Former Ballerina Teaches Students with Down Syndrome to Dance
The Free 2 Be Me Dance Troupe is the subject of a new documentary. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Watch: Former Ballerina Teaches Dance to Down Syndrome Students
Colleen Perry returned to dance to work with her new students. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ex-Ballerina Teaches Down Syndrome Students to Dance
The Free 2 Be Me Dance Troupe is the subject of a new documentary. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Multiple neurodevelopmental disorders have a common molecular cause
(Cell Press) Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Down syndrome and autism-spectrum disorder can have profound, lifelong effects on learning and memory, but relatively little is known about the molecular pathways affected by these diseases. A study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics shows that neurodevelopmental disorders caused by distinct genetic mutations produce similar molecular effects in cells, suggesting that a one-size-fits-all therapeutic approach could be effective for conditions ranging from seizures to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 9, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Day occupation is associated with psychopathology for adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome - Foley KR, Jacoby P, Einfeld S, Girdler S, Bourke J, Riches V, Leonard H.
BackgroundYoung adults with Down syndrome experience increased rates of emotional and behavioural problems compared with the general population. Most adolescents with Down syndrome living in Western Australia participate in sheltered employment as their ma... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 4, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Dementia among people with Down syndrome doubles in three years
People with intellectual disabilities less likely to develop hypertension and heart attacks (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - October 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Down Syndrome Symptoms
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - September 30, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Down syndrome helps researchers understand Alzheimer's disease
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) The link between a protein typically associated with Alzheimer's disease and its impact on memory and cognition may not be as clear as once thought, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Waisman Center. The researchers looked at the role of the brain protein amyloid-β in adults living with Down syndrome, a genetic condition that leaves people more susceptible to developing Alzheimer's. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 18, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Molecular mechanisms of birth defects among older women: Why older women can have babies with Down Syndrome
Researchers studying cell division in fruit flies have discovered a pathway that may improve understanding of molecular mistakes that cause older women to have babies with Down syndrome. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 11, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Down's Syndrome babies should be killed, urges top scientist
(NaturalNews) Top scientist Richard Dawkins isn't interested in protecting life on Earth. He's only interested in protecting a planet full of people that he approves of. To him, Down syndrome babies have no importance in the world and should be terminated before they take their first... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disability Will Never Be Immoral
Events of this summer, including the abandonment of Baby Gammy and controversial comments from Richard Dawkins, speak to the risk of conflating one type of information with a broader reality.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - September 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jessica Cussins Tags: Child Development Ethics and Morality Parenting Philosophy abortion Baby Gammy bioethics biopolitics disability down syndrome genetic testing health Ian Birrell John Harris prenatal testing richard dawkins surrogacy Source Type: news

Downs Designs Clothes for Kids With Down Syndrome Raises Over $10,000 in 24 Hrs
Downs Designs' $10,000 fundraising spike from a Kickstarter campaign in a span of 24 hours has been an unprecedented and much-needed boost for the small business dedicated to providing clothes that fit and look great for children with Down syndrome. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - September 6, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: Product Investors Source Type: news

Breeding for talent can only breed trouble
Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 31, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Richard Dawkins Science Down's syndrome Health Society Source Type: news

Richard Dawkins apologises for causing storm with Down's syndrome tweet
Author told woman on Twitter it would be immoral not to abort pregnancy if she knew baby had Down's syndrome Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 21, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Richard Dawkins Down's syndrome Science Abortion Health Women World news Society Books Twitter Media Internet Blogging Technology UK news Source Type: news

Richard Dawkins says foetuses with Down's syndrome should be aborted
A discussion began when Dawkins posted a link to an article in liberal US magazine New Repbulic entitled 'The Catholic Church prefers medieval barbarism to modern abortion'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Richard Dawkins: 'immoral' not to abort if foetus has Down's syndrome
Scientist says a mother has a responsibility to abort it and try again if she knows her baby would have the disorder Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 21, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Richard Dawkins Abortion Down's syndrome UK news Science World news Source Type: news

Richard Dawkins: 'immoral' not to abort if foetus has Down's syndrome
Scientist says a mother has a responsibility to ‘abort it and try again’ if she knows her baby would have the disorderThe scientist Richard Dawkins has become embroiled in another Twitter row, claiming it would be “immoral” to carry on with a pregnancy if the mother knew the foetus had Down’s syndrome.The British author made the comment in response to another user who said she would be faced with “a real ethical dilemma” if she became pregnant and learned that the baby would be born with the disorder. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 21, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Richard Dawkins Abortion Down's syndrome UK news Science World news Source Type: news

