Entries by Paula Urban

Spotlight on Accessibility: The Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo, located in Royal Oak, Michigan, is home to more than 2,000 animals, representing 230 different species. The Detroit Zoological Society, the group that operates the zoo, is a leader in wildlife conservation, animal welfare, humane education, and environmental sustainability. Beyond such achievements, the Detroit Zoo stands out in the crowd for its…

Spotlight on Equine Therapy Programs in Michigan

Looking for a new and exciting activity to get your child involved in this summer? Have you heard about equine therapy? Equine therapy Equine therapy is the therapeutic use of horseback riding to benefit children with a broad range of needs and abilities. Horseback riding skills, balance, and muscle strength are developed through equine therapy….

Summer Camps for Children with Cerebral Palsy

As we enter the summer months, many parents are setting out to find fun and enriching activities for their children to participate in. And what better summer activity than summer camp? Parents of children with disabilities often have difficulty finding summer camp opportunities that will cater to the needs of their child. So we decided…

Beautiful Me

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending Beautiful Me, a fashion show for adaptive clothing sponsored by Easterseals and the Miracle League of Michigan. The show was intended to model adaptive clothing for children and young adults with disabilities who may have difficulty getting dressed or undressed, or may need specific types of fabric…

Spotlight on Prenatal Genetic Testing

According to a recent NPR article, the amount of prenatal genetic testing available to expectant parents has increased enormously over the last decade (1). Furthermore, the genetic testing industry is expected to continue growing by nearly 30% over the five years ahead (1). What are genetic tests used for? Prenatal genetic testing is used to…

New Study Finds Benefits of Repeat Prenatal Corticosteroid Treatments

New Study Finds Benefits of Repeat Prenatal Corticosteroid Treatments Infants born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation) face numerous risks that those born at term do not. They may experience breathing problems, brain problems, heart problems, temperature control problems, immune system problems, and other short-term issues that usually require a stay in the NICU (1). Furthermore,…

Recent Study Finds Benefits of ECMO during Therapeutic Hypothermia for Infants with HIE

Babies with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) often experience respiratory problems. Because of this, they may require assistance with breathing after birth. This can be done through the urgent method of resuscitation, or the more long-term assistance of inhaled nitric acid, high-frequency ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) (1). These long-term practices are commonly used for neonates…

New Updates in Umbilical Cord Therapy for the Treatment of HIE

The standard treatment for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in infants is therapeutic hypothermia (TH). TH can have great benefits for babies affected by HIE, but there are certain criteria that must be met first (1): TH must be administered within six hours of birth TH is not appropriate for preterm babies TH is most successful in…

Recent Findings on the Association Between Placental Lesions and HIE

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a brain injury caused by insufficient oxygenated blood flow to the brain at or near the time of delivery. There are many potential causes of HIE, including high-risk pregnancy conditions, labor and delivery issues, and medical mistakes. Recent studies have sought to find connections between placental and umbilical cord issues and…