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Brian Chicoine and Dennis McGuire

Guide to Good Health for Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome

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2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Silver Award Winner, Health Category

Chosen as a Library Journal Best Consumer Health Book of 2010

The authors of the bestselling Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome turn their attention to the physical health of teens and adults with Down syndrome.

Drs. Chicoine and McGuire provide invaluable insight into what health problems are more common in their patients, and how medical issues can present differently in people with Down syndrome. In a clear, empathetic style, they discuss how to promote a healthy lifestyle to prevent problems, and how to recognize health problems early on to ensure appropriate care and the best outcome. The Guide to Good Health is a resource families and caregivers can refer to over and over again, whether it's to find strategies to get a teen or adult to cooperate with treatment, or to consider if a symptom is being misdiagnosed or misunderstood.

Key topics include:


... Characteristics of Down syndrome that can affect health care


... More commonly occurring medical issues


... The connection between mental and physical health


... Dealing with hospitalizations


... Long term health and well being throughout the lifespan


... Advance directives and end of life issues


... Specific medical conditions (ranging from skin and nail problems, eye, nose and throat issues, and cardiac concerns, to thyroid disorder, diabetes, Alzheimer disease, and sleep problems)

For each condition, the authors discuss symptoms, the diagnostic process, and treatment options. Real-life examples from the authors' decades of experience help to illustrate how some medical problems can mistakenly be attributed to characteristics of Down syndrome. As the average person with Down syndrome lives considerably longer than in previous generations, The Guide to Good Health can also help families know what to expect during the aging process.

Brian Chicoine, MD, is the Medical Director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in suburban Chicago. Dennis McGuire, PhD. is the Director of Psychosocial Services for the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Together they founded The Center in 1992 and have served more than 4,000 adults with Down syndrome since its inception.

"This is an extremely informational volume that should have a place in all consumer health libraries serving patrons with DS."--Library Journal (starred review)

"Chicoine and McGuire have more experience caring for the physical and mental health of teens and adults with Down syndrome than anyone. Their experience has produced The Guide to Good Health for Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome which is filled with thoughtful, practical advice and written in a straight forward style making their recommendations accessible for families and healthcare professionals. They have simplified the complex and interrelated physical and mental health issues found in Down syndrome and produced an incredible guide."--Nancy J. Roizen, MD, Director, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.

412 pages. 2010


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