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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 29, 2014 11:49 AM
From: Senator John P. Blake
To: All Senate members
Subject: February: Turner Syndrome Awareness Month
I will soon be introducing a resolution to designate February, 2014 as Turner Syndrome Awareness Month. Turner Syndrome is a chromosomal condition that occurs when one of the X chromosomes normally found in females is missing or contains structural defects.

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 co-sponsoring and designating February, 2014 as Turner Syndrome Awareness Month, we can provide the opportunity to share experiences and information with the general public; to raise awareness; and to provide support and comfort to those living with this rare disorder.

If you have questions about this legislation, please contact Kyle Mullins of my staff at 717-787-6481 or kmullins@pasenate.com.

Introduced as SR295