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Lawsuit filed against ban on abortions due to Down syndrome

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:08:28 +0100

The ACLU has filed a constitutional challenge to Ohio's law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. (Source: ABC News: Health)

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New Gerber Baby First With Down Syndrome

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:12:43 +0100

Lucas' family will receive $50,000 and appear on Gerber's social media channels throughout the year. (Source: WebMD Health)



Lucas Warren: Baby with Down's becomes face of Gerber

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:30:08 +0100

Lucas Warren is the first baby with Down's syndrome to be selected as a Gerber model. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



For the first time in its history, the Gerber spokesbaby is a child with Down syndrome

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 22:12:37 +0100

This cutie with a contagious smile is 18-month-old Lucas Warren. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



This year's Gerber baby has Down syndrome

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:31:00 +0100

A one-year-old boy from Georgia, who has Down syndrome, is named as this year's "spokesbaby" for Gerber. (Source: CBC | Health)



Down's Syndrome boy left on a school bus for six hours

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:28:34 +0100

EXCLUSIVE: Reuben Wilson, nine, from Chew Magna, Bristol, was found still strapped into his seat on the school bus after teachers, carers and the bus driver all forgot to check he had gotten off. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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The Down's syndrome 'super genome'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Universit é de Gen è ve) Only 20 percent of foetuses with trisomy 21 reach full term. But how do they manage to survive the first trimester of pregnancy despite this heavy handicap? Researchers from UNIGE and UNIL have found that children born with Down's syndrome have an excellent genome - better than the average genome of people without the genetic abnormality. It is possible that this genome offsets the disabilities caused by the extra chromosome, helping the foetus to survive. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



The Down syndrome 'super genome'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Universit é de Gen è ve) Only 20 percent of fetuses with trisomy 21 reach full term. But how do they manage to survive the first trimester of pregnancy despite this heavy handicap? Researchers from UNIGE and UNIL have found that children born with Down syndrome have an excellent genome -- better than the average genome of people without the genetic abnormality. It is possible that this genome offsets the disabilities caused by the extra chromosome, helping the fetus to survive. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



The Latest: Praise, contempt for Down syndrome abortion law

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 19:19:16 +0100

Anti-abortion group says Ohio law banning doctors from performing abortions based on diagnoses of Down syndrome will give unborn babies with genetic disorder 'a shot at life'; abortion rights groups argue it's a blow to women's constitutional right (Source: ABC News: Health)



Ohio bans doctors from performing Down syndrome abortions

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:39:02 +0100

Ohio is prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, joining two other states with similarly strict legislation (Source: ABC News: Health)



Ohio moves to ban abortions for Down syndrome

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:13:07 +0100

Bill could face legal challenges if Gov. John Kasich signs it into law (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Ohio bill would prohibit abortions in Down syndrome cases

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:54:56 +0100

A bill that could keep women from having abortions after tests reveal that a fetus might have Down syndrome is heading to Ohio Gov. John Kasich's desk. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Ohio Passes Law Barring Abortion Over Down Syndrome Diagnosis Ohio Passes Law Barring Abortion Over Down Syndrome Diagnosis

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:34:09 +0100

Women in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John Kasich ’ s desk.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:44:57 +0100

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Women in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John Kasich ’s desk. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Bill banning Down syndrome abortions heads to Ohio governor

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:33:38 +0100

Ohio lawmakers have taken a major step toward making it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome (Source: ABC News: Health)



UK Doctors Test Less Invasive Prenatal Screening for Down Syndrome UK Doctors Test Less Invasive Prenatal Screening for Down Syndrome

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:30:36 +0100

Pregnant women may get accurate screening results for Down syndrome, or trisomy 21, and two rarer chromosomal disorders with a finger-prick blood test that reduces the need for more invasive diagnostic procedures, a UK study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Cardiff University Down's syndrome vision research prize

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:32:34 +0100

Pioneering research helps children with Down's syndrome overcome vision problems - and wins an award. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



UK doctors test less invasive prenatal screening for Down syndrome

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:03:33 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women may get accurate screening results for Down syndrome – also known as trisomy 21 - and two rarer chromosomal disorders with a finger-prick blood test that reduces the need for more invasive diagnostic procedures, a UK study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Supporting Latino families: The power of relationships

