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Waiter Stands Up for Boy With Down Syndrome After Hearing Diner’s Derogatory Comment

Post Views: 15 Bullying against children with disabilities, especially from adults, cannot be tolerated. Kim Castillo and her family had been eating out at the Laurenzo’s restaurant in Houston for years, and to their son with Down syndrome, it was certainly an outing to treasure. But one group of diners showed poor form by insulting the […]

12Nov
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Optimal therapy for Down syndrome arthropathy remains unclear, reveals study

Post Views: 19 A new study found that patients with Down syndrome arthropathy continue to have an approximate year-long delay in diagnosis from the onset of their symptoms, and that optimal therapy for this condition remains unclear. Details of this research will be presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Down syndrome arthropathy […]

10Nov
2019
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How do we end the cycle of childhood trauma passed from parents to kids? | Brain Trust

Post Views: 7 Growing up in Philadelphia can be a traumatizing experience. Poverty, hunger, gun violence, evictions, and mass incarceration are just some of the difficult experiences that bear down on children here. Over the last couple of decades, public health researchers and policymakers have increasingly recognized that the body “remembers” childhood trauma, and these […]

07Nov
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Canadians with Down syndrome help teach Google how to understand speech

Post Views: 8 Anyone who’s been frustrated with digital voice assistants Google, Alexa or Siri misunderstanding commands to play a certain song or access online information may find themselves pointlessly arguing with technology, but imagine the ubiquitous devices messing up every third word you say. That’s what Google estimates people with Down syndrome experience because […]

07Nov
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Down syndrome carries raised risk of dementia by 55

Post Views: 10 Most people with Down syndrome have dementia by age 55, a new study shows. People with Down syndrome are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, which often results in developmental disabilities. Surviving to middle age used to be rare, with many dying young due to heart problems associated with the syndrome, the researchers noted. […]

03Nov
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Study uncovers cause for spatial-memory deficits in people with Down syndrome

Post Views: 20 Professor Juan Lerma’s group, from the UMH-CSIC Institute of Neurosciences, in Alicante (Spain), has identified the gene called GRIK1, fundamental in the balance between excitation and inhibition in the brain, as one of the causes for people with Down syndrome having spatial orientation problems. The GRIK1 gene is located on chromosome 21, […]

02Nov
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New research explains why people with Down syndrome have spatial memory problems

Post Views: 12 The triplication of a single gene, GRIK1, located on chromosome 21, causes alterations in inhibitory synaptic transmission in the hippocampus, related to memory and space orientation Professor Juan Lerma’s group, from the UMH-CSIC Institute of Neurosciences, in Alicante (Spain), has identified the gene called GRIK1, fundamental in the balance between excitation and […]

02Nov
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Celebrate loved ones living with Down syndrome

Post Views: 16 In Canada we celebrate our loved ones who are living with Down syndrome a little extra throughout the week of Nov. 1-7.  “Canadian Down Syndrome Week as a great opportunity to both raise awareness about Down syndrome and thank our communities for being inclusive and seeing the abilities of those living with […]

01Nov
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Study finds altered brain asymmetry in autism spectrum disorder

Post Views: 15 The left and right halves of our brains develop differently, as each hemisphere ‘specializes’ in certain functions. For example, for most people the left hemisphere–controlling the right hand–is dominant for language. But brain asymmetry is sometimes affected in people with developmental or psychiatric disorders like autism, which is characterized by impaired social […]

01Nov
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Molecular signature may lead to blood test for autism

Post Views: 14 Researchers have identified a distinctive pattern of gene expression in the white blood cells of young autistic boys1. The discovery has not yet been validated in children whose autism status is unknown, but if confirmed, it could pave the way for a blood test for the condition. The genes in this molecular […]

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