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JScreen public health initiative launches to fight Jewish genetic diseases
Date:9/16/2013

o help ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.

"Most of the time, we are able to reassure couples that their future children are not at increased risk for these devastating diseases," said Karen Arnovitz Grinzaid, JScreen senior director at the Emory School of Medicine's Department of Human Genetics. "When we do find a carrier couple, we offer a variety of options to help them have healthy children. Without screening, the couples would not have known they were at risk."

An estimated 76 percent of young Jewish men and women have not been tested, according to Emory's own research. Now JScreen is here to provide everyday people with ready access to cutting-edge Jewish genetic testing technology, patient education and genetic counseling services. People interested in requesting the kit can visit the program's website at www.JScreen.org to learn more.

JScreen will start in Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. For individuals with medical insurance, the cost of screening will usually not exceed $99, and is often much lower, depending on insurance.

Join the JScreen movement and conversation online by connecting with us socially at: www.facebook.com/myJScreen; www.twitter.com/myJScreen; www.youtube.com/myJScreen

About JScreen

JScreen (www.JScreen.org) is a non-profit, community-based public health initiative dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases. Headquartered in Atlanta at Emory University School of Medicine, the JScreen initiative is a collaboration among clin
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