Monday, 11 July 2016

Research news and commentary #8 for 2016

UK Down Syndrome Research Forum 2016
Down Syndrome Education International - regular international event where researchers and practitioners meet to discuss current research, recent findings and implications for practice.Keynote speakers: Dr Chris Lemons (Vanderbilt University) known for his research on reading and education and Dr Alexandra Perovic (University College London) whose research focuses on language and bilingual issues. Program details available mid-July.
5 and 6 September 2016 - York

Further commentary on green tea study (link here):
KM Chitty et al, Aust N Z J Psychiatry April 2016 vol. 50 no. 4 352-362
... The findings are in line with the wider literature in younger people, showing a high degree of prescription and polypharmacy. Within the sample, there seems to be adequate rationale for central nervous system medication prescription. Although these data do not indicate non-adherence to guidelines for prescribing in intellectual disability, the high rate of polypharmacy and its relationship to Developmental Behaviour Checklist for Adults scores reiterate the importance of continued medication review in older people with intellectual disability.
Rafael Ferreira et al, Plos One, 29 June 2016
... Conclusions: This systematic review demonstrated the importance to early introduce DS patients into preventive programs and periodontal therapy. Thus, the participation of parents, caregivers or institutional attendants in supervising/performing oral hygiene is essential for prevention and control of the periodontal disease. In addition, frequency of attendance and association with chemical adjuvants (independently of the periodontal treatment adopted) seems to improve periodontal outcomes in preventive and periodontal treatment of DS patients. More clinical trials about preventive and periodontal treatment in DS patients are needed, including antimicrobial agents and other adjuvant treatments.
  • Plos One is open access and peer reviewed.
Survival of Patients With Down Syndrome and Congenital Heart Disease
M. Regina Lantin-Hermoso, American College of Cardiology, 28 June 2016
What is the impact of Down syndrome (DS) and Eisenmenger syndrome (ES) in the survival of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD)? ...

Uptake, outcomes, and costs of implementing non-invasive prenatal testing for Down’s syndrome into NHS maternity care: prospective cohort study in eight diverse maternity units
Lyn S Chitty, British medical Journal, 2016; 354 doi: (Published 04 July 2016)
... Conclusions:  Implementation of NIPT as a contingent test within a public sector Down’s syndrome screening programme can improve quality of care, choices for women, and overall performance within the current budget. As some women use NIPT for information only, the Down’s syndrome live birth rate may not change significantly. Future research should consider NIPT uptake and informed decision making outside of a research setting.
  • Open access
La Trobe University researchers investigating how to improve social lives Emma D'Agostino, Bendigo Advertiser, 6 July 2016
La Trobe University researchers are investigating ways to increase social inclusion for adults with an intellectual disability ...

Chromosome 21?: UCI researchers studying link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s
Courtney Perkes The Orange County Register, 6 July 2016
When Ruth Russi was born with Down syndrome in 1959, her parents were told she would die before her fifth birthday. By the time Ruth turned 50, John and June Russi of Costa Mesa, Calif., began to prepare for her outliving them ...

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