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Title: Preventive aspects of genetic morbidity: experiences of the Canadian model
Authors: Khalifa, M.M.
Issue Date: 1999
Language: English
Abstract: Genetic disorders are emerging as a major health problem in industrialized countries, especially with greater control of environmental diseases. Of total admissions to major paediatric hospitals, 50% are due to genetic disorders, and at least 10% of all adult admissions to hospitals involve major genetic contributions. Several programmes aimed at preventing or ameliorating these genetic disorders are being implemented. Identifying people at risk of genetic disease has helped decrease the burden of such diseases on families and society. Early recognition also leads to greater success of treatment and improves outcome and prognosis. In Arab populations, genetic disorders are still not perceived as a major health problem, even though they are widely prevalent. Applying similar programmes of early detection, maternal screening, neonatal screening, carrier testing and susceptibility testing will significantly help reduce the impact of these disorders in our populations
Description: 1121-1128
Keywords: Genetic Screening
Heterozygote Detection
Infant, Newborn
Morbidity
Neonatal Screening
Preimplantation Diagnosis
Preventive Health Services
Risk Factors
Subject: Genetic Diseases, Inborn
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118805
ISSN: 1020-3397
Other Identifiers: http://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/0506/EMHJ_1999_5_6_1121_1128.pdf
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