Study to use Prozac to treat Down syndrome in utero
Stephen FellerDALLAS, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Researchers are set to start recruiting pregnant women for a new multi-year study to test the effects of Prozac on fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How a model with Down syndrome made it to the catwalk
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ISIS aligns with Richard Dawkins and the radical left, orders mass murder of infants with Down's syndrome, birth defects, reports claim
(NaturalNews) Increasingly, radicalized American and Western Leftists are becoming ideologically aligned with the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State, and this latest example is just disgusting, if true.Reports from a Middle East-based human rights organization say... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This May Explain Down Syndrome Health Problems
Finding might lead to ways to help prevent heart disease, diabetes in these patients, researchers say (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic Abnormality May Explain Health Complications of Down Syndrome
Finding might lead to ways to help prevent heart disease, diabetes in these patients, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Down Syndrome, Genes and Gene Therapy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic Abnormality May Explain Health Complications of Down Syndrome
Title: Genetic Abnormality May Explain Health Complications of Down SyndromeCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/14/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/14/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - December 14, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Apology over 'do not resuscitate' order
A hospital trust apologises for placing a "do not resuscitate" order on a patient with Down's Syndrome, and listing his learning difficulties among the reasons. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Scientists Need to Embrace Crowdfunding
From the junior physician attempting to start a pilot study to the seasoned researcher in the final years of an academic grant, the harsh reality of medical research funding constantly looms. Young researchers have faced the worst funding in half a century. The competition for public research grants has intensified to the point where less than 15% of proposals obtain funding. The $1.55 billion budget cut to the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 2013 alone resulted in an estimated 640 fewer research studies receiving funding. Researchers are now encouraged to prepare for grant applications years in advance and to expect...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 19, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

NIH supports new studies to find Alzheimer’s biomarkers in Down syndrome
Groundbreaking initiative will track dementia onset, progress in Down syndrome volunteers. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - November 18, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Down syndrome bodybuilder fulfills his dream by appearing in his first competition
Inside video captures the former 205-pound front desk staffer at Bob's Gym North transformed before the audience's eyes into a confident and sculpted competitor, with his first ever fifth place ranking. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How A Dying Country Singer Is Saying Farewell To Her Daughter
A country music duo are focusing on family in the face of tragedy.  In June 2014, singer Joey Feek, who, with her husband Rory, makes up the duo Joey + Rory, was diagnosed with cervical cancer -- just four months after giving birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Indiana. After a long battle, the family announced last month that she would be ending medical treatment. On November 9, Rory revealed that Joey was preparing for home hospice care on his blog, This Life I Live. In the post, the dad reflected on their final days in the hospital and shared how his family is planning to spend as much tim...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospital doctor found guilty of manslaugher after blunders left a six-year-old boy dead
Jack Adcock, who had Down's syndrome and a heart condition, was misdiagnosed by "incompetent" Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - November 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Growth Charts for Children with Down Syndrome
Pediatric researchers have developed the first set of growth charts for U.S. children with Down syndrome since 1988. These new charts provide an important tool for pediatricians to evaluate growth milestones for children and adolescents with this condition. With these new charts, pediatricians will be able to compare each patient's growth patterns with peers of the same age and sex who have Down syndrome. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - October 30, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Calculators and Charts Source Type: news

How a model with Down syndrome made it to the catwalk
When Madeline was born November 13, 1996, it came as quite a shock to be told my tiny baby had Down syndrome. I was completely unaware of what the genetic disorder was. I had never known anyone with a disability, so I was oblivious to what it meant. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother of boy with Down's syndrome feared she'd failed her family
Sarah Roberts, 37, from Woking, Surrey believed she'd let her family down when her son was born with Down's syndrome. Now she says she was wrong to be scared of the future with baby Oscar. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Down syndrome teen takes modeling world by storm
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New growth charts developed for US children with Down syndrome
Pediatric researchers have developed the first set of growth charts for US children with Down syndrome since 1988. These new charts provide an important tool for pediatricians to evaluate growth milestones for children and adolescents with this condition. With these new charts, pediatricians will be able to compare each patient's growth patterns with peers of the same age and sex who have Down syndrome. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

