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Wearing Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

UPDATED 1/14/2022 : The CDC has provided updated information on what types of masks to wear and how to improve how your mask fits .  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recom

Down Syndrome Podcast Series for Parents, Educators, and Medical Professionals

Author: Down Syndrome Center - UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

The link below goes to a list of podcasts hosted by Kishore Vellody, MD, medical director of the Children's Down Syndrome Center in Pittsburgh. Medical issues of children, teens, and adults wi

T21RS COVID-19 and Down Syndrome Survey

Author: Trisomy 21 Research Society - COVID-19 Taskforce

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trisomy 21 Research Society (T21RS) has conducted an international survey of COVID-19 in Down syndrome. Caregivers and clinicians of individuals with Down syndrom

DSMIG-USA IDD COVID-19 Vaccination Position Statement

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - DSMIG-USA

On December 16, 2020, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA issued a position statement on the COVID-19 vaccine. The position statement has been updated several times, most recently on Novemb

COVID-19 in Children with Down Syndrome: Data from the Trisomy 21 Research Society Survey

Author: Emes et al. - Journal of Clinical Medicine (2021)

Abstract Adults with Down syndrome (DS) are at higher risk for severe outcomes of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) then the general population, but evidence is required to understand the risks for

Risk Prediction of COVID-19 Related Death and Hospital Admission in Adults after COVID-19 Vaccination

Author: Hippisley-Cox et al. - The BMJ (2021)

Abstract: Objectives:  To derive and validate risk prediction algorithms to estimate the risk of COVID-19 related mortality and hospital admission in UK adults after one or two doses of COVID

DSMIG Response to CDC Mask Recommendations

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - DSMIG-USA

In May 2021, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group shared a position statement titled "Response to Centers for Disease Control Mask Recommendations." This document shares

Prevalence of Common Disease Conditions in a Large Cohort of Individuals with Down Syndrome in the United States

Author: Chicoine et al. - Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews (2021)

Abstract Purpose:  Given the current life expectancy and number of individuals living with Down syndrome (DS), it is important to learn common occurrences of disease conditions across the dev

Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome (2nd Edition)

Author: Dennis McGuire, PhD and Brian Chicoine, MD - Book (2021)

Publisher's Book Description Awards for the First Edition:  2007 Independent Publisher Award: Bronze Medalist in Psychology/Mental Health Category 2006 Best Book Awards, Psychology/Me

Specialty Clinics for Adults with Down Syndrome: A Clinic Survey

Author: Santoro et al. - American Journal of Medical Genetics: Part A (2021)

Abstract Specialty centers improve care for patients with Down syndrome. The cohort of adults with Down syndrome is increasing, but the capacity for specialty centers to meet their medical care needs

Medical Vulnerability of Individuals with Down Syndrome to Severe COVID-19 - Data from the Trisomy 21 Research Society and the UK ISARIC4C Survey

Author: Huls et al. - EClinicalMedicine (2021)

Abstract Background:  Health conditions, immune dysfunction, and premature aging associated with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome, DS) may impact the clinical course of COVID-19.  Methods:&

An International Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 in Individuals with Down Syndrome

Author: Huls et al. - EClinicalMedicine (2020)

Abstract Background:  Health conditions, immune dysfunction, and premature aging associated with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome, DS) may impact the clinical course of COVID-19. Methods:  

COVID-19 Mortality Risk in Down Syndrome: Results from a Cohort Study of 8 Million Adults

Author: Clift et al. - Annals of Internal Medicine (2020)

The article linked below describes the findings of a study that evaluated Down syndrome as a risk factor for death from COVID-19 through an analysis of individual-level data in a cohort study of 8.26

Clinical Characteristics of Individuals with Down Syndrome Deceased with COVID-19 in Italy - A Case Series

Author: Villani et al. - American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A (2020)

Abstract Background:  Persons with Down syndrome (DS) are presumed to be at high risk of severe CoVID-19 due to immune dysregulation and often compromised cardiopulmonary function. Aim of the

Down Syndrome: Review Article

Author: Marilyn Bull, MD - The New England Journal of Medicine (2020)

Abstract Down syndrome, also called Down’s syndrome (DS), is the most common chromosomal condition associated with intellectual disability and is characterized by a variety of additional cli

Helping an Individual with Down Syndrome Tolerate COVID-19 Testing

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

*Please note: this article discusses viral testing used to diagnose if an individual currently has COVID-19. This article does not discuss antibody testing used to determine if an individual was expos

Challenges of Pediatric Disease in Adulthood

Author: Baumgardner & Chicoine - Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews (2020)

Abstract: Some chronic diseases - such as the rare bone disease X-linked hypophosphatemia, the impetus for a study reported within Volume 7, Issue 2 of the  Journal of Patient-Centered Resear

Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for COVID-19

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Reports of potential discrimination in medical treatment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have caused fear, anxiety, and anger within the Down syndrome community. Depar

COVID-19 Resources

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Many organizations are compiling COVID-19 resource lists. We have included links to some of them below.  The amount of information about COVID-19 can be overwhelming and can cause anxiety and

Down Syndrome

Author: Antonarakis et al. - Nature Reviews: Disease Primers (2020)

Abstract Trisomy 21, the presence of a supernumerary chromosome 21, results in a collection of clinical features commonly known as Down syndrome (DS). DS is among the most genetically complex of the c

Cancer Screening in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Proposal

Author: Rethore, Rousse, Satge - European Journal of Medical Genetics (2019)

Abstract Background : The specific distribution of cancers in Down syndrome (DS) calls into question the validity of screening policies for cancer surveillance as implemented for the general populatio

Health Care Resources for Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - DSMIG

The DSMIG Health Care Resources for Adults with Down Syndrome page linked below contains practice guidelines, reviews, and research articles on adult health, health utilization, morbidity, and mortali

Benefits and Harms of Mammography Screening for Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Alagoz et al. - Journal of General Internal Medicine (2019)

Abstract: Background:  Women with Down syndrome have a lower breast cancer risk and significantly lower life expectancies than women without Down syndrome. Therefore, it is not clear whether

Tips for Communicating with a Patient with Intellectual Disabilities

Author: Center for Inclusive Health - Special Olympics

The resource linked below shares tips for communicating with patients with intellectual disabilities. As the tips indicate, the most important thing to remember is to communicate with the patient firs

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