Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis More Common Among Ashkenazi Jews

Individuals seeking to learn about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD) can self-educate at GeneSights, the free online education resource presented by the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. IBD affects more than 1.4 million Americans and its prevalence is significantly higher in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent as compared to the general population.

GeneSights consists of individual “lessons” with topics selected based on their current relevance to the Jewish community, including specific diseases and medical conditions, genetic technologies and bioethical issues. Read the rest of this entry…

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