Homo floresiensis: scientists clash over claims 'hobbit man' was modern human with Down's syndrome
Tiny skeleton from Indonesia's Flores island is unique ancient species, insist researchers Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 17, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie, science editor Tags: Evolution Archaeology Fossils Human biology Anthropology Science Down's syndrome Indonesia Academic experts World news Source Type: news

Homo floresiensis: scientists clash over claims 'hobbit man' was modern human with Down's syndrome
Tiny skeleton from Indonesia's Flores island is unique ancient species, insist researchersA furious international dispute has erupted over the publication of a paper that claims the hobbit man of Flores was a modern human who had Down's syndrome. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this month, the research has been denounced by scientists around the world. The tiny Homo floresiensis, discovered on Flores, an island in Indonesia, is definitely a member of a distinct ancient species of hominins, they insist.The dispute has its roots in an expedition by Australian and Indonesian researchers...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 17, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie, science editor Tags: Evolution Archaeology Fossils Human biology Anthropology Science Down's syndrome Indonesia Academic experts World news Source Type: news

Scientists at war over claim that Flores hobbit man is modern human with Down's syndrome
Researchers insist Homo floresiensis is unique ancient species after controversial paper suggests genetic disorder theory for bones found in Indonesian cave Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 16, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Tags: Evolution Archaeology Fossils Human biology Anthropology Science Down's syndrome Indonesia Academic experts World news Source Type: news

Leukemia: Scientists make major breakthrough in understanding disease
Mutations in genes that lead to childhood leukemia of the acute lymphoblastic type -- the most common childhood cancer in the world -- have been discovered by researchers, advancing their understanding of the disease. Currently, one in six children in the general population does not respond well to standard therapy for leukemia, and/or suffers from relapses and toxic side-effects of therapy. These figures of poor response and toxicity are even bigger among children with Down's syndrome. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 14, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Down syndrome: Behind the scenes of genetics, leukemia
A group of geneticists have focused for many years on the genetic characteristics of Down syndrome. They have sequenced the exome, a specific part of our genome, in a cohort of patients affected both by Down Syndrome and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a type of cancer relative to the cells of the immune system in the bone marrow. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 8, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Behind the scenes of genetics, leukemia in Down syndrome
(Université de Genève) A group of geneticists working in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva have focused for many years on the genetic characteristics of Down syndrome. They have sequenced the exome, a specific part of our genome, in a cohort of patients affected both by Down Syndrome and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a type of cancer relative to the cells of the immune system in the bone marrow. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 8, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

The Importance of Patient Advocacy and Family Care
By Kerry Sheeran, author of The Marathon, a novel based on the true, emotional journey of a mother and father forced to face their daughter’s life-threatening medical crisis.  Having held my daughter Emma’s hand through eight major surgeries, I consider myself well-versed in what it means to be a patient advocate. All parents are advocates for their children to a degree. From trying to feed them the right foods to connecting with their teachers, helping kids find their way in the world requires a lot of guidance and support from mom and dad. But when your child has a medical crisis, advocacy takes on a wh...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 7, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts our patients' stories patient advocacy Source Type: news

Australians in surrogacy scandal offered to take Down syndrome baby: agent
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The agent who brokered a surrogacy deal for an Australian couple at the center of a scandal that left a Thai mother caring for a baby with Down syndrome said on Wednesday the couple had offered to take the boy home with them along with his twin sister. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Thai surrogacy clinic may have broken regulations in Down case, says official
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Bangkok clinic may have violated Thailand's regulations on surrogacy when it provided services for a pregnancy that left a Thai mother caring for a baby with Down Syndrome after carrying twins for an Australian couple, a Thai official said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The oldest case of Down's syndrome: 15,000-year-old 'Flores man' bones are not evidence of a new human species, study reveals
Reanalysis of bones (shown) found in Indonesia suggests they are not from a new species. Scientists say the finding on Flores Island, in Indonesia, can be attributed to Down's syndrome. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thai authorities to probe surrogacy clinics amid Down case controversy
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Authorities in Thailand are to inspect all the clinics in the country offering surrogacy services to see if they are operating within the law after a Thai woman who carried twins for an Australian couple was left caring for a baby with Down Syndrome. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Gammy Chanbua and the surrogate babies left behind
Surrogate births face renewed scrutiny after the Down's syndrome baby scandal, says Victoria Lambert (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - August 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A New Explanation for ‘New’ Man
Studies undercut the decade-old discovery of a skeleton thought to be a previously unknown extinct species of humans, with one suggesting that Down syndrome was a factor in its size. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD Tags: Skeletons Archaeology Indonesia Source Type: news

