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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

Chronic Cough in Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Ravi Shah, MD - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Definition: Chronic cough is defined as any cough that lasts greater than three weeks. It is a common condition in adults with Down syndrome. Reasons that chronic cough have a higher frequency in peop

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

Family Care Toolkit

Author: National Down Syndrome Congress - Resource

The Family Care Toolkit linked below is a resource created by the National Down Syndrome Congress with the support of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. It helps families and primary caregivers gath

How I Learn

Author: GiGi's Playhouse - Video and Handout

The link below goes to a resource from Gigi's Playhouse called "How I Learn." It includes a video and handout that share information about how individuals with Down syndrome

The Role of Polypharmacy - General Aging in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Author: Julie A. Moran, DO - Geriatrician, Aging and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Specialist

The webinar recording below was shared by the Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The presentation s

Self-Reported Presence and Experience of Pain in Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: de Knegt et al. - Pain Medicine (2017)

Abstract: Objective: The aim was to examine whether the presence of pain (based on physical conditions and participants’ report) and self-reported pain experience in adults with Down syndrom

Attending a Summer Camp

Author: Shane Sexton, LCSW - Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

It may be hard to believe when many of us are still shivering in our winter coats, but summer is just around the corner! Summer is not only a time to soak up sunshine and enjoy family vacations but a

Reduced Pain Responses in Individuals with Down Syndrome

Author: Lisa Dahl, DO - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Individuals with Down syndrome have reduced and delayed pain responses. They are not insensitive to pain, but their expression is delayed and less precise. It is hard to tell if there is a decreased a

Estimation of the Number of People with Down Syndrome in the United States

Author: de Graaf, Buckley, & Skotko - Genetics in Medicine (2016)

Abstract: Purpose:  An accurate accounting of persons with Down syndrome (DS) has remained elusive because no population-based registries exist in the United States. The purpose of this study

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

Morbidity and Medication in a Large Population of Individuals with Down Syndrome Compared to the General Population

Author: Alexander, Petri, Ding, Wandel, Khwaja, & Foskett - Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (2015)

Abstract Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the incidence of morbidities and the prevalence of medical prescriptions in a large Down syndrome population. Me

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

Supporting a Happy, Healthy Adolescence for Young People with Down Syndrome and Other Intellectual Disabilities: Recommendations for Clinicians

Author: Baumer & Davidson - Current Opinion in Pediatrics (2014)

Abstract Purpose of Review:  To review clinical updates and current healthcare issues for adolescents with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities, including behavioral, social, and emoti

Recurrent Pneumonia

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

Definition of Pneumonia  (by the Mayo Clinic ) Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus, causing cough with phlegm or

Two Opposite Issues

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

Two Opposite Issues All is not Down syndrome (and all people with DS are not the same) There are common characteristics of people with Down syndrome   Part 1: All is not Down syndrome A Grace

Definition of Health

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

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (World Health Organization) At the Adult Down Syndrome Center, we strive to ad

Health Watch Table - Down Syndrome

Author: Developmental Disabilities Health Care Toolkit Advisory Committee - Toolkit for Primary Care Providers

The health watch table linked below contains recommendations for a number of areas of health for people with Down syndrome including otolaryngology, dental, cardiovascular, sleep, respiratory, gastroi

Fatigue

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

I recently had a couple inquiries about people with Down syndrome in their 50s or 60s who developed increased fatigue and falling asleep easily (these were new symptoms). Questions asked included: Is

The Guide to Good Health for Teens & Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD & Dennis McGuire, PhD - Book (2010)

Publisher's Book Description: The authors of the bestselling  Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome  turn their attention to the physical health of teens and adults wi

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