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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 »
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 »
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 »
National Jewish Health Researches Lung Disease in Returning Veterans by Karen Bastille Health Maven Posted Sun 11 Mar 2012 10:02pm New Video from National Jewish Health Many returning soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from lung disease. Researchers at National Jewish Health are trying to learn the exact cause of the disease. 9News in Denver, CO talks with retired Maj. Scott Weakley about his fight with the diseas ... Read on »
Chicken Soup: "Jewish Penicillin" to the Rescue as My Body Clamors to Kill the Lyme Disease by Connie Bennett Healthy Living Professional Posted Thu 02 Oct 2008 3:12pm Recently, now that I've been feeling the horrific after-affects of an uninvited, infected tick, which took to me a few weeks ago (not sure where) and gave me this debiliating Lyme disease -- I wrote about it here -- I've been having the strangest food cravings -- for meat and lots of fish. (My cravings are for grass-fed, antiobiotic-free mea ... 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 »
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 »
Tay-Sachs Disease: Beyond Prevention and Toward Treatment by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Nov 2009 10:02pm In an earlier post, I talked about Ashkenazi Jewish diseases in general. Now let’s turn to one disease in particular, Tay-Sachs, which is a disease that sadly claims the lives of children under the age of 5. Tay-Sachs more frequently arises in children with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry because of the increased likelihood of people in this popul ... Read on »
The last Ashkenazi Jewish geneti... by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 12:56pm 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 »