Flores bones show features of Down syndrome, not a new 'Hobbit' human
In October 2004, excavation of fragmentary skeletal remains from the island of Flores in Indonesia yielded what was called 'the most important find in human evolution for 100 years.' Its discoverers dubbed the find Homo floresiensis, a name suggesting a previously unknown species of human. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 4, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Parents 'abandon' surrogate twin with Down syndrome
His name is Gammy. He's just 7 months old and is attracting attention to the murky world of surrogacy in Thailand, as the military-led country cracks down on the industry. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thai surrogate baby case disputed
The Australian parents and Thai surrogate mother of a baby who has Down's syndrome provide conflicting accounts of how the child was left behind. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flores bones show features of Down syndrome, not a new 'hobbit' human
(Penn State) In October 2004, excavation of fragmentary skeletal remains from the island of Flores in Indonesia yielded what was called 'the most important find in human evolution for 100 years.' Its discoverers dubbed the find Homo floresiensis, a name suggesting a previously unknown species of human. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 4, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Thai surrogate mother 'will take care of Down's syndrome baby Gammy'
A Thai surrogate mother has vowed to care for the critically-ill baby she gave birth to before he was suddenly abandoned by his Australian parents. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VIDEO: Surrogate baby Gammy 'improving'
A baby abandoned by his Australian parents because he has Down's Syndrome is improving in hospital, according to doctors. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VIDEO: Australian pair abandon Down's baby
Phil Mercer reports on reaction to news that an Australian couple rejected a surrogate Down's Syndrome baby (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'I will take care of Gammy on my own:' Thai surrogate mother says she will take care of the critically-ill Down's syndrome baby as fundraising for his medical care tops $122,000
A Thai surrogate mother has vowed to care for the critically-ill baby she gave birth to before he was suddenly abandoned by his Australian parents. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Australian pair abandon Down's baby
An online campaign for a baby with Down's Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian couple has raised over $120,000 (£70,000). (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Australians abandon Down's surrogate
An online campaign for a baby with Down's Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian couple has raised over $120,000 (£70,000), (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome
Alzheimer's Disease in Individuals With Down Syndrome (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - August 1, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Characters With Special Needs Make for Exceptional Stories
I recently spoke at the American Montessori Conference in Dallas alongside the remarkable Temple Grandin, author of "The Autistic Brain." She mesmerized me with her anecdotes about how her insightful mother nurtured her at a time when little was known about autism. Her real life stories stole my heart; she got me thinking about the fictional characters I’ve loved.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - July 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lynne Griffin, R.N., M.Ed. Tags: Child Development Parenting Relationships Resilience autism children with special needs down syndrome exceptional children fiction novels Source Type: news

'Support' cells in brain play important role in Down syndrome
A group of cells in the brain has been identified by researchers who say that it plays an important role in the abnormal neuron development in Down syndrome. After developing a new model for studying the syndrome using patient-derived stem cells, the scientists also found that applying an inexpensive antibiotic to the cells appears to correct many abnormalities in the interaction between the cells and developing neurons. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 18, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

'Support' cells in brain play important role in Down syndrome
(University of California - Davis Health System) Researchers from UC Davis School of Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Northern California have identified a group of cells in the brain that they say plays an important role in the abnormal neuron development in Down syndrome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 18, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Lack of NHS Down's test criticised
A new screening test for Down's syndrome is still not available across the Welsh NHS, six years after guidelines said it should be. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Earliest case of Down syndrome found in medieval cemetery
The 5- to 7-year-old child, who died 1,500 years ago, is the earliest example of the condition in the archaeological record (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oldest known case of Down's syndrome discovered - and reveals the condition wasn't stigmatised 1,500 years ago
The body of the five to seven-year-old was found in a 6th century necropolis in Saint-Jean-des-Vignes, France. Researchers used CT scans to examine the shape of the skull. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Computer-aided diagnosis of rare genetic disorders from family snaps
Computer analysis of photographs could help doctors diagnose which condition a child with a rare genetic disorder has, say researchers. The researchers have come up with a computer program that recognizes facial features in photographs; looks for similarities with facial structures for various conditions, such as Down's syndrome, Angelman syndrome, or Progeria; and returns possible matches ranked by likelihood. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 24, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Computer-aided diagnosis of rare genetic disorders from family snaps
(University of Oxford) Computer analysis of photographs could help doctors diagnose which condition a child with a rare genetic disorder has, say Oxford University researchers. The researchers have come up with a computer program that recognizes facial features in photographs; looks for similarities with facial structures for various conditions, such as Down's syndrome, Angelman syndrome, or Progeria; and returns possible matches ranked by likelihood. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news