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Risk Factors and Medical Conditions Leading to Obesity

Being overweight means that too much of a person’s body is made up of stored fat. Anyone can become overweight when the energy they put into their body in the form of food and drink is more than the energy they use up in exercise and daily living. This leftover energy is transformed into fat by the body. To become obese, it usually takes years for the fat to build up. A person is defined […]

Common Types of Birth Defects

A birth defect is any physical or mental disabling or fatal abnormality in function, structure or metabolism that is present at birth. To date, medical science has identified thousands of different birth defects, ranging in severity from very minor to life-threatening. Around 3% of all newborns have some kind of birth defect. Birth defects account for more than 20% of all infant deaths and are thus the most common cause of infant death during the […]

What is Fragile X Syndrome?

Fragile X syndrome (also known as Martin-Bell syndrome, Escalante’s syndrome or simply FXS) is a genetic disorder and it is the most common cause of inherited mental disability. It is more common in boys than in girls. The cognitive effects of fragile X syndrome vary from person to person, and range from mild learning disabilities to severe mental retardation. Fragile X is one of the most common known reasons for autism and its associated social, […]

Causes and Treatment of Premature Gray Hair

There is no question that gray hair is one the most apparent signs of aging. Even people with weak eyesight, like those refusing to wear glasses who would not see wrinkles on the face of a 100 years old, can notice your white hairs immediately. That is why gray hair is in all cultures associated with old age. On average, Caucasians start turning gray around the age of 34 whereas Asians and Africans keep their […]

What is Triple X Syndrome?

Triple X syndrome is a genetic disorder that only affects women. It does not always cause symptoms but sometimes it can result in certain physical characteristics/problems, such as taller than average height, a small head, poor motor skills, learning disabilities or behavioral problems and infertility. Women with triple X syndrome have a third X chromosome in each cell. Sometimes every cell in the body is affected and sometimes only a percentage of cells have three […]

What is Thalassemia?

Thalassemia is an inherited disorder that causes the body to produce less healthy red blood cells. This condition causes mild to severe anemia. Anemia is a condition where a person does not have enough red blood cells or their red blood cells do not have enough hemoglobin. There is a variety of types of thalassemias and they are named according to severity of the disorder. Fast Facts about Thalassemia Thalassemia is inherited People with this […]

What is Marfan Syndrome?

Marfan syndrome (also known as Marfan’s syndrome) is a progressive genetic disorder, affecting connective tissue. Patients with Marfan disorder typically have long limbs and long thin fingers, and they are unusually tall. This syndrome affects the skeletal and cardiovascular system, eyes, and skin. This syndrome was first described in 1896 by Antoine Marfan, a French paediatrician and it was named after him. The hereditary gene that is linked to this genetic disorder was identified by […]

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