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April 2013 - Volume 9 - Issue 10

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Miami Children's Hospital Becomes Home to Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases

The Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) Brain Institute has become the new home of the Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases to ensure ongoing access to comprehensive genetic education, counseling services and affordable screenings for all 19 genetic diseases that occur with greater frequency within the Jewish population. Funding support is provided by Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation.
   
The Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases at MCH provides educational and screening opportunities related to genetic diseases that have a high carrier rate in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, those whose ancestors are from Central Eastern Europe (i.e. Poland, Russia, Germany, Lithuania, etc.). It is estimated that one in four Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier for at least one of 19 genetic diseases.
 
Thanks to recent advances in the field of genetics, a simple blood test that examines a person’s genes for changes or mutations is all it takes to determine whether the individual is a carrier. Anyone with at least one Jewish grandparent should be screened. The Victor Center provides full service genetic counseling and screening to all interested individuals and couples, through the hospital’s main campus as well as through community screenings.
 
Students, young adults, newlyweds and young couples considering having children, or those who have had children and need to update their screening panel, can be screened for all 19 diseases for as little as $25, if they have health insurance.
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