"This may help us devise new therapeutic approaches for inflammatory skin diseases." Parents Outloud, the pressure group, said the research provides scientific support for its campaign to prevent children being mollycoddled by health and safety
DEBATE REFLECTION In today’s society, advances in genetics are improving the scientific understanding of some of the links between genetics and diseases; this is also known as DNA profiling. DNA profiling is the process of identifying an individual through their DNA. A person’s DNA can tell a lot about the individual, for instance, it could show if the person carries a disease or has chance of developing a disease, or if a person has a genetic disorder that they may pass on to their offspring. This information can be used by employers to find the best suited employee or for insurance companies to deny their services to individuals who have a greater chance of death. In my opinion the use of DNA for these purposes is a violation of an individual’s
Gene therapy - One of the most promising treatments on the horizon for ALD is gene therapy - This involves temporarily removing the appropriate cells from the person with ALD, inserting the corrected genetic sequence with the appropriate blueprints into these cells and putting them back into the patient. The repaired cells will then produce the protein that had been missing or defective prior to treatment, and the disease process will halt or moderately reverse. Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy - Scientists at St. Jude’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Tulane University School of Medicine, and leading institutions in Germany are also studying the use of mesenchymal stem cells in treating ALD. These cells are multipotent precursor cells that can differentiate into many different types of cells. Cultured from adults’ bone marrow, they may have promise in treating ALD when delivered directly into the blood and brains of people with the
It seems that gradually genetics might play a role in causing depression, addiction and issues to do with self-esteem, these could cause by predisposing the children in some way. It means that genetic code does not absolutely govern what we will do or become, but certain environmental factors will trigger the genes to affect them. A baby’s development can be effected during the pregnancy or at the moment of conceiving. If the mother smokes, drink alcohol or uses drugs, this way the baby can be harmed during the pregnancy. Furthermore, there are influences of children’s development after conceived, for example some babies are born too early and this play a part in their later development.
Research being currently carried out into cystic fibrosis includes trying to find a cure through gene therapy, this would try to prevent lung disease in a cystic fibrosis sufferer. People with cystic fibrosis suffer with their lungs becoming clogged with a sticky mucus making it very difficult for them to breathe. Prevention of cystic fibrosis could be done through screening a person to see if there is any family history of the disease present. Also by testing a woman during their pregnancy, by performing an aminocentisis test which would mean a sample of fluid taken from the womb. Also "chronic villus sampling", this involvs a sample of tissue (a biopsy) taken from the placenta and tested.
Education is important with this form of treatment so clients can recognize how different factors affect the course of the disease and what they can do to manage these factors (Steinkuller and Rheineck 342). Family therapy is also a means of treatment where family members as well as the client see a mental health provider to find solutions and ways to deal with the disorder. Family involvement provides structure and could increase adherence to treatment leading to delays or reductions in relapses (Steinkuller and Rheineck 342). Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy involves stabilizing social and circadian rhythms based on the hypotheses that unstable daily routines result in increased bipolar episodes in individuals prone to them (Steinkuller and Rheineck 349). Social rhythm therapy recognizes the need for regular sleep/wake cycles, regulation of meals, exercise, sleep and plans for keeping rhythms stable when disruptions occur.
Abstract The ability to use embryonic stem cells in research leads to major medical breakthroughs; the use of stem cells should be permitted and supported. Stem cells have the ability to acquire cures for diseases such as: Multiple Sclerosis, HIV, Alzheimer's, Cancer, and vast amounts of other diseases. Ethical and Religious beliefs influence peoples outlook on embryonic stem cells which can give embryonic stem cells a bad image. But, the truth is, embryonic stem cells give hope to many people suffering from diseases that, at this point in time, have no cure. "In the end, it's possible that human beings may die so that embryos will live.
It is a powerful antioxidant and as such helps to protect the cells in our bodies from damage. Studies in humans have shown that lycopene is protective against a variety of cancers including prostate of course, but also colorectal, breast, lung, endometrial, pancreatic, bladder, cervical and skin cancers. Lycopene has also been shown to help prevent heart disease and may slow the development of cataracts and macular degeneration, an age related vision problem that can lead to blindness. The vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, and folate found in abundance in tomatoes are potent protectors against heart disease. Niacin can lower high cholesterol levels and potassium has been shown to lower high blood pressure and to reduce the risk of heart disease.
“Genetic counseling: An educational counseling process for individuals and families who have a genetic disease or who are at risk for such a disease. Genetic counseling is designed to provide patients and their families with information about their condition and help them make informed decisions.” (medterms.com) Genetic counselors are the professional that sit down with the parents of an affected child and go over step-by step the process to how they might have gotten the disorder and how to cope and prepare for the disorder. Personally, I believe the technology to help people find out if they are carrying or have a genetic disorder is absolutely amazing. The speaker we had in class informed us on how the system works and what a Genetic Counselor has to deal with in terms of patient care and follow up. There is a big responsibility as a counselor to make sure the child is well taken care of if he or she is diagnosed with a serious disorder such as sickle cell anemia, which she told us that it is one of the most common disorders they deal with.