Cognitive function tests are reliable for people with intellectual disabilities...

Nov 29, 2016 by

The UC Davis MIND Institute has found that a battery of tests seems to accurately measure cognitive changes over time for people with Fragile X, Down Syndrome and autism, among other intellectual disabilities....

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Antidepressants linked to increased risk of brain-related birth defects...

Aug 5, 2015 by

Pregnant women using paroxetine and fluoxetine during early pregnancy have a greater risk of birth defects but the link is not the same with other SSRIs....

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Link between Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome explained

Nov 4, 2014 by

A new study claims to explain why nearly by 40, 100% of people with Down syndrome develop brain changes that produce Alzheimer’s....

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Performance-enhancing drug may cut birth defect risk

Sep 28, 2014 by

Researchers have found that administering the hormone EPO could help reduce the risk of preterm babies developing brain damage....

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Down syndrome increases risk of Alzheimer’s after 40

May 11, 2014 by

In addition, those with Down syndrome who have higher motor skill coordination and better learning and memory skills had healthier frontal white matter connections than their peers with Down syndrome who had decreased skills....

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Formoterol improves cognitive function from Down syndrome

Jul 16, 2013 by

An asthma medication called formoterol has been found to improve cognitive function in mice with Down syndrome. The drug strengthens nerve connections in the hippocampus (which deals with forming new memories, paying attention and navigating spaces), and helps integrate spatial and sensory information....

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Lithium restores brain function in Down syndrome mice

Dec 4, 2012 by

Mice with Down syndrome had cognitive function restored after being given lithium. The drug restored cell growth in the hippocampus and improved performance in spatial memory, object discrimination and contextual learning....

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