Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening's Popularity on the Rise
Genetic counselors are playing a greater role in areas of medicine in the wake of advancement in genomic technology. In the last decade, genetic testing has improved dramatically, enabling medical professionals the ability to screen for common genetic conditions like Down syndrome more accurately beginning at 10 weeks gestation. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 19, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

‘Speechless’ Just Schooled Everyone On Disability 'Inspiration Porn'
ABC’s “Speechless,” a sitcom about a family with a son who has a disability, tackled why it’s often offensive to call people with disabilities “inspirational.” And it’s done so, so well. “Inspiration porn” is a term used to describe a common tendency in which able-bodied people condescend to those with disabilities by suggesting they are brave or special just for living. Ray DiMeo, a character in “Speechless” who is the younger brother of a teen with cerebral palsy, explained it perfectly in Wednesday night’s episode: “It’s a portrayal of p...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: When Babies With Down Syndrome are Called Devils
[Al Jazeera] Freetown -Aminatta stands in a narrow mud alley outside her house and rocks her brother's newborn baby from side to side. Her five-year-old son Thomas hovers nearby, trying to scribble on a mud wall with a broken pen. After a while, he totters over and tugs at his mother's skirt. He starts wiggling outstretched fingers while jerking his hips from side to side. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 5, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Thriving with Down's syndrome: Life as Jamie Knows It
Jamie Berube was born with Down's syndrome - but thanks to his family's love and early support he's thrived. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

12/18: Zsa Zsa Gabor dies; Cookie orders roll in at business owned by woman with Down syndrome
Hungarian-born actress Zsa Zsa Gabor died Sunday, according to her publicist; Collette Divitto's Down syndrome is not stopping her from fulfilling her dream of becoming a successful baker. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Down syndrome may not be big financial burden on families
HealthDay News Although families with a child with Down syndrome do face extra medical expenses, they probably won't be deeply burdened financially, a new study suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Down Syndrome May Not Be Big Financial Burden
Having a child with the condition costs about $80 more a month in medical expenses, study finds (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Down Syndrome May Not Be Big Financial Burden on Families
Having a child with the condition costs about $80 more a month in medical expenses, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Down Syndrome, Financial Assistance (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Down Syndrome May Not Be Big Financial Burden on Families
FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 -- Although families with a child with Down syndrome do face extra medical expenses, they probably won't be deeply burdened financially, a new study suggests. Researchers found that average monthly out-of-pocket medical costs... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 16, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Down Syndrome May Not Be Big Financial Burden on Families
Title: Down Syndrome May Not Be Big Financial Burden on FamiliesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/16/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/16/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - December 16, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Medical care of child with Down syndrome probably not a financial burden for most families
(Massachusetts General Hospital) The first study to analyze the out-of-pocket costs to families for the medical care of children and adolescents with Down syndrome finds that monthly costs -- averaged over the first 18 years of life -- are less than $100 a month more than the costs for care of a typically developing child. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Research identifies a molecular basis for common congenital brain defect
A molecular cause of hydrocephalus, a common, potentially life-threatening birth defect in which the head is enlarged due to excess fluid surrounding the brain, has now been discovered by researchers. Because the same molecule is also implicated in Down's syndrome, the finding may explain the ten-fold increased risk of hydrocephalus in infants born with Down's. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

PiB-PET could open window on common meningiomas
With its ability to achieve a high level of specificity, the combination of...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: SNMMI: PiB-PET finds unique Down syndrome trait PiB-PET shows link between arterial stiffness and beta amyloid PiB-PET shows more beta amyloid after traumatic brain injury Meningioma patients report good QOL years after radiotherapy (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 9, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Hallucinogenic drug ayahuasca 'stimulates the brain to fight Alzheimer's'
New research shows the drug  stimulates the generation of human neural cells that block the effects of DYRK1A, a gene that is overactivated in Alzheimer's and Down syndrome patients. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Substance present in ayahuasca brew stimulates generation of human neural cells
Human neural progenitors exposed to harmine, an alkaloid presented at the psychotropic plant decoction ayahuasca, led to a 70 percent increase in proliferation of these cells. The effect of generating new human neural cells involves the inhibition of DYRK1A, a gene that is over activated in patients with Down syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease. Thus harmine could have a potential neurogenesis role and possibly a therapeutic one over cognitive deficits. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 7, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

