Cerebral Palsy: Environmental and Genetic Factors

Cerebral palsy is a diagnosis that varies in type and severity of neurodevelopmental outcomes. People with cerebral palsy have impaired motor function, and in some cases also have cognitive disabilities. Cerebral palsy can be caused by environmental and/or genetic factors. Environmental Causes of Cerebral Palsy Cerebral palsy can often be attributed to something that goes…

What Is an Orthosis?

An orthosis is a type of brace or other wearable device that serves one or more of the following purposes: Improvement of mobility Immobilization of an injured body part to promote healing Correction of biomechanical misalignments Prevention of injuries Reduction of weight bearing and pain Some orthotic devices are relatively inexpensive, over-the-counter products: examples include…

Improving Neurological Outcomes of HIE: Monosialoganglioside Treatment

Thus far, the most effective medical intervention for infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is hypothermia therapy, or cooling treatment. When administered very shortly after birth or the oxygen-depriving incident, this therapy can reverse brain damage and minimize (or in some cases prevent) permanent harm. However, hypothermia therapy is not always effective, and additional solutions for…

Antenatal Magnesium Sulfate Prevents Cerebral Palsy in Preterm Infants

Premature babies have lower survival rates than full-term infants, and those that survive have an increased chance of developing lifelong disabilities such as cerebral palsy. During the birthing process, their fragile bodies are highly susceptible to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation) and other injuries. Even if they make it through the birthing…

Congratulations to Julia LiPuma, Winner of the 2017 Birth Trauma, Neonatal Injury and Disability Scholarship!

Reiter & Walsh, P.C. is happy to announce that Julia LiPuma of Wayne, New Jersey is the recipient of the 3rd annual Birth Trauma, Neonatal Injury and Disability scholarship. Julia was born 10 weeks prematurely. She had a brain bleed at birth, resulting in a diagnosis of periventricular leukