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Growing Push To Ban Down Syndrome Abortions Misses The Heartbreak Behind Them

Toward the end of her first trimester, Caroline — pregnant for the first time — lay on an exam table, listening with dread as a doctor listed the problems he saw on the ultrasound screen in front of him. The fetus’ bowels were on the outside of its body. It had an extremely thick nuchal fold ― a measurement of the skin at the base of the neck ― indicating chromosomal abnormalities. The doctor told Caroline, who asked to use a pseudonym for privacy reasons, that he didn’t believe the baby wouldRead More


Growing Push To Ban Down Syndrome Abortions Misses The Heartbreak Behind Them

State legislators say they simply took a stand for individuals with disabilities. But reproductive rights advocates believe the law is a bad faith effort to use Down syndrome to further stigmatize abortion and, ultimately, criminalize it. “Banning a woman from having an abortion because of a fetal diagnosis is not only unconstitutional, it also does absolutely nothing to address discrimination against people with disabilities,” said Freda Levinson, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, in a press release last month. Ohio became ground zero for Down syndrome-related abortionRead More


Woman with lymphedema goes from beauty queen to hiding from the public

  ST. LOUIS – Amy Rivera suffers from a disease that affects up to 10 million Americans and many people know little about it. Today one of her legs is much larger than the other. She’s come a long way. Amy had lymphedema since birth but didn’t realize it. It never bothered her. She won Miss Junior America in 1999. Left untreated, lymphedema can kill you because your body’s lymphatic system can’t process the bacteria and it often settles in an extremity. The body’s immune system doesn’t work properly. ThereRead More


What You Should Know About the Down Syndrome Video: ’50 Mums | 50 Kids | 1 Extra Chromosome’

It all started with a group of proud parents who have been told across the media that children like theirs would be better off “screened out.”   A mum of a 4-year-old who has Down syndrome saw a “Singing Hands” carpool karaoke video signed with Makaton, a simplified form of British Sign Language, and thought how amazing it would be to replicate the idea with other mums and their young children who also have an extra chromosome. The song in question is the multiplatinum soundtrack to the “Twilight” films: “A Thousand Years,”Read More


How to know if you’re dating an empath

The opposite of a narcissist is an ’empath’ — and it could be a bad thing if you date one In relationships, there are certain qualities we all look for in a significant other. Our love stories and desires may be different, but for many people, empathy ranks high on the list of desirable traits in a partner. But what happens when someone feels empathy to the extreme? They could be an empath. According to Judith Orloff, psychiatrist and author of “The Empath’s Survival Guide,” an empath is an “emotional sponge.” “[They are]Read More


How to know if you’re dating an empath

They love spending time with you, but also need time alone. It might seem like an empath is pushing you away or distancing themselves from you, but in reality, they’re just trying to take a break from absorbing your feelings in addition to their own, which can be exhausting. Taking on the emotions of others can be draining, so empaths need to “recharge their batteries” and take a step back. That said, when they’re with you, an empath is happy to spend lots of time together, even preferring alone time over goingRead More


Wendy Williams has Graves disease. What is it?

Williams has Graves disease, a condition that causes the immune system to attack the thyroid. It often goes undiagnosed because its symptoms run a wide spectrum.   Talk show host Wendy Williams announced to her viewers on Wednesday that she was ordered by her doctor to take a three-week hiatus from her daytime show. The time off, she said with both emotion and humor, will be used to deal with her health issues, particularly Graves disease. I’d heard of Graves disease prior to Williams’ reveal, but I knew little about itRead More


She Planned To Stay, But You Pushed Her Away

Even though she wanted to stay, you pushed her away. Truth be told, even though she is a good girl and she utterly cares about you, she wasn’t able to stay. She wanted to, but you gave her no reason to stay. She couldn’t continue bringing herself down just so she could keep you up. Down the road of giving you everything and getting nothing in return, she realized that sometimes you have to take care of yourself and sometimes you have to give up on love even when it’sRead More


She Planned To Stay, But You Pushed Her Away

She never thought she was perfect, but she tried to be perfect just for you. She only had eyes for you. She wanted to be worthy of you and she wanted so hard to be worthy of your love. She hoped if she kept being a better version of herself, if she tried enough to meet your expectations, you would make a spot for her in your life. She tried to be perfect, she tried to work on her flaws and she smiled no matter how painful the things sheRead More


Study finds first possible drug treatment for lymphedema

Collaboration between two Stanford labs has resulted in the discovery of a molecular cause for lymphedema and the first possible drug treatment for it. Tracey Campbell has lived for seven years with lymphedema, a chronic condition that causes unsightly swelling in her left leg. The disease, which stems from a damaged lymphatic system, can lead to infections, disfigurement, debilitating pain and disability. There is no cure. The only available treatment is to wear compression garments or use massage to suppress the swelling, which can occur throughout the body in someRead More