By Aubrey Milunsky MD DSc
New advances in genetics have dramatically improved our skill to prevent, hinder, diagnose, and deal with a variety of problems. Now, greater than ever, households want to know approximately those new discoveries, particularly as there are a few 7,000 infrequent genetic illnesses that afflict approximately 1 in 12 folks. In Your Genes, Your Health, Aubrey Milunsky offers a useful and authoritative advisor to what you need to find out about your genes. Illustrated with poignant kinfolk histories that underscore the lifesaving value of realizing one's relatives scientific historical past and ethnic foundation, the publication highlights the significance of spotting likely unrelated issues in a relatives as because of the similar gene mutation and it outlines the main genetic checks wanted for prognosis, detection of providers, and prenatal analysis. Many genetic problems are mentioned together with melanoma, middle affliction, autism, psychological ailment, start defects, neurologic issues, diabetes, weight problems and lots more and plenty extra. The message of this e-book is clear--know your loved ones historical past, be cognizant of your ethnic origins, search acceptable consultations, and go for significant genetic assessments. popularity of your risk(s) allows steered preemptive motion. via understanding your genes, you'll keep your lifestyles and the lives of these you love.
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23 Too Many or Too Few Chromosomes I have been consulted by a very large number of couples planning pregnancies where one of them has had a sibling or cousin with Down syndrome. The thematic inquiry in this selected but large group of couples was to determine their risks and the options for avoidance of Down syndrome. The partner with this history invariably sought a way to avoid reliving their past experience. Finally, while working in London in the mid-s, I recall the publication of a book by Nigel Hunt.
Named after an English physician, John Langdon Down, who described the features of this condition in . 17 Too Many or Too Few Chromosomes The fact that most of us are born healthy seems a miracle, when one considers the human embryo soon after fertilization. Abnormalities of chromosome number were rife and included chromosome pairs derived entirely from one parent. Moreover, major structural chromosomal abnormalities (see Chapter ) were observed in % of all embryos examined! Embryos were from young healthy fertile couples undergoing IVF for genetic disorders unrelated to chromosomal disorders.
Upon arriving home, they were horrified to discover blood "all over the house" and immediately thought there had been an accident or worse. Each of these families discovered their young teenage daughter with Down syndrome having her first menstrual period, which had occurred without warning and of course was not understood by any of them. A number of families have described their teenage boys with Down syndrome who lacked any sexual inhibitions. Besides masturbating in public, they would often inappropriately touch and grope their female siblings or mother.
Your genes, your health. A critical family guide that could save your life by Aubrey Milunsky MD DSc