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A Cast With Down Syndrome Brings Fresh Reality To Reality TV

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A Mom, A Son With Down Syndrome — And The Love That Made A 'Curse' A Gift

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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. Kevin Poirier/Kenosha News/AP hide caption

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DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

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Death Cuts Short The Life Of An Alzheimer's Research Volunteer

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Justin McCowan, 39, has Down syndrome and lives at home with his parents in Santa Monica, Calif. Benjamin B. Morris for NPR hide caption

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People With Down Syndrome Are Pioneers In Alzheimer's Research

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Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome

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