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What are the complications of Down syndrome?

Down syndrome can be associated with a number of birth defects, especially heart defects. People with Down syndrome nearly always have some mental disability. They are also more likely to develop certain diseases later in life, including thyroid disorders, leukemia, dementia or problems with hearing or vision.

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How common is Down syndrome?
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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in every 7...
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Does Down syndrome run in families?
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All three types of Down syndrome are genetic conditions (relating to the genes), but only one percen...
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At What Age Does Dementia Set in for Down's Syndrome Patients?
At What Age Does Dementia Set in for Down's Syndrome Patients?
How Was the Connection Between Down's Syndrome and Alzehimer's Disease Made?
How Was the Connection Between Down's Syndrome and Alzehimer's Disease Made?

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