A mysterious genetic mutation causes sight problems that affect 1 in 10 Indian Jews in Israel. Geneticists at the Soroka Medical Center now want to understand what it does.
Grieving parents find support and a way to cope with their child’s fatal diagnosis in the Network For Courageous Parents, a new videocentric online resource.
There is no cure for Familial Mediterranean Fever, which strikes 1 in 200 Sephardic Jews. A drug called colchicine manages the symptoms — but rising costs makes it tricky to obtain.
Since the Supreme Court ruling one year ago, Myriad Genetics is no longer the only lab in the United States conducting BRCA testing. But it refuses to share lifesaving data it has collected.
Many people don’t realize that Jewish men have the same chance as women of inheriting the BRCA gene mutation — or that male breast cancer poses a real threat.
Chances are, you probably haven’t heard of adult polyglucosan body disease. But a small study suggests that about one in 35 Ashkenazi Jews carry the mutation linked to it.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Because there is no cure, Jewish patients often get alternative care, like special Seders and yoga.
Rachel Landes was adopted into a Brooklyn half-Jewish family. For a long time, she ignored her Chinese heritage — until her sister convinced her to go on a trip to China.
Here’s all you need tot know about Sephardic Jewish diseases, with information on symptoms, causes and carrier rates, as well as the affected geographic regions of origin.
On average, 1 in 4 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier for at least one genetic disease. The Forward Staff has compiled a guide to the 19 most common heritable diseases along with information on symptoms, causes and carrier and detection frequency for each.