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Going to Public Places During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Many states and communities have lifted stay-at-home restrictions. We have received questions about whether it is safe to resume certain activities such as going to restaurants, getting haircuts, trav

Hospital Visitor Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

UPDATED JUNE 2020 : On June 9, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it had reached a resolution on the first federal complaints re

Information Forms to Share with Hospitals and Clinics

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resources

Visiting a hospital or clinic can be a stressful or frightening experience for some individuals with Down syndrome. The stress and fear can be increased if the healthcare providers are unfami

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

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

Coronavirus: What Is It and What Can I Do?

Author: The Arc Maryland and Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

This document describes coronavirus (COVID-19) and steps we can take to keep ourselves and others safe.

Let's Talk about the Coronavirus [COVID-19]

Author: Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) - University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University (UM-NSU)

The video below uses a drawn whiteboard technique to tell a social narrative about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It was developed by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for

Staying Connected to Your Health Care Provider During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Advocate Aurora Health

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many healthcare organizations - including ours - are encouraging patients to avoid coming to clinics and hospitals (when possible and if appropriate). Video appointm

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

Work Recommendations for People with Down Syndrome [COVID-19]

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

UPDATED JULY 2020: Additional information related to this topic can be found in our resource " Returning to School or Work in Fall 2020 ." UPDATED JUNE 2020: Additional information r

Work and Activity Considerations for People with Down Syndrome [COVID-19]

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

UPDATED JULY 2020: Additional information related to this topic can be found in our resource " Returning to School or Work in Fall 2020 ." UPDATED JUNE 2020: Additional information r

Travel Considerations for People with Down Syndrome [COVID-19]

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

UPDATED APRIL 2021: Additional information related to this topic can be found in our resource " Travel after COVID-19 Vaccination ." UPDATED JUNE 2020: Additional information related

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

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

The Pattern of Malignancies in Down Syndrome and Its Potential Context with the Immune System

Author: Satge & Seidel - Frontiers in Immunology (2018)

Abstract The immune surveillance theory of cancer posits that the body's immune system detects and destroys randomly occurring malignant cells. This theory is based on the observation of the i

Colon Cancer Screening for People with Down Syndrome

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Is colon cancer screening recommended for people with Down syndrome? Please note that this handout discusses screening colonoscopies (i.e. colonoscopies performed to identify pre-symptomatic or unreco

Steps to Accessing Adult Services and Supports

Author: Grace O’Connor and Ann Garcia - Patient Advocates, Adult Down Syndrome Center

While special education services are an entitlement, adult services are based on eligibility and availability of funding. If you are eligible and funding is available, services can be accessed. In the

Mammograms

Author: Sravanthi Paritala, MD - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

What is a mammogram? A mammogram is a special type of x-ray that looks for breast cancer, which is the most common cancer among women. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recomme

Urinary Retention

Author: Agni Vlahos, MD - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

The bladder is an organ composed of layers of smooth muscle that sits in the pelvis. The function of the bladder is to collect urine until it has reached its capacity which then signals to the brain t

Low Risk of Solid Tumors in Persons with Down Syndrome

Author: Hasle, Friedman, Olsen, & Rasmussen - Genetics in Medicine (2016)

Abstract Purpose:  The aim of this study was to investigate cancer incidence in a large cohort of persons with Down syndrome.  Methods:  Down syndrome was identified from th

Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Chicoine, Roth, Chicoine, & Sulo - Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (2015)

Abstract: This study examined mammogram reports of women with Down syndrome (DS) treated in the largest medical facility specifically serving adults with DS in the United States. Records of 684 women

Rate of Urinary Retention in Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Chicoine & Sulo - Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (2015)

Abstract: Purpose:  Down syndrome (DS) is associated with a higher incidence of many medical conditions, but little information regarding urinary retention exists. We assessed the urinary ret

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