Feds Put New Focus On Down Syndrome
[Source: Disability Scoop]
As people with Down syndrome live longer than ever before, the National Institutes of Health is looking to reshape its efforts related to the chromosomal disorder.
The federal agency is tweaking its Down syndrome research priorities and adding a new focus on life’s later years and associated conditions.
The changes come in the first-ever update to the NIH’s Down Syndrome Research Plan. Originally issued in 2007, the revised plan was released last month.
With statistics showing that life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased fourfold since 1960, the update includes a new section with goals related to aging with Down syndrome.