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Down Syndrome Teens Named High School Prom King and Queen

A special needs couple won prom king and queen. Credit: Getty Images
High school probably should have been tough for Toni Alten-Crowe.
Teens can be cruel enough without throwing a disorder like Down syndrome into the mix. "I imag...
It was the first time the Loveland, Ohio school gave the crown to a special needs couple.

Down Syndrome Blood Test May Soon Be Available

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A simple Down syndrome blood test may soon take the place of risky, invasive procedures in predicting whether a baby will have the condition, Reuters reports.
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New Down syndrome findings will have a significant impact worldwide, researchers say.

New Prenatal Blood Test to Determine Genetic Disorders Could Mean Healthier Kids, Rise in Abortions

Identifying genetic disorders, sex or even eye color could be possible soon with a simple blood test. Credit: Getty A new blood test for pregnant women that could detect genetic disorders in an unborn child without risking a miscarriag...A simple blood test could tell if your baby has a genetic order, his sex and his eye color.

Kelle Hampton Touches World With Story of Down Syndrome

Kelle Hampton, pictured with daughters Lainey, 2, and Nella Cordelia, eight weeks, shared on her blog the unexpected news that Nella has Down Syndrome. Credit: Kelle Hampton
Kelle Hampton's blog, Enjoying the Small Things, is a lush peek into...

15 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

You might be able to feel the top of your uterus four to five inches under your belly button. Credit: GE Healthcare Sleep is much easier in the second trimester; just try not to sleep on your back, as it can decrease circulation to you...

Girl with Down syndrome voted Homecoming Queen

While America waits on the edge of its seat to see who will win the Presidential election, teenagers everywhere are engaged in a much more "important" vote -- that of homecoming king and queen. Though Election 2008 may be anything but settled, high s...

A convention is NO place for a baby!

OK, is it me or is a national convention no place for a baby? As was widely covered (yet not as much as the Democratic National Convention, interestingly), the Republican National Convention showcased many of Sarah Palin's children (and a would-be t...

A Little More: Looking back, saying goodbye

It was a little more than a year ago that I received an email in my in-box from a woman named Kristin. She'd read one of my stories (I think it was an essay about my oldest son Carter's broken leg) and was wondering if I'd like to submit writing sa...

A Little More: What not to say

Nearly 5 years ago, I found myself at a wedding in a city far from my home, away from my 3-month-old twins who'd been born prematurely, and had recently been released from the NICU. The fact that I would leave my family at such a time to travel to t...

A Little More: Olympics, Special and otherwise

My middle son Avery is sitting too close to the television, which is an old fight and not one I'm particularly interested in revisiting at the moment. Like most of America, we've watched the dazzling opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Beijing an...

A Little More: Surprises of the green kind

A remarkable thing happened, here in our little valley where nothing much seems to be going on most days, where the grasses have grown tall and the seed-heads keep them heavy and nodding, sleepy, especially in the late afternoons....

A Little More: Heart moms

This was just after the twins were born and we'd gotten home from the NICU: the phone rang and my husband Tom took the call. A few minutes later, he hung up. There was a dazed expression on his face. "That was the pediatric cardiologist," Tom sai...

A Little More: Different and the same

I have a memory from when the twins were about 2-years-old--I was past the intense worry of any relapse that would send us back to the NICU, and I'd finished reading everything I could find about Down syndrome. I began to poke my head up and look a...

A Little More: Saying grace

Here's one thing you might not know about my son Avery: before each meal, he insists that we all say grace. In our family, that means we join hands and say a little prayer, a simple rhyme for babies and small children that goes like this, "God is ...

A Little More: To ask, or not to ask

The man at the library, walking with 2 canes, drags his thin, weak legs behind him up to the water fountain, and one of my boys asks, "What's wrong with him?" I lift my finger to my mouth in the universal sign for "shhhh." All 3 of my children loo...


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