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:05 +0100

Cecilia and Sara Navigating a child’s medical journey can be difficult on any parent. But for a mother or father not familiar with the U.S. healthcare system or whose first language isn’t English, the journey is much more complex. Just ask one of the attendees at Fuente de Luz (“Fountain of Light”), the monthly informational group for Spanish-speaking families at Boston Children’s Hospital. On the first Tuesday of every month, around eight to ten Latino mothers — and occasionally fathers — get together to share their experiences and receive support from each other. There are hands to pass tissues and hold onto others; una familia formed from shared experiences. Educating and empowering parents Knowing first-hand that foreign-born parents have to work harder to understand ...



New approach to studying chromosomes' centers may reveal link to Down syndrome and more

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) A new technique may force the centromere -- the mysterious stretch of DNA in the center of every chromosome -- to give up its secrets at last. The first test of the approach has yielded clues about the role of centromeres in Down syndrome, and further use may accelerate research on other conditions that may have roots in centromere-related problems. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Dad creates comic book character with Down syndrome for his son

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:13:13 +0100

"I wanted my son to think that he, too, could dream just as big as I dreamed when I was little kid" (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Essex baby with heart defect died waiting for operation

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:31:03 +0100

Iris Day, who was born with a heart defect and Down's syndrome, died on December 2 last year, a week before she was due to have surgery on December 9 at a London hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Doctors develop 'transformational' new DNA test for Down's syndrome

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 06:30:06 +0100

New test more accurate than current screening in detecting Down ’s, Edwards and Patau syndromes and could simplify screening process, say researchersDoctors have developed a more accurate test for Down ’s syndrome and two rarer genetic disorders that are so serious the children often die soon after birth.UK hospitals that adopted the test as part of a medical project found that it picked up nearly all affected pregnancies and slashed the number of women who wrongly tested positive, sparing them the anxiety of needless follow-up tests.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



'Anything But Sorry': What to say when a baby is born with Down syndrome

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0100

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society has launched a new campaign, entitled "Anything But Sorry: The 'S' Word" to change the perceptions of Canadians about the birth of a baby with Down syndrome. (Source: CBC | Health)



The ID/DD Dilemma: Embracing Residents Who Are Different

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:36:04 +0100

Glen Dunbar ’s son Ryan, who recently turned 40, has Down syndrome. He currently lives in a group home and spends most weekends with his dad. Not that long ago, people like Ryan often had shortened life spans due to various health complications; they rarely made it to age 70, or even 50. Today, Mr. Dunbar and other parents like him must consider the very real likelihood that their disabled children will outlive them. “I’ve made financial and other arrangements in case I predecease him, but I still worry,” he said. (Source: Caring for the Ages)



Namibia:Food for Down Children On Their Special Day

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:07:24 +0100

[Namibia Economist] Since the chairman of the Down Syndrome Association of Namibia, Dr Eline van der Linden asked corporates a week ago to support the upcoming Down Syndrome Day celebrations, two major companies announced this week they have come on board to make the day memorable for all Namibia's Heaven Children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Successful treatment for advanced stage testicular cancer in down syndrome patients

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center) Research by Jue Wang, MD, at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center on 'Delay in Diagnosis of Testicular Cancer in a Patient with Down Syndrome' was published in the October issue of Journal of Cancer and Therapeutic Science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Namibia: Special Plight of Down Children in the Spotlight On Dedicated Day

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:50:41 +0100

[Namibia Economist] Parents of children with Down Syndrome are coming together on Saturday 21 October to celebrate Namibia's first ever day dedicated to children living with the genetic disorder. The day is organised by the Down Syndrome Association of Namibia, a voluntary parent support group that champions the lifestyle normalisation of Down Syndrome children and young adults, and their integration into mainstream society. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



New insights into leading cause of miscarriage, birth defects discovered

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Northwestern University) Ten to 25 percent of human embryos contain the wrong number of chromosomes, resulting in miscarriage or birth defects such as Down syndrome. The incidence of these errors rises dramatically as women age. Two recent Northwestern University studies shed new light on the mystery of the leading cause of birth defects and miscarriage, laying the foundation for further research in an understudied but crucially important field of genetic study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Thyroid Screening Advised for Some Kids with Alopecia Areata

