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Down's syndrome cases soar

27th October 2009

According to new research there has been a 71% rise in the number of cases of Down's syndrome, largely due to an increase in the number of older mothers over this period.

However the number of babies who are born with the condition actually fell by 1%. Joan Morris, professor of medical statistics at Queen Mary, University of London, who led the study, said: "What we're seeing here is a steep rise in pregnancies with Down's syndrome but that is being offset by improvements in screening."

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