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G.Q., 20th-century British radiologist. See: Chance fracture.
The likelihood that a thing has happened unpredictably without human intervention or observable cause; random variation within a population


Statistics The likelihood that a thing has happened unpredictably without human intervention or observable cause. See Monte Carlo simulation, Random.


1. That which occurs randomly.
2. An accident.

Patient discussion about chance

Q. What are the chances that my children will have autism? My fiancé and I are planning on having children eventually. In his family, three of the five children have autism. My side is clear. What are the chances of us having a child with autism??

A. Autism is related to several genes and not just one. Therefore you can’t really tell if your children be autistic or not- it depends on how much “autistic genes” you and your fiancé have and how much of it you will inherit to your children. Regardless, you should check out this website:

Q. What are my genetic chances to get arthritis? 3 of my grandparents have arthritis but my parents don't. what are my chances to get it as well?

A. thanks dagmar! how do you get your arthritis info? know any good articles?

Q. What should I expect from my pregnancy for the chances of RA? My mother is having rheumatoid arthritis for the past 23 years. After I was born she started having high muscle aches basically at knees. After diagnosis it was confirmed for RA. She says that this pain and the swelling of knees started after my birth. Now I am pregnant and she remains worried about my pregnancy and the chances of RA. I am too getting worried now with my growing weakness and pain in my joints. What should I expect from my pregnancy for the chances of RA?

A. Savannah, first congratulations for your pregnancy!

Actually RA is an autoimmune disease, the exact cause of RA is still unknown, but many researchers believe that one of the factor is genetic factor. since your mom had been diagnosed with RA, it means that you're in risk of having RA also.

Now that you're pregnant, you need to consult with your doctors about your risk factors. it doesn't always have to be you're also having RA. but during pregnancy, because of the body weight gain, it can make the RA more manifest, because of the weight load the affected joint has to bear.
If you are diagnosed also with RA, you need to consult with your ob-gyn doctor for the drugs of choice that is safe for the pregnancy.

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And Carlisle could have wrapped it up as two drives by Hayward went close and tricky winger Thomas bobbled a clear chance across the goalface.
Greyhound racing's newest star is owned by Patsy Byrne, who also has a major chance across the water with Sandy Sea representing him in the Boylesports Derby.
14: Paul Gallagher almost pulls the Potters level but hits an inviting chance across the face of goal.
The third-minute chance he headed straight into the hands of Jussi Jaaskelainen from inside the six-yard box was profligate enough, but to then toe-poke an even better chance across the face of Bolton's gaping goal with nine minutes remaining must have left him wondering when he will next find the net.
City enjoyed a 10-minute purple patch mid-way through the second half,Goodall dragging a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box, Huw Griffiths' back header sailng inches over and Ross Jefferies slicing a chance across goal.
31mins: Murphy snatches good chance across face of net.
And Linfield have promised they will not stand in my way if there is a second chance across the Channel.
But the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is eager to get another chance across the water in the future.
The second half saw a vast improvement but an off-colour John Hartson screwed a clear-cut chance across the face of goal, Chippo drilled a low effort at keeper Aidan Davison and Zuniga curled an effort over the bar from distance.
Indeed, his one season at Oriel Park proved a godsend for Kearns, whose terrific form for Dundalk earned him another chance across the water, this time with Peterborough United where he would stay for the next three seasons.