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Old 03-16-2012, 09:56 AM
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I think I'm just very English. My father has managed to trace my four ancestral lines back several centuries, the earliest being one Edward Bell from some place called Ash from 1611. He's...oh my...*counts* twelve generations back on my dad's mum's line. In all these lines there is one man from Scotland (Alexander Martin, 1801, mum's dad's line) and one couple from Ireland (Thomas Montgomery, 1795, married Matilda Lemon, 1801; dad's dad's line).
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:25 PM
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My Mom used to say that we were Heinz57 - a little of this and a little of that. Not African American or Asian American but possibly some Native American and a host of others.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:40 PM
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For many people it is actually getting harder and harder to tell race just by looking.

A person with brown skin could be Native American, Hispanic, Polynesian, Asian, or African depending on the skin tone and other features. It's better not to guess, as certain racial groups are at risk for widely different diseases.

Knowing race is a legit medical concern because it does affects ones risk factors and affects the plan of care.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:54 PM
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Trying to make sense of a genetic history I can understand. But I had one woman actually freak out over the religion bit.

When I had a case of cellulitus in my right foot, I had been scheduled for a number of appointments over the course of a month to make sure the antibiotics were doing their trick. Each time I had to answer the same questions about insurance, etc. And when it came to religion I simply said no comment, or something similar. This was all done by computer.

Then one morning I had this woman checking me in who gave me an actual piece of paper asking for information about my religious background. I was confused and she said it was because no information had been entered about my religion. It's like...no, because I don't feel it's relevant and I'm not here for anything risky enough to require last rites.

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Old 03-20-2012, 05:41 PM
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On the note of disorders linked to specific cultures/nations/regions of the world the one I always think of is Riley–Day, another disorder that tends to be associated with Ashkenazi. A really interesting one in terms of symptoms, the most common ones being an inability to feel pain, lacrimate deficiency (they don't produce tears), and growth problems.

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Old 03-21-2012, 12:29 AM
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Then one morning I had this woman checking me in who gave me an actual piece of paper asking for information about my religious background. I was confused and she said it was because no information had been entered about my religion. It's like...no, because I don't feel it's relevant and I'm not here for anything risky enough to require last rites.
There are some cases outside of that where it is relevant, e.g. Jehovah's Witnesses can't have blood products, certain other religions might have a problem with a female patient seeing a male doctor. However, if it was something important to you, then I imagine you probably would have said. Last rite wise (or even JW blood products wise) if you do have religious requirements, then it may be worth saying so they have it in their records. It would be horrendous if there was an emergency (and I hope there never is) and they didn't know about your religious/cultural requirements and did something inadvertently that contravened your beliefs.

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Old 03-21-2012, 01:28 PM
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It's actually also part of the meaningful use criteria for electronic medical records. (to receive stimulus money from the ARRA) We have to record race (American Indian or Alaskan, Asian, Black, Caucasian) and ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic)

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Old 03-21-2012, 03:39 PM
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^ So I wonder if I should've said white then? My mom reminded me that we have to go back 4 generations to get to the native, so neither the tribe nor government recognizes it as far as benefits go. Maybe I'm messing up the stats then? But I don't know. It's still there. I put it on the census form, too. Oh well.

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... have to go back 4 generations to get to the native...
So your NA is N/A? Mine's 7 generations.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:23 AM
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I'd think it was both statistical data and care plan. I found out a year ago a reason why the first drug I tried to control seizures with gave me a rash. I'm part Japanese, and it's now been recorded that Asian people don't jive well with Tegretol. Huh. Who'da thunk? (And back then it was not recorded or noted)
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