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Startle Reflex and Myoclonus

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

We were asked a question about increased “startle reflex” in a 30-year-old. Please note: The information below is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a su

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

Influenza

Author: Shelly Verma, DO - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Influenza, or the flu, is caused by the influenza virus. Flu season starts in the fall and peaks between December to March. However, it can last as late as May. There are many different strains of the

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

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

Author: de Graaf et al. - 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 et al. - 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 et al. - 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 et al. - 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 a

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

Neurobehavioral Disorders in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Capone et al. - American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C (2006)

Abstract The term dual-diagnosis refers to a person with mental retardation and psychiatric disorder. Most children with Down syndrome (DS) do not have a psychiatric or neurobehavioral disorder. Curre

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

Shingles Vaccine

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

Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the virus Varicella Zoster (a member of the herpes family). In a person who has had chicken pox (also caused by Varicella Zoster), the virus lies dormant in n

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

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

*Woodbine House Publishing closed in 2022. We recommend reaching out to your local Down syndrome organization or local library to find out if they have a copy you can borrow. Booksellers that sell use

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