Genetic Disorders Sourcebook, 5th Edition

  • Sandra Judd
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  • ISBN-10: 0780813022
  • ISBN-13: 9780780813021
  • DDC: 616.042
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 640 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released October 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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As medical researchers unlock the secrets of the human genome, they are learning that nearly all diseases have a genetic component. Some are caused by a mutation in a gene or group of genes. Such mutations can occur randomly or due to an environmental exposure. Other disorders are hereditary. These can be passed down from generation to generation within a family. Finally, many-perhaps most-genetic disorders are caused by a combination of small variations in genes operating in concert with environmental factors. GENETIC DISORDERS SOURCEBOOK, Fourth Edition offers information on how genes work, and it provides facts about the most common genetic disorders, including those that arise from mutations in specific genes, those that arise from chromosomal abnormalities, and disorders with genetic and environmental components, such as cancer, diabetes, mental illness, obesity, and addiction. Reports on current research initiatives describe the newest breakthroughs in the causes and treatments of genetic disorders, gene therapy, and pharmacogenetics. A special section offers guidance to parents of children with genetic disorders, and other chapters discuss genetic counseling, prenatal testing, newborn screening, and genetic discrimination. The book concludes with a glossary of genetic terms and a list of resources for additional help and information.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: Introduction to Genetics.
2: Cells and DNA: The Basics.
3: How Genes Work.
4: Genetic Mutations and Health.
5: Genetic Inheritance.
6: Genetic Counseling.
7: Testing for Genetic Disorders.
8: Preventing Genetic Discrimination.
9: Disorders Resulting from Abnormalities in Specific Genes.
10: Albinism.
11: Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.
12: Blood Clotting Deficiency Disorders.
13: Blood Disorders (Hemoglobinopathies).
14: CHARGE Syndrome.
15: Connective Tissue Disorders.
16: Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.
17: Cystic Fibrosis.
18: Endocrine Disorders.
19: Familial Hypercholesterolemia.
20: Growth Disorders.
21: Heart Rhythm Disorders.
22: Hereditary Deafness.
23: Huntington Disease.
24: Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia.
25: Inborn Errors of Metabolism.
26: Kidney and Urinary System Disorders.
27: Leukodystrophies.
28: Lipid Storage Diseases.
29: Mitochondrial Diseases.
30: Neurofibromatosis.
31: Neuromuscular Disorders.
32: Noonan Syndrome.
33: Porphyria.
34: Retinoblastoma.
35: Rett Syndrome.
36: Tuberous Sclerosis.
37: Vision Disorders.
38: Wilson Disease.
39: Chromosome Abnormalities.
40: Angelman Syndrome.
41: Cri du Chat Syndrome.
42: Down Syndrome and Other Trisomy Disorders.
43: Fragile X Syndrome.
44: Klinefelter Syndrome.
45: Prader-Willi Syndrome.
46: Smith-Magenis Syndrome.
47: Turner Syndrome.
48: Velocardiofacial Syndrome.
49: Williams Syndrome.
50: Complex Disorders with Genetic and Environmental Components.
51: Genes, Behavior, the Environment, and Health.
52: Addiction and Genetics.
53: Alzheimer Disease and Genetics.
54: Asthma and Genetics.
55: Cancer and Genetics.
56: Crohn Disease and Genetics.
57: Mental Illness and Genetics.
58: Diabetes and Genetics.
59: Heart Disease and Genetics.
60: Hypertension: Research Reveals Genetic Links.
61: Heredity and Movement Disorders.
62: Genetic Factors in Obesity.
63: Stroke: Genetic Links.
64: Genetics and Tourette Syndrome.
65: Genetic Research.
66: The Human Genome Project.
67: Behavioral Genetics.
68: Nutrigenomics: Developing Personalized Diets for Disease Prevention.
69: Pharmacogenomics.
70: Gene Therapy.
71: Information for Parents of Children with Genetic Disorders.
72: When Your Baby Has a Birth Defect.
73: Tips for Parenting a Child with a Disability.
74: Early Intervention: An Overview.
75: Assistive Technology for Young Children.
76: Education of Children with Special Needs.
77: Transition Planning for Children with Special Needs.
78: Government Benefits for Children and Adults with Disabilities.
79: Estate Planning for Families of Children with Special Needs.
80: Additional Help and Information.
Glossary of Terms Related to Human Genetics.
Sources of Further Help and Information Related to Genetic Disorders.