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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Down syndrome

Down syndrome is a common genetic condition that causes intellectual disability and other physical and learning challenges. By working together with early intervention services, you can learn how to play and communicate with children with Down syndrome in ways that help them reach their full potential.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Genetic or medical termination of pregnancy

No one who conceives a pregnancy expects to have to end it - terminate it - for medical reasons, or for a normally happy event to become one of sadness.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Preparing for pregnancy - inherited conditions

Talk to your doctor if you are worried about genetic (inherited) conditions such as cystic fibrosis or thalassemia.

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The process of donating | VARTA

Before donating you will need to:

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Why donor-linking matters | VARTA

Wendy Kramer is Director of the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR). The DSR is a US charity organisation, founded in 2000 by Wendy and her donor-conceived son Ryan, to assist individuals conceived as a result of sperm egg or embryo donation that are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they share genetic ties. Wendy speaks about the research undertaken by her organisation and the experiences of those people who have linked via DSR.

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Are you eligible to donate? | VARTA

Donors come from all walks of life. Contrary to popular belief, they are not all university students. They are generous peoplewho give the gift of life to those affected by infertility. Donors need to considerthe emotional, legal and physicalimplications of their donation on all parties, including their own families prior to donating.

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Kidney cancer | Kidney Health Australia

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Managing your weight - Diabetes NSW - Live your life

Although there is a strong genetic predisposition with type 2 diabetes, the risk is greatly increased when associated with lifestyle factors such as high blood pressure, being overweight or obese, insufficient physical activity, poor diet and the classic apple shape body where extra weight is carried around the waist.

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Overview of Environmental Health

Environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments. This definition excludes behaviour not related to environment, as well as behaviour related to the social and cultural environment, and genetics.

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Klinefelters syndrome, a chromosomal condition affecting males | Andrology Australia

Klinefelters Syndrome is a genetic condition that only affects males. The condition is present from birth and is due to an extra X chromosome.

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