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:35:01 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Those with atopy, Down syndrome, and familial history may be at increased risk (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)



Should states ban abortions when Down syndrome diagnosed?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:07:07 +0100

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban abortions in cases where tests or diagnosis indicate Down syndrome in the fetus (Source: ABC News: Health)

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Science Saturday: Three genetic tests to improve prenatal screening

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

New genomic technology is reshaping perinatal screening, which is testing before and during pregnancy to assess the health of a baby. Now pregnant women can have their baby initially screened for genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome, through the use of a newer blood test that evaluates DNA from the placenta present in the mother?s [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)



Fertile offspring from sterile sex chromosome trisomic mice

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Having the correct number of chromosomes is vital for normal development and health. Sex chromosome trisomy affects 0.1% of the human population and is associated with infertility. We show that during reprogramming to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), fibroblasts from sterile trisomic XXY and XYY mice lose the extra sex chromosome through a phenomenon we term trisomy-biased chromosome loss (TCL). Resulting euploid XY iPSCs can be differentiated into the male germ cell lineage and functional sperm that can be used in intracytoplasmic sperm injection to produce chromosomally normal, fertile offspring. Sex chromosome loss is comparatively infrequent during mouse XX and XY iPSC generation. TCL also applies to other chromosomes, generating euploid iPSCs from cells of a Down syndrome mouse...



Sequencing all 24 human chromosomes uncovers rare disorders

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0100

Bethesda, Md., Thur., August 30, 2017 - Non-invasive prenatal screening is one of the great success stories of genomics research. Now, a new NHGRI study has found that extending noninvasive prenatal screening to all 24 human chromosomes can detect genetic disorders that may explain miscarriage and abnormalities in fetal growth. This approach may also reduce false positive results for Down syndrome and other common conditions. Findings were published online today, August 30, in Science Translational Medicine. (Source: NHGRI Press Releases)



Treadmill interventions in children under six years of age at risk of neuromotor delay.

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:14:09 +0100

Delayed motor development may occur in children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, general developmental delay or children born preterm. It limits the child's exploration of the environment and can hinder cognitive and social-emotional development. Literature suggests that task-specific training, such as locomotor treadmill training, facilitates motor development. To assess the effectiveness of treadmill interventions on locomotor development in children with delayed ambulation or in pre-ambulatory children (or both), who are under six years of age and who are at risk for neuromotor delay. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))



Sequencing all 24 human chromosomes uncovers rare disorders

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute) Non-invasive prenatal screening is one of the great success stories of genomics research. Now, a new NHGRI study has found that extending noninvasive prenatal screening to all 24 human chromosomes can detect genetic disorders that may explain miscarriage and abnormalities in fetal growth. This approach may also reduce false positive results for Down syndrome and other common conditions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

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Study estimates number of births, population prevalence of Down syndrome in nine states

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A new study estimates, for the first time, both the numbers of children born annually with Down syndrome in nine U.S. states and the prevalence of Down syndrome in each of those states' populations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Actin protects mammalian eggs against chromosome segregation errors

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Chromosome segregation is driven by a spindle that is made of microtubules but is generally thought to be independent of actin. Here, we report an unexpected actin-dependent mechanism that drives the accurate alignment and segregation of chromosomes in mammalian eggs. Prominent actin filaments permeated the microtubule spindle in eggs of several mammalian species, including humans. Disrupting actin in mouse eggs led to significantly increased numbers of misaligned chromosomes as well as lagging chromosomes during meiosis I and II. We found that actin drives accurate chromosome segregation by promoting the formation of functional kinetochore fibers, the microtubule bundles that align and segregate the chromosomes. Thus, actin is essential to prevent chromosome segregation errors in eggs, wh...



