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Possible Causes of Hair Loss

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

Hair loss can occur for many reasons. Some of these may include:  Age is a common cause not only for men but for women, too. Alopecia is an autoimmune condition (condition in which the body's immune system attacks another site in the body) that is more common in people with Down syn

Eating Refusal

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

We received the following question:  I have a son with Down syndrome. He had testicular cancer in his late 20s. Since then, he seems to have developed an eating disorder. He always feels he is too heavy (which he is not). I am working with a psychologist and a nutritionist. Do you have any

Behavior Changes in Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (4/28/2020)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Webinar

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L on April 28, 2020. Dr. Chicoine is the co-founder and medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center and Dr. Frank is the occupational therapist at the Center. In this presentation, they defin

Behavior Changes in Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Slides (4/28/2020)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This document contains the slides from the webinar on Behavior Changes in Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome presented by Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L on April 28, 2020.

Temperature Regulation in People with Down Syndrome

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

We were sent a question about the typical body temperature of people with Down syndrome and how they regulate their body temperature.  Our review of the medical literature found little information. We found one article from Poland that compared body temperatures of people with Down syndrome

Refusal to Eat Solid Foods

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

We received a question about a person with Down syndrome who was refusing to eat solids. He was found to have dental disease. He needed several fillings and had a couple baby teeth removed. The dentist stated the problems were "minor" and should not have caused the issue. 

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 people with Down syndrome include but are not limited to: Craniofacial features Adeno-tonsillar hypertro

Unexplained Weight Loss

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

We were sent a question about unexplained weight loss. We are sharing some information here for general knowledge and/or information that can be used in consultation with your provider. While overweight and obesity are common in people with Down syndrome (and without Down syndrome), we have seen a s

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 slides can be found at this link .   

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 syndrome (DS) differ from general population controls. Design: Cross-sectional study of 224 adults with DS

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 ability to sense the pain, localize the pain, or if the reaction to the pain is delayed. There are al

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 it common for people with DS in their 50s and 60s to become more fatigued? Is it common for people w

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