Genetic counseling is the process that helps you in determining hereditary or genetic (running in your family) problems that might affect you or your family. It is done by a trained professional. Read more: Who Should Get Genetic Counselling? Article
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Genetics: 11 Surprising Things Your Genes Say About You
Explore what role DNA plays in your health, love life, and more in this WebMD slideshow.
Family Health History: Genetics, DNA Testing and Your Health
WebMD explains why your doctor asks about your relatives' health conditions and how you can get the information if you don’t know.
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Genetic Diseases (Disorder Definition, Types, and Examples)
The definition of a genetic disease is a disorder or condition caused by abnormalities in a person's genome. Some types of genetic inheritance include single inheritance, including cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, Marfan syndrome, and hemochromatosis. Other types of genetic diseases include multifactorial inheritance. Still other types of genetic diseases include chromosome abnormalities (for example, Turner syndrome, and Klinefelter syndrome), and mitochondrial inheritance (for example, epilepsy and dementia).
What Foods to Avoid If You Have G6PD Deficiency
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency (G6PDD) is a genetic (hereditary) disorder. Therefore, you cannot prevent it. However, you can prevent the more serious G6PDD symptoms by avoiding certain foods such as fava beans, aniline dyes and certain medications.
What Are the 3 Functions of the Nucleus?
The nucleus (pleural nuclei) is the most prominent and largest organelle in the cell. The three major functions of the nucleus include the regulation of cell metabolism and that it serves as the site that houses the genetic material, DNA, as well as the site where RNA is produced.
How Many Types of Muscular Dystrophy Are There?
Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disease that weakens and wastes away skeletal muscle. There are 30 different types of muscular dystrophy that fall into nine major categories. Learn what the symptoms of muscular dystrophy are, how you get muscular dystrophy, and what treatments there are for muscular dystrophy.
What Is the Life Expectancy of Someone with Williams Syndrome?
Williams syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects approximately one in 25,000 births. Early intervention is the key to a long lifespan with this disease and can it also improve quality of life.
What Is the Life Expectancy of Someone With Osteogenesis Imperfecta?
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) or brittle bone disease is a group of rare disorders characterized by extremely weak bones. The life expectancy of a person with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) greatly depends on the type of the disease. In the most severe form of OI called type II or perinatally lethal OI, the baby is born with multiple broken bones. Those born with the less severe form of the disease, such as type I OI, may lead a healthy life. Their life expectancy is not shortened because of the disease.
What Is the Life Expectancy of Someone With Noonan Syndrome?
There is a wide range in the severity of signs and symptoms in people with Noonan syndrome (NS). Therefore, the prognosis (long-term outlook) of this disease may vary in every case. The life expectancy of a person with NS is likely to be normal if serious heart defects are absent.
What Is the Best Treatment for Muscular Dystrophy?
Learn what medical treatments can help with your muscular dystrophy symptoms and speed up your recovery.
Your health care provider may refer you to a genetic professional. Universities and medical centers also often have affiliated genetic professionals, or can provide referrals to a genetic professional or genetics clinic. Genetic counseling provides patients and family members the tools to make the right choice in regard to test for a disease or condition.
Can Clubfoot Be Fixed?
Clubfoot is a fairly common congenital (present at birth) foot deformity. Approximately one infant in every 1,000 live births gets it. Clubfoot can be fixed if its treatment begins within the first week or two after birth.
What Causes Fragile X Syndrome?
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetic disorder. It is passed down from parents to their children. A genetic disorder means the genes of either parent are faulty. Kids with FXS exhibit developmental delays, delayed milestones, poor intellect and mental retardation.
Is There a Cure for Proteus Syndrome?
Proteus syndrome, also called elattoproteus syndrome or elephant man disease, is a rare genetic condition affecting about one in a million people in the world. Proteus syndrome cannot be cured. There are, however, several medical options to manage the signs and symptoms of the condition.
How Is a Person's Life Affected By Cystic Fibrosis?
How long can you live with cystic fibrosis? Learn the signs of cystic fibrosis and what to do if someone you know has cystic fibrosis.
What Causes Velocardiofacial Syndrome?
Velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS) is caused by deletion of the genes on chromosome 22q11.2. The particular reason for this genetic deletion is not completely understood and seems to occur as a new mutation in a child.
Can DiGeorge Syndrome Be Cured?
DiGeorge syndrome is a genetic disorder, which is also known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. DiGeorge syndrome has treatment options, but currently, definitive cure is still being researched.
Genetic Testing: Families With Breast Cancer
Breast cancer can be a killer and the decision to get tested to see if a patient is prone to the disease should be discussed with a doctor -- particularly if the woman has a history of breast cancer in her family. Genetic testing can only tell so much about breast cancer risk, however.
How Do You Diagnose Spinal Muscular Atrophy?
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic condition that results in weakness and wasting of muscles in infants. For diagnosing spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), certain tests are carried out to check if your child has this condition.
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