'Safer' Down's syndrome test to be introduced in Wales

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:45:12 +0100

The new test - which has a reduced risk of miscarriage - will be offered from next year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



The country where Down syndrome is disappearing

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:15:04 +0100

Iceland has almost eliminated Down syndrome by aborting virtually 100 percent of fetuses that test positive. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Down syndrome: Reimagining what ’s possible

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:24:07 +0100

Photo credit: Nicole Starr I first met Ella Gray Cullen in the Advanced Fetal Care Center (AFCC) of Boston Children’s Hospital, shortly after she had received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Like many parents expecting babies with conditions that can be diagnosed prenatally, she wanted to know more. We talked about the additional medical screenings that would be recommended for her daughter to evaluate for cardiac defects and other conditions that are more common in children with Down syndrome. We discussed the developmental supports through Early Intervention and school that would be available to help her daughter learn and develop to her best ability. And, we talked about breastfeeding. Can babies with Down syndrome breastfeed? Babies with Down syndrome typically have low muscle...

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Behind the Lens: Iceland's Down syndrome dilemma

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:12:38 +0100

More than 90 percent of Icelanders trace their ancestors back to the Vikings; they're also remarkably unified on the ethical questions posed by genetic testing (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



The country where Down syndrome is disappearing

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:13:43 +0100

Iceland has almost eliminated Down syndrome by aborting virtually 100 percent of fetuses that test positive. Should the rest of the world follow suit? (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Behind the Lens: Iceland's Down syndrome dilemma

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:14:01 +0100

More than 90 percent of Icelanders trace their ancestors back to the Vikings; they're also remarkably unified on the ethical questions posed by genetic testing (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Preview: Down's Dilemma

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 21:14:53 +0100

Over the past decade, Iceland has virtually eliminated new cases of Down syndrome through widespread use of genetic testing. But some are troubled by a society that can "pick and choose" which children get born. Elaine Quijano went to Iceland to look at the impact for "CBSN: On Assignment." The full report airs Monday, August 14, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and our streaming network, CBSN. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Preview: Down Dilemma

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 03:13:24 +0100

Over the past decade, Iceland has virtually eliminated new cases of Down syndrome through widespread use of genetic testing. But some are troubled by a society that can "pick and choose" which children get born. Elaine Quijano went to Iceland to look at the impact for "CBSN: On Assignment." (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Parents of Down syndrome kids admit their fears

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:28:52 +0100

Amy and Ben Wright, from North Carolina, admit they were scared of raising kids with Down syndrome. But now they are overjoyed - and have opened a cafe staffed by people with disabilities. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Down's syndrome

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:02:32 +0100

"We're sorry, your son has Down's syndrome" (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



No Good Predictor of Sleep Disordered Breathing in Down Syndrome Children No Good Predictor of Sleep Disordered Breathing in Down Syndrome Children

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:39:36 +0100

There are no reliable clinical predictors of sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in children with Down syndrome, researchers from Canada report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)



Medicaid Is Getting Killed. Here's What You Need to Know.

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:35:18 +0100

We haven’t been hearing any updates about the new “health care” bill that is being written, and that is for good reason: the bill is being written in secret. The rules are being changed behind the scenes and roadblocks removed. The plan is to put it all together in one big amendment and substitute it for the House version very quickly on June 26 and go straight to floor for vote. No further discussion allowed, no additional amendments. Funding will wither away year by year, waitlists will grow even more, and people with disabilities will have less opportunities to contribute, be independent and healthy, and will have a lower quality of life. But make no mistake about this ― Medicaid DOES NOT just serve those of us with disabilities! Even if you don’t have a disabi...



Mom Of Son With Down Syndrome Issues Simple Plea To Parents

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:43:05 +0100

An Illinois mom’s Facebook post is shedding light on the experiences of kids with special needs.  Kristen Miller Rumphol has two children, a 12-year-old daughter named Mackenzie and an 11-year-old son named Brandon, who has Down syndrome.  After spending a day with her kids at a public pool in Algonquin, she felt inspired to write an open letter about Brandon’s experience there.  “Today while at the swimming pool my heart was breaking!” she wrote. “You see NO ONE wanted to play with my son. He would go up to other kids and say ‘hi boy or hi girl.’ He is still categorized as nonverbal and he is hard to understand but he was trying his best! Every single time the kids would either look at him weird and say nothing or just swim awa...

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4 questions parents have about moyamoya disease

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:00:16 +0100

Last month, families from across the country gathered at Boston Children’s Hospital to celebrate World Moyamoya Day. The expert speakers at the Moyamoya Family Day Symposium shared the latest information about this rare but very serious condition with parents and patients alike. Moyamoya disease occurs when the walls of the internal carotid arteries — the vessels that supply blood to important areas of the brain — become thickened and narrowed. As a result, blood flow to the brain slows, making blood clots more likely. Kids with moyamoya disease are at significantly higher risk of having a stroke, as well as other complications such as seizures and cognitive problems. “Most parents have never heard of moyamoya until their child is diagnosed with it,” says Dr. Edward Smith, of the...



