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What is Birth Hypoxia (Asphyxia)?

When babies cry at birth, a sigh of relief goes up in the delivery room, as it usually signals a healthy baby. This first cry helps clear the lungs and indicates the baby is trying to take its first breath. If that cry doesn't happen within the first minute of life there may be a problem...

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Improving function, independence and quality of life for those suffering from cerebral palsy

Roughly 1 in 4 children per 1,000 live births are born with cerebral palsy, which requires ongoing, lifelong rehabilitation and treatment. People with cerebral palsy, or CP, experience issues with coordination, stiff and/or weak muscles, and potential challenges with vision, hearing, swallowing, speaking, sensation, and bowel and bladder function. Due to challenges with feeding, some children...

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How Myobloc Injections May Prevent Drooling in People with Cerebral Palsy

Chronic sialorrhea is a condition often associated with cerebral palsy (CP) and is attributed to poor facial and oral muscle control. As a result sialorrhea, people with CP experience an overflow of saliva production and often drool. If left untreated, sialorrhea can result in: Skin irritation around the mouth Issues with oral hygiene Difficulties with...

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A new study links cerebral palsy and mental health disorders

While cerebral palsy primarily impacts muscle tone, balance, and coordination, it may have an impact on a person's mental health. According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, cerebral palsy poses the risk of developing a mental health disorder, especially to adults. The study finds that clinical awareness and available resources are lacking...

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FDA mulls use of Botox to treat Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Spasticity of the upper limbs is largely linked to cerebral palsy, particularly spastic cerebral palsy. This condition is the most common type of cerebral palsy and hinders the development of healthy motor functioning in children. Identifying spastic cerebral palsy Children who suffer from spastic cerebral palsy often have stiff or jerky movements. This is due...

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French study reveals infant brain compression during birth is understated

Scientists understand that an infant’s soft, flexible skull shifts during childbirth, but recently French researchers were surprised by exactly how much a newborn baby’s head and brain are compressed as the child passes through the birth canal during the delivery. “When we showed the fetal head changing shape, we discovered that we had underestimated a...

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Surgery Shown to Help Children with Cerebral Palsy Walk

Children with cerebral palsy often suffer a lifetime of limited movement and coordination, cognitive challenges, and abnormal development. This condition occurs during birth or soon after. Standard treatment often includes medication to help treat muscle stiffness and pain, as well as physiotherapy to help with walking. Recent analysis by the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’...

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