Is It in Your Genes?: The Influence of Genes on Common Disorders and Diseases that Affect You and Your Family / Edition 2

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One of the most important dividends of the Human Genome Project will be a much greater understanding of the influence of genes on disease and disorders in children (from asthma to autism) and adults (including heart disease, virtually all cancers, and Alzheimer's disease). The nature of genetic risks in families is becoming clearer and this book is written to help people understand them. Philip Reilly, a physician geneticist, who has given hundreds of lectures on this subject, takes a user friendly approach. Drawing on the many questions he has been asked (for example, My sister has multiple sclerosis. Am I at an increased risk?), Reilly discusses over 90 common conditions, diseases, and disorders, arranged from conception to old age. In frank, non technical terms, he makes clear what is known and not known about the genetic factors and, if your risk is elevated, what you might be able to do about it. This book is a uniquely valuable resource for anyone seeking more information about a family's disease heritage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879697211
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
  • Publication date: 4/5/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiv
A Note about Technical Terminology xv
Is It in Your Genes? Companion Web Site xvi
Introduction: Genetic Medicine 1
Genes and Mutations 7
Part 1 Pregnancy
Infertility 13
Endometriosis 16
Uterine Fibroids 18
Consanguinity 20
Race and Ethnicity 22
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss 24
Preeclampsia 27
Twinning 28
Premature Births 30
Part 2 Infancy
Congenital Malformations (Birth Defects) 33
Down Syndrome 34
Spina Bifida 35
Congenital Heart Defects 36
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate 37
Pyloric Stenosis 38
Clubfoot 39
Newborn Genetic Screening 39
Deafness 42
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 45
Part 3 Childhood
Cerebral Palsy 47
Mental Retardation 49
Autism 53
Developmental Disabilities 56
Specific Reading Disability (Dyslexia) 56
Specific Language Impairment 58
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 60
Stuttering 62
Epilepsy (Seizures) 64
Juvenile Diabetes 68
Asthma 71
Eczema 73
Scoliosis 74
Stature 75
Strabismus 77
Eye Color 78
Handedness 79
Part 4 Adulthood
Heart Diseases 81
Coronary Artery Disease (Atherosclerosis) 81
High Cholesterol 86
High Blood Pressure 87
Cardiomyopathy 90
Pulmonary Embolism 93
Sudden Death 95
Aortic Aneurysms 97
Atrial Fibrillation 99
Mitral Valve Prolapse 101
Longevity 102
Lung Diseases 106
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD, Emphysema) 106
Sarcoidosis 108
Gastrointestinal Diseases 110
Inflammatory Bowel Disease 110
Peptic Ulcer Disease 114
Celiac Disease (Gluten-sensitive Enteropathy) 116
Pancreatitis 118
Lactose Intolerance (Lactase Deficiency) 120
Appendicitis 121
Gallstones (Cholecystitis, Gallbladder Disease) 123
Endocrine Disorders 125
Adult-onset Diabetes (NIDDM, Diabetes Type II) 125
Obesity 128
Osteoporosis 133
Thyroid Diseases 137
Infectious Diseases 139
Susceptibility to Infection 139
Rheumatological Disorders 146
Rheumatoid Arthritis 146
Osteoarthritis 149
Gout 151
Lupus 153
Fibromyalgia Syndrome 157
Skin Disorders 158
Atopic Dermatitis 158
Psoriasis 159
Baldness 160
Cancer 162
Breast Cancer 162
Ovarian Cancer 169
Endometrial Cancer 172
Colon Cancer 173
Prostate Cancer 177
Kidney Cancer 180
Bladder Cancer 181
Stomach Cancer 183
Cancer of the Pancreas 185
Leukemia 188
Lymphoma 190
Hodgkin's Disease 190
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma 191
Melanoma 193
Lung Cancer 195
Brain Disorders 197
Stroke 197
Alzheimer's Disease 201
Migraine Headaches 204
Multiple Sclerosis 206
Parkinson's Disease 208
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) 212
Eye Disorders 214
Glaucoma 214
Macular Degeneration 217
Mental Illness 219
Schizophrenia 219
Affective Disorder (Major Depression, Bipolar Illness) 223
Panic Disorder 228
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 230
Anorexia Nervosa 232
Human Behavior 233
Alcoholism 233
Drug Addiction 236
Homosexuality 238
Conclusion 241
For Further Information 245
Index 279
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2005

    Is It In Your Genes? is a great book

    Philip R. Reilly packs a lot of punch into this book. The clear cut organization is set to represent the human life cycle-from pregnancy to adulthood. This makes it easy to find whatever disorder you are interested in learning about. Despite his many years of medical experience, Reilly uses a language that is easy to understand and follow. There are tables and charts on every couple of pages that help contribute to the understanding of whatever disorder he is on. This book is very accurate and up to date (due to its recent publication date). I checked this book out from the Oklahoma State University library and have enjoyed browsing through each disorder and learning something from every one.

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