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

Are private patients 'too posh to push'?
Conclusion This study has highlighted important differences in modes of delivery for women receiving privately or publically funded care in Ireland. It found that women who were treated privately were more likely to give birth by caesarean section and more likely to have an operative vaginal delivery. The greatest difference was seen for planned caesarean sections.    It is unclear why women receiving private care had different modes of delivery to women receiving publically funded care. Interestingly, the women receiving public and private care had the same doctors and midwives, so it would be expected tha...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Medical practice Source Type: news

Health-care changes needed to help adults with developmental disabilities
Adults with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome are having a harder time accessing health care even though they have more health issues than people without developmental disabilities, according to research done at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Autism Source Type: news

Researchers call for health-care changes to help adults with developmental disabilities
(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Adults with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome are having a harder time accessing health care even though they have more health issues than people without developmental disabilities, according to research done at Canada's Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 12, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Down Syndrome Causes and Symptoms
Title: Down Syndrome Causes and SymptomsCategory: Doctor's & Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 11/11/2013 8:10:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 11/11/2013 8:10:15 PM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - November 11, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

University of Kentucky explores links between Alzheimer's, Down syndrome
(University of Kentucky) The Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association, and the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome have awarded $1.2 million in research grants to five scientists for innovative investigations that explore the development of Alzheimer's disease in individuals with Down syndrome. The goal is to eventually translate the findings into improved treatments for all people with Alzheimer's. Wilcock has received $150,000 of the funding, and was one of five selected for funding from among 50 applicants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 8, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

U.S. Court Invalidates Patent on Down Syndrome Test
Decision throws diagnostic patents into doubt; loser Sequenom Inc. says it will appeal (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - November 1, 2013 Category: Science Source Type: news

Judge Invalidates Patent for a Down Syndrome Test
Federal Judge Susan Illston ruled the patent for the noninvasive test invalid because it covered a natural phenomenon, the presence of DNA from the fetus in a mother’s blood.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By ANDREW POLLACK Tags: Genetics and Heredity DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) Inventions and Patents Suits and Litigation (Civil) Sequenom Inc SQNM NASDAQ Down Syndrome Illston, Susan Myriad Genetics Inc MYGN NASDAQ California Tests (Medical) Source Type: news

Down's pregnancy blood test trialled
A blood test during pregnancy which can detect Down's syndrome in the developing foetus is to be trialled by the NHS. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Down Syndrome
Title: Down Syndrome Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/31/2013 6:40:39 PM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - October 31, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Down syndrome gene-silencing strategy
The first evidence that the underlying genetic defect responsible for trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome, can be suppressed in laboratory cultures of patient-derived stem cells was presented at the American Society of Human Genetics 2013 annual meeting in Boston. People with Down syndrome are born with an extra chromosome 21, which results in a variety of physical and cognitive ill effects... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Buying breast milk online? Beware
Donated breast milk is "liquid gold at our house," says Stacy Richards, 37. The liquid gold is for Simeon, Richards' adopted 11-month-old son. He was born with Down syndrome and suffers from chronic lung disease. Richards believes "breast is best" but... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - October 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samsung UGEO WS80A Ob/Gyn Ultrasound with 3D TV Capabilities
Samsung Medison unveiled a new ultrasound optimized for Ob/Gyn practicitioners, the UGEO WS80A, at the 23rd ISUOG (International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology) World Congress. The device features a 21.5″ wide LED imaging screen and a 10.1″ touchscreen for the controls, as well as a bunch of software optimizations that help resolve relevant anatomy and outputs data to 3D TV’s for an even more realistic view. More features according to the announcement: FRV™ + Inversion Mode — Faster realization of FRV™ (Feto Realistic View) that displays life-lik...
Source: Medgadget Anesthesiology - October 14, 2013 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Editors Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiology Critical Care Emergency Medicine Ob/Gyn Radiology Urology Source Type: news

Special Bridge Dating Site for Adults with Special Needs
Special Bridge is a new dating website due to launch in December 2013 that will cater to adults with autism, Down's Syndrome, developmental delays, and special needs. It's goal is to create a supportive environment that allows people to create meaningful friendships and romantic relationships. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - October 13, 2013 Category: Disability Tags: Disabled Dating Source Type: news

Cognitive function in Down's syndrome restored in mouse model
A selective GABA inverse agonist has restored cognitive function in a mouse model of Down's syndrome (DS) and has the potential to benefit humans, French researchers have revealed. "The drug we used is a specific GABA-A α5 inverse agonist (α5IA) that hypothetically could combat the abnormal neuronal excitation/inhibition balance associated with DS", explained lead researcher Dr Benoit Delatour from the Research Centre of the Institute of Brain and Spinal Cord (Centre de Recherche de l'Institut du Cerveau et de Moelle Epinière) at the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

