Category Archives: Down syndrome

Be Aware of Birth Defects

January 6th, 2021
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, birth defects affect one in every 33 babies born in the US, which is about 3 percent of all babies. The CDC also reports that birth defects are the leading cause of infant death in the US, accounting for 20 percent of all infant deaths. This blog takes a closer look at birth defects and offers a few strategies to prevent them. A birth defect is a problem that forms when…

Down Syndrome Defined

October 22nd, 2020
Generally speaking, people have 23 pairs of chromosomes for a total of 46 chromosomes. Chromosomes are rod-like structures on DNA that store your genes, the material that carries the instructions for inherited traits such as hair color, skin color, and height. For each pair of chromosomes, you get one from your mother and one from your father. A person with Down syndrome has a third copy of one chromosome, chromosome 21, instead of the usual pair. This extra copy of…