Jewish Health


In this section you can find out about the experience of living with a health condition that is prevalent in the Ashkenazi Jewish population by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Researchers travelled all around the UK to talk to 40 people in their own homes. Find out what people said about issues such as diagnosis, treatment and telling others. We hope you find the information helpful and reassuring.
The genetic basis of some of these conditions, such as Tay Sachs and Familial Dysautonomia, has been identified, while others, such as Crohn’s disease and Factor X1 Deficiency have no identified genetic basis but are of a higher prevalence among Ashkenazi Jewish people. While at least 20 conditions have been found to be of particular relevance to people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, we anticipate that more disorders will be identified in the future.

This section is based on research by The University of Oxford.

Research Copyright 2019 University of Oxford All rights reserved


Supported by:
Sir Victor Blank
The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust
Sir Trevor Chinn, CVO
Clare King Charitable Trust
The Clore Duffield Foundation
Mrs Janet Cohen
Christine Cohen Park
Finchley Reform Synagogue
Maurice Helfgott
Irwington Foundation
Long Tall Sally Ltd
Lloyds TSB Group Plc
Peter Mishcon
M.D. Moross
Rachel Charitable Trust
Rothschild Foundation
Rubin Foundation
The Sainsbury Trust
Howard Shore
Judy Silver

Publication date: September 2011
Last updated: September 2015
Review date: September 2017

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