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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-09-09

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The Detroit. Medical Center

Wayne State University

DMC Hutzel

Hospital

ENHANCED GENETIC
SCREENING OF
JEWISH DISEASES

For over 20 years, genetic screening has been used in the Jewish population to
identify couples at risk for having a child with Tay-Sachs disease. Screening for
other genetic diseases commonly found in the Jewish population has previously
not been possible. However, advances in genetic technology have led to the
identification of other genes known to cause certain genetic disorders frequently
found in the Jewish population. The application of this technology is now avail-
able to provide Enhanced Genetic Screening to the Jewish population for certain
inherited diseases for which they and their children are at increased risk. The
Enhanced Genetic Screening detects couples at risk with a high degree of accuracy.
All Jewish persons of reproductive age should consider having this testing.

Yuks Bring Bucks
For Gilda's Club

RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER

Below are three genetic diseases frequently found in the Jewish population for
which Enhanced Genetic Screening is currently possible.

• 1 in 25 Eastern Europeans Jews carry the gene for Tay Sachs disease
• 1 in 10 Eastern Europeans Jews carry the gene for Gaucher disease
• 1 in 29 Eastern Europeans Jews carry the gene for Cystic Fibrosis.

Several medical centers in New York City have successfully implemented
enhanced genetic screening programs for the Jewish population. DMC/Hutzel
Hospital's Division of Reproductive Genetics, headed by Dr. Mark Evans, has
pioneered the development of many new genetic services and is proud to be the
first to offer Enhanced Genetic Screening to the Metropolitan Detroit Jewish community.

For additional written material or to schedule an appointment for more information, please contact
the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Hutzel Hospital.

James R. Siefer, D.O.

is pleased to announce that
he is joining the practice of

Gilda's brother and mother, Michael and Henrietta Radner, with two club directors,
Marcia Gershenson and Carol Silverman.

M

ark Ridley's Comedy
Castle in Royal Oak
was the site Aug. 28th
for a night of some seri-
ous joking around.
Gilda's Club of Metro Detroit
chose the venue for its first an-
nual "Motor City Women of Com-
edy" fund-raiser. Proceeds will
benefit the club, which aims to
provide a place of support for peo-
ple with cancer, their families
and friends.
Metro Detroiters formed the
club 18 months ago in honor of
comedienne and Michigan native
Gilda Radner who died of ovari-
an cancer in 1989.
The comedy night, which at-
tracted hundreds, sold out in
days, according to Marcia Ger-
shenson and Carol Silverman,

who serve on the club's board of
directors.
"We need to increase funds to
open up our own facility," Ms.
Gershenson said.
The club temporarily is head-
quartered in a Farmington Hills
office, but with more money,
members hope to relocate to a
permanent location where pro-
grams and meetings can take
place. The comedy night raised
$11,000.
Benefit performances were by:
Stacey nuford, Alyce Faye, Kathy
Geha, Johnnie Getts, Gilda
Hauser, Shiela Loveley, Jennie
McNulty, Mary Miller and Jill
Washburn, all fans of Gilda. ❑

e For more information on. Gil-
da's Club, call (810) 85.1-6557A

Urology Associates, P.C.

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Howard Jacobs, M.D.
Samuel K. Rosemberg, M.D.
Scott I. Sircus, M.D.
Stephen A. Stuppler, M.D.

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Healthy Events
Community-Wide

Classes
William Beaumont Hospital in
Troy is offering free cardiac ed-
ucation classes. The four-part
"heart care" series is held on
Mondays, beginning Sept. 12
and continuing on Sept. 19, 26
and Oct. 3. Classes are taught
from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Subjects
covered include heart attack
risk factors, nutrition for heart-
healthy eating, cardiac med-
ication and living with
coronary artery disease. Reg-
ister in advance by calling 1-
800-633-7377.

Support

William Beaumont Hospital of-
fers the Gutbusters Support
Group for children diagnosed
with inflammatory bowel dis-
ease and their parents. The
next meeting will be held 7 to
8:15 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Beau-
mont Rehabilitation and
Health Center. Register by
calling (810) 551-0487.

Botsford General Hospital is
hosting a free diabetes support
group, "It's Time You Faced the
Fats," 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the

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