By Karen Gaffney | TedxPortland

Karen Gaffney, Self-Advocate and World-Renown Swimmer, presents her TEDxPortland talk, “All Lives Matter” and makes the case against termination of pregnancies diagnosed with Down syndrome. Articulate and persuasive, this is worth 15 mins of your time.

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by Kara Bettis |

BOSTON – When Carl and Julie Stone discovered four years ago that their third child, Josiah, would be born with trisomy 21, or Down syndrome, they didn’t blink.

“It didn’t frighten us, it didn’t scare us, it didn’t make us sad,” Stone said. “We simply wanted to spend the last 20 weeks of the pregnancy doing everything we could to give this child every possibility to succeed.”

The Carver resident’s story is not unusual. But it isn’t common, either. Many expecting families who discover the child might be born with trisomy 21, a form of Down syndrome that comes from having an extra chromosome, don’t know where to turn, or what kind of life to expect for their baby.

by Nicholas Jackson |

Plans for the world’s first clinical trial for a vaccine targeting Alzheimer’s disease-like characteristics in those with Down’s syndrome have been announced. The study will test AC Immune’s vaccine ACI-24 and is being conducted in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) Down’s Syndrome Research and Treatment Center. Funding is provided by a significant grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and an additional grant from the LuMind Research Down’s Syndrome Foundation. This is the first public/private collaboration for a clinical trial in the field of Down’s syndrome.