FC: Taylor Lamb B1 Posta | Tay-Sachs Disease
1: The first case of Tay-Sachs disease was around 1880. Rabbi Josef Ekstein who lived in Brooklyn had four children who all died because of Tay-Sachs disease. Waren Tay discovered something about it in 1881 and Bernard Sachs found out more in 1887. Thus, naming it Tay-Sachs.
2: It is transmitted as an autosomal recessive trait.
3: The disease is usually had by jewish children in eastern and central europe. IT is rare that you will survive past the age of five. one in every thirty american-jews have the gene. It affects males and females equally.
4: Symptoms of Tay-Sachs include: blindness, muscle weakness, feeding difficulty, and general paralysis. later on in life there are convulsions, seizures, progressive deafness, and spasticity. it gives you translucent skin, long eye-lashes, fine hair, and pale-pink coloration.
5: There is no cure to Tay-Sachs disease. It is rare that the child will live past the age of five. It is a fatal disease and the only real treatment is to make the patient comfortable.
7: Unfortunately there are no current developments in Tay-Sachs disorder. The symptoms are simply too much for anyone to survive. THe only thing you can do is love your child and spend as much time as you can with them.
8: The End