Top Posts of 2016: Down Syndrome Prenatal Testing

Juliet & her winning photograph of her brother in the school's art contest

Here are the top 5 posts (based on views) from 2016: 

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Down syndrome: not a costly burden to be prevented

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Research now shows that a child with Down syndrome costs less than $3 a day more in health expenses than a child without Down syndrome. This research should cause obstetricians, genetic counselors, expectant parents, and policymakers to revise their view of how costly a life with Down syndrome really is (or isn’t). 

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GONE: estimate reduced by 20% of people with Down syndrome in United States

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In 2013, researchers estimated that the total number of people living in the United States was 40% less than the historically cited number. Three years later, that estimate has been revised down further by 20%.

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Abortion: hard to talk about when no one will say the word

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The American College of Medical Genetics & Genomics (ACMG) issued an updated statement on how cell free DNA screening should be done. It’s not clear, though, why cfDNA screening should be done.

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Our story: what we saw & learned at Western Pennsylvania NPS sites

Fort Necessity

This past weekend was the last before school began. So, we set out to Western Pennsylvania to check off a few more National Park Services sites in my kids’ passport books. 

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A new web app for Down syndrome prenatal resources

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There is a new way to access in more ways than ever the most widely-recognized and acclaimed resource for parents receiving a prenatal test result for Down syndrome. 

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Indiana Federal Judge: Down syndrome selective abortions will increase & preventing them would be irreparable harm

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A federal judge has ruled that Indiana’s statutory ban on Down syndrome-selective abortions is likely unconstitutional and to not allow women to selectively terminate would amount to irreparable harm. 

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Our Story: camping, hiking, & canoeing the Red River Gorge

James & Juliet at the visitors center located in Red River Gorge

This post will have many photographs of a camping trip my kids and I took. They are images that many parents can’t imagine when they’re told their child has Down syndrome. 

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Muhammad Ali and Predictions

Ali's Boyhood Home, Louisville, Ky.

On Friday, June 3, 2016, Muhammad Ali finished his last fight and left us. His life and how he lived it offered many lessons. Here’s one on making predictions about another’s life. 

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