Type 1 Diagnosis, No Family History? – Health Education Article

Why did my child get type 1 diabetes when there is no family history of it? You are not alone.  In fact, having someone in your family who has type 1 diabetes when you are diagnosed is the exception, rather than the rule.  As Dr. Jason Gaglia , M.D., M.M.Sc. , researcher at Joslin Diabetes Center explains, “At most only 10 to 15 percent of persons with type 1 diabetes have an affected first degree relative (the majority of people…

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The Age of Genetics – Health Article

Ever since I was a bright-eyed and bushy tailed medical student, roaming the hallowed halls of the University of Virginia Medical School over 40 years ago, the mantra of modern medicine was drilled into my head, that all disease is caused by two factors – genetic predispositions and environmental stressors – and that someday, we will know enough about the genetic side of the equation to make far greater contributions to our patient’s well-being and health.  That day has arrived,…

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