Monday, 4 January 2016

Research news and commentary #1 for 2016

Positive results for parenting as research phase wraps up in Queensland
Triple P Stepping Stones, 3 December 2015
'Happier, less stressed and able to better deal with problems.'
Those are just some of the positive changes parents who have done Stepping Stones Triple P are experiencing ...

Johns Hopkins University (via Eureka Alert), 14 December 2015
While most Down syndrome research has focused on the brain, a new report by Johns Hopkins University biologists uncovers how the disorder hampers a separate part of the nervous system that plays a key role in health and longevity ...
  • Full text Nature Communications article online:
RCAN1 links impaired neurotrophin trafficking to aberrant development of the sympathetic nervous system in Down syndromeAmi Patel, Naoya Yamashita, Maria AscaƱo, Daniel Bodmer, Erica Boehm, Chantal Bodkin-Clarke, Yun Kyoung Ryu Rejji Kuruvilla, Nature Communications 6, Article number: 10119, Published 14 December 2015
New Effort To Boost Down Syndrome Research
Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop, 11 December 2015
Research on Down syndrome has long lagged behind other conditions, but a new effort is underway to make it easier to study the chromosomal disorder. For the first time, a biobank is being established specifically to collect and manage blood samples from people with Down syndrome ...

Improved Survival in Down Syndrome over the Last 60 Years and the Impact of Perinatal Factors in Recent Decades
Emma J. Glasson, Angela Jacques, Kingsley Wong, Jenny Bourke, Helen Leonard (University of Western Australia), Journal of Pediatrics, 1 December 2015
Objective:  To calculate the survival of people with Down syndrome over the past 60 years and the influence of major perinatal factors by using linked population-based data ...
... Conclusions:  Improved survival for children born with Down syndrome over the last 60 years has occurred incrementally, but disparities still exist for children who are preterm or have low birth weight.
  • Abstract only available free online. Full text available for purchase.

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