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Parents Get $2.9M in Down Syndrome Girl 'Wrongful Birth' Suit
The parents of a four-year-old Oregon girl with Down syndrome were awarded $2.9 million after doctors misdiagnosed their daughter as not having the condition during a prenatal screening. Ariel and Deborah Levy of Portland, Ore., filed a “wrongful birth” lawsuit against Legacy Health System, ...
Couple Sues Over Down Syndrome Misdiagnosis
The parents of a four-year-old Oregon girl with Down syndrome are suing Legacy Health in Portland because they say doctors misdiagnosed their daughter as not having the condition during a prenatal screening. As a result of doctors’ reassurances, according to KATU, the parents decided to...
Safer Down Syndrome Test Hits Market Monday
Starting Monday, moms to be can opt for a safer prenatal test for Down syndrome — a genetic condition marked by mental retardation and early death that affects one in 691 babies. MaterniT21, developed by San Diego-based biotech company Sequenom, can detect fetal DNA in...
Fetal DNA in Mom's Blood Predicts Baby's Sex
Testing for fetal DNA in a pregnant woman's blood can accurately predict the child's sex, researchers have found. In a review of previous research, such tests were able to accurately pin down sex at least 95 percent of the time, Stephanie Devaney of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda,
New Down Syndrome Test Could Cut Healthy Baby Deaths
Lynn Harris, pregnant for the first time and in her late 30s, faced a decision many older women at higher risk for Down syndrome babies are asked to make: choose a form of prenatal testing. "Such a brutally tough call," wrote Harris, a New York City journalist, in an article on the topic on Babble.
New Down Syndrome Test Hailed as Promising
Siblings Say Test Could Affect Dwindling Numbers and Raises Ethical Questions
Doctors Should Test for Down Syndrome
But association of obstetricians and gynecologists says final choice should rest with the mother.
Could Gender Detection Lead to Gender Selection?
"Pink or Blue?" While many soon-to-be parents eager to pick out nursery colors may fret over this question in the tense months before their baby is born, a test by the same name offers to provide an answer to the sex question as soon as six weeks into pregnancy. The company that markets the test
Genetic Screening Now an Option in First-Trimester
Women can now opt for tests to screen for genetic defects in the first trimester of their pregnancy, according to a new opinion issued by a leading organization of a obstetricians and gynecologists. The non-invasive screenings for chromosomal abnormalities, including Down Syndrome, can be performed
Should Genetic Tests Be More Widespread?
For women at risk of having babies with birth defects, fetal genetic testing is commonplace. But now a new study suggests all women, regardless of age, could benefit from tests such as amniocentesis. Currently, doctors generally recommend genetic testing if there is a family history of genetic