Monday, October 4, 2010

Down Syndrome Awareness Month - Post 2

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Down syndrome Facts:
  • Down syndrome is a genetic condition when an individual has an extra copy of the 21st chromosome, also called Trisomy 21
  • Down syndrome occurs in approximately one in every 733 live births
  • Down syndrome is the most frequently occurring chromosomal condition
  • Down syndrome is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status
  • There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States
  • 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age
  • The most important fact to know about individuals with Down syndrome is that they are more like others than they are different. 

Down syndrome Physical Features:
  • Low muscle tone
  • A single crease across the palm of the hand
  • Slightly flattened facial profile
  • Small stature
  • Upward slant to the eyes

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