Medical ethics in the news
Eric Meslin, Ph.D., will be commenting on the steps the United Nations is taking to eradicate polio in Pakistan, the compassionate use of experimental medicines in young patients, and the genetic disorder trisomy 21, which causes Down syndrome..... (Source: Sound Medicine)
Source: Sound Medicine - April 6, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sound Medicine Source Type: news

Politicians should stop pandering to anti-fluoridation campaigners | David Robert Grimes
Leadership should be about making decisions based on the available evidence, especially on emotive issues such as fluoridation and vaccinationLast week, Public Health England urged more councils to consider adding fluoride to their water supplies. The case for this is clear: fluoridation improves dental health, decreases hospital admissions due to dental complications and thus saves far more money than it costs.Some have argued that fluoridation is a risk to health, but the report by public Health England looked at rates of hip fractures, kidney stones, cancers, Down's syndrome births and all-cause mortality and concluded ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 4, 2014 Category: Science Authors: David Robert Grimes Tags: Medical research Science Dentists Health Society Water Environment Source Type: news

If You Suspect that Your Child with Down Syndrome May Have Autism Too
As I always tell parents, no one can tell you how to feel when your child is diagnosed with Down syndrome or special needs of any kind. There is no "proper" or "ideal" reaction, and crying less or more than anybody else doesn't make you a better or worse parent. This situation is already confusing so just imagine how hard it may be for families who learn that their child may have a second diagnosis, Autism....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - March 27, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

What You are Missing When You See a Person with a Disability
If there was ever a day to start spotting strengths, it is today. Today is World Down Syndrome Day. This day promotes awareness and understanding of Down syndrome. Thus, why not promote the character strengths of people with Down syndrome?read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - March 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D. Tags: Happiness Parenting Relationships Social Life character strengths disability down syndrome DSAGC positive psychology Ryan Niemiec strengths-spotting VIA classification VIA survey World Down Syndrome Day Source Type: news

Challenge your views of Down syndrome
This message to an expectant mother from children suffering from Down syndrome will change how you view the condition     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: happy mother message down syndrome Source Type: news

Down's syndrome sufferers send message to mother expecting baby with condition
The video, made for World Down Syndrome Day on Friday, features 15 young adult actors with Down's syndrome. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why chromosome errors are high in women's eggs
It is estimated that up to 60 per cent of eggs are affected by errors in how their chromosomes divide, making it the leading cause of infertility. Chromosome errors also lead to conditions such as Down Syndrome and early pregnancy loss. By using state-of-the-art imaging techniques, the researchers examined the most important process present in all cells to prevent chromosome errors – the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint (SAC) – and looked at how it behaves in oocytes (developing female sex cells). (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 18, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

New understanding of why chromosome errors are high in women's eggs
A new study from the University of Southampton has provided scientists with a better understanding of why chromosome errors are high in women's eggs.It is estimated that up to 60 per cent of eggs are affected by errors in how their chromosomes divide, making it the leading cause of infertility. Chromosome errors also lead to conditions such as Down Syndrome and early pregnancy loss. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Fertility Source Type: news

Possible association between soy formula and seizures in children with autism
A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher has detected a higher rate of seizures among children with autism who were fed infant formula containing soy protein rather than milk protein.The study found excess seizures among girls and in the total sample of 1,949 children. The soy-seizure link reached borderline significance among boys, who comprised 87 percent of the children described in the database under study.Seizures - caused by uncontrolled electrical currents in the brain - occur in many neurological disorders including epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Down syndrome and autism. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Autism Source Type: news

Sharing The Love As a Mom Between A Child with Down Syndrome and a Typical Child
Personally, I have to admit that having two children with Down syndrome has been a very natural experience to me. As both of my children have the same condition, I haven't experienced the tough situation that many parents face when they have both sides of the coin at home with both a typical child and a child with Down syndrome, or any other significant medical or developmental diagnosis....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - March 17, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

World Down Syndrome Day
Just as there are parents who see World Down Syndrome Day as an opportunity to celebrate the lives of their children with Down syndrome, there are others who consider this celebration an event that promotes exclusion...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - March 11, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

