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Why do doctors ask for your race?

Race and ethnicity are risk factors in many diseases. Examples include, but are not limited to, cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy. There is also an epidemiological purpose of collecting this ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

There's a myriad of adjustments that can improve patients' treatment if it's race-informed. As a very small but characteristic example, the 2021 European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for Heart ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

Here are some random examples: Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases Bloom syndrome. Canavan disease. Cystic fibrosis. Th Familial dysautonomia (FD). Fanconi anemia. Gaucher disease. Mucolipidosis IV. ...
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Preventing diabetes mellitus

Generally, Diabetes Mellitus is categorized into Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes.The type that you are concerned with is type 2 in which genetic factor plays a major role. Type 2 diabetes ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

On a scale from sledgehammer to scalpel, race, as recorded in medical data is closer to sledgehammer in terms of granularity, but hey, sometimes we need sledgehammers (e.g. for broad epidemiological ...
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How to determine the chances of inheriting an autosomal recessive disease if the carrier status of parents is unknown?

Let's say that the families of partner 1 and partner 2 have no history of similar autosomal recessive disorders and we can therefor assume but not exclude (by natural mutation chance) they are not a ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

In addition to all the fine answers, there are even more clinical reasons for including race in your chart. For one, clinical lab norms and calculations based on the clinical lab values can differ by ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

When you immigrate to the United States (as I did), one of the first things you notice is that you get asked about your race all the time. Want a loan from your bank, your race is recorded (if you ...
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Why do doctors ask for your race?

The answer to your question can come from many angles. I do not have clinical experience, but I do have regulatory reporting experience. In the United States, the CDC runs a program called "...
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What are the genetic predispositions, if any, for covid-19?

The only data we have suggesting a genetic resistance to Covid-19 so far is that blood group O is protective and so is being female. The latter may relate to the numbers of ACE2 receptors since the ...
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23andMe DNA Test is reliable?

I would like to start by saying that 23andMe performs its genetic test in CLIA certified laboratory. Processes like DNA extraction, purification, measurement can only be done under laboratory ...
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Preventing diabetes mellitus

I agree with CCR's answer, let me add that the type of exercise that burns the most energy are cardio exercises (like running, biking swimming). Strength exercise are also recommended for good health, ...
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