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Down Syndrome rates lower than previously thought

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There are fewer Americans with Down Syndrome than previously thought.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital used a larger and more accurate database to track Down Syndrome rates over the past 60 years.

They found about 206,000 people had the condition in 2010, which is far less than other estimates. Still, it's a significant increase from 50,000 people in 1950.

Experts said new surgeries have increased the life expectancy of Down Syndrome patients, and it's no longer just a childhood disability.

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