Down Syndrome

Sensitive sensor detects Down syndrome DNA with blood test during pregnancy
February 13, 2019
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Down syndrome is the most common birth defect, occurring once in every 700 births. However, traditional non-invasive prenatal tests for the condition are unreliable or carry risks for the mother and fetus. Now, researchers have develope...
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Pioneering Care for People with Down Syndrome
November 8, 2018


As one of the lead authors of the Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome, George T. Capone, M.D., is continuing his life’s work of improving evidence-based medical care for...
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The Importance of Immune System Dysregulation in People with Down Syndrome
November 8, 2018


How does an extra copy of chromosome 21 drive the developmental and clinical features of Down syndrome? This question has been the subject of many investigations since 1958, when Jérôme Lejeune reported the Presence of trisomy 21 in cells of people with Down s...
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Destiny: A foster child with Down syndrome Finds His Forever Mom
September 29, 2018


When people first meet 15-year-old Brett Logan, they see a charismatic young man full of joy, laughter, and love. What they don’t see at first glance are the many struggles he has overcome to get to where he is.From the time Brett was just an infant, he faced sever...
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Making History: First-Ever Gerber Baby with Down Syndrome
September 28, 2018


In February 2018, a little boy with Down syndrome took the world by storm with his contagious smile, bright blue eyes and charming personality. His name is Lucas Warren, and he’s the first-ever Gerber Spokesbaby with Down syndrome.
The nearly cent...
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The Down syndrome 'super genome'
January 19, 2018
Down syndrome -- also known as trisomy 21 -- is a genetic disorder caused by an additional third chromosome 21. Although this genetic abnormality is found in one out of 700 births, only 20% of fetuses with trisomy 21 reach full term. But how do they manage to survive the first trimester of pregna...
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Helpful Holiday Hints
December 13, 2017


I love the classic Christmas song “ But let’s be honest, December can be a difficult month for most of us – with all the juggling, jingling, jangling, and jostling of added obligations and opportunities. For people affected by a challenging special need or disability, it can be extremely d...
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Clinical trial investigates Alzheimer's disease drug in people with Down syndrome
May 31, 2017
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. Results of the four-week trial of scyllo-inositol, also known as ELND005, have been published in the .
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Second case of 'Down syndrome' in chimps
February 21, 2017
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. The report on Kanako, a 24-year-old female chimp born into captivity, was led by Satoshi Hirata of Kyoto Univ...
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