July 18, 1991 |
The five young people had sat around the conference table for about an hour, grappling with nine episode ideas for the upcoming third season of ABC's "Life Goes On." They had gone to Warner Bros. in Burbank to assess plot lines for Corky Thacher, the series' 20-year-old character with Down's syndrome. It was familiar ground for the volunteer consultants, all of whom have the genetic disorder that causes mental retardation.
September 24, 2005 |
British scientists have created the first effective mouse model of Down syndrome by inserting more than 90% of human chromosome 21 into mouse cells. Humans with the disease have an extra copy of the chromosome.
May 25, 1997 |
A woman with Down syndrome who battled for the right to have a heart and lung transplant has died, hospital officials said Saturday. She was 36. Sandra Jensen was admitted to Sutter General Hospital on May 4 and died Friday night surrounded by family, a hospital spokeswoman said. She would not disclose the cause of death but said an autopsy is planned this week. Jensen is thought to be the first person with Down syndrome to be given a heart and lung transplant.
March 28, 1992 |
Andrea Friedman has Down's syndrome. Some might think she lives in seclusion, hidden from normal people and normal dreams. But Friedman, 21, has never adhered to labels and limitations. She drives a car, attends college and, on Sunday night, will perform before millions.
February 27, 2006 |
LEROY GIGLI noticed a change in his brother Dennis a few years ago. "All of a sudden he began to forget things ... where he'd put his wallet, his watch, etc.," Leroy says. Dennis, in his mid-50s at the time, was much younger than most people who come down with Alzheimer's disease. But Leroy knew his brother had an added risk factor.
October 11, 2004
Re "Special Ed Costs Uniting Schools," Oct. 6: Saddleback schools Supt. Jerry Gross is a horrific example of the type of administrator that parents of special-needs kids have to deal with. "Some parents see us as the goose laying the golden egg," he said. Is an appropriate education for my son really a "golden egg"? He acts as if my son won the lottery by being autistic. Does he have any idea how much of our own money we spend every year on treatment? This obvious collusion of the Orange County school districts to use education funds to fight to avoid paying for services is why so many parents resort to court.
November 17, 1985 |
Sandra Hembd of Cypress and Becky Raabe of Orange have learned a lot about the myriad "syndromes" that can affect children. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, for instance, Hembd's 16-year-old son, Mike, hovered over his twin brother, Mark, punching buttons on a calculator and offering Mark help on his math homework. Sandra Hembd gave a resigned sigh. Some "mothering" by one sibling is a common aspect of "twin syndrome" and should be expected, she said. On Thursday afternoon, Raabe's 25-month-old daughter, Carrie, danced some nutty toddler steps in the family's living room and shrieked with unbridled exuberance.
December 31, 2006 |
All pregnant women, regardless of their age, should be offered screening for Down syndrome in their first trimester, according to new practice guidelines issued today by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Noninvasive screening tests developed over the last decade have made it possible to predict the risk of Down syndrome and certain other chromosomal abnormalities with high accuracy.
March 22, 2002 |
The life expectancy for people born with Down syndrome has doubled over the last two decades, according to an analysis of U.S. death certificates. In addition, for unknown reasons, rates of most cancers are far lower for people with this genetic condition than they are for the population at large, the data reveal. The findings, by researchers from the U.S.
May 22, 1993 |
"Life Goes On" probably has done more to help people with Down syndrome than anything else in the last 20 years. We will certainly miss it. (The final original episode airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on ABC, Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42.) When the series premiered in 1989, most of the public were still in the Dark Ages about the disorder, which is caused by an extra 21st chromosome received at conception from the ovum or sperm and which causes varying degrees of mental retardation.