Mom's Speech About Her Baby With Down Syndrome Will Take Your Breath Away

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:30:52 +0100

A mother’s heartbreaking and honest speech about what it was like to learn her daughter had Down syndrome is captivating the internet. In 2015, comedian Bethany Van Delft teamed up with The Moth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to storytelling, to share her experience of being a mother of a child with Down syndrome. In her nearly 15-minute story, Van Delft discussed her “perfect pregnancy,” her weekly ultrasounds and the expectation of that “rush of love that new mothers talk about.” She then unflinchingly told the audience that she was “terrified” the moment she learned her daughter, born in November 2011, had Down syndrome.  “That first few weeks is just a blur of tears and forms and doctors’ appointments and lists I made...



Toronto police officers caught on video mocking woman with Down syndrome

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 23:21:05 +0100

A Toronto family has demanded a public apology after two police officers were caught on dashcam footage mocking a woman with Down syndrome during a traffic stop, describing her as disfigured and less than a whole person. (Source: CBC | Health)



Down Syndrome model blasts lack of diversity in fashion

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:22:39 +0100

Katie Mead, from Des Moines, Iowa, last year became the first model with Down Syndrome to front a beauty brand and has seen her career go from strength to strength ever since. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Alzheimer ’s drug candidate shows positive outcome in Phase II trial for Down syndrome

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 23:00:00 +0100

A Phase II clinical trial conducted at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the US to evaluate scyllo-inositol (ELND005) for the treatment of young adults with Down syndrome has demonstrated a positive outcome. (Source: Drug Development Technology)

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Link between stress in pregnancy and ADHD unfounded

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:30:00 +0100

Conclusion Despite the media headlines and scaremongering, ADHD is never mentioned in the study. The researchers cite animal studies which suggest increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol may speed up development before birth. They say this may prevent proper maturation of the organs and so could cause any "mental or physical illness" occurring later in life, such as ADHD. However, for ethical reasons, the levels of stress hormones in the amniotic fluid were only measured once in this study. This means we are unable to tell whether they changed during periods of maternal stress or during the pregnancy. Though the researchers say that the levels were higher in women who reported higher social overload, this was based on such a small sample of women that we cannot say for s...



Clinical trial investigates Alzheimer's disease drug in people with Down syndrome

Wed, 31 May 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A phase 2 clinical trial in young adults with Down syndrome of a drug being investigated for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease supports further investigation of its potential. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Children ’ s Hospital Employee With Down Syndrome Inspires Doctors, Patients

Tue, 16 May 2017 21:47:47 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) – Anyone interested in the secret to success should take a lesson out of Nathan Simons’ playbook. Nathan is the first full time employee with Down syndrome at Boston Children’s Hospital. “I just love it! I love the people who come here and give good feedback,” Simons said. Nathan Simons (WBZ-TV) The 28-year-old first starting working in the Down syndrome program part-time. His superiors noticed he takes directions well and his go-go attitude caught on quick. Before he knew it, he was offered a full time position. “It’s amazing and my parents are like ‘Yes Nathan you finally got a full time job! Thank you Lord!’” he said. As thankful as he is, the hospital that is probably more grateful because of the skill set he brings to the job. “He comes t...



Cambridge mum produces book about positives of Down's syndrome

Wed, 10 May 2017 09:36:37 +0100

Tania Khan sent the book to maternity wards around the country to help fellow parents. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



We Have No Idea How States Will Treat Pre-Existing Conditions

Fri, 05 May 2017 21:09:42 +0100

Like most things in life and certainly in health care, the devil is in the details of Republicans’ American Health Care Act. So when Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post explaining that her son Cole, born with Down syndrome, was at the heart of her support for the bill, the devil probably did a little happy dance. Though McMorris Rodgers wrote that the GOP bill would still protect people with pre-existing conditions like her son, the reality is that she doesn’t really know how they’ll be affected. None of us do.  But one glimpse at recent history might indicate which way things will go.  The Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, shifts decision-making to the st...

