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This site is for anyone concerned about the genetic health and well-being of individuals and families in the Jewish community. It explains basic genetics and inheritance, and provides information about conditions that 'are usually common among Jews of eastern European (Ashkenazi) descent.'
Mazornet's Jewish Diseases site discusses disorders which occur more frequently in individuals of Jewish ancestry. Most diseases are severely incapacitating and some are tragically debilitating, leading to death in infancy or early childhood. Tay-Sachs may be the most notorious of the lot, but other diseases, just as prevalent and just as devastating, shatter the lives of Jewish families.
The National Organization for Rare Disorders is a federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare 'orphan' diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.
The National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of Tay-Sachs, Canavan, and related diseases, and to provide information and support services to individuals and families affected by these diseases, as well as the public at large.