Down Syndrome Births Rise in U.S., CDC Reports

The number of U.S. babies born with Down syndrome has increased by nearly one-third over the last three decades, despite the large number of women choosing to end those pregnancies, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC researchers say that increase from 1979 to 2003 is probably because more older mothers are giving birth. The prevalence of Down syndrome is five times greater in pregnancies of mothers over age 35. The number of first births per 1000...Full Story
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