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

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

by Philip R. Reilly, Philip Reilly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0879697210

ISBN-13: 9780879697211

Pub. Date: 04/05/2004

Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

It is now clear that our risk of developing almost any disease is influenced by the genes with which we are born. 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

Overview

It is now clear that our risk of developing almost any disease is influenced by the genes with which we are born. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879697211
Publisher:
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Publication date:
04/05/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiv
A Note about Technical Terminologyxv
Is It in Your Genes? Companion Web Sitexvi
Introduction: Genetic Medicine1
Genes and Mutations7
Part 1Pregnancy
Infertility13
Endometriosis16
Uterine Fibroids18
Consanguinity20
Race and Ethnicity22
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss24
Preeclampsia27
Twinning28
Premature Births30
Part 2Infancy
Congenital Malformations (Birth Defects)33
Down Syndrome34
Spina Bifida35
Congenital Heart Defects36
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate37
Pyloric Stenosis38
Clubfoot39
Newborn Genetic Screening39
Deafness42
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome45
Part 3Childhood
Cerebral Palsy47
Mental Retardation49
Autism53
Developmental Disabilities56
Specific Reading Disability (Dyslexia)56
Specific Language Impairment58
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder60
Stuttering62
Epilepsy (Seizures)64
Juvenile Diabetes68
Asthma71
Eczema73
Scoliosis74
Stature75
Strabismus77
Eye Color78
Handedness79
Part 4Adulthood
Heart Diseases81
Coronary Artery Disease (Atherosclerosis)81
High Cholesterol86
High Blood Pressure87
Cardiomyopathy90
Pulmonary Embolism93
Sudden Death95
Aortic Aneurysms97
Atrial Fibrillation99
Mitral Valve Prolapse101
Longevity102
Lung Diseases106
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD, Emphysema)106
Sarcoidosis108
Gastrointestinal Diseases110
Inflammatory Bowel Disease110
Peptic Ulcer Disease114
Celiac Disease (Gluten-sensitive Enteropathy)116
Pancreatitis118
Lactose Intolerance (Lactase Deficiency)120
Appendicitis121
Gallstones (Cholecystitis, Gallbladder Disease)123
Endocrine Disorders125
Adult-onset Diabetes (NIDDM, Diabetes Type II)125
Obesity128
Osteoporosis133
Thyroid Diseases137
Infectious Diseases139
Susceptibility to Infection139
HIV/AIDS145
Rheumatological Disorders146
Rheumatoid Arthritis146
Osteoarthritis149
Gout151
Lupus153
Fibromyalgia Syndrome157
Skin Disorders158
Atopic Dermatitis158
Psoriasis159
Baldness160
Cancer162
Breast Cancer162
Ovarian Cancer169
Endometrial Cancer172
Colon Cancer173
Prostate Cancer177
Kidney Cancer180
Bladder Cancer181
Stomach Cancer183
Cancer of the Pancreas185
Leukemia188
Lymphoma190
Hodgkin's Disease190
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma191
Melanoma193
Lung Cancer195
Brain Disorders197
Stroke197
Alzheimer's Disease201
Migraine Headaches204
Multiple Sclerosis206
Parkinson's Disease208
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease)212
Eye Disorders214
Glaucoma214
Macular Degeneration217
Mental Illness219
Schizophrenia219
Affective Disorder (Major Depression, Bipolar Illness)223
Panic Disorder228
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder230
Anorexia Nervosa232
Human Behavior233
Alcoholism233
Drug Addiction236
Homosexuality238
Conclusion241
For Further Information245
Index279

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