A DNA Sequencing Breakthrough That Many Expectant Moms Will Want
A new prenatal DNA sequencing test offers far better accuracy at detecting Down's syndrome. The much lower false positive rate will save many women from unnecessary procedures and the anxiety caused by a false positive result. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 9, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Steven Salzberg Source Type: news

Morocco: Hrh Prince Moulay Rachid, Hsh Prince Albert II of Monaco Visit Hrh Prince Moulay Rachid Down Syndrome Center
[MAP]Rabat -HRH Prince Moulay Rachid and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco paid a visit, Thursday in Rabat, to HRH Prince Moulay Rachid Center, which supports people with Down's syndrome from disadvantaged families. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 6, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

When Your Child with Down Syndrome Starts School
I've had two totally different experiences with both of my kids when they started school. They both have Down syndrome, so I thought the processes might have been similar, but they weren't. And the difference was not the system nor the school, but my own perception of inclusion, and a new focus on celebrating their abilities, instead of being scared of their disability....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - March 6, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

RCOG research supports new Down's syndrome test
Leading specialists have given their backing to introducing a 99% accurate Down’s syndrome test on the NHS. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - March 6, 2014 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Opportunities for Inclusion for Children with Down Syndrome
Comments from and conversations with families always give me a broader perspective of how parents perceive certain concepts. "Inclusion" is one of them. It seems to be that for many parents, countries like the United States and Spain are considered by foreigners as "inclusive" countries. And since they may be challenged to find an inclusive educational or social environment in their own countries, they feel that moving to one of these inclusive countries would be the answer to all their needs....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - March 6, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Growing Up as a Family When a Loved One has Down Syndrome
Siblings are an equal gift to one another, no matter how many chromosomes they have. Siblings with or without Down syndrome offer amazing stories of love and learning as they grow up together....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - March 6, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Talking About People with Down syndrome and College
When parents and educators talk about the development of people with Down syndrome, we have to be very careful that the goals we set for our children are not based on other people´s achievements. Yes, it's true that more and more people with Down syndrome are going to college. Many of them have achieved what was considered unachievable years ago; they have graduated from college and are living fairly independent lives. But this situation doesn't mean that every person with Down syndrome will do the same, or that they need to in order to be happy....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - March 4, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Free Webinar on March 20
Register for the upcoming webinar on Prenatal Screening for Down syndrome: Past, Present and Emerging Practices Testing Maternal Plasma DNA for Down Syndrome. (Source: CAP Important Announcements and News)
Source: CAP Important Announcements and News - March 3, 2014 Category: Pathology Source Type: news

What Happens After Early Intervention Services for Children with Down Syndrome
If you live in United States and you are the parent of a child with Down syndrome younger than 3 years old, you may already know that the first step is to enroll your child in your local Early Intervention Program, but what happens next?...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - February 28, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Early Intervention Services Are Available for Your Child with Down Syndrome
Even though we all know that all children with Down syndrome may require physical, occupational and language/speech therapy during their development or maybe throughout their life, more therapy doesn't necessarily equal more advancement and should never be considered a way to fix a child. Therapy is a form of guidance that reinforces your child's development, and at the same time teaches you, as a parent, how to integrate this guidance into your child's natural routines....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - February 28, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

How to Support a Parent whose Child was Born with Down Syndrome
This is a frequent question from relatives, friends and/or community members. What to tell a parent whose child was born with Down syndrome. Usually the diagnosis is unexpected, and it's common for parents and their families or friends, to get surprised by the news, and not to know what to say or how to react....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - February 27, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

If you Have Considered to Adopt a Child with Down Syndrome
Education has been crucial at the time of opening new opportunities for people with Down syndrome. This extends to orphaned children with Down syndrome as more and more of them are being adopted every day....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - February 27, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

After 10 Years of Raising Children with Down syndrome
When my first child was born, and after confirming his diagnosis of Down syndrome, many people told me that parents of kids with Down syndrome were chosen by God to take care of His most special angels.  That is one of many other prejudices. To listen that your child may be an angel or is a "special child" is easier to digest than to hear people talking of him in rough or sarcastic terms.  However, they are both prejudices, and both should be abolished at the time of referring to people with disabilities....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - February 27, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

