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What are some reasons for short stature other than genetics?

What are some reasons for short stature other than genetics?

Any number of things: Genetics is the largest determinant of most people's height. However, nutritional status, and overall well being play significant roles as well. Someone who is significantly shorter than their genetic height prediction should receive an evaluation which might include testing for systemic illnesses (kidney disease, liver disease, etc) along with hormonal issues (thyroid, growth hormone, etc). ...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


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Possible reasons for short stature other than genetics?

Possible reasons for short stature other than genetics?

Nutrition: Poor nutrition, both in terms of total calories and protein, will stunt growth. Every generation of americans are taller than their parents. For the boomers, this was because their parents lived through the depression. Now it is probably over-nutrition that is stimulating more growth (obese kids are often tall, too). Premature puberty will also result in short adult stature. ...Read more

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What are some good treatments for nsvn other than chemo?

What are some good treatments for nsvn other than chemo?

Immunosuppressants: Non systemic vasculitic neuropathy is treated with immunosuppressants including steroids, Cyclophosphamide (a type of chemo), mycophenolate and azathioprine. Ask your doctor about options. There are several choices of oral drugs and you may need to try several to find the one that works best for you. ...Read more

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What are some reasons for stunted growth in teens?

What are some reasons for stunted growth in teens?

Lots: In general, when a teenager isn't growing there are lots of possibilities. The most common is simple delayed puberty, just a late bloomer. Otherwise, gh deficiency, hypogonadism, eating d/o, intestinal malabsorption, certain kidney problems, hypothyroidism, genetic syndrome, etc. The list is extensive. A pediatrician is a good doctor to see first ...Read more

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Are there any new therapies on the horizon for short statured persons other than growth hormone?

Are there any new therapies on the horizon for short statured persons other than growth hormone?

Not really.: Hgh works only for individuals whose growth plates have not fused. Hgh deficiency in a hgh can be readily coroberated. For individuals whose growth plates have fused, no luck. I'm 5'11". I'd readily jump at the opportunity to be 6'2". I'd be on whatever existed to this, but nothing exists. Most short stature is heredity. Look at parents height, and that of siblings. Those are the best markers. ...Read more

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What are the other factors that can lead to baldness other than genetics?

What are the other factors that can lead to baldness other than genetics?

Several.: Stress (acute or chronic), trichotillomania (hair-pulling compulsion), heavy metal poisoning, thyroid/endocrine disorders. Seek expert help from your internist/pcp with liberal consultation with dermatologist to ascertain the cause in your case and possible treatment. ...Read more

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Other than idiopathic reasons, what are the causes of structural scoliosis developing in your teenage years?

Other than idiopathic reasons, what are the causes of structural scoliosis developing in your teenage years?

Several: Idiopathic is the most common cause. Others in no particular order are congenital defects like deformed vertebrae, Marfan's syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos (both connective tissue disorders) Infection of the spine and rarely tumors. Careful evaluation by a pediatric orthopaedist can usually sort them out. Thanks for Trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What are some alternatives for alcohol problems other than aa?

What are some alternatives for alcohol problems other than aa?

Mutual Support Helps: You might consider rational recovery, secular sobriety, lifering, smart recovery or moderation management, among others. Get more information at: http://www.Tandfonline.Com/toc/wgar20/current. ...Read more

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What are some other sex-link disorders other than hemophilia and color blindness?

What are some other sex-link disorders other than hemophilia and color blindness?

See below: There is a long list of such disorders, e.g., muscular dystrophy, agammaglobulinemia, hemolytic anemia, alport type kidney disease, mental retardation and more. See this site for a list. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/x-linked_recessive_inheritance. ...Read more

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What other medications are out there for people with type 2 diabetes, other than metformin.

What other medications are out there for people with type 2 diabetes, other than metformin.

Multiple: The medicines used should be dependent on your diabetes, lifestyle, compliance as you and your doctor decide. There is sulfonyl urea, dpp4 inhibitor. Tzd, antiabsorptives, modifiers of renal threshold, and even injectables not insulin. Talk to your doctor and discuss what is best for you. ...Read more

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I know there are thousands of rare diseases but are there any known ones that cause adult height to signif. grow after years of no growth? I'm 39.

I know there are thousands of rare diseases but are there any known ones that cause adult height to signif. grow after years of no growth? I'm 39.

That's a strange one: because usually after the ends of the bones fuse in young adulthood, it is not possible for them to lengthen, which is what would be necessary for one to get taller. There is a condition called acromegaly that could cause some bones to get wider, so hands and feet and jaws and forehead can grow. If you are noticing this, you should be checked for pituitary problems. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are some reasons obesity in children is increasing?

What are some reasons obesity in children is increasing?

Many.: Their parents are heavier than for children one generation earlier. Eating habits in families of obese children are bad. The cathode ray tube, or led of computers and games burn no calories. It also displaces play time that previous generations have had. Less calories spent; more bad food= obesity. ...Read more

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Are there negative effects of too much masturbating? What are those?

Are there negative effects of too much masturbating? What are those?

No, not really: Masturbation should be harmless to the body as long as he or she does not use too much force or friction on his or her genitals. One should realize that the body has essentially the same response to masturbation as to sex for the purpose of reproduction. That means the body reacts just as it does during sexual intercourse, which, of course, has no harmful side effects on the body. ...Read more

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Short Stature (Definition)

Defined as having a height below the 5th percentile for ...Read more