DOMINIC LAWSON talks about daughter Domenica who has Down's Syndrome
Domenica emerged into the world with Down’s syndrome, a surprise to the doctors as well as to her parents, writes DOMINIC LAWSON. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'I live tweeted my daughter's birth': Father uses social media to keep friends and relatives up to date with developments while his wife is in labour
Paul Lorente, from Lancashire, kept his Twitter followers updated as his wife, Alana, 29, gave birth to baby Eva Grace who has Down's syndrome. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As A Parent You Are Your Child's Best Advocate
Something that we learn throughout the years, is that as parents, we are our children's best advocates. No one can do this job better than you. It's not about degrees, but about finding in yourself the passion for making a positive change in the life of your kid based in the unconditional love you feel as a parent. Every time you open a new door to your child with special needs, and when you realize that door will remain opened to new generations, you experience one of the most empowering feelings of the world, the feeling of changing the world into a better place for everyone....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - May 10, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Would it be absurd of me to feel my daughter is being discriminated against because she has an intellectual disability?
Joanne Lawless from Wicklow, the parent of a child with Down syndrome, has been driven to frustration (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - May 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cardio Notes: Statins and Nutrition (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Users of statins became less careful about their energy and fat consumption over the course of a decade, and Down syndrome was tied to a better short-term outcome from congenital heart disease surgery. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - April 28, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

DNA 'edited' to cure liver disease and could be used for Down's Syndrome
Researchers in Massachusetts used a technique known as Crispr to correct a single ‘letter’ of the genetic alphabet in diseased mice. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Postural stability in young adults with down syndrome in challenging conditions - Bieć E, Zima J, Wójtowicz D, Wojciechowska-Maszkowska B, Kręcisz K, Kuczyński M.
To evaluate postural control and performance in subjects with Down syndrome (SwDS), we measured postural sway (COP) in quiet stance in four 20-second tests: with eyes open or closed and on hard or foam surface. Ten SwDS and eleven healthy subjects particip... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 22, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Link between Down syndrome, leukemia uncovered
A connection between people with Down syndrome and having a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia during childhood has been uncovered by researchers. "For 80 years, it hasn't been clear why children with Down syndrome face a sharply elevated risk of ALL," said the study's lead author. "Advances in technology -- which make it possible to study blood cells and leukemias that model Down syndrome in the laboratory -- have enabled us to make that link." (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 20, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Dana-Farber researchers uncover link between Down syndrome and leukemia
(Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) A team of researchers led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators has uncovered a connection between people with Down syndrome and having a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia during childhood. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 20, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Educational Resources for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome
This week we have interesting educational resources for parents of children with Down syndrome. To start developing communication since they are pretty young, take a look at this article that explain in detail what Baby Signs is, and how it can help your child and your family....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - April 19, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Outstanding People with Down Syndrome
This week we want to introduce Suj. Suj will be 33 years old on April 22nd. His mother recalls the day of his birth and how the news of his syndrome was delivered to them, "The news was abruptly communicated right in the delivery room by the medical team, who left the room a couple of minutes later with no words of support. No resources were provided to us."...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - April 14, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Things That Probably Won’t Happen
Older pregnant women are practically encouraged to worry about all sorts of potential negative outcomes. It’s important to remember that these events are unlikely, no matter what your age. Let’s take Down Syndrome as an example. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - April 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sharon I. Praissman and Emma Williams Tags: Child Development Health Parenting Self-Help Birth defects older mothers pregnancy Source Type: news

The Challenges of Being a Working Mom of a Child with Down Syndrome
Recently I was part of a great discussion between mothers about how to handle work when you have a child with Down syndrome. Lots of opinions and personal stories were brought to the table; we ended with a variety of different points of view. All of them are valid and realistic, as everyone's experiences are unique and based on their personal needs....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - April 8, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

When Parents of Children with Down Syndrome Are Living with Their Own Diagnosis
Life doesn't stop when your child is diagnosed with Down syndrome. The paper confirming the existence of an extra chromosome is only the beginning of an unexpected journey. The challenges keep coming, and they are not always related to your child's condition, but can certainly affect your future as a family....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - April 7, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Children with Down Syndrome Have a Bigger Risk to Leukemia
(Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - April 7, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Children with Down syndrome Have a Bigger Risk of Developing Leukemia
The devastating news of learning that your child has Down syndrome is not just related concerns about his development or learning challenges. There are all the justifiable fears that come with learning about the medical risks associated with this extra chromosome. One of the more frightening ones is that children with Down syndrome have a 20% greater risk of developing leukemia, compared to typical children. ...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - April 7, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

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