Abortion and Down syndrome are on the agenda for presidential hopefuls.
UK researchers are hailing the development of a ‘safer’ and more ‘cost-effective’ pregnancy-screening test.
Questions about “a ‘corporate arms race’ to develop prenatal tests for Down syndrome
Dawkins is in hot water again after asserting on Twitter that it is “immoral” to allow Down Syndrome babies to be born.
Not stigmatised by community, say researchers.
An investigation into terminations of Down's Syndrome foetuses in the UK has revealed that half of these abortions go unrecorded. The probe was conducted by the independent National Down's Syndrome Cytogenetic Register, an organisation that is notified of any down syndrome diagnoses and can track the progress of pregnancies. They found that out of 994 terminations, only 496 were properly recorded.
A more accurate test for Down syndrome is being trialled in at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London, much to the enthusiasm of fertility specialists.
Is it possible to “cure” Down syndrome? Jeanne Lawrence, of the University Massachusetts Medical School, believes that it could happen some day.
A parliamentary commission into abortion based on disability has called for radical changes to the UK abortion law.
A chromosome therapy for Down syndrome may be possible, according to ground-breaking research published in Nature.
The first drug to help people with Down syndrome overcome cognitive deficits is being tested on humans.
There is a growing push for greater rights for Down syndrome people – in particular that they be fully protected from forced sterilisation. A landmark ruling by a UK court may have brought this goal one step closer.
A New Zealand pro-life group has resorted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to get justice for Down Syndrome children. And, improbable as it seems, it is having some success.
Should termination of Down syndrome foetuses be regarded as a fundamental human right? This is an issue which the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is currently pondering in the case of Krūzmane vs. Latvia.
An Oregon jury awarded nearly US$3 million to a couple whose daughter was born with Down syndrome after doctors had reassured them that the baby would be normal.
A new non-invasive test for Down syndrome will be offered in 20 cities from Monday. According to an article in the journal Genetics in Medicine, it picks up 98.6% of DS children and has a false positive rate of only 0.2%. This is a vast improvement on existing screening tests, whose false positive rate can be as high as 5%.
The latest research on life with Down syndrome paints a very positive picture. In a major feature in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, Dr Brian Skotko, of Children’s Hospital Boston, and colleagues report that “The overwhelming majority of parents surveyed report that they are happy with their decision to have their child with DS and indicate that their sons and daughters are great sources of love and pride”.
Is it possible to cure Down syndrome? Alberto Costa, a 48-year-old physician and neuroscientist at University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine, thinks so. He has started a clinical trial on young adults with Down syndrome to see if the drug memantine helps them become “smarter”. It is the first randomized clinical trial ever to take a drug that worked in mice with Down syndrome and apply it to humans.
High doses of drugs used to stimulate the ovaries of older women undergoing fertility treatment may result in failed pregnancies and babies with conditions such as Down’s syndrome.
Test could be available by 2013
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