Understanding Genetics: A Primer for Couples and Families

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 209 pages
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One in every 100 Americans is born with a serious genetic disorder, and more will face a disease with genetic components in their lifetime. In the past decade, fledgling genetic science has identified more than 4,000 diseases connected to genetic factors. Genetic doctors and testing have become relatively common. But what is genetics'? How do these doctors and their tests work, and what if anything can they change? Dr. Scheuerle walks us through this new field and explains the basics, detailing diseases and disordes that can present in each life stage: in infancy and childhood, in puberty and adolescence, and in adulthood as well as old age. The text addresses genetic issues that might be considered in pregnancy and pregnancy planning. Also discussed are prenatal testing procedures, and talking about genetic disease with children and teenagers.

 

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Contents

Basic Things to Know
1
What Is a Genetics Doctor?
3
Primer on Family History
11
Who Is Affected by Genetic Disease?
21
DNA Chromosomes and Genes
31
Pregnancy and Pregnancy Planning
39
Forewarned and Forearmed
41
When Genetic Disease Runs in a Family
51
When Things Go Right
121
When Things Go WrongFemale
131
When Things Go WrongMale
139
Teenage Angst
145
Adult Genetic Disease
151
Genetic Conditions That Come on Later
153
Genetics of Common Adult Diseases
159
Knowledge Is Power
165

Hidden Genetic Risks
67
Prenatal Testing
73
What If a Test Is Positive?
81
Genetics in Infancy and Childhood
87
Abnormalities in the Fetus and Infant
89
Abnormalities in the Child
101
When the Problem Cannot Be Fixed
111
Genetics in Puberty and Adolescence
119
APPENDICES
171
Models of Genetic Risk
173
Influences on Dominant Genetic Conditions
179
Notes
183
Glossary
187
Index
203
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About the author (2005)

Angela Scheuerle, M.D. is a Clinical Geneticist in private practice, as well as Medical Director for the Texas Birth Defects Research Center. She is also Medical Director for the Dallas Craniofacial Center and Genetics Medical Center. She is a Faculty Member for the Program of Ethics in Science and Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Scheuerle is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the School of Public Health at the University of Texas, and a Volunteer Faculty Member for the Clinical Ethics in Medicine course at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas.

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