A hereditary condition is one that is genetically passed on from one or both biological parents, such as bleeding disorders. Are you concerned that a medical condition you have may be passed to your children? Do you wonder if you could develop a disease that your parents or siblings have? Learn more about common hereditary conditions, including symptoms, treatment options and expert advice.

Healthy Living May Offset Genetic Breast Cancer Risk

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: helen
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Women who carry common gene variants linked to breast cancer can still cut their risk of the disease by following a healthy lifestyle, a large new study suggests.In fact, lifestyle might be especially powerful for women at relatively high genetic risk of breast cancer, researchers found.
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Women who carry common gene variants linked to breast cancer can still cut their risk of the disease by following a healthy lifestyle, a large new study suggests.In fact, lifestyle might be especially powerful for women at relatively high genetic risk of breast cancer, researchers found.

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THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who carry common gene variants linked to breast cancer can still cut their risk of the disease by following a healthy lifestyle, a large new study suggests.

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Genetic Testing: Getting the Results

  • Posted on: 20 August 2015
  • By: helen
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Deciding to get genetic testing is a big decision and getting the results is scary. Just remember: it's all about knowing your body.

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Genetic Testing: Is It Scarier Knowing or Not Knowing?

  • Posted on: 17 July 2015
  • By: helen
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Genetic testing may be recommended if you have a strong family history of cancer, but the decision to get tested is a personal one.
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Having a strong family history of cancer is scary. Every screening test causes anxiety, and I continually wonder "When?" "What if?" and "Which kind?"

Last week I took a step toward some answers. I went to see a genetic counselor and, on her recommendation, got genetic testing. Now I wait—for one long month.

My gynecologist recommended I see the counselor, primarily because of my family history. It's not a great gene pool.

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The Amazing Gift Regenerative Surgery Gave These Teenage Girls

  • Posted on: 11 April 2014
  • By: veras
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Doctors have successfully implanted laboratory-grown vaginas into four teenage girls suffering from a rare birth defect, creating new organs with feel and function comparable to that of a "natural" vagina, a new study reports

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Making Sure von Willebrand Disease Doesn't Hinder Me as a Mom or My Kids

  • Posted on: 16 April 2012
  • By: jleff
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While I did not learn I had von Willebrand disease (VWD), a hereditary bleeding disorder that causes blood to not clot properly, until I was 35, my diagnosis and successful treatment helped empower me to have my own children tested much younger than I was.

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Living Well with von Willebrand Disease

  • Posted on: 16 April 2012
  • By: jleff

My daughter has von Willebrand disease. What can I do to keep her safe and help her lead a normal life?

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Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Living With von Willebrand Disease. Available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/vwd/livingwith.html . Accessed February 17, 2012.
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Von Willebrand Disease and Pregnancy

  • Posted on: 16 April 2012
  • By: jleff

Is it safe for me to have a baby if I have von Willebrand disease (VWD)?

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Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Living With von Willebrand Disease. Available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/vwd/livingwith.html . Accessed February 17, 2012.
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5 Signs and Symptoms of von Willebrand Disease

  • Posted on: 16 April 2012
  • By: jleff
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Heavy bleeding during menstrual periods and easy bruising are two symptoms of the most common hereditary blood disorder in the United States. Think you may have the disease? Learn more.
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von willebrand disease symptomsWhat is von Willebrand disease (VWD)? It is the most common bleeding disorder in the United States, found in up to 1 percent of the population. Blood contains numerous proteins that help the body stop bleeding after medical procedures or injuries. One of these proteins is named von Willebrand factor (VWF). People with VWD have low levels of VWF or VWF that doesn't work properly, so their blood doesn't clot properly.

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References Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What should you know about von Willebrand Disease? Available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/vwd/. Accessed November 4, 2011. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. What is von Willebrand Disease? Available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/vwd/. Accessed February 8, 2012.
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