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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

UK research widely reported: increased diagnoses, steady birth rate

This paper published online this week by the British Medical Journal, on the observed increase in prenatal diagnosis and a steady rate of live births while termination rates remain very high in the UK, has produced widespread reporting and reaction in the British and international press, including various family responses:

Trends in Down’s syndrome live births and antenatal diagnoses in England and Wales from 1989 to 2008: analysis of data from the National Down Syndrome Cytogenetic Register

Joan K Morris, professor of medical statistics, Eva Alberman, emeritus professor,
Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London

The media is well summarised, linked and collated in Patricia Bauer's commentary, Disability News (go to entries dated 28th October 2009).

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