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For people with Down Syndrome, varying test results can make it harder to get the right vision prescription

Thu, 04 May 2017 21:33:51 +0100

Even objective, automated vision testing —using a device called an autorefractor—gives variable results in patients with Down syndrome, reports a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



For people with Down syndrome, varying test results can make it harder to get the right vision prescription

Thu, 04 May 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Wolters Kluwer Health) Even objective, automated vision testing -- using a device called an autorefractor -- gives variable results in patients with Down syndrome, reports a study in the May issue of Optometry and Vision Science, the official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Down Syndrome Symptoms

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)



Heartwarming Special Olympics Ad Has Everyone In Tears

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:38:11 +0100

A beautiful ad from the Special Olympics is highlighting the power of sibling bonds. Titled “Born Apart,” the one-minute video tells the story of twin brothers. One has Down syndrome, and the other does not. As they grow up together, they develop a special relationship and pursue the same interests, like competitive running. Over 7 million people have watched the touching video. As the captioning at the end notes: “Born 4.36 seconds apart. It’s the only difference between us.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)



Urine test used to diagnose sleep apnea in Down syndrome children

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:30:46 +0100

Researchers have found a way to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in children with Down syndrome through a non-invasive urine test. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Mayo Clinic PathWays: What's the diagnosis?

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100

This week's case study highlights a 42-year-old woman with trisomy 21 (the most common form of Down syndrome) and an unrepaired heart defect. She was admitted for vomiting blood and blood in her stool, both thought due to a tear in her esophagus?caused by forceful vomiting.?Coagulation test results included an elevated prothrombin time (a blood [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)



Nigeria: Handle Down Syndrome Children With Care, Expert Tells Parents, Caregivers

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:28:21 +0100

[Guardian] Counsellor and founder, Moyinoluwa Rainbow Foundation, Mrs. Tola Makinde, has advised parents, caregivers and communities to always show love and give adequate care to children living with Down Syndrome. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Peterborough family's year of autism and Down's syndrome selfies

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:16:28 +0100

The nightly photographs have become a "routine" that the little girl's parents look forward to. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Peterborough autistic girl's year of selfies video

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:34:33 +0100

Lucy Harris, from Peterborough, who also has Down's syndrome, refused to go to bed without a selfie. Her family have released a video of her year in pictures. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Researchers turn urine into research tools

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:24:34 +0100

Researchers have developed a breakthrough technique to harvest cells directly from urine, and grow them into durable, clinically relevant stem cells to study Down syndrome. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Africa: At UN Event, People With Downs Syndrome 'Speak Up' to Influence Government Policy and Action

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:33:51 +0100

[UN News] Today, the call that people with Down Syndrome be included to fully and equally participate in all aspects of society echoed widely throughout United Nations Headquarters in New York. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



At UN event, people with Downs Syndrome ‘ speak up ’ to influence government policy and action

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:42:03 +0100

Today, the call that people with Down Syndrome be included to fully and equally participate in all aspects of society echoed widely throughout United Nations Headquarters in New York. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)



Down's syndrome teenager addresses the UN in Geneva

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:43:34 +0100

A teenager with Down's syndrome has addressed the United Nations in Geneva asking them "why all this testing?" (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



This teenager with Down's syndrome addressed the UN in Geneva

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:43:34 +0100

A teenager with Down's syndrome has addressed the United Nations in Geneva asking them "why all this testing?" (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Down's syndrome mum: 'Don't feel sorry for us'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:08:54 +0100

A mother who has two children with Down's syndrome says she wants the world to know she's proud of them. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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'So proud of my children with Down's syndrome'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:08:54 +0100

A mother who has two children with Down's syndrome says she wants the world to know she's proud of them. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Teen With Down Syndrome Got Asked To Prom In The Sweetest Way

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:33:21 +0100

Sure, it’s a little cheesy but this just might be the most thoughtful prom proposal ever. On Sunday, the Facebook page Love What Matters posted a heart-meltingly cute video of 18-year-old Shaedon Wedel asking his best friend’s little sister to the prom.  Carlie Wittman, 15, has Down syndrome and her favorite chips are Doritos. Naturally, Shaedon tried to work some nacho cheese-inspired comedy into his prom invite. “I decided on the Doritos theme because I have known her for seven years and there has not been a day that I have not seen her eat Doritos,” the high school senior told The Huffington Post. “She absolutely loves them!” Here’s the truly inspired shirt he made: “I know I’m NACHO typical Dorito,” the sh...