New growth charts developed for US children with Down syndrome
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Pediatric researchers have developed the first set of growth charts for US children with Down syndrome since 1988. These new charts provide an important tool for pediatricians to evaluate growth milestones for children and adolescents with this condition. With these new charts, pediatricians will be able to compare each patient's growth patterns with peers of the same age and sex who have Down syndrome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 27, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

DNA test for Down's syndrome on the NHS could save lives
(Wiley) Offering pregnant women a DNA test for Down's syndrome on the NHS would reduce the dependency on invasive tests and potentially save the lives of unborn babies, a study shows. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 26, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

“I get them distracted.”
(Katherine C. Cohen/Boston Children’s Hospital) Nate Simons Patient Liaison I’m a patient liaison. That’s my official title, but I prefer greeter. I greet the families that come in and walk them to their appointment rooms. I play with the kids. The kids are so adorable. They’re so cute. Sometimes if they’re cranky, I play “Wheels on the Bus” on Youtube on my phone. I get them distracted with “Wheels on the Bus.” That’s my favorite song ever. I used to listen to it myself when I was a kid. I love my job. I have a great boss, and I love the pay. I work here part-ti...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 23, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Care Team Down syndrome Down Syndrome Program Source Type: news

5 Things You Never Knew About Alzheimer's
In The End of Memory: A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer's, award-winning science writer Jay Ingram shares the history of the debilitating disease, from its discovery in the early 20th century to where the search for better treatments -- and hopefully, a cure -- stands today. Here, five facts Ingram dug up that piqued our interest.   1. The First Thing That Happens to a Brain with Alzheimer's Isn't What You ThinkWe associate Alzheimer’s with two main changes in the brain: the buildup of amyloid plaques between neurons and tangles of tau protein within neurons.  But the first sign of the disease i...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 20, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Pregnant Illinois mom reveals devastation after finding out her baby has Down Syndrome
Nancy Binger, 40, of Illinois, was told that her baby would be born with Down syndrome when she was six months pregnant. She reveals that she completely shut down when she heard the news. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abigail’s journey: A trip to Boston makes tomorrow possible
From the time Erika Jones was 30 weeks pregnant, she and her husband Stephen prepared for an excruciating eventuality. The Jacksonville, Florida, couple was told their daughter would die before or shortly after her birth. They arranged for pediatric hospice before Abigail was born. They made a decision tree factoring in clinical scenarios from intubation to a do-not-resuscitate order. They planned to scatter Abigail’s ashes on a Florida beach. “We didn’t plan for this scenario,” says Erika, quietly glowing and cooing at the healthy newborn in her arms. When Erika was pregnant, an ultrasound detected...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 12, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Diseases & conditions Our patients’ stories Brain tumor department of neurosurgery Dr. Alan Cohen Dr. Mark Kieran Source Type: news

New test for Down's took the fear out of my pregnancy
WHEN Gill Rodgers was asked to come into hospital for tests to find out whether her unborn baby had Down's Syndrome, she was plunged into a world of fear and uncertainty. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emma Lynam who has Down syndrome and autism creates the perfect career shredding classified documents 
Emma Lynam, 21, cannot read or write as a result of her disabilities. But it has come to her advantage launching a career as a 'master shredder' of classified documents in Townsville, Queensland. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Down Syndrome Blood Test Sparks Abortion Debate
Blood tests that can predict if a fetus will have Down syndrome are increasingly common in prenatal care. But as people with the condition live longer, healthier lives, the tests are sparking debates. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - September 22, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

