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Genetic, Chromosomal, & Metabolic Conditions

Muscular Dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy is a disorder that weakens a person's muscles. Because the condition weakens muscles over time, teens and adults who have the disease can gradually lose the ability to do everyday tasks.

Hemophilia
For guys with a rare bleeding disorder called hemophilia, minor cuts and bruises can be a big deal. The good news is that it's a lot easier to control now than in the past, and most guys with hemophilia live pretty normal lives.

Thyroid Disease Definitions
Check out these definitions to help you understand the thyroid gland and thyroid disease.

Turner Syndrome
Turner syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects about 1 in every 2,500 females. Read this article to learn more about the condition and how doctors treat Turner syndrome.

von Willebrand Disease
When people have von Willebrand disease, their blood doesn't clot properly. Cuts and wounds can't scab over as well and they might bleed longer than normal. Find out more about von Willebrand disease in this article for teens.

The Basics on Genes and Genetic Disorders
Genes play an important role in how we look and act, and even in whether we get sick. This article gives the lowdown on genes, genetic disorders, and new research into gene therapy.

Thyroid Disease
The thyroid gland manufactures the hormones that help control metabolism and growth. So if your thyroid isn't operating properly, you can have problems in other parts of your body.

What Is Hypoglycemia?
Lots of people wonder if they have hypoglycemia, but the condition is not common in teens. Get the facts on hypoglycemia.

Marfan Syndrome
Marfan syndrome affects the body's connective tissue and can cause problems in the eyes, joints, and heart. But teens with Marfan syndrome can live normal lives. Find out how in this article.

Albinism
Humans, animals, and even plants can have albinism, a condition that gives people a kind of pale appearance. Find out more about albinism here.

Dwarfism
A dwarf is a short-statured person whose adult height is 4 feet 10 inches or under. Find out what happens when a person has dwarfism and why some people are born with it.

Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a signal that someone could be on the road to serious health problems. Find out more about it in this article for teens.

Klinefelter Syndrome
This genetic condition only affects guys and is also called "XXY." It can affect a guy's ability to learn and his sexual development, but doctors can treat it. Find out more.

Dwarfism: Emily's Story (Video)
Emily was adopted from Russia, where she was born with a type of dwarfism. In this video, she talks about her life philosophy and how she overcame the many hurdles she faced.