A Better Test for Down Syndrome?
Title: A Better Test for Down Syndrome?Category: Health NewsCreated: 2/26/2014 5:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 2/27/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - February 27, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Well: Test Is Improved Predictor of Fetal Disorders
The screen, called the cell-free DNA test, was 10 times more accurate than now-standard tests in discovering cases of Down syndrome, researchers said.     (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 27, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By PAM BELLUCK Tags: Body Featured Source Type: news

Study calls DNA test reliable in discovering fetal disorders
The screening more accurately identifies likely cases of genetic disorders caused by extra chromosomes, like Down syndrome, in a study of low-risk pregnant women.It's billed as a faster, safer and more accurate way of screening expectant mothers for fetal abnormalities like Down syndrome, and proponents say it has already become the standard for prenatal care. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 27, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Well: New DNA Test Better at Predicting Some Disorders in Babies, Study Finds
The screen, called the cell-free DNA test, was 10 times more accurate than now-standard tests in discovering cases of Down syndrome, researchers said.     (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 27, 2014 Category: Nutrition Authors: By PAM BELLUCK Tags: Body Featured Source Type: news

As a Parent, You Are the Expert In the Life of your Child with Down syndrome
Something that I´ve learned throughout the years, is that I'm the expert in the life of my own children. Their diagnosis of Down syndrome, doesn't make them like anyone else. They are unique individuals, and no one knows them as well as I do....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - February 27, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Pregnant Again After Having a Child with Down Syndrome
Something I've learned through the years, and thanks to my interactions with thousands of parents around the world, is that there is not a single answer for the same question. Every parent has a unique way of facing challenges. This is the case of getting pregnant again after having a child with Down syndrome. There may be hundreds of thousands of them who are living through the same experience at the same time, but what makes each situation different is the influence of the parents' attitudes and beliefs. There's never a wrong answer when we act out of love....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - February 27, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

A Better Test for Down Syndrome?
New gene-based screen for chromosomal disorders is more accurate than current methods, study says (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study Finds DNA Screening Better At Identifying Prenatal Genetic Defects
BOSTON (CBS) — It’s the news no expecting mom wants to hear, “there was a chance she was going to be stillborn or wouldn’t live past her first year.” That’s what Jennifer Fontaine’s doctors told her after she underwent genetic screening in the first trimester of her pregnancy. The traditional blood test had turned up a chromosome abnormality in the fetus. Then the Groveland woman had a new test which actually screens DNA. “The DNA results came back perfect. Nothing was wrong with chromosome 18 and she was perfect,” says Jennifer. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl na...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kckatzman Tags: Health Healthwatch Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen CBS Boston Diane Stern Genetic Screenings Paula Ebben Tufts Medical Source Type: news

A Better Test for Down Syndrome?
New gene-based screen for chromosomal disorders is more accurate than current methods, study says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Down Syndrome, Genetic Disorders, Prenatal Testing (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DNA Test Effective Screening Tool for Down Syndrome (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Next generation sequencing of cell-free DNA in maternal blood samples had lower rates of false positives for fetal autosomal aneuploidy compared with standard screening tests, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - February 26, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Wellcome Trust's Book Prize 2014 shortlist announced | @GrrlScientist
Six wonderfully diverse books that span genres to explore medicine and health are under consideration for the Wellcome Trust's revamped and relaunched Book Prize.Now that you've finished reading that amazing longlist of science books for the Royal Society's 2013 Winton Book Prize, you may be searching for yet more excellent books to occupy your mental energies. Well, look no further because the Wellcome Trust just announced the shortlist for their Wellcome Book Prize 2014! This year's six shortlisted titles were announced yesterday at a breakfast event by the Wellcome Trust's Chair of Judges, Sir Andrew Motion, a writer an...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 26, 2014 Category: Science Authors: GrrlScientist Tags: theguardian.com Blogposts Health, mind and body Medical research Books Wellcome Collection Medicine Science Source Type: news

If You Recently Learned that Your Child has Down Syndrome
It's normal to be concerned or have a mix of emotions if you recently learned that your child was born with Down syndrome. However, I'm here to let you know that raising a child with Down syndrome is a very typical experience....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - February 24, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

