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Jewish Genetic Diseases: Inheritance Patterns by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Nov 2009 10:02pm Last fall I posted on Ashkenazi Jewish genetic diseases, a number of inherited diseases that occur primarily in people of AJ descent (as a result of the “ founder effect “). AJ diseases are commonly known about within the AJ community, but many non-Jewish people are completely unaware of them. As a result of carrier screening (the ability to ... Read on »
Most Common Jewish Genetic Disease: Gaucher Disease by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Nov 2009 10:02pm Here are fast facts about Gaucher Disease, the most common genetic condition in Ashkenazi Jewish people. 1 in every 18 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier for Gaucher disease. Carriers are unaffected, but when two carrier have a child, they have a 1 in 4 (25%) chance of having a child with Gaucher disease. Gaucher disease mainly affects the ... Read on »
Last fall I posted on Ashkenazi ... by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 4:11pm Last fall I posted on Ashkenazi Jewish genetic diseases, a number of inherited diseases that occur primarily in people of AJ descent (as a result of the “ founder effect “). AJ diseases are commonly known about within the AJ community, but many non-Jewish people are completely unaware of them. As a result of carrier screening (the ability to ... Read on »
Fast Facts About Bloom Syndrome by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Nov 2009 10:02pm I’ve posted recently on Ashkenazi Jewish genetic diseases. Here’s one you don’t hear about that often: Bloom Syndrome. It’s is a condition that, although very rare in the general population, has much higher carrier rates among Ashkenazi Jews. What is Bloom Syndrome? One in 100 Ashkenazi Jews are unaffected carriers – they carry one copy of ... Read on »
Fast Facts About Canavan Disease by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Nov 2009 10:02pm Canavan disease is one of the most common Ashkenazi Jewish genetic conditions. 1 in 40 Ashkenazi Jews are carriers of Canavan disease. As a result of this high carrier rate and the seriousness of the condition, the American College of Medical Genetics and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend Canavan carrier screening for ... Read on »
Fast Facts About Niemann-Pick Disease by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Nov 2009 10:02pm The last Ashkenazi Jewish genetic condition left for me to cover, aside from Cystic Fibrosis which has high carrier rates for all people with Caucasian ancestry (1/25), is Niemann-Pick disease. There are five subtypes of Niemann-Pick disease, though only Type A is more frequent in Ashkenazi Jewish populations. Niemann-Pick disease Type A i ... Read on »
Ashkenazi Jewish Diseases: Prevention is Possible by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Nov 2009 10:02pm Almost every ethnic or demographic group has higher rates of certain genetic diseases than the general population. There are a number of genetic conditions that are relatively unknown, but terribly debilitating – and all occur most frequently in people with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry: Bloom’s Syndrome Canavan Disease Familial Dysauton ... Read on »
I’ve posted recently on Ashkenaz... by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 4:11pm I’ve posted recently on Ashkenazi Jewish genetic diseases. Here’s one you don’t hear about that often: Bloom Syndrome. It’s is a condition that, although very rare in the general population, has much higher carrier rates among Ashkenazi Jews. What is Bloom Syndrome? One in 100 Ashkenazi Jews are unaffected carriers – they carry one copy of ... Read on »
Canavan disease is one of the mo... by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 11:32pm Canavan disease is one of the most common Ashkenazi Jewish genetic conditions. 1 in 40 Ashkenazi Jews are carriers of Canavan disease. As a result of this high carrier rate and the seriousness of the condition, the American College of Medical Genetics and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend Canavan carrier screening for ... Read on »