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Down Syndrome Treatment Study Shows Experimental Drug Reverses Cognitive Deficits In Mice

There's still no cure for Down syndrome, but recent research is raising hopes that drugs can be found to counter the cognitive deficit that characterizes the genetic disorder.<p>In July, University of Massachusetts researchers said they had found a way to shut down the extra chromosome that causes the …

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

Asthma medicine shows promise for Down syndrome in mice tests [Updated]

<i>[This post has been corrected. See note at bottom.]</i><p>A federally approved drug already being inhaled by<p>asthmapatients may make mice with Down syndrome smarter, according to a new study.<p>Researchers chose to test the widely manufactured bronchodilator, Formoterol, because it also acts on a brain …

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Study answers 100-year-old question about how chromosomes get their distinctive X-shape<p>Job Dekker, PhD, led an interdisciplinary team of researchers …

Denver Area Doctor Makes Breakthrough on Down Syndrome

Dr. Alberto Costa’s research on Down syndrome was inspired by his daughter’s diagnosis.<p>AURORA, Colo. — Dr. Alberto Costa’s discovery that a drug …

“Ethical” Stem Cells Bring Down Syndrome Breakthrough

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts medical school have reportedly made a breakthrough in learning how to silence the extra chromosome …

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 …