Down Syndrome

A Deeper look at Down Syndrome

Treatments

Down syndrome is treated in a variety of ways. It usually begins in the early years of a child's life. The goal is for you and your Down syndrome kid to learn to cope with the condition and to address any physical or cognitive (thinking) issues that may occur.

Treatment Options

Some Treatment options may include the following:

People with Down syndrome have long been known to be predisposed to a variety of other illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and immune disorders. Recent studies have narrowed down a possibility: too much of a specific gene that disturbs the peripheral nervous system.

The peripheral nervous system is responsible for fundamental organ-related processes. As per the Johns Hopkins University researchers, these activities include heartbeat, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. They looked at tissue samples from mice as well as individuals with Down syndrome.

They determined that individuals with Down syndrome had three times the average number of a gene called RCAN1. This gene is involved in regulating a protein known as "nerve growth factor”.

Researchers had observed that having excess levels of the RCAN1 gene can slow or lower the amount of activity of the nerve growth factor which led to the impaired development of the peripheral nervous system