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Naps Don't Help Down Syndrome Kids Learn: Study

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 – Naps have been shown to help young children learn, but researchers report they may have the opposite effect on children with Down syndrome. "In children with Down syndrome, there's something about having a nap right after learning that seemed to keep them from retaining information as well, which is totally different than what happened in typically developing children," ...

Scientists Spot Gene Linking Down Syndrome, Early Alzheimer's

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – British researchers are zeroing in on the genes that they believe are responsible for early onset Alzheimer's disease in people with Down syndrome. The two conditions have long been strongly linked. The findings – based on research with mice – could pave the way for new medicines to prevent Alzheimer's in people with Down syndrome, and shed light on the development of ...

Disabled Kids at Higher Risk of Abuse, Study Finds

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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" – ...

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