Dr. Adele Schneider

Albert Einstein Medical Center

New Population May Be At Risk For Disease Known To Affect Jewish People

Tay-Sachs disease is widely known as a genetic disorder among Jews, but a new study is exploring the risk in another group: The Irish.


(Tay-Sachs is a hereditary disease in which an enzyme deficiency leads to the accumulation of gangliosides in the brain and nerve tissue, resulting in mental retardation, convulsions, blindness, and, ultimately, death.)

Local Hospital Group Studying Risk of Tay-Sachs Among The Irish

After three recent cases of Tay-Sachs turned up in the Irish population in the Philadelphia area, it got Einstein Medical Center’s director of clinical genetics, Dr. Adele Schneider, wondering.