to do about escalating aggression in blind autistic teen. Puberty or mental illness?

Tough question: It could be a combination of both the underlying mental condition and possible hormonal involvement. Have a childhood behavioral specialist examine him and help you out. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more