Most people with Down syndrome have dementia by age 55, a new study shows.
People with Down syndrome are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, which often results in developmental disabilities. Surviving to middle age used to be rare, with many dying young due to heart problems associated with the syndrome, the researchers noted.
Parents of kids with Down syndrome often worry whether their children can develop life skills, but new research suggests that the picture is far from bleak.
"More and more parents are opting for prenatal testing during their pregnancies, and if they learn about a diagnosis of Down syndrome they want to know real-life answers to such questions," said Dr. Brian Skotko. He is director of...
Seven in 10 people with Down syndrome show evidence of dementia when they die, new research from Britain reveals.
"The link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease has been known for some years now," explained study author Rosalyn Hithersay, a doctoral candidate in the department of forensic and neurodevelopmental science at King's College London.
Naps have been shown to help young children learn, but researchers report they may have the opposite effect on children with Down syndrome.
"In children with Down syndrome, there's something about having a nap right after learning that seemed to keep them from retaining information as well, which is totally different than what happened in typically developing children," said study aut...