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What Are The Chances Of My Child Becoming An Alcoholic If I Am
See below: Higher than if you were not. There is a genetic component that may account about 50%. Also if you are active in your disease currently, he learns from you, your emotional status, how you regulate your feelings, etc. These are areas active alcoholics seriously lack. However recovering alcoholics that learn a new way of life such as in aa, remarkable transformations can take place! there is hope! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unpredictable chance: There are a number of addictions that have tendencies to be inherited in varying degrees. There is no evidence that sexual addiction is one of them. That said, the presence of addicted individuals in a family does suggest others there are at risk of becoming addicted. Reasons for that are multiple including genetics as noted, broken families, severe financial stress and trauma of all types. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very high: The genetic component of bipolar disorder has not been fully worked out and there are a lot of variables that effect whether a gene is expressed even if it is present, but family studies show a high rate of transmissibility. By traditional genetic models, the rate of transmission would be 25-50% depending on the mode of inheritance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My father is an alcoholic, and I have drank before. Plenty of times. Does it run in my blood? What are my chances of becoming an alcoholic?
There is evidence of: Genetic transmission of the predisposition to alcohol problems, but that has mostly been shown in the sons of alcoholic fathers. Many of my colleagues advise anyone with a strong family history of alcoholism to not start drinking, and if they have started, not to continue. While i might not go that far, i would be very aware of development of problems - drink more than intended; loss of control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's in the genes: Glaucoma is an inherited disease. You inherit a gene from each parent. Glaucoma, while more common in older people, can begin at any age. This is why the test for glaucoma is part of a routine eye examination. The overall chance of having glaucoma is about 3% in the general population and has nothing to do with diet or weight. ...Read more
Depends: The data suggests 7-45% depending on whether u had one or both eyes involved. A good parent resource can be found @ www.Retinoblastoma.Com . A session with a genetic counselor who has reviewed both parents family trees & specifics of existing conditions can render a specific set of risks for your situation. ...Read more
What are the chances of having to use a vaccume during birth. I am 21 years old and this is my second child?
Consult your OB Dr.: He or she knows your obstetric status best of all & can advise accordingly. ...Read more
Am 37 am my girlfriend is 46, what are our chances of getting a child? And what should we do to increase our chance?
See a REI: The short answer is that very few women at age 46 are able to conceive under any circumstances, i'm sorry to say. If you and your gf seriously want a child you should seek help from a rei or fertility specialist as soon as you can to discuss options. Because of the significant concern about her age i would go directly to a specialist, not to a primary or regular ob, no matter how good they are. ...Read more
Penicillin allergy: Up to 1/10 people are reported to have Penicillin allergy. Unfortunately it is often over diagnosed, often because of a rash from a viral illness. This underlies the importance of using antibiotics wisely. There is a family history but not enough to avoid the medication. Testing can be done to assess penicillin allergy and there is treatment to help. Chances are you have received Penicillin? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on Type: There are many types of "back" (thoracic & lumbar spine) fractures. Each fracture have unique features & treatment recommendations. Lots of fractures are stable needing no surgery, and causing no neurological injury, and leading to no disability. Others could lead to neurological injury -- from mild weakness to paraplegia. If you have a spinal fracture, go get evaluated by a spine surgeon. ...Read more
I am pregnant i was wondering what are the chances of my baby having webbed fingers if the father has it ?
While there is a : Genetic component to syndactyly there is what is known as variable penetrance. This means that even if the gene is present the amount of webbing may be minimal or none. In addition there are many types of syndactyly. Here is a good starting point but the best person to consult is a geneticist. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc1200697/ note do notnec look @ the more severe ex. Here. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I am 35 yrs my husband is 45 yrs, and we are planning to have a first child, what are the risks involved?
Every pregnancy does: There are about 4% of all pregnancies, regardless of age that end in an unexpected outcome. Prematurity, sick infant, cleft palate, Down syndrome, etc. As you approach 40 you add 1% to the DS risk, 45,2% and so on. For specific risks you can consult with a medical geneticist who will evaluate both family trees for potential surprises. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prevention: Try to avoid respiratory secretions with handwashing, covering coughs/sneezes. In all probability you were probably exposed as an infant & already have antibodies to the infection. See article—> http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001972/. ...Read more
Could you tell me what are my chances of having an autistic child when it runs in my immediate family?
Hard to say : The incidence of autism has increased significantly and is under 1/100. If your sister has some type of identifiable genetic abnormality it may provide you with some additional information. Environmental influence on genetic susceptibilities plays a large role in this epidemic. Look for a provider for yourself and your future child who can help you assess risk and limit exposures. ...Read more
I am 41 years old. Both my parents are diabetics. I have the fear of inheriting the disease. What are the precautions I have to take to avoid it?
Increased, how much?: Almost every study i've read says, "increased" risk - few put a number out. Here's one that does - i can't vouch for their accuracy, but they say heretability is 60-85%. Risk is only 1-1.5% in the general population, identical twins~65%, fraternal twins ~20%. But, keep your eye on the target - it's a growing field of inquiry and the condition itself is still being defined as we type. Imhro.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Successful pregnancies can occur in the setting lupus. Before you get pregnant you need to discuss preconception planning with your OB and rheum. Your lupus need to be clinically inactive for at least 6 months before conception. You will also need to know if you are positive for antiphospholipid antibodies before you get pregnant as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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