Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation Winter Newsletter

So much promising research to improve learning and memory has taken place inside of Christina's lifetime, as noted in this newsletter. They are working with mice who have Down syndrome to see where the problems are in the nerve connections in the brain which lead to memory problems, and developing drugs that can help fix the problem. People with Down syndrome have a tendency to develop Alzheimer's so much of the research may also benefit those with the disease, increases the chances that funding will be received.
This news is so hopeful. I remember, around the time Christina was born, when the big news was the 10 week ultrasound nuchal fold screening, so babies could be diagnosed with Trisomy 21 earlier, and aborted. The idea in the medical community was: we gave you a chance to abort, if you didn't take it, tough, we're not interested in a cure for Down syndrome.
Thanks be to God who inspires these scientists to find a cure for our children!

1 comment:

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

This is fascinating! We all need to pray that this research continues to get funding.