DSPTP Episode 2: Why is it called “Down syndrome”?

In episode 2, I explain why a condition caused by the presence of a third 21st Chromosome is called “Down syndrome”? Continue Reading

The #metoo epidemic no one talks about

The #metoo movement has brought down many powerful men who abused their positions to sexually harass and abuse women and men. NPR has a series on an epidemic of sexual assault that has been persistent, under reported, and rarely prosecuted. 

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Podcast Episode 1, What does your prenatal test result for Down syndrome mean?

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I wouldn’t cure Down syndrome because then my sister would be different

Reactions to my post on if there was “cure” for Down syndrome, would you do it have come from near and far. Here’s a summary, concluding with an honest, heartfelt response from very near to me. 

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Cure for Down syndrome promised with just a single injection

If you could give your loved one with Down syndrome a shot that would eliminate their extra 21st Chromosome, would you? This may be a very real question in the not too distant future. 

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The cold, dumb logic of cost-effectiveness justification for prenatal genetic testing

Down syndrome has long been called the “canary in the genetics coalmine.” Here’s another example of why. 

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Our Story: Support when you need it

Over Labor Day weekend, we experienced an emergency situation. Fortunately, support was there when we needed it.

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Ohio’s Down Syndrome Abortion Bill: Avoiding the Issue

For the second time, an Ohio state representative has introduced a bill to ban abortion when the stated reason is a prenatal test result for Down syndrome. The debate about the bill, and the measure itself, avoid the issue about Down syndrome selective abortion. 

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Eclipsing Down syndrome

On August 21, 2017, the first full solar eclipse spanned the continental United States. Our family was there to see it and the experience prompted this reflection on what the world is doing to those with Down syndrome. 

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