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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Family Reunion Might Save Lives

Organizers of a Littick family reunion in Ohio hope that the get-together will help solve a family medical mystery.

Jane Reed married her husband, Steve, 35 years ago. He's a descendant of the Littick family line and since their marriage, she's tracked the untimely deaths of family members that date several generations back.
Although she said doctors haven't been able to name the problem, the family describes it as a heart rhythm problem.
Dr. Raul Weiss of The Ohio State University and Dr. Barry London of the University of Pittsburgh and their research teams have offered to attend the reunion for research purposes. During the reunion, if they wish, family members can participate in the research by giving a blood sample and having an electrocardiogram test completed. [Link]

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