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Disabled Kids at Higher Risk of Abuse, Study Finds

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Children with certain mental or behavioral disorders are at increased risk of abuse or neglect, a new study suggests. The findings add to evidence that children with disabilities face higher abuse risks. But they also suggest those risks vary depending on the type of disorder a child has. "We've known for years that children with disabilities have an increased risk of ...

Down Syndrome May Not Be Big Financial Burden on Families

Posted 16 Dec 2016 by

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 are about $80 more for children with Down syndrome compared to other kids. That adds up to about $18,000 over the first 18 years of life, the study ...

Most Families Cherish a Child With Down Syndrome, Survey Finds

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – Families of children with Down syndrome face challenges, but by and large their experiences are positive ones, a new study suggests. Researchers found that in 87 percent of families they surveyed, everyone – parents and siblings – said they loved their family member who had Down syndrome, and almost as many families said they felt pride for the child. Few families ...

Gene Abnormality May Be Key to Down Syndrome, Scientists Say

Posted 25 Feb 2016 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 – Researchers say they've discovered a genetic abnormality that affects brain development in people with Down Syndrome, and they say this finding might lead to new treatments. "This discovery of the genetic changes that alter communication within the brain uncovered a completely new target for therapies in the brains of people with [Down syndrome]," study co-leader Tarik ...

Genetic Abnormality May Explain Health Complications of Down Syndrome

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 – People with Down syndrome have long been known to face a higher risk for a range of other illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and immune disorders. Now, a new study has honed in on a possible cause: too much of a specific gene that disturbs the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is involved in basic organ-related activities. These activities ...

CDC: Child Autism Rate Now 1 in 45 After Survey Method Changes

Posted 13 Nov 2015 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 – About one in 45 children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of parents. This apparent increase is likely due to a change of questions parents were asked about their child, the study authors said. "Probably the most important finding of this paper, which is hardly new, is that how one asks a question ...

Brain Scans Give Clues to Link Between Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome

Posted 17 Apr 2015 by

FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 – It's long been known that people with Down syndrome are at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease. Now, research suggests that changes in the brains of people with Down syndrome, as seen on brain scans, might help lead to promising treatments that could delay or prevent Alzheimer's. "We and other researchers have been interested in detecting and tracking Alzheimer's, ...

Newer Test for Down Syndrome Called 'Major Advance'

Posted 2 Apr 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 – A DNA-based blood test appears to be more effective in detecting possible Down syndrome in unborn children than other screening methods for the genetic disorder, researchers say. The test exhibited perfect accuracy in a clinical trial, detecting Down syndrome in all 38 women whose children had inherited the disorder, the researchers report in the April 2 issue of the ...

A Better Test for Down Syndrome?

Posted 26 Feb 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 – A new test that examines fetal DNA from a mother's blood is more accurate at spotting chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome than standard tests offered to pregnant women, a new study indicates. Scientists found that the blood test, known as cell-free DNA, performed up to 10 times better than other noninvasive tests currently used to screen for "aneuploidy" – ...

Alzheimer's Med Seems Ineffective in Those With Down Syndrome

Posted 10 Jan 2012 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 10 – A drug commonly used to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease does not appear to be effective for people older than 40 years who have Down syndrome and Alzheimer's, according to a new study. Although previous animal studies of the Alzheimer's drug, memantine, showed promising results in mice with Down syndrome, this new study of people with Down syndrome aged 40 and older ...

Down Syndrome Brings Joy, Not Regrets, for Many Families

Posted 30 Sep 2011 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 30 – Louise Borke learned that her infant son had Down Syndrome when he was just a few days old. Her reaction? "Shock and surprise, trepidation and anxiety," she recalls. Today, 22 years later, Borke can look back at life with her son, Louis Sciuto, and say, "It's been fun. It's had its challenges – I won't deny that – but it's been fun. It's been rewarding and I have no ...

Noninvasive Test May Identify Down Syndrome Early On

Posted 8 Mar 2011 by

SUNDAY, March 6 – A simple blood test may one day offer a safe way to detect Down syndrome during pregnancy, researchers say. In a small study, an experimental blood test identified a gene mutation associated with Down syndrome with 100 percent accuracy, according to the Cyprus scientists. "Down syndrome is a common birth defect, with one Down syndrome birth in every 600 births in all ...

How Parents Come to Accept Down Syndrome Diagnosis

Posted 8 Aug 2010 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 6 – The negative feelings parents first experience when told their child has Down syndrome in most cases will eventually turn into joy and resilience, U.S. researchers report. The study authors have released preliminary findings of an online survey of parents of children with Down syndrome. The survey, begun in October 2009, drew more than 500 responses. There were many similarities ...

New Down Syndrome Theory Emerges

Posted 27 Mar 2010 by

FRIDAY, March 26 – New research suggests that missing proteins in the brain – not too many genes or proteins, as previously thought – may explain symptoms of Down syndrome. Researchers found that both humans and mice with Down syndrome have lower levels of specific protein in the brain than those who don't have the condition. But an experimental drug returned the protein levels to normal in ...

For Kids With Down Syndrome, a 'Ray of Hope'

Posted 1 Dec 2009 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 19 – New research may provide the foundation for future medical treatment of memory deficits associated with Down syndrome. The research was conducted in mice that were genetically engineered to have a condition similar to Down syndrome, a genetic disorder. It is still not clear if humans would benefit from the findings. Still, the researchers found that mice with the ...

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