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Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by High Priest, Sep 6, 2004.

  1. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 1, 2002 Messages: 4,928 Likes Received: 4
    What is Albinism?

    The word "albinism" refers to a group of inherited conditions. People with albinism have little or no pigment in the eyes, skin, and hair (or in some cases in the eyes alone). They have inherited from their parents an altered copy of a genes that does not work correctly. The altered gene does not allow the body to make the usual amounts of a pigment called melanin.

    Approximately one in 17,000 people have one of the types of albinism. About 18,000 people in the United States are affected. Albinism affects people from all races. The parents of most children with albinism have normal hair and eye color for their ethnic background, and do not have a family history of albinism.

    What Are the Problems with Albinism?

    The eye needs melanin pigment to develop normal vision. People with albinism have impairment of vision because the eye does not have a normal amount of melanin pigment during development. The skin needs pigment for protection from sun damage, and people with albinism often sunburn easily. In tropical areas, many people with albinism who do not protect their skin get skin cancers.

    There are several less common types of albinism which involve other problems also, such as mild problems with blood clotting, or problems with hearing. (See discussion of types of albinism below.)

    Albinism may cause social problems, because people with albinism look different from their families, peers, and other members of their ethnic group.

    Growth and development of a child with albinism should be normal and intellectual development is normal. Developmental milestones should be achieved at the expected age. General health of a child and an adult with albinism is normal, and the reduction in melanin pigment in the skin, hair and the eyes should have no effect on the brain, the cardiovascular system, the lungs, the gastrointestinal tract, the genitourinary system, the musculoskeletal system, or the immune system. Life span is normal.

  2. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
    Albania is also mentioned frequently in Dilbert strips.
  3. slave_one

    slave_one Elite Member

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    i had an albino guinea pig once. white fur, red eyes. so cute.
    that is all i can contribute to this thread...

  4. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    If that's what albinism is, what's albanism?
  5. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 1, 2002 Messages: 4,928 Likes Received: 4
    From the looks of the title, my poor spelling/typing skills.
  6. Crimsøn

    Crimsøn Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 18, 2003 Messages: 2,120 Likes Received: 1

    ...I think I may have it.

    / I almost did the same thing Ae.
  7. Æ°

    Æ° Senior Member

    Joined: May 12, 2002 Messages: 1,974 Likes Received: 6
  8. Best expression ever


    [b]DAS RIGHT, BITCHES.[/b][/center]​
  9. Swiffer Jet

    Swiffer Jet Elite Member

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    Æ° and El Mamerro got it right :lol:
  10. StarzAbove

    StarzAbove Veteran Member

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  11. heavyLox

    heavyLox Veteran Member

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    "albanism": a term coined in Albany.
  12. yeaaaah baby

    yeaaaah baby Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 8, 2004 Messages: 3,366 Likes Received: 150
    more albinos. video grabs from an oakland zoo visit back in 97.

    peep the sunscreen on his ears
  13. EyeforAnEYE

    EyeforAnEYE Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 29, 2003 Messages: 4,199 Likes Received: 3
    There's an albino balck guy that rides the train in Boston. There's also this other black kid whose skin is white in patches, I can't remeber the name of the disease though
  14. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

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