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What is the name of the syndrome that the person may appear to have facial characteristics of down's syndrome?

I previously watched a documentary about sufferers of a syndrome whose facial features appeared to be down's syndrome but it wasn't down's syndrome. The grow to be quite large adults and have special needs. Does anyone know the name of this condition?

Klinefelter syndrome  (+ info)

Are there different types of Down syndrome and what areas of the body does Down syndrome affect? ?

Also, are there any significant statistics related to Down syndrome? Has Down syndrome received any recent attention from the media? Are there any famous people that have Down syndrome.
Answer as many of the above questions as possible.

There are three types of Down syndrome, garden variety Trisomy 21, mosaicism and translocation.

Read more at:

Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome (English, Spanish, French)

There is a slide show that also incorporates videos of the featured 'More Alike than Different' cast at the National Down Syndrome Congress website:


And great information at the National Down Syndrome Society website:
Down Syndrome Fact Sheet

You might also enjoy

Margaret's Guide to Down Syndrome

For bios of actors with Down syndrome, see:

Down Syndrome and the Acting Gene


DS in Arts and Media


Michael Johnson


Sujeet Desai

Down Syndrome Links at the Family Village website

Check out this recent New York Times article:

The DNA Age: Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus

Have fun with your research!
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What is so bad about having down syndrome?

I think people are a lot colder than they want you to believe. Too many pregnancies prediagnosed with down syndrome are terminated! Doctors tell people that their kid will be like some animal and people believe them. I've met my share of people with down syndrome, and they all seem pretty human to me. On top of that, they were all decent folks, which is a lot more than I can say for the general population. And how does knowing that unborn children are purged because of down syndrome affect those who were born and have down syndrome?

WOW!! I'm so glad that there are other people who's lives have been touched as mine has. See when I was 28 I gave birth to twin girls and one of them was born with Mosaic down syndrome. Of course, I didn't know much about it til now....and yes I was shocked. They are 14 months old now, and such a blessing as well as my two boys. My daughter is about 4 months behind in her milestones, but she is always so happy! Out of all my kids she is the easiest to handle.

It's always nice to have other people, who see that they are more alike, then different from the rest of us.  (+ info)

What is the syndrome called when you cannot feel physical pain?

I remember watching a show a long time ago, and this one little girl was born with a syndrome where she could never feel pain. If she fell on the floor and cut her knee, she wouldn't cry, whereas most children would.

What is this called? Is it a syndrome? Is it a medical condition? I just want to know what it's called, and I can do the research on it.

It is for a story I am writing but I don't entirely know what it is.

It's called "congenital insensitivity to pain"  (+ info)

How do the white flecks in fingernails indicate a calcium deficiency in the body?

A beautiful, unforgotten, and very helpful friend once told me that the white flecks and spots in my fingernails indicate a calcium definciency in my body. I've been taking calcium everyday for years. How is it that I have a calcium deficiency?

It's a common medical myth that white spots on your fingernails are caused by too little calcium in your diet. However, these white spots (called leukonychia) are not a sign of a calcium deficiency. But they can be an indicator of other problems.

The most common cause of leukonychia is blunt trauma to the nail bed, such as a knock or a blow. Due to the slow growth rate of nails, the white spots of leukonychia may appear gradually and linger for months.

Other causes could include a rough manicure, a slight allergic reaction to enamels or other nail products, or even a mild bacterial or fungal infection.

White spots can also appear on toenails, but regardless of their location, they are generally harmless and will disappear with time. However, a nail that turns completely white could be a symptom of liver disease and should be looked at by a doctor. http://www.soundmedicine.iu.edu/segment.php4?seg=204

http://www.drstandley.com/naildisorders_index.shtml  (+ info)

What syndrome would someone have that the doctor would need to put them on bloodthinners?

My sister is 18 and just moved out here from MN to go to school. She has had many medical problems and been to several doctors. She recently told me that the doctor said there was something wrong with her blood and she needs to be put on blood thinners for the rest of her life. What syndrome could this be?

There are several, but the first that comes to mind is Factor-V (five).  (+ info)

What is the symptom and treatment of Anemia causes by iron deficiency or viral infection?

What is the treatment of Anemia causes by viral infection? Is the infection can still exist even after taken Antibiotic?
Please also let me know about the symptoms to detect whether it has caused by iron deficiency or viral infection.

idk,,,,,,consult doc......tc  (+ info)

If someone has an iron deficiency, will a nickel rubbed on their skin leave a gray mark?

My friend says that rubbing the edge of a nickel on the skin of someone with an iron deficiency will leave a gray line. But it hasn't worked on anyone. Is it because it doesn't work or because we're just not low on iron?

No. Where does this crazy stuff come from anyway?  (+ info)

How do you develop a potassium deficiency?

I was 19 when I was diagnosed with a potassium deficiency. How is that possible? Does your body just stop producing potassium?

There can be more than one reasons of potassium deficiency (hypokalemia) in a person such as lower level of Potassium in daily diet (i.e. insufficient potassium consumption), excess potassium excretion through bowel motions or urine, if a person is undergoing medication that as a side effect causes lowering in Potassium level in body, if a patient is suffering from problems such as diabetic ketoacidosis, related to renal salt transporters (Bartter Syndrome or Gitelman Syndrome), it may lead to hypokalemia, if a person is suffering from diseases which cause excessive excretion of potassium through bowel motion or urination can lead to hypokalemia etc.  (+ info)

What is the syndrome where boys usually grow more than average?

I think it is Jacobs syndome.. XYY syndrome.. but wikipedia says that is only a little more than average. what is the only where they get really big ?

Yes it is called gigantism. It is caused by a tumour or either a chromosome disorder. Another thing that causes gigantism is the inability to inhib the GH (growth hormone) when it is produced. This is why the people who have it get very TALL.  (+ info)

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