Down syndrome research untangles therapeutic possibilities for Alzheimer's
More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Of them, 400,000 also have Down syndrome. Both groups have similar looking brains with higher levels of the protein beta amyloid. In fact, patients with Down syndrome develop the abnormal protein at twice the rate. Results of a pilot study confirms the pathogenic role of beta amyloid in dementia as seen in both AD and Down syndrome. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 18, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Down syndrome research untangles therapeutic possibilities for Alzheimer's
(University of California - San Diego) More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Of them, 400,000 also have Down syndrome. Both groups have similar looking brains with higher levels of the protein beta amyloid. In fact, patients with Down syndrome develop the abnormal protein at twice the rate. Results of a pilot study confirms the pathogenic role of beta amyloid in dementia as seen in both AD and Down syndrome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 17, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Mother with Down's Syndrome daughter and son with autism has written a cookbook for children with special needs 
Londoner Deborah French, 36, who lives in Israel, realised the therapeutic benefits of cooking after her son Henry developed excellent concentration during kitchen sessions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sarah Palin Supports Ohio Bill That Would Ban Abortions For Down Syndrome
WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin urged Ohio lawmakers to pass a state bill that would bar women from getting abortions solely because they do not wish to have a baby with Down syndrome, claiming on Sunday that society has pressured women into such abortions. "Culture has told these women ... you're not capable of being able to handle and nurture and love and raise a child with special needs," the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The Ohio legislature is currently considering the bill, which has been endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee. Because a majorit...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Florida parents with baby daughter born with brain cancer and Down syndrome
Erika and Stephen Jones, of Florida, first had learned that their unborn daughter Abigail had Down syndrome. An ultrasound later showed that a cancerous mass had developed in her brain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ohio father pens letter to his daughter with Down syndrome on her wedding day 
Paul Daugherty (left), a 57-year-old sports columnist from Loveland, Ohio, wrote the tribute for his 25-year-old daughter Jillian (right) before walking her down the aisle. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Rick Guidotti turned his back on Cindy Crawford to challenge our perceptions of genetic diseases
Previously in the business of snapping supermodels, a chance meeting at a bus stop made this fashion photographer look again at young people affected visibly by genetic disease.See a gallery of Guidotti’s Positive Exposure pictures.I’m in a hotel in Seattle watching photographer Rick Guidotti at work. Amid high fives and shouts of “awesome” a group of young people are laughing and posing as he clicks away, capturing the wide smiles and infectious enthusiasm in the room. This is not an average photo shoot, however, and Rick is not your average photographer. Each of the young people has Costello Syndr...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 26, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Stephanie Nimmo Tags: Health & wellbeing Family Life and style Genetics Children Disability Down's syndrome Photography Fashion Source Type: news

Opinion: Don't politicize my son over Down syndrome
Parent of a child with Down syndrome says banning abortions where there is prenatal diagnosis of the condition would accomplish nothing (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome Is Reason
Legislators are expected to approve a measure that would make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion on a woman terminating to avoid having a child with Down syndrome. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TAMAR LEWIN Tags: Presidential Election of 2016 Abortion Ohio Down Syndrome Kasich, John R Law and Legislation Source Type: news

Violence: heightened brain attentional network response is selectively muted in Down syndrome - Anderson JS, Treiman SM, Ferguson MA, Nielsen JA, Edgin JO, Dai L, Gerig G, Korenberg JR.
BACKGROUND: The ability to recognize and respond appropriately to threat is critical to survival, and the neural substrates subserving attention to threat may be probed using depictions of media violence. Whether neural responses to potential threat differ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - August 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Water fluoridation 'a safe way of stopping tooth decay'
Conclusion This cross-sectional study used reliable national data on water fluoridation areas and linked this to registries and databases to see how this influenced the rate of different health outcomes. Primarily, the study seems to confirm what is already quite well established – fluoride protects against tooth decay. The rate of tooth decay among young children is a particular concern and is a widespread problem across the UK. The study found rates of tooth decay among five and 12-year-olds and hospital admissions for tooth decay in under-fives were significantly lower in fluoridated areas. The study also ai...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

How does a family cope when one twin has Down's Syndrome?
Clare McIntosh, from London, and her husband John were stunned to be told their son Josh had Down's - after the condition failed to appear on any scans - while his twin was in perfect health. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronation Street casts its first actor with Down's Syndrome
Liam Bairstow has already started filming the soap and will join the Street later this year (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - August 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: liam bairstow coronation street down's syndrome actors corrie Source Type: news

Scientists identify trouble spot in brain linked to learning difficulties in Down syndrome
New brain research has mapped a key trouble spot likely to contribute to intellectual disability in Down syndrome. In a paper published in Nature Neuroscience, scientists from the University of Bristol and UCL suggest the findings could be used to inform future therapies which normalise the function of disrupted brain networks in the condition. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - August 3, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research, International, Health; Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences, School of Physiology and Pharmacology; Press Release Source Type: news

Autism: From Behavior to Biology
Co-authored by John Slattery, B.A., Clinical Trials Program Manager at Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute, Little Rock AR and Stephen G. Kahler, M.D., Department of Genetics, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock AR Autism is estimated to affect one in 68 children in the United States -- almost 2% of our population. Autism is usually a lifelong disorder that starts in early childhood and continues into adult life. It affects the whole family, caretakers, the educational and medical systems, and the community at large. Autism is diagnosed by the behavioral abnormalities that define it, including difficult...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

People With Disabilities Are Twice As Likely To Be Poor. These Businesses Are Fighting That Stat
The staggering unemployment and poverty rates among people with disabilities is a reminder of how much work still needs to be done to protect this underserved demographic. Sunday marks 25 years since Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, a bill that aimed to give the group equal opportunities to pursue jobs and public and private services. While some vital progress has been made, people with disabilities still face incredible challenges when it comes to obtaining employment and becoming financially stable.     President George Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act during a ceremony on the ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study may show a way to predict whether children with a genetic disorder will develop autism or psychosis
Doctors and researchers have long known that children who are missing about 60 genes on a certain chromosome are at a significantly elevated risk for developing either a disorder on the autism spectrum or psychosis — that is, any mental disorder characterized by delusions and hallucinations, including schizophrenia. But there has been no way to predict which child with the abnormality might be at risk for which disorder. New findings by researchers at UCLA and the University of Pittsburgh are the first to suggest a potential way to make that determination. In a study published in PLOS One, the researchers report havi...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 24, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Woman who put Down's syndrome toddler in washing machine is filmed hurling him around bouncy castle
Courtney Stewart drops the boy from shoulder height before dragging him along by his ankles (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - July 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: toddler bouncy castle courney stewart washing machine erskine down's syndrome Source Type: news

Resveratrol and Down Syndrome Abstracts
(Source: Riverbend Down Syndrome Parent Support Group)
Source: Riverbend Down Syndrome Parent Support Group - July 24, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

A cause of mental retardation, autism discovered
The term intellectual disability covers a large number of clinical entities, some with known cause and others of uncertain origin. For example Down syndrome is due to an extra copy of chromosome 21 and Rett syndrome is in part caused by a mutation in the control switch gene called MeCP2. In other cases the mechanisms by which they are produced are not clearly identified. Now a research team has discovered a mechanism that identifies a cause of intellectual disabilities in these puzzling cases. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 20, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Discovered a cause of mental retardation and autism
(IDIBELL-Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute) The term intellectual disability covers a large number of clinical entities, some with known cause and others of uncertain origin. For example Down syndrome is due to an extra copy of chromosome 21 and Rett syndrome is in part caused by a mutation in the control switch gene called MeCP2. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 20, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Prenatal Testing May Reveal Cancer In Women
BOSTON (CBS)– Prenatal testing has become widely available for pregnant women at risk for having babies with chromosome problems such as Down Syndrome. Now new research finds the tests may also reveal possible cancers in pregnant mothers. A prenatal blood test came back abnormal when Marin Mejia was pregnant with her son Owen. The non-invasive prenatal test picks up DNA from the mother and the baby. Further testing showed the baby was healthy. But Marin wasn’t out of the woods. “The doctor said, ‘So there’s still that abnormal result from the test we need to look into,’” she says. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: kcarroll94 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Diana Bianchi Dr. Mallika Marshall Illumina Marin Mejia prenatal testing Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Eliminating intersex babies is not a legitimate use of genetic embryo testing | Celeste Orr
It is done to reinforce the inadequate sex binary and even to police non-heterosexual, queer attractions or acts“Designer babies” seems like a concept from a dystopian future, but they’re here now: would-be parents who utilize in-vitro fertilization to conceive often also have the option of genetically testing embryos and then picking which one to implant.Scientists can test for hundreds of things, from fatal genetic traits like Tay-Sachs and Huntington disease to non-fatal but culturally devalued embodiments like Down syndrome, deafness, blindness and intersex conditions. Continue reading... (Source: Gua...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 10, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Celeste Orr Tags: Genetics Childbirth Fertility problems Health & wellbeing Science Source Type: news

Sara Weir
PresidentSara Hart Weir, MS, was appointed as the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) President in December 2014, after previously serving as the Vice President of Advocacy & Affiliate Relations for NDSS since 2012. Weir is responsible for overseeing the mission and administration of the organization, which is the largest nonprofit in the United States dedicated to advocating for people with Down syndrome and their families. Under Weir’s leadership, NDSS was at the forefront of the passage of the landmark and historical Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which will create tax free s...
Source: PHRMA - July 7, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ali Source Type: news