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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Research news and commentary #2 for 2015

Cardiometabolic Health For People With Intellectual Disability
Source: NSW CID E-News, March 2015
The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) at the University of New South Wales will be undertaking research into cardiometabolic health and people with intellectual disability.

NIH Updates Down Syndrome Research Plan: New Directions for Research to Improve the Health of Those with Down Syndrome
(US) National Institutes for Health, 8th December 2014
The NIH recently released Down Syndrome Directions: The National Institutes of Health Research Plan on Down Syndrome (PDF - 772 KB), an updated strategy to advance research related to Down syndrome ...

LuMind Foundation and Research Down Syndrome Merge to Create Leading Source of Private Funding for Down Syndrome Cognition Research
LuMind Foundation, 2nd March 2015
LuMind Foundation and Research Down Syndrome have combined resources and programs. Together, these organizations contributed nearly $12 million to stimulate Down syndrome cognition research, resulting in the discovery of multiple drug targets and supporting the initiation of four clinical trials ...

People With Down Syndrome May Actually Age Faster
Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop, 26th February 2015
The inner workings of people with Down syndrome age much faster than typically-developing individuals, a new study suggests.

Various parts of the body age at an accelerated pace in those with Down syndrome, researchers say, possibly explaining the heightened risk for various medical issues among this population ...
University of Kansas News, 10th February 2015
The time has finally come to end the separation of special education and general education students, researchers at the University of Kansas argue in a new publication. Not only does research show that all students have higher achievement in fully integrated environments, but support and public policy for schools to make such a switch are coming into place as well ...

Influence of the Environment on Participation in Social Roles for Young Adults with Down Syndrome
Kitty-Rose Foley, Sonya Girdler, Jenny Bourke, Peter Jacoby, Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Stewart Einfeld, Bruce Tonge, Trevor R. Parmenter, Helen Leonard
PLOS One, 26th September 2014
... The purpose of this study is to describe the social participation of young adults with Down syndrome and examine its relationship with the physical and social environment ...
The full text of this Western Australian study is freely available online

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