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genetic disorder

A pathological condition caused by an absent or defective gene or by a chromosomal aberration. Also called hereditary disease.

genetic disorder

ge·net·ic dis·or·der

(jĕ-net'ik dis-ōr'dĕr)
A widely used but nonetheless imprecise term that denotes a condition or illness related to biologic inheritance.

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Q. what makes Arthritis a genetic disease?

A. First of all, the term arthritis is a bit inaccurate: Arthritis denotes an inflammation of joints. There are many kinds of arthritis that may result from different causes, and therefore, are different diseases: septic arthritis (inflammation due to infection of joint) has much less genetic background than ankylosing spondylitis (an arthritis of the lower back joints that occurs almost exclusively in people with certain genetic background).

The arthritis with the genetic background are usually the autoimmune ones: Due to genetic determinants, the immune system of some people is programmed to recognize the various parts of the joints (and other organs as well) as foreign (i.e. like bacteria) and thus launches an attack on them. In normal immune system, that doesn't happen.

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Q. Is bipolar disease a hereditary problem? My only son is in his teens that is the age to enjoy life, but he cannot enjoy his life with his friends because we found that he is suffering from a bipolar condition. I feel so sad for him and though my care-free days have gone, I often think about how much fun I had at his age. I too suffered from a bipolar disorder and my mom too. Is bipolar disease a hereditary problem? I want him to help to enjoy his life.

A. I agree with you. No one should suffer because of hereditary problems. This is the same situation here as genes are passed from generation to generation. This information is inconclusive because many who may have had bipolar disorders did not have it checked out. Who is to say, how many people 50 years ago had it but dismissed it as being moody, or ill tempered. Doctors were not aware about this problem years ago. Some time back, someone who showed signs of a mental disorder was straight away shoved into a mental hospital and left to suffer. Besides they are often treated with electric shock therapy eventually getting out of control. Testing is still in progress to find out if genetics play a role but these theories may take several more years before they can have a better understanding.

Q. Is FMS heredetery? My mother was diagnosed with FMS and I would like to know what are the chances I’ll have it too.

A. Hereditary is not the right term. It’s not a genetic disease but The cause of fibromyalgia remains elusive. However, recent studies show that genetic factors can predispose individuals to a genetic susceptibility to fibromyalgia.

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He said it was high time that genetic approach is translated to every day clinical practice in a country where hereditary diseases are rampant.
She said this was a "growing issue" due to Bahraini couples getting married despite knowing through pre-marital screening that their children could suffer from hereditary diseases common in the country.
The program was founded as a preventive mechanism against chronic and hereditary diseases, which bear a heavy financial and emotional cost, " he said.
It involves swapping the nucleus from an affected mum-to-be's egg with that of a healthy donor egg from another woman, leaving behind the deformed DNA which causes the hereditary disease.
of Michigan) spent a decade tabulating the global frequencies of these hereditary diseases and explained them in the context of local biological and cultural histories.
Dr Curtis said: "The NHS offers an excellent genetic diagnostic service, helping clinicians to diagnose hereditary diseases and deliver treatments, but over the past 20 years the number of diseases that have been linked to genetic mutations has increased many times over.
Inherited large structural changes, known as copy number variations (CNVs), have been implicated in some hereditary diseases but have seldom been reported as the underlying basis for a familial cancer.
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And the parliament added that EU governments should devote resources to counselling carrier patients of rare hereditary diseases about the risk of their children developing these health problems.
Local doctors stress that pre-marriage medical tests are vital for a healthy future When wedding bells loom it's an exciting time for couples; but because Arab communities are more prone to hereditary diseases and blood disorders because of the tradition of marrying close relatives, the run up to a marriage celebration is also the right time to conduct a medical screening test, advises the UAE Minster of Health, HE Humaid Mohamed Al Qutami.

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