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Alzheimer’s Disease In Down Syndrome

By Norberto Alvarez, MD Overview Alzheimer disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. AD is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain, strongly associated with advanced age. However, it should not be considered a part of the normal aging process. AD is characterized by a relentless progression of symptoms associated with defined neuropathologic changes. Individuals with Down syndrome (DS), or trisomy 21, develop a clinical syndrome of dementia with clinical and neuropathologic characteristics […]

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A mom’s quest to make son with Down syndrome a model goes viral

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Tyler Estep (October 25, 2016) Asher Nash is 15 months old and lives in Buford with his parents and older sister. He has bright blue eyes and light brown hair and loves to wear bowties. Asher Nash also has Down syndrome — and a mother who wants to share his beauty with the world. “I want the world to see just how amazing he is,” Meagan Richter Nash said Thursday, “and just how […]

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Down Syndrome And Alzheimer’s Research—Find Ways To Connect

Many, but not all, people with Down syndrome develop Alzheimer’s disease when they get older. There are several ongoing research studies and clinical trials exploring the link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. For Down Syndrome Awareness Month, learn more about research opportunities for people with Down syndrome by: Joining DS-Connect®, a voluntary, confidential, online registry from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. You, your legally authorized representative, or your […]

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Odds and Evens Playing Nicely Together

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Unified Sports provides people with and without ID (intellectual disabilities) the opportunity to play on the same sports team, creating a space for friendships, physical activity and fun. The classic image of the young girl with Down syndrome running with determination across the finish line to the cheers of her families, friends and coaches has always done what it is intended to do—let you know of the […]