Tay-Sach's Disease

Tay-Sach's disease is a progressive genetic disorder among children. This is caused by a deficiency of the Hexosamindase A enzyme which results in the destruction of the central nervous system. To date, there is no reported cure for Tay-Sachs disease.

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How does Tay-sachs disease differ from an infectious disease such as pneumonia?

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Tay-sachs disease differs from an infectious disease because it is a hereditary disease, so it can only be passed from parents to their offspring.
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What happens in cells to cause Tay Sachs disease?

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They are sufficated by fatty acids that are usually broken down by enzymes, but tay-sachs prevents the production of these enzymes
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What is the longest period a persons lived with tay-sachs disease?

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There's a girl living in Atlanta, Georgia named Rachaeli who has just celebrated her 8th birthday with Tay-Sachs. She's the longest living survivor of the Tay-Sachs disease :)
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Is Tay Sachs disease contagious?

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No, it is a very rare genetic disease that is spread through reproduction and not by human-to-human contact.
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What famous people have tay-sachs disease?

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not many famous people have tay-sachs disease because you die around the age of 5 years old.
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How can you get Tay Sachs disease?

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Tay-Sachs disease is hereditary, you can only get it if both of your parents are carriers.
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Which cellular organelle is involved in tay-sachs disease?

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Tay-Sachs is caused by a defective gene. Genes are located on chromosomes and serve to direct specific developments and processes within the body. The genetic defect in Tay-Sachs disease results in the lack of an enzyme called hexosaminidase A. Without this enzyme, gangliosides cannot be broken down. They build up within the brain, interfering with nerve functioning. Because Tay-Sachs is a recessive disorder, only people who receive two defective genes (one from the mother and one from the father) will actually have the disease. People who have only one defective gene and one normal gene are called carriers. They carry the defective gene and thus the possibility of passing the gene and/or the disease onto their offspring.
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What is the longest period a persons lived with tay sachs disease?

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Jonathan celebrated his 18th BDay on Dec 13, 2019. Many years ago, his MD said he would not live more than 2 weeks if his parents took him home to live without a Trac procedure. He has learned 2 languages, inaddition to sign language. He graduated from high school. He has not received Alternative care. His father attributes his son's long life to God's love in his heart, shared with his son. He became aware of God , after Jonathan's diagnosis, when he kept getting the thought to read the Bible. The family is bonded with a strong love and an inspiration to others,
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How did Tay-Sachs disease get its name?

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Tay-Sachs was named after Wamen Tay and Bernard Sachs Correction: Tay-Sachs was named after Warren Tay and Bernard Sachs
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How is Tay-Sachs disease detected?

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A baby born with Tay-Sachs develops normally in the first 3 to 6 months of life. During the next months - or even years - the baby will progressively lose the ability to see, hear, and move. A red spot will develop in the back of the child's eyes. The child will stop smiling, crawling, turning over, and reaching out for things. By the age of 2, the child may have seizures and become completely disabled. Death usually occurs by the time the child is 5 years old.
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Do ribosomes have to do with Tay-Sachs disease?

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no. tay-sachs is caused by a genetic muttation on chromosome 15. look it up on wikipedia.
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About how many kids get Tay - Sachs disease?

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Almost no kids get Tay - Sachs disease. Of the kids who do get it, they are mostly Jewish, since that is where the disease is most prevelent, and most Jewish people don't intermarry. About one in every 250 people are carriers.
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What is the life expectancy for infants born with Tay-Sachs disease?

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Children born with Tay-Sachs disease become increasingly debilitated; most die by about age four.
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What are other names for tay sachs disease?

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Tay-Sachs disease is abbreviated to TSD and is also known as GM2 gangliosidosis or Hexosaminidase A deficiency.
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What allele causes Tay-sachs disease?

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A mutation of the HEX A gene of chromosome 15 causes Tay-Sachs disease. As a result, the protein hexosaminidase A is not formed properly and GM2 ganglioside, the lipid normally broken down by hexosaminidase A, accumulates to toxic levels (especially in the brain).
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Is tay-sachs disease lethal?

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Tay-Sachs in infants is extremely lethal. Problems with motor function and sensory organs begin at around 7 months or so. Seizures occur around the age of 2. Death occurs when the infant reachs 5 years old. Tay-Sachs in adults, however, is not necessarily lethal. Many of the disorders remain the same as they do in infants but the disease does not normally cause death in adults.
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What is the underlying cause of Tay Sachs disease?

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Tay-Sachs disease is a hereditary illness. The body does not make a molecule that is required to break down fatty substances in the body, called gangliosides. The gangliosides collect in the nervous tissue, resulting in damage to the brain and nerves.
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When was Tay Sachs disease discovered?

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Symptoms of Tay-Sachs disease were discovered by Warren Tay in 1881 and Bernard Sachs wrote about it in general in 1887. (this is a disease which affects the brain and eventually kills the person who has it.) Infants that have Tay-Sachs normally die by age 5. They start to lose their functions by the age of 8 months!! Discovered in 1881.
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What is the quality of life for tay sachs disease?

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Low motor skills children are generally quite, can't really talk
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How can a person get tay-sachs disease?

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a person can get it only if both of its parents are carriers, and if the child inherits the hexA gene from each parent.
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What is Tay Sachs disease?

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tay - sachs disease is when you are born without hexosinidase.... it messes up your nerves and changes your physical appearance after a few months
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How does Tay-Sachs disease progress?

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until complete heart failure and biological death! addition: Tay-Sachs disease is a fatal genetic lipid storage disorder in which harmful quantities of a fatty substance called ganglioside GM2 build up in tissues and nerve cells in the brain. Presently there is no treatment for Tay-Sachs disease. Anticonvulsant medicine may initially control seizures. Other supportive treatment includes proper nutrition and hydration and techniques to keep the airway open. Children may eventually need a feeding tube. Even with the best of care, children with Tay-Sachs disease usually die by age 4, from recurring infection. At the present time, the prognosis for a baby born with Tay-Sachs disease is certain death. Nothing can be done to keep the baby alive.
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Can you get tay sachs disease as an adult?

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If you have a history with the disease it is verry likely you may bing back to it.

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