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Doctor insights on: Stress Factors Parents Experience With Children With Genetic Disorders

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Is cancer is a genetic disease spread from your parents?

Is cancer is a genetic disease spread from your parents?

Great question: This great question to which a book could be written in reply. Simply, there are rare cancers that can be passed on from a parent. In general however, genetic susceptibility is passed from a parent and modified by a persons environmental exposure. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Is it possible to develop a genetic disease without parents having it or carrying it?

Is it possible to develop a genetic disease without parents having it or carrying it?

Yes: Changes in genes can occur spontaneously. You could say that genetic disease has to start with some one and then get passed on. Frequently however one or both parents are carriers for a condition and pass it on to their child. ...Read more

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Is sarcoidosis a genetic disease? Will my children get it?

Is sarcoidosis a genetic disease? Will my children get it?

Family sarcoid: It is not likely that you would give your children sarcoid, however your inherited immune system may make it more likely. The statistics show about a 16%increase of sarcoid in family. Sarcoid has an unknown cause.Some ideas have been, bacteria in the environment-but scientists have not isolated it; or chemicals in the environment-more common on rural areas, fields/ farmers, health care, & teachers. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the rare genetic disorders in children?

Can you please discuss the rare genetic disorders in children?

Too broad a topic: There are books written on the topic.If there is a critical enzyme pathway in the body there is likely a defect somewhere in that pathway. State screening tests commonly look for > 25 different ones. ...Read more

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What is the least common genetic disease that is seen in the U.S.?

What is the least common genetic disease that is seen in the U.S.?

Unknown: Some are rarer than one in 100,000. Is continually finding new genetic disordersand we may have no clue with regard to how frequent they are. There are dozens of severe multiple malformation syndromes which are striking but none of the worlds geneticists have a clue with regard to what causes them.how do you estimate a single case in the world's medical literature? ...Read more

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Genetic disease "t s", what does it stand for?

Tuberous Sclerosis: Tuberous sclerosis is often called ts or tsc. It is a hereditary disorder that is characterized by individuals devoloping a small benign lesion called a hamartoma in various organs including the brain, lung and kidneys. Ts fact sheet from nih at http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/tuberous_sclerosis/detail_tuberous_sclerosis.Htm. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions with genetic disease project?

Can you give me suggestions with genetic disease project?

Narrow it: The more narrow the subject, the more interesting the outcome. Get a few current papers from the big journals like NEJM or Science or Nature: Genetics. Further, if your grader has some particular ideological point of view (perhaps "It is morally wrong to end pregnancies even when the unborn child has a terrible genetic disease"), don't take an opposite position. Keep it interesting. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are all people with a genetic disease related?

Please tell me, are all people with a genetic disease related?

No: In some cases of genetic disorders there is a founder effect such that a certain genetic disorder runs within that ethnic backround. An example is ashkenazi jewish heritage is associated with a number of disorders like tay-sachs. Although variable based on the condition, spontaneous mutations occur in individuals such that they are affected but are not related to an affected person. ...Read more

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How do a genetic disease and other diseases/conditions differ?

How do a genetic disease and other diseases/conditions differ?

Inheritance: A genetic disease is inherited in one shape or form from parents. They can be dominant, meaning that if you get the gene from one parent you have the disease. Usually in this case the parent also has the disease. They can be recessive, meaning you need to get the gene from both parents. Usually in this case both parents are unaffected carriers. Non-genetic diseases are seemingly random. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Genetic Disease (Definition)

A genetic disease is a disease that is caused by a defect in the genetic (dna) material in a gene(s). It can be inherited and mosy pose a risk to other family members and/or to future children. For many genetic diseases there are molecular tests that allow detection of a change(s) called mutations, we can also detect deltions or other changes to the gene's dna that can also result ...Read more


Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more