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Alyssa Smith readjusts Desiree Andrews' hair as they cheer for the seventh grade basketball team at Lincoln Middle School on Monday in Kenosha, Wis. The gym has been dubbed "D's House" in Desiree's honor.
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March 13, 2015 Desiree Andrews is a cheerleader at Lincoln Middle School in Wisconsin. She has Down syndrome — and as some hecklers learned last year, she also has the support of her school's basketball team.
Ultrasound is often used for prenatal screening. It's just one of several prenatal screenings available to pregnant women.
January 26, 2015 A simple blood test can analyze bits of fetal DNA leaked in the mother's bloodstream. It's less risky than invasive alternatives like amniocentesis, but it doesn't tell as much about fetal health.
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Is it time for a test?
September 23, 2014 Research suggests that women may not be getting the information they need to make informed decisions about prenatal genetic testing, particularly invasive tests that can harm the fetus.
Justin McCowan poses for a portrait outside of his house in Santa Monica, Calif., on Aug. 14.
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September 23, 2014 Justin McCowan wanted to help find a cure for Alzheimer's because it's more common in people like him who have Down syndrome. He died in his sleep last week at age 40.
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Justin McCowan, 39, has Down syndrome and lives at home with his parents in Santa Monica, Calif.
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August 25, 2014 By age 40, the brains of people with Down syndrome start to resemble those of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists hope to speed up Alzheimer's drug development by studying people with Down syndrome.
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The new test scans a mother's blood for bits of a fetus's DNA.
February 26, 2014 A pregnant woman's blood contains enough fetal DNA for doctors to check whether the baby would be born with Down syndrome. A new blood test is safe and accurate, but it raises ethical concerns.
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December 7, 2009 Last week, Joseph Shapiro did a story on the rise in births of Down syndrome children. I received emails from listeners who talked about what a blessing their own Down syndrome sons and daughters are. But several took umbrage at closing lines in...
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