Your Genes, Your Health: A Critical Family Guide That Could Save Your Life

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Oxford University Press, USA, Oct 13, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 401 pages
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New advances in genetics have dramatically expanded our ability to avoid, prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide range of disorders. Now, more than ever, families need to know about these new discoveries, especially as there are some 7,000 rare genetic diseases that afflict about 1 in 12 of us. In Your Genes, Your Health, Aubrey Milunsky provides an invaluable and authoritative guide to what you should know about your genes. Illustrated with poignant family histories that underscore the lifesaving importance of knowing one's family medical history and ethnic origin, the book highlights the importance of recognizing seemingly unrelated disorders in a family as due to the same gene mutation and it outlines the key genetic tests needed for diagnosis, detection of carriers, and prenatal diagnosis. Many genetic disorders are discussed including cancer, heart disease, autism, mental illness, birth defects, neurologic disorders, diabetes, obesity and much more. The message of this book is clear--know your family history, be cognizant of your ethnic origins, seek appropriate consultations, and opt for meaningful genetic tests. Recognition of your risk(s) enables prompt preemptive action. By knowing your genes, you may save your life and the lives of those you love.
 

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Contents

1 Why and What You Should Know
3
2 Too Many or Too Few Chromosomes
14
The Sex Chromosomes
26
4 Chromosome Rearrangements
39
You and Your Genes
50
6 How Genes are Transmitted
65
7 Prenatal Diagnosis
84
8 When Good Cells Go Wrong
105
21 Genes with Signatures
275
22 Maternal Inheritance and Inevitability
283
23 Harmful Maternal Effects on the Fetus
288
24 Patterns of Anomalies
301
25 Treatment Options
311
26 Sugar and Metals
329
A Weighty Burden
339
28 Hypertension
349

9 Matters of the Heart
126
10 Consequences of Failure to Diagnose
141
11 Genes Gone Missing
151
12 Earlier and More Severe Genetic Disorders
164
13 The Determination to Have a Healthy Child
173
14 Irrevocability and Acceptance
183
15 Ancestral Genetic Burdens
193
16 Puzzling Fevers
213
17 Bleeding and Clotting
220
18 Blood Vessels that Burst
239
19 Brain Connections and Disconnections
250
A Mirror to the Brain
266
Frequently Asked Questions
359
Cancer Susceptibility Syndromes for which Preimplantation Genetic Diagnoses have been Performed
368
Selected SingleGene Disorders with Germline Mosaicism
369
Genetic Diseases in which Dynamic Mutations with Triplet Repeat Expansions do Occur
371
Selected Genetic Disorders with Anticipation or Suspected Anticipation
372
Guidelines for the Molecular Genetics Predictive Test in Huntington Disease
374
Genetic Disorders in which Dilatation of the Aorta May Occur
377
Examples Of Imprinting in Genetic Disorders
378
Genetic Resources And Support Organizations
379
Index
381
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Aubrey Milunsky, MD, D.S.c. is Professor of Human Genetics, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pathology, and the Director of the Center for Human Genetics, at Boston University School of Medicine.

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