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 Alcholism....a disease or not?
In Britain, Alcoholism is now recognised as a disease, and I for one think some of us are certainly set up for it, sometimes whole ethnic groups appear to be set up for it, like Native Americans and I...

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What is Down's syndrome? ?
hi there.
what is Down's syndrome in east to understnad english i heard of Down's syndrome but not sure what it is.

Greg T
A ginetic disorder caused in females. It tends to lead to make them unable to function mentally. Nasty disease.

Twilight fan!!!
hi I know! Down Syndrome is kinda like autism!

Mental retardation.

It's a form of mental retardation. There are varying degrees of severity.

Austin C
not to be mean, but it is mental retardation

Down syndrome, Down's syndrome, or trisomy 21 is a chromosomal disorder caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 21st chromosome. It is named after John Langdon Down, the British doctor who described the syndrome in 1866. The disorder was identified as a chromosome 21 trisomy by JĂ©rĂ´me Lejeune in 1959. The condition is characterized by a combination of major and minor differences in structure. Often Down syndrome is associated with some impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth as well as facial appearance. Down syndrome can be identified during pregnancy or at birth.

for more go to...

Guillem T
Symptom of inferior mental capacity

proper girl in the hat
and by retarded i mean they can do ANYTHING


down syndrome is a a disease in which the person has an extra chromosome in there dna.

It causes mutated cells,
deformed organs, deformed body parts,
less memory, brain doesn't work as well,
immune system may be affected,
very empty emotions (like autism sometimes),
socially arent great. etc etc

sara f
when someone has extra chromosomes

It is a disability that is common in mentally handicapped people here is a link further describing this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_syndrome.

It is a condition that causes delay in physical and intellectual development.
For more information try these:

Downs syndrome is a disease that affects your ability to learn and understand things. If a person has downs syndrome, they might not talk much or at all and usually would need to take special classes. It does not affect their personality though. I have a very good friend with downs and she is so cool! She loves sports and guitars and is a great break dancer!

Dr Frank
Down's Syndrome previously 'Mongolism' is medically known as Trisomy 21. During early cell division instead of ending up with 2 x chromosome 21, the affected individual has 3 x chromosome 21.

The severity of the condition varies and it is divided in to grades. Physical development is slowed as is social and mental development. All those affected have some degree of learning disability.

In addition there are a number of characteristic alterations to physical appearance. These include eyes that slant upwards ( Hence Mongolism.) Small ears and mouth and protruding tongue.


Josh W
down syndrome is a condition that a person is born with. It is caused by the presence of all are part of an extra chromosome ( so someone basically has an extra chromosome). People that have find life a bit of a challenge as it may cause altered life expectancyies heart and digestive problems, learning disabilities, recurring ear infections and many more. I hope this answers youre question but I would search the internet as im not exactly a genetisist XD.

A common chromosome disorder due to an extra chromosome number 21 (trisomy 21). Down syndrome causes mental retardation, a characteristic face, and multiple malformations. Down syndrome is a relatively common birth defect. The chromosome abnormality affects both the physical and intellectual development of the individual.

hot as the devil booty hole
its a genetic disorder that occurs when chromosome number 21 makes a copy of itself.

Entwined in poisonous thorns
Hope this site helps you to understand the genetic condition.


Christin K
It's a genetic condition caused by an extra chromosome.
It's characterized by distinctive physical appearances: almond-shaped eyes with epicanthic fold in the inside corner, (like oriental eyes), protruding tongue, a single crease across the palm (simian crease) and others. Down Syndrome (no S on the end) children are more susceptible to certain metabolic and systemic conditions like heart problems, digestive issues, etc.

They are mentally affected -- this can range from mild to severe.

This used to be known as "mongoloid" appearance--which is not the preferred term now.

You can learn more here:


American Eagle
Down syndrome (also called Down's syndrome or trisomy 21; old name mongoloid idiocy) is a genetic disorder. It comes from a problem with the genes. Humans are diploid organisms. This means that for each chromosome, there are two copies, one from the mother, and one from the father. During meiosis the number is reduced to one set of chromosomes. People with Down syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 21, or part of it. They suffer a mild mental retardation - they are usually not as intelligent as those people without it.

Doctors in the UK usually inform others that people with the condition have a mild to medium learning difficulty. (In the USA the word retarded is still used, but this is a very rude word in other English speaking countries.) Some people with the condition have average intelligence, but may have other problems with development instead. People with Down syndrome often have a different shape of eyes than most people. A few people with the condition have severe learning difficulties.

Of every 800 to 1000 babies that are born, one is diagnosed with Down syndrome.

A genetic condition

its basicly a extra chromosone that causes a disorder. The childs heigh, apperance, and brain function are affected.

A common genetic disorder in which a child is born with forty-seven rather than forty-six chromosomes, resulting in developmental delays, mental retardation, low muscle tone, and other possible effects. It can very much vary from person to person.

Alice C
Down's syndrome (also called Down syndrome) is a genetic condition known as trisomy, where a person inherits an extra copy of one chromosome. People with the syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21 rather than two.

This additional genetic material changes the finely tuned balance of the body and results in characteristic physical and intellectual features.

It's not known why this abnormality occurs, but it affects around one in 1,000 babies born in the UK - about 600 babies a year - and is the most common cause of learning disability.

Different types
There are three types of Down's syndrome:

Regular trisomy 21 - all the cells have an extra chromosome 21. Around 94 per cent of people with Down's syndrome have this type.

Translocation - the extra chromosome 21 material is attached to another chromosome and one of the parents may carry the translocated chromosome without any signs of the condition themselves. This accounts for around 4 per cent of cases.

Mosaic - only some of the cells have an extra chromosome 21. Around two per cent of people with Down's have this type, which tends to result in milder features.

What are the symptoms?
Typically, people affected have a flat facial profile and eyes that slant upwards. Other facial features include smaller ears, a flat back of the head and protruding tongue.

People with the syndrome also tend to be shorter than average with poor muscle tone and have short, broad hands with a single crease across the palm.

Almost half of people affected have heart defects, some of which can be treated, some of which can't. Many also have gut problems, which can make eating difficult, and thyroid gland problems.

Other physical problems include cataracts, hearing and sight problems, and a susceptibility to infections. Later in life there's also an increased risk of leukaemia.

People with Down's syndrome have varying degrees of learning disability, which may range from moderate to severe.

Jesikah Riley
hi my sister has downsyndrom it just really having an extra chromozone there the swettest people on hte planet they just look alittle diffrent and develop and learn a little slowly

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