7 special-needs teens removed from Texas home
They were regularly locked in a closet with a deadbolt for so long that they urinated on themselves among the clothes and boxes. They had never attended school even though they were teenagers with special needs. One child with Down syndrome was found wearing a dirty diaper in the home in Richmond, Texas. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children with Down syndrome and ALL fare as well as others treated on DFCI ALL protocols
(Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) Despite an elevated risk of toxicity from chemotherapy, children with Down syndrome and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) did not experience higher rates of relapse or treatment-related mortality compared with other children treated on Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ALL Consortium Protocols. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 5, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Texas Medicaid Cuts Hurts Rural Kids With Disabilities
Photo by Gabby Orcutt is licensed under CC0. More than a year ago, Texas lawmakers ordered the state to cut the amount of money for therapists who work with children with disabilities. After the Texas Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit against the cuts, they are finally taking effect. The cuts are significant—taking away $350 million in Medicaid reimbursement—and they impact some of the most vulnerable. These Texas children often are born premature, or with down syndrome, or with some other genetic disorder that delays them developmentally. And even as these providers lost money, they still served t...
Source: Network News - December 1, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: NN/LM South Central Region Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Girl With Rare Disorder Leaves Boston Hospital In Time For Thanksgiving
BOSTON (CBS) — It was a giant step in the right direction for a 10-year-old from East Boston with an extremely rare disease. The little girl has endured months of grueling physical therapy after a virus triggered illness, paralyzing her legs. Even though she still has a hard road ahead, she’s going home for Thanksgiving. Paulina Lopez is one tough kid, leaving Franciscan Children’s in Boston after a long two months. “She basically had her nervous system attacked. She had suffered something called Acute Flaccid Myelitis, after getting a common virus called enterovirus,” says Dr. David...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen East Boston Franciscan Children's Lisa Hughes Source Type: news

People with Down syndrome answer uncomfortable questions
Down Syndrome Answers is a series of 40 YouTube videos featuring people with the syndrome and their families answering common and sometimes uncomfortable questions about living with the developmental disability. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Woman with Down's syndrome loses SIX STONE
Helen Barnaby, 26, from Gloucestershire, once tipped the scales at 16 stone and wore size 22 clothes. But after her foster mother Sally urged her to join a slimming group she has dropped 6 stone. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Down syndrome 'Be Beautiful' fashion show raises $2.1 million
(Reuters) - Movie stars Jamie Foxx, Hilary Sw. and Queen Latifah were among celebrities sharing the catwalk with models with Down syndrome for a fundraiser that brought in $2.1 million for research and medical care. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Fears over new Down's syndrome test may have been exaggerated, warns expert
Leading statistician says evidence suggests there will be no change in number of terminations, and more than 40 miscarriages a year will be avoidedA safer prenatal test for Down ’s syndrome due to be introduced on the NHS is not predicted to lead to more pregnancies being terminated, according to one of Britain’s most eminent statisticians.Sir David Spiegelhalter, professor for the public understanding of risk at the University of Cambridge, said that the best evidence available suggests that the blood test,which will be made available in 2018, would lead to an increase of around 20 in the number of positive di...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 5, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Down's syndrome Science Health Parents and parenting Family Abortion Source Type: news

Cell-Free Fetal DNA Test Cost-effective as a Prenatal Screen Cell-Free Fetal DNA Test Cost-effective as a Prenatal Screen
A noninvasive prenatal test that examines cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma can help rule out common aneuploidies, such as Down syndrome, and reduce costs and risks related to amniocentesis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine News Source Type: news

Stunning Beach Photos Celebrate Kids With Down Syndrome
In October 2015, photographer Julie Willson documented the “beauty of kids with Down syndrome.” Now, she’s captured that same beauty, almost one year later. For her session last year, Willson took individual photos of 11 kids with Down syndrome and a group photo of all of them. In August, she had a similar shoot with the same kids and placed them in the same order as they were 10 months ago. Willson traded last year’s forest aesthetic for a beach with a sky tinted with pink. Shannon Daughtry’s daughter, Raegan (third from left), participated in Willson’s project. It was last ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Perinatal Transient Myeloproliferative Disorder in Trisomy 21
Transient myeloproliferative disorder (TMD), also known as transient acute myelopoiesis, is a myeloproliferative condition that occurs in the perinatal period in up to 10% of patients who have Down syndrome. Because of the perinatal presentation of this disorder, neonatal clinicians should be familiar with its clinical presentation, management, and outcomes. Affected patients develop severe myeloproliferation of megakaryocytic precursor cells, leading initially to hepatosplenomegaly and liver dysfunction. If the disorder develops prenatally, affected fetuses may also develop hydrops. The disorder requires the presence of 2...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - November 1, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: OConnell, A. E., Mulla, B. M., OBrien, K., Yoon, E. J., Carterson, A., Brodsky, D. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Government approves new Down's syndrome test
Pregnant women in England will be offered a safer, more accurate test for Down's syndrome from 2018. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

KATIE HOPKINS: Sally Phillips is a brave mother but mums don't want a Downs child
It was strange watching Sally Phillips (pictured) and her documentary on babies with Down's syndrome. She is brave, but most mothers don't want a disabled baby, writes KATIE HOPKINS. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sally Phillips is accused of making mums-to-be feel guilty over Down's syndrome abortion
Those who find out they are carrying a baby with the condition are too often pressurised by doctors to terminate their pregnancy, the actress says in a BBC2 documentary about her child Olly, 12. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The mother with Down's syndrome daughter who WON'T test her next baby
The mother, named only as Emma (pictured, with daughter Scarlett) said: 'I love Scarlett, she's amazing. Why wouldn't I want another child exactly like her?' (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Down syndrome couple Michael Cox and Taylor Anderton want to have children
Michael Cox and Taylor Anderton from Queensland want to get married and have children but their concerned parents fear they will never be ready because of their Down Syndrome. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors: Breaking Bad News to Patients
Some doctors engage in light conversation with their patients before telling them their cancer has returned, but I have always felt that to be disingenuous, writes Dr. Mikkael Sekeres. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKKAEL A. SEKERES, M.D. Tags: Doctors Cancer Leukemia Down Syndrome Source Type: news

The new test
Campaigners are concerned that a highly accurate test that can identify babies with Down's syndrome during pregnancy will lead to more terminations. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Celiac disease: 5 things parents need to know
Dr. Dascha Weir, associate director, Boston Children’s Celiac Disease Program It may be difficult for parents to hear that their child has a chronic illness. When the diagnosis is celiac disease (CD), an autoimmune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten, there is good news. CD is treatable by changes in diet. How it works: When food enters the stomach, it’s broken down into tiny digestible particles, which then travel through the small intestine. The small intestine is lined with villi — tiny finger-like projections that absorb nutrients from the food passing through. In celiac disease...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 28, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Diseases & Conditions celiac disease Dr. Dascha Weir gluten intolerance Source Type: news