GABA inverse agonist restores cognitive function in Down's syndrome
(European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) Promising new evidence in mice trials presented at the 26th ECNP Congress suggests GABA inverse agonist could reverse cognitive impairment and improve learning in people born with Down's syndrome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 7, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Common mechanisms in fragile x and down syndrome: new theory in neuroscience
A new common mechanism in Fragile X and Down syndrome has been identified by scientists at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea and published in the world leading science journal, Trends in Neurosciences (Cell Press). Title : Meeting at the crossroads: Common mechanisms in Fragile X and Down syndrome* Emerging evidence shows that the regulation of local protein synthesis in dendritic spines plays a crucial role in controlling synaptic morphogenesis and synaptic efficacy... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics Source Type: news

New theory in neuroscience by UNIST Research Team: Common mechanisms in Fragile X and Down syndrome
(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)) A new common mechanism in Fragile X and Down syndrome has been identified by scientists at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea and published in the world leading science journal, Trends in Neurosciences (Cell Press). (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 1, 2013 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Up from Down
With her informative, moving account of raising a son with Down Syndrome, Rachel Adams seeks to communicate with “and even talk back to” parents, doctors, researchers, and therapists, many of whom retain “outdated and incorrect information” even as she envies those “whose biggest worry was that their kids didn’t want to nap or eat green vegetables."read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - September 17, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Glenn C. Altschuler, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting americans with disabilities Americans with Disabilities Act children with disabilities columbia university professor conventional wisdom disabilities education act disability studies down syndrome education Source Type: news

Biology Conspires Against Women Having It All
Time keeps on ticking into the future but our parenting time is limited.read more (Source: Psychology Today Relationships Center)
Source: Psychology Today Relationships Center - September 16, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: J. R. Bruns, M.D. Tags: Relationships ADHD Apert Syndrome assisted reproductive technologies autism biological clock Birth defects children cleft lip and palate cosmopolitian Down Syndrome career Dwarfism england journal of medicine female fertility f Source Type: news

Faulty stem cell regulation may contribute to cognitive deficits associated with Down syndrome
The learning and physical disabilities that affect people with Down syndrome may be due at least in part to defective stem cell regulation throughout the body, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The defects in stem cell growth and self-renewal observed by the researchers can be alleviated by reducing the expression of just one gene on chromosome 21, they found. The finding marks the first time Down syndrome has been linked to stem cells, and addresses some long-standing mysteries about the disorder... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stem Cell Research Source Type: news

Down Syndrome and Artwork
The cells in every person's body have a nucleus where genetic material is stored in genes. Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and are grouped along structured called, "chromosomes." The nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each of our parents. Down syndrome happens when a person has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - September 15, 2013 Category: Disability Tags: Art Source Type: news

New Registry Aims to Serve People With Down Syndrome
Title: New Registry Aims to Serve People With Down SyndromeCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/11/2013 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - September 12, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

New Registry Aims to Serve People with Down Syndrome
DS-Connect offers a centralized, secure online resource to store and share health information Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Down Syndrome (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 baby in every 46 born with a congenital anomaly says new report
The report [1] by researchers at Queen Mary University of London collates data from six regional registers [2], a national coverage of 36 per cent of the births in England and Wales. Examples of congenital anomalies include heart and lung defects, Down syndrome, neural tube defects such as spina bifida, and limb malformations such as club foot. Funded by Public Health England (PHE), the study is the most up-to-date and comprehensive of its kind, bringing together existing data in England and Wales from 2007 to 2011... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 10, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Chromosome Miscounts: Understanding Down Syndrome and Other Trisomies
Researchers are making strides in studying how chromosome errors occur and in applying their findings to the development of potential therapies. (Source: NIGMS Inside Life Science)
Source: NIGMS Inside Life Science - September 9, 2013 Category: Research Source Type: news

Experimental compound reverses Down syndrome-like learning deficits in mice
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health have identified a compound that dramatically bolsters learning and memory when given to mice with a Down syndrome-like condition on the day of birth. As they report in the Sept. 4 issue of Science Translational Medicine, the single-dose treatment appears to enable the cerebellum of the rodents' brains to grow to a normal size... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology / Neuroscience Source Type: news

NIH launches first national Down syndrome registry
Registry connects families and individuals with Down syndrome to researchers. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - September 6, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Misleading claims of 'cure for Down's syndrome'
Conclusion This is interesting research investigating the effects on brain structure, learning and memory of using a chemical to treat mice with a condition similar to Down’s syndrome. The research found some positive results including normalisation of the structure of the cerebellum and improvements in learning and memory in the water maze test. However, it is far too early to say whether a similar treatment could be developed for use in humans, and what its effects might be. The chemical used mimics the effect of the Sonic hedgehog protein, which is naturally found in our bodies. This protein is essential for a wid...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Source Type: news

A 'cure' for Down's syndrome? Scientists discover compound that reverses the learning difficulties caused by the condition
Scientists at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, used the compound to boost the memories of mice with a Down's syndrome-like condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news