When Your Child Is Diagnosed with Down Syndrome
There are two different ways to learn that your child has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. The diagnosis can be made during pregnancy, or it can be determined at the time of the child's birth, based on his physical characteristics....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - February 20, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Girl with Down's syndrome is year ahead in reading thanks to parents SINGING to her
Simon and Jo Kent, from Portsmouth, even sang to seven-year-old Evie when she was in the womb and say she is now ahead of some of her peers at mainstream school. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protein's role in human memory and learning: Deficiency in SNX27 could explain the learning difficulties in Down's syndrome
Scientists have identified the precise role of the protein, SNX27, in the pathway leading to memory and learning impairment. The study broadens the understanding of the brain's memory function and could be used to explain defects in the cognitive development of those with Down's syndrome. The newly established knowledge could potentially facilitate exploration of strategies to improve memory and learning abilities in Down's syndrome. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 19, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Colin Young and Sarah Gordy were told they'd never be actors because of disabilities
Colin Young, 27, who has cerebral palsy and Sarah Gordy, 25, who has Down's Syndrome both star in Sunday's episode of Call The Midwife. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

I was told I'd never be a TV actor because I'm disabled. Watch me on Call The Midwife tonight... and see if you agree!
Colin Young, 27, who has cerebral palsy and Sarah Gordy, 25, who has Down's Syndrome both star in Sunday's episode of Call The Midwife. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

After More Than 50 Years, a Dispute Over Down Syndrome Discovery
Marthe Gautier, 88, says she didn't receive proper credit for her research in the 1950s (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - February 11, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

The little girl with Down's syndrome who's learned to swim, dance and sing by copying her TWIN SISTER
Viola Fuller, six, from Gillingham, in Dorset, has the genetic condition Down's syndrome but her twin sister, Nigella, does not. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2013: the year in science – brains, burgers and popcorn
A brain and a hamburger were grown in labs, the first step was taken to correct the genetic fault that causes Down's syndrome, and eating popcorn was found to neutralise the effects of cinema advertising (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 31, 2013 Category: Science Tags: theguardian.com Editorial Science Source Type: news

Books: Separating a Son From a Down Syndrome Diagnosis in ‘Raising Henry’
In her memoir, an Upper West Side intellectual whose son has Down syndrome attempts to set people straight: it is a disability, not a tragedy.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By SUSANNAH MEADOWS Tags: Down Syndrome Medicine and Health Books and Literature Amniocentesis Source Type: news

Good teachers don't need to know the genetics of their students
Some envisage a future in which teaching is tailored according to genes. But there are lower-tech ways of being responsive to learners' needsRobert Plomin is a psychologist of international repute who has spent much of his life working on the genetics of developmental delays, intelligence and behaviour. His work is rigorous and extensively grounded in data from the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS), which he set up and which looks at a high proportion of the twins born in England between 1994 and 1996.Plomin's most recent work shows that genes matter a lot for learning, accounting for 58% of variation in exam results. T...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 12, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Michael Reiss Tags: Comment theguardian.com Genetics Children Biology Health & wellbeing Society Teaching Life and style Education Science Comment is free Source Type: news

What Causes Muscle Weakness?
Discussion Muscle tone is the slight tension that is felt in a muscle when it is voluntarily relaxed. It can be assessed by asking the patient to relax and then taking the muscles through a range of motion such as moving the wrists, forearm and upper arm. Muscle strength is the muscle’s force against active resistance. Impaired strength is called weakness or paresis. There are 5 levels of muscle strength. 0 = No muscle contraction detected 1 = Barely detected flicker of contraction 2 = Active movement with gravity eliminated 3 = Active movement against gravity 4 = Active movement against gravity and some resistance ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - December 9, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

December 2013
Personalized Medicine: Matching Treatments to Your Genes...A Burning Issue: Handling Household Burns...Naps Can Aid Learning in Preschoolers...Resource for People with Down Syndrome...Featured Web Site: NIH Health Information (Source: NIH News in Health)
Source: NIH News in Health - December 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news