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Sam Rhine combines his expertise in genetics with his passion for teaching. He has been educating teachers, students, medical professionals and layman about recent advances in genetics for over 25 years.
He specializes in teaching the most current information in such areas as:
- Human Genetics
- Stem Cells
- Reproductive Biology
- Prevention of Birth Defects
- Prevention of AIDS
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Marfan Screening.....Might Save a Life!
High School teachers are in a unique position to observe and identify young people who might benefit from this simple screening. Although Marfan Syndrome is relatively rare, it is potentially life-threatening. Marfan Syndrome is an autosomal dominant genetic condition which, among other things, often causes a person to be tall and thin. It often goes undiagnosed because there are no overt deleterious effects. The problem is that persons with Marfans are often predisposed to aortic aneurisms. Because being tall is considered advantageous in many sports, these students are often athletes which adds to the danger of undiagnosed aneurisms due to routine physical exertion.
There are some simple non-medical screening tests and there is a teacher - you, who has this information. In this three-minute clip, Sam describes some of the screening tests. Please forward this clip to your athletic director, coaches and school nurse to spread the word - and maybe save a life!
Please note that even if a student has the Marfan signs, it does not mean he has the syndrome. These signs merely indicate the need for a definitive evaluation from an expert in human genetics. Please email Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know how to get a detailed evaluation from a specialist in your area.
February is National Marfan Awarness Month.