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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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With his under-pressure side 2-0 down in the five- match series, Australia captain Michael Clarke earlier led from the front and moved on from his overnight 125 to craft a near chanceless 187-his highest test score against England.
It was a chanceless knock and just a shame he could not complete his hundred.
Cook's chanceless knock also took him level with mentor Graham Gooch, England's batting coach's 20 Test tons, The Sun reports.
Strauss and Trott compiled chanceless centuries on day two of England's pre-Test warm-up.
Left-hander Morgan, without a first-class century since his maiden Test hundred at Trent Bridge last summer, was chanceless on his way to a ton from 128 balls.
Wardens skipper Stenning said: "Manuel was simply superb, it was a chanceless knock on a slow wicket.
The visitors set out their stall to defend and play for a point from the firstwhistle and this led to a virtually chanceless first half.
Ord, in a chanceless innings, struck 16 fours and two sixes while pace bowler Hole hit 10 fours and one six in taking the visitors from 200 for eight to 374 for nine.
Not that Bostock was to blame for such a boring chanceless encounter.
This was the second time Goodwin had scored a century in each innings for Sussex, having first achieved the feat against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 2001, and it proved a chanceless innings.
His chanceless innings, spanning four-and-a-half hours, contained 20 fours and a six from 194 balls.
In Division Two, Mathew Johns (53) hit a chanceless half century in leading Narberth to a five wicket win against Haverfordwest Seconds who were restricted to 113-9.