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Down’s syndrome

29 May 2018

Learning Disability Practice

Evidence & practice

Down’s syndrome, which was first described in 1866 by Langdon Down – also referred to as trisomy 21 – is the most commonly recognised chromosomal abnormality due to...


01 December 2010

Learning Disability Practice


Elaine Drummond 1967-2010 Elaine Drummond, branch leader for intellectual disability nursing at University College, Cork, has died from cancer at the age of 42....

Prader-Willi syndrome

27 November 2018

Learning Disability Practice

Evidence and practice

Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), described in 1956 by Prader, Labhart and Willi, is often referred to as Prader-Labhart-Willi syndrome, PWS or Willi-Prader syndrome.

Health needs in people with learning disabilities: using the ‘OK’ Health Check

01 May 2008

Learning Disability Practice

A&S Science

A growing body of evidence suggests that people with intellectual disabilities are experiencing significant health inequalities when compared with their peers in the...

Management of dysphagia

07 November 2011

Learning Disability Practice


Dysphagia is a disorder of swallowing. The authors stress the importance of a comprehensive assessment leading to effective management and the involvement of a...

Management of constipation

06 May 2010

Learning Disability Practice


Constipation is more common among people with intellectual disability compared with the general population. Causation falls into the three main categories related to...

Meeting the challenge of caring for an ageing population in Ireland

08 December 2010

Learning Disability Practice


The age profile of Irish people with a learning disability has changed significantly prompting a call for the development of the role of the gerontological clinical...