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Ancient DNA Reveals Down Syndrome In 5,000-Year-Old Remains

An expansive analysis of DNA from ancient remains has revealed cases of Down syndrome from the past offering evidence that people with the disorder were treated similarly to others in their community.

February 22, 2024

Spelling Champion With Down Syndrome Defies Stereotypes

Ellen Ruckmann-Bruch has Down syndrome, but that's not stopping her from besting her peers as she works to win a spot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

January 19, 2024
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Boxing Serves As Developmental Therapy For Those With Down Syndrome

Typically, people with Down syndrome have issues with muscle tone, hand-eye coordination and balance. It's believed the sweet science that is boxing can help with all of that.

January 9, 2024

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Effort To Map Down Syndrome Brain Raises Prospect Of Treatment

With an $11 million "transformative research" grant, scientists are setting out to do what hasn't been done before: chart how Down syndrome disrupts molecular pathways and alters the brain before birth.

November 3, 2023
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‘One-Stop Shop’ Down Syndrome Clinic For Kids, Adults Opens Its Doors

Amid a shortage of providers, a new clinic will treat patients with Down syndrome from diagnosis through adulthood, providing everything from medical care to assistance with school and finding a job.

October 24, 2023
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With Job Coach In Tow, He Made His First Real Sale. Then He Called His Mom

Starting a business and going on cold calls can be tough. Angad Sahgal, who has Down syndrome, found it particularly hard, but he also has a family of helpers.

August 29, 2023

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Down Syndrome Dating Show Coming To Netflix

A show following several people with Down syndrome in their quest to find love is set to premiere on Netflix.

August 1, 2023
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People With Down Syndrome Are Living Longer, But The Health System Still Treats Many As Kids

The median life expectancy for a baby born with Down syndrome jumped from about four years in 1950 to 58 in the 2010s. But now, aging adults with the condition face a health system unprepared for them.

May 24, 2023

He Made History As A College Football Player With Down Syndrome. Now, He’s Suing His School

Caden Cox became the first college football player with Down syndrome to score, but now he's alleging that he faced discrimination, assault, retaliation and that administrators failed to protect him.

May 18, 2023

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Barbie Rolls Out First Doll With Down Syndrome

As part of a push to diversify, a Barbie doll with Down syndrome is hitting the market.

April 26, 2023
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Actor Is First With Down Syndrome To Star In Disney Film

An actor with Down syndrome is making history by appearing in a leading role alongside Jude Law and other big names in a new version of "Peter Pan" that Disney is releasing this week.

April 25, 2023
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Ironman Adds Intellectual Disability Division

In a move to bolster inclusion, Ironman is giving athletes with intellectual disabilities a new way to compete.

April 14, 2023

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