Why we all need to be aware of our genes

Oct 17 • Featured, Uncategorized • 822 Views • 1 Comment on Why we all need to be aware of our genes

Over the years I have been privileged to meet and interview many families affected by genetic conditions. And back in February I told you how the daughter of one of my friends was born with a rare genetic disorder. It’s a topic very close to my heart, and I know many of yours as well.

But of course it's not just rare disorders that are affected by genes. Breast cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease and diabetes are just a few of the conditions which can be hereditary, and recent evidence from scientists at Cardiff University suggests ADHD may have a genetic link as well.

That's why I'm supporting the Genetic Alliance UK, a national alliance of organisations with a membership of over 130 charities supporting children, families and individuals by ensuring that high quality services and information are available to all who need them.

And you can also support the Genetic Alliance via KidStart – by donating your savings to the charity. It's incredibly simple to do. Just click here for more info.

written by Liz Jarvis

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One Response to Why we all need to be aware of our genes

  1. Crystal Jigsaw says:

    This is a very interesting post, Liz. As you know I have epilepsy and Amy is autistic, and it has been suggested over the years that there is a very fine line between the two. It is common for an autistic adolescent to develop epilepsy especially if it already runs in the family. Amy’s biological father has a history of mental illness in her family which could account for Amy’s autism. But this can never be proved, it’s only assumptions if you like. However, we try not to think about it morbidly. CJ xx

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