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Senate Resolution Declares February "Turner Syndrome Awareness Month"
February 17, 2014 Tom Joseph
PA-Senate Resolution 298, which passed unanimously, designates February, 2014 as "Turner Syndrome Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania. Turner Syndrome is a chromosomal condition that occurs when one of the X chromosomes normally found in females is missing or contains structural defects. The sponsor of this resolution is Senator John Blake of Lackawanna County.

Unfortunately, there is no known cause for this condition which affects 1 out of every 2,500 live female births. Symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the chromosomal defect, but almost all girls and women with the syndrome experience ovarian failure and infertility. Other characteristics of Turner Syndrome include congenital heart disease, osteoporosis, type II diabetes, obesity, and non-verbal learning disabilities. A disproportionately small amount of funding is available for Turner Syndrome research and support. Though, with the help of medical specialists and a good social support system, a woman with Turner Syndrome can live a happy and healthy life.

By designating "Turner Syndrome Awareness Month," the state can provide physicians and family members the opportunity to share experiences and information with the general public in order to raise awareness, as well as provide support and comfort to those living with this rare disorder.

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