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Do African Americans get Down Syndrome too?

I'm still thinking about down syndrome, that's why I created a brief research study about this.

I'm a bit curious yet afraid to happen this clinically recognizable condition to anyone. A diligent thought that I want to know if African American could have this? For the fact that I have never seen any person having origins in any black racial entities with this syndrome.

Down's syndrome (DS) is named after the British physician, John Langdon Down in 1866, It is caused by the presence of an extra 21st chromosome called trisomy 21. This chromosomal condition could affect the genes. The normal chromosomes in the body is 46, with this condition there's an extra copy of DNA structure and protein on cells. Statistically, the incidence rate is estimated at 1 per 733 births, usually with older parents because of a large amount of mutagenic exposures on reproductive cells. It is sometimes associated with disabilities in cognitive and physical growth, ranging from mild to moderate impairment. Regarding the assessment of intelligence, the average is around 50, compared to other normal kids with an IQ of 100.

As I've read on various essay papers, down syndrome occurs in all races. Pertaining to the number of deaths of this syndrome; Black or African-American infants seem to be higher than death rates among Caucasian. The prevention is still unknown. It could just happen to anyone. It occurs to entire races.

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Comments (3)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/10/2011 - 9:58am.

Yes, DS occurs in all races. Check out http://dsanigeria.org

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/11/2011 - 7:38am.

Yes, I am AA and my daughter's father is Hispanic -- she has DS. I am a member of the local DS group and membership includes ALL hues (including African American) -- there is a beauty and a lesson to be learned from this...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/26/2011 - 11:41am.

I have a son that was born with DS. I was 17 years old at the time. He is now 32 and heathy. His name is Gary and he has accomplished many great things. He has graduated from High school. He is the oldest of my 4 children. In my opinion I feel that if you treat your child as if he has no disabilities he or she will thrive in the most normal and productive way. Gary has always been a blesssing to us we love him dearly.



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