Mother worries son with Down syndrome will suffer with no rural day programs
Without a day program, 20-year-old Jimmy MacNearney of East Hants, who has autism and Down syndrome, faces empty days. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Water boy with Down syndrome scores special touchdown
A water boy with a high school football team in Michigan scored the TD of a lifetime last week. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of trisomy 21 on interferon signaling
The interferon response is constantly activated in people with Down syndrome causing the body to fight a viral infection when such infection doesn't exist, say scientists. Constant immune system activation would likely cause damaging side-effects and may explain cognitive deficit, increased prevalence of autoimmune disorders, higher risk of Alzheimer's disease, and protection against solid tumors. Testing FDA-approved drugs that block the interferon response could be an important next step, say the investigators. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 8, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Numbers of people with Down syndrome in the US since 1950 estimated
A new study has estimated, for the first time, the numbers of people with Down syndrome in the US, from 1950 until 2010. The total number arrived at by the investigation, which also is the first to break down its findings by ethnic group, is considerably less than previously estimated by several organizations. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 8, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Global DS Foundation funds research showing impact of trisomy 21 on interferon signaling
(Global Down Syndrome Foundation) Renowned Crnic Institute scientist, Dr. Espinosa, has found the interferon response is constantly activated in people with Down syndrome causing the body to fight a viral infection when such infection doesn't exist. Constant immune system activation would likely cause damaging side-effects and may explain cognitive deficit, increased prevalence of autoimmune disorders, higher risk of Alzheimer's disease, and protection against solid tumors. Testing FDA-approved drugs that block the interferon response could be an important next step. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Down Syndrome
Title: Down SyndromeCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/22/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - August 22, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Slice of Life's Pam De Almeida shares the secrets of a special needs mum
Pam De Almeida, a Canadian mother-of-two, often shares photos of her little girl Sophia who has Down Syndrome. She recently wrote a post revealing the 'secrets' of a special needs mum. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Living With Down's Syndrome in Kinshasa
[Al Jazeera] Kinshasa -In a suburb of Kinshasa, a tightknit community gathers for lunch in a backyard. It is one of the few spaces in the city where its members go unnoticed and their families enjoy a short reprieve from daily discrimination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 16, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ely woman with Down Syndrome reaches 75th birthday after beating cancer and tuberculosis
Frances Gillett, from Ely, Cambridgeshire, will turn 75 on Sunday. When she was born in 1941, the average life expectancy for someone with Down Syndrome was their mid-20s. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ely woman with Down's Syndrome reaches 75th birthday after beating cancer and tuberculosis
Frances Gillett, from Ely, Cambridgeshire, will turn 75 on Sunday. When she was born in 1941, the average life expectancy for someone with Down's Syndrome was their mid-20s. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diagnostics company LabCorp to buy smaller rival Sequenom
(Reuters) – Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings said it would buy Sequenom Inc, a maker of non-invasive prenatal tests for reproductive health, for about $371 million, including debt. The $2.40 per share cash offer, which has a total equity value of $302 million, represents a 182% premium to Sequenom’s Tuesday close. Sequenom’s shares rose 177% to $2.36 in premarket trading on Wednesday. Sequenom offers genetic tests that allow patients to gain insight about their pregnancy and conditions that can affect their baby’s health. The company’s MaterniT test screens for chromosomal abnormalit...
Source: Mass Device - July 27, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Business/Financial News Diagnostics Mergers & Acquisitions LabCorp Sequenom Inc. Source Type: news

Special Books by Special Kids shares Truro family's Down syndrome story
A Nova Scotian family's new video tribute to their son who has Down syndrome has blown past three million views in its first days, months after an earlier video recorded tens of millions of views. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

The times, they are a-changin’ (and bringing new syndromes)
When are symptoms due to a medical condition, and when are they just a part of life? That’s the question that came to mind as I read about “computer vision syndrome.” So, what is a syndrome, anyway? Before considering the health hazards of working long hours in front of a computer screen, it’s worth asking what a syndrome is. In medicine we often use the word syndrome to describe a group of features, such as symptoms, examination findings or test results, that tend to occur together but without a clear enough understanding of their cause to be considered a specific disease. Some syndromes are descri...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - July 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Behavioral Health Eye Health Source Type: news

Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome
Alzheimer's Disease in Individuals With Down Syndrome (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - June 23, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Lifting up families living with Down syndrome
GiGi's Playhouse is a network of more than 30 educational centers that provides a host of free programs for families and individuals with Down syndrome. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news