The ABC Birth Injury Blog | Reiter & Walsh, P.C.

Is magnesium sulfate safe for babies?

Magnesium sulfate is an inorganic salt that may have a variety of health benefits during pregnancy. It can be prescribed to mothers in order to treat preeclampsia or eclampsia (1). Additionally, when premature birth is expected, it can be used to protect a baby’s brain. There is evidence that antenatal magnesium sulfate reduces the risk…

Congratulations to Samantha Helgerson, Winner of the ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship!

We are pleased to announce that Samantha Helgerson has won the January 2020 ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship! Samantha is a student at Northeastern Illinois University, studying Interpersonal Communication. Here is her winning essay: Dear Selection Committee, My name is Samantha Helgerson. I am a 35-year-old woman with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy (CP) which has…

John Hopkins Researchers Propose New Strategy for Protecting NICU Babies from Parental Bacteria

For babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), contact with parents can be calming and promote good health. However, a parent’s touch can also increase their risk of contracting a potentially dangerous neonatal infection, such as Staphylococcus aureus. Researchers from John Hopkins Medicine (headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland) recently conducted a preliminary clinical trial on…

More Medical Students Disclosing Their Disabilities; University of Michigan Leading the Way in Accommodations

A study published in JAMA in November revealed that the percentage of U.S. medical students who disclosed their disability to their schools has risen dramatically over the last three years (1). In 2016, only about 2.7% of medical students disclosed their disabilities, whereas in 2019, roughly 4.6% of them did (2).  The survey noted that…