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People with Down syndrome can have special medical needs. Find out what type of special medical issues they may and what types of medical care is recommended for people with Down Syndrome at all ages.

Hypothyroidism and Down Syndrome
Many people with Down syndrome also have hypothyroidism. Does your loved one have hypothyroidism? How was it diagnosed? What were their symptoms? Did you see an improvement once they started taking medication?

Hypothyroidism and Down Sydrome
Hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid gland, is surprisingly common in people with Down syndrome. read here to learn more about this condition including it's symptoms and treatment here.

Doctor's Visit: Evaluating Down Syndrome Health Concerns
While most babies with Down syndrome are very healthy, there are some specific issues and concerns that your pediatrician should address. Read more about these issues and what to watch for in the future.

Duodenal Atresia in Down Syndrome
Duodenal atresia is one of several intestinal birth defects that occur more frequently in infants with Down syndrome. Read more to learn the symptoms of this highly-treatable disorder.

Health Care in Down Syndrome - Medical Care for Newborns with Down Syndrome
While most babies with Down syndrome are very healthy, there are some specific issues and concerns that your pediatrician should address. Read on to learn more about the conditions and testing that your pediatrician may consider.

Alzheimers Disease and Down Syndrome
Adults with Down syndrome have an increased risk of developing Alzheimers disease. Read more to learn why and what can be done about it.

Medical Concerns
While most people with Down syndrome enjoy good health, there do have some special medical needs that should be addressed. Read here to learn more about the appropriate medical care for someone with Down syndrome.

Cause, Diagnosis and Treatments of Atlantoaxial Instability in Down Syndrome
Atlantoaxial instability or AAI is a common orthopedic problem in Down syndrome. To learn more about this problem, including its symptoms and treatments, read here.

Recommended Medical Care for Children with Down Syndrome
Because children with Down syndrome can have specific medical problems, the American Academy of Pediatricians has published a recommended set of guidelines for pediatricians managing the medical care of a child with Down syndrome. Read here to see what medical care every child with Down syndrome should receive.

Medical Care for Adults with Down Syndrome
The Medical College of Wisconsin has one of the few clinics in the United States specializing in the medical care of adults with Down syndrome. While not all adults with Down syndrome need to be seen in a specialized medical center, the guidelines here are helpful to make sure your family member is receiving the care that they need.

Down Syndrome and Alzheimers Disease
Although it doesn’t seem fair, people with Down syndrome are at higher risk to develop Alzheimers disease as they get older. Read this article to learn more about the link between Down syndrome and Alzheimers disease.

Functional Decline - What is it and What Does It Mean?
As individuals with Down Syndrome get older, they often suffer from “functional decline” - they loose skills. While this may be attributable to the onset of Alzheimers disease, they may be other causes and a full medical work-up is indicated. While this article is somewhat technical, it does describe some of the alternate causes for functional decline in adults with Down syndrome.

Nutritional Therapy in Down Syndrome- Is It Helpful?
This somewhat blunt article written by a pediatrician, who is also a father of a child with Down syndrome, examines the history and effectiveness of some of the "nutritional therapies" that have been proposed to help with the intellectual disabilities in Down Syndrome.

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