• Question: are syndromes genetic ?

    Asked by Ami_awesome to Omur, Hayley on 15 Mar 2016. This question was also asked by Shiv.
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      Hayley Moulding answered on 15 Mar 2016:

      Not all syndromes are genetic. Syndromes are a collection of symptoms which all have similar traits and all are linked to a disease. They can be genetic but sometimes we don’t know what causes syndromes. Sometimes syndromes can develop from other factors like environmental factors like alcohol or smoking. There are some nasty syndromes including foetal alcohol syndrome which occur through pregnant mothers drinking alcohol.

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      Omur Tastan answered on 16 Mar 2016:

      I love that you think IPAD is the greatest invention, I love IPADs, too. They are soo cool and can almost replace my computer-if I had one πŸ™‚

      About your question, most syndromes are genetic but you can also develop syndromes which are due to other factors. The defects in our genetic material can lead to several syndromes and sometimes these are treatable and some times they are not. A genetic syndrome can become better or worse depending on the environment.

      However, some syndromes are solely due to outside factors and these can be avoided and should be avoided. For example the Shaken baby syndrome, where you can cause death of babies if you shake them-which is abuse. These are monitored by Social Services and Doctors.

      I hope this helps πŸ™‚