EU research funding targets help for people with Down syndrome

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100

World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March 2017 raises awareness and informs policymaking and action at all levels of society. For its part, the EU has been a major funder of projects and initiatives aimed at promoting inclusion, boosting knowledge and improving the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)



Lily Beddall: Girl with Down's syndrome models for Matalan

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:30:56 +0100

A two-year-old toddler with Down's syndrome has been chosen as one of the new faces of Matalan. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



How Murder Victims With Disabilities Get Blamed For Their Own Deaths

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:00:47 +0100

Alex Spourdalakis was 14 when his mother and godmother decided to kill him. The women tried to poison the boy, who had autism, with sleeping pills. When that failed, Dorothy Spourdalakis stabbed her son four times in the chest with a kitchen knife, twice hitting his heart. She slit one of his wrists so deeply she nearly severed his hand, according to court records. Then she handed the knife to Jolanta Agata Skrodzka, who used it to kill the family cat so it wouldn’t have to live in a shelter after their arrests.  A year later, 11-year-old Raashanai Coley, another child in Illinois, died from a stomach rupture after her mother, Nicholette Lawrence, punched her repeatedly. The autopsy revealed scars and old injuries indicating previous physical abuse. Alex was kille...

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Response abilities of children with Down Syndrome and other intellectual developmental disorders - Rao PT, Guddattu V, Solomon JM.

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:06:17 +0100

Efficiency with which a task is performed results from the precise timing and force with which the task is executed. We aimed at assessing the influence of change in task constructs on the response abilities of children who are known to have impaired perce... (Source: SafetyLit)



Women warned about private Down's syndrome tests

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:39:49 +0100

Ethics body concerned about the way Down's syndrome screening is being sold by some private clinics. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Down's syndrome test 'used to choose gender'

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 03:08:39 +0100

Private firms across the UK are using tests to identify if whether unborn children have Down's syndrome to reveal a baby ’s gender early in pregnancy, leaving experts concerned about a surge in abortions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



A comparison of the balance and gait function between children with Down syndrome and typically developing children - Jung HK, Chung E, Lee BH.

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:05:58 +0100

[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to compare the balance and gait functions of children with Down syndrome and typically developing children according to age. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were 16 children with Down syndrome and 20 children wit... (Source: SafetyLit)



Second case of'Down syndrome' in chimps

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:08:19 +0100

Japanese researchers have confirmed the second case known to science of a chimpanzee born with trisomy 22, a chromosomal defect similar to that of Down syndrome (or trisomy 21) in humans. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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How New Genetic Technologies Are Reshaping Pregnancy And Parenting

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:57:09 +0100

As the nascent field of genetic testing advances, expectant parents face a dizzying array of new and difficult questions. Would you want to know if your child will have Down syndrome? Or if your baby is genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease? What about if the fetus has a gene duplication that might mean nothing ― or could spell a serious genetic disorder?  The sci-fi world of designer babies may not be here yet, but modern genetic technology is already fundamentally changing pregnancy and parenting. Thanks to advances in prenatal and postnatal genetic testing, parents now have access to unprecedented amounts of information about their children’s genetic makeup, biology and susceptibility to disease. But as science journalist Bonnie Rochman notes, ...



How These Tennis Ball Chairs Are Helping Kids With Sensory Issues

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:27:01 +0100

Students with sensory concerns are finding help from an unlikely source: tennis balls. Amy Maplethorpe, a speech language pathologist at Raymond Ellis Elementary School in Round Lake, Illinois, used hot glue to attach tennis ball halves on the back and seat of chairs in the school’s sensory room. She told The Huffington Post the chairs are helpful for many kids who have difficulty regulating sensory input within their body and in their environments. Some of the students’ diagnoses include autism, Down syndrome and components of sensory processing disorder. Maplethorpe explained to HuffPost that the tennis balls offer a different texture than regular chairs. “By sitting down on it, it could just be that input that a student needs at that time instead of that flat surf...



Boy With Down Syndrome Dances To 'Born This Way,' Brings Twitter To Tears

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 23:25:43 +0100

He was born his way too. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/3rZsOy1rIA— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) February 6, 2017 There were a number of empowering moments during Super Bowl Sunday that sparked smiles and even tears. This was one of them. A 10-year-old boy who was born with Down syndrome is capturing hearts around the world after he was filmed enthusiastically clapping and dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” during the halftime show. “He was born his way too,” Nico’s father, David Perry, who’s a Chicago-area disability rights journalist, captioned the 32-second video he posted to Twitter. Perry told The Huffington Post that his son ― who’s a fan of “all kinds of rock and folk music” ― had taken a break from watching ...



Down Syndrome Causes and Symptoms

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Down Syndrome Causes and SymptomsCategory: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 11/11/2013 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/2/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)

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Why advances in treating those with brain injuries require advances in respecting their rights

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:00:10 +0100

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)



In-Office Exam May Rule Out Sleep Apnea in Kids with Down Syndrome (CME/CE)

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:35:06 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Predictive model may reduce need for sleep studies (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)



Annette Karmiloff-Smith obituary

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:40:37 +0100

Neuroscientist who provided fresh insights into our development as individualsWhat is the origin of the unique and complex behaviours that our species are capable of? Is it nature or nurture? How is human cognition – our memory, language, numerical abilities – organised? How do developmental disorders occur? These age-old questions have puzzled – and deeply divided – scientists for hundreds of years. Over the course of more than four decades, research by the developmental neuroscientistAnnette Karmiloff-Smith, who has died aged 78, provided key insights that challenged the traditional answers, and led to a new understanding of how genetic and environmental factors interact to give rise to different outcomes in individuals.She argued that developmental disorders should not be unders...



Model assessment may predict obstructive sleep apnea in children with Down syndrome

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A combination of parental questionnaires and inexpensive diagnostic procedures that can be performed as part of a primary care visit may be able to rule out the presence of obstructive sleep apnea in people with Down syndrome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening's Popularity on the Rise

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:13:18 +0100

Genetic counselors are playing a greater role in areas of medicine in the wake of advancement in genomic technology. In the last decade, genetic testing has improved dramatically, enabling medical professionals the ability to screen for common genetic conditions like Down syndrome more accurately beginning at 10 weeks gestation. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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‘Speechless’ Just Schooled Everyone On Disability 'Inspiration Porn'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:27:20 +0100

ABC’s “Speechless,” a sitcom about a family with a son who has a disability, tackled why it’s often offensive to call people with disabilities “inspirational.” And it’s done so, so well. “Inspiration porn” is a term used to describe a common tendency in which able-bodied people condescend to those with disabilities by suggesting they are brave or special just for living. Ray DiMeo, a character in “Speechless” who is the younger brother of a teen with cerebral palsy, explained it perfectly in Wednesday night’s episode: “It’s a portrayal of people with disabilities as one-dimensional saints who only exist to warm the hearts and open the minds of able-bodied people,” he said.  To which his brother, ...



Sierra Leone: When Babies With Down Syndrome are Called Devils

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:47:57 +0100

[Al Jazeera] Freetown -Aminatta stands in a narrow mud alley outside her house and rocks her brother's newborn baby from side to side. Her five-year-old son Thomas hovers nearby, trying to scribble on a mud wall with a broken pen. After a while, he totters over and tugs at his mother's skirt. He starts wiggling outstretched fingers while jerking his hips from side to side. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Thriving with Down's syndrome: Life as Jamie Knows It

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:29:04 +0100

Jamie Berube was born with Down's syndrome - but thanks to his family's love and early support he's thrived. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



12/18: Zsa Zsa Gabor dies; Cookie orders roll in at business owned by woman with Down syndrome

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 07:18:11 +0100

Hungarian-born actress Zsa Zsa Gabor died Sunday, according to her publicist; Collette Divitto's Down syndrome is not stopping her from fulfilling her dream of becoming a successful baker. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Down syndrome may not be big financial burden on families

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:02:14 +0100

HealthDay News Although families with a child with Down syndrome do face extra medical expenses, they probably won't be deeply burdened financially, a new study suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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