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The Latest on Genetic Testing

How much can you learn from prenatal genetic testing? We went to the experts to find out.<p>There are a few different categories of genetic testing that parents should know about, says Ellen Simpson, Ph.D., a genetics counselor in the prenatal diagnostic center at the University of California, San …

Molecular Biology

Halifax mom questions Down syndrome suppression

A Halifax mother is questioning a recent breakthrough that disables the gene that causes Down syndrome, saying the quest to eliminate the condition …

A Generational Shift in Understanding Life With Down Syndrome

The change has been dramatic.<p>aarongilson/Flickr<p>When I was six, my friend Tom died. My Mum took me aside when I got home from school and explained that he had gone into the hospital for routine surgery but something had gone wrong. She said it was just as well that he had died. You see, Tom had Down …

New Testing for Down Syndrome: The Establishment Pushes Back

When the new, non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome was introduced at South Shore Hospital last year where I practice, patients were offered several options:<p>They could have an invasive test -- an amniocentesis or a chorionic villus sampling -- that is 100 percent accurate but occasionally …

Pregnancy

Shutting Down the Extra Chromosome in Down’s Syndrome Cells

Many genetic disorders are caused by faulty versions of a single gene. In the last decade, scientists have made tremendous strides in correcting these faults through “gene therapy”—using viruses to sneak in working versions of the affected genes.<p>But some disorders pose greater challenges. Down’s …

Study: Stress Linked to Dementia

Women who reported more stressors experienced more distress over the course of their lives and higher rates of dementia.<p><b>Problem:</b> Enormously stressful events, like seeing combat in the military, can continue to affect people for years, through post-traumatic stress disorder. But though regular life …

Speaking a second language may delay different dementias

In the largest study on the topic to date, research shows that speaking a second language may delay the onset of three types of dementias. The …