Actually, Dr. William Mobley spoke about this study at the National Down Syndrome Congress Conference last summer in Sacramento. Dr. Mobley gave a really clear explanation of the study and, probably because he was speaking to families, introduced the researchers who were working on the study.
The science is fascinating... The ramifications--to me anyway--are unclear.
So, will we be medicating our daughter???
Not anytime soon.
I REALLY do not believe in taking new medications--especially new medications based on new science. After all, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Fen-Phen and Thalidomide all seemed like good ideas at the time.
I will, of course, make exceptions when something is life-threatening, but a cognitive delay simply isn't.
And Alzheimers? Not an issue for another 30 years or more (and it's only a risk factor.) By then, Alzheimer's may well be cured for everyone--this study may well point the way.
So we will wait.
This may present some new and interesting opportunities, time will tell.
But there are a few things this is NOT:
**THIS IS NOT URGENT
Cancer needs a cure. Down syndrome? Not so much.
**THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO ACT LIKE A JERK
One of my friends has already been berated and labelled irresponsible and negligent by another parent for expressing her belief that medicine does not hold the answers for her son.
Negligent and irresponsible for having a different point of view about a medication that does not even exist yet???
One woman who really wants me to medicate Jennifer won't immunize her own son...
Yet I'm not calling her names...
Rein it in, parents! LEARN from your experience of having a child with a difference. Diversity and choice are good. And, it's disrespect (far more than any medical condition)that turns a mere diagnosis into a "handicap."
**THIS IS NOT HELPING DISABILITY ACCEPTANCE
I fear that the implication that we'll just eliminate differences like disability rather than accept, adjust to or welcome them is not making the world better--for any of us.
I am the mother of three, wife of one. I am a Partners in Policymaking graduate and a committed disability advocate. I want to catch up on my scrapbooking, learn more about art-journaling, get my house in order, read all the books I have set aside to read and change the world--not necessarily in that order. The opinions in this blog are my own and not those of any of employers.