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May 4, 2006
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A new survey found American Jews are largely uninformed about Gaucher disease, even though they are the group most highly affected by it. The National Gaucher Foundation study determined that more than 9 out of 10 American Jews are unaware of the disease. About one in 450 to 600 Jews of Ashkenazi descent have the disorder, the foundation reports. Gaucher disease, which can be fatal but is treatable in many cases, can cause a swollen abdomen, bone pain, bleeding episodes and fatigue.

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