Jun 7, 2013

Mom of disabled child offers support

by Hisanobu Wakabayashi

The woman came to the Kitakyushu Rehabilitation Center for Children with Disabilities in Fukuoka Prefecture in January to see a mother raising a child born with the same chromosomal abnormality as her own daughter. “I understand. You must have a lot of concerns,” the ...

New noninvasive test gives clue but not full diagnosis

Mar 28, 2013

New noninvasive test gives clue but not full diagnosis

by Masami Ito

Although media reports emphasize the accuracy of a new noninvasive prenatal screening test, raising expectations among expectant mothers, it does not definitively diagnose three types of chromosomal abnormalities, including Down syndrome, warned Haruhiko Sago, head of the Center for Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine at ...

Down syndrome blood test draws interest and ire

| Mar 5, 2013

Down syndrome blood test draws interest and ire

by Masami Ito

Last summer, news that Japan was getting ready to introduce a new type of prenatal examination that requires only a simple blood test to detect whether a fetus has Down syndrome made headlines. News reports suggested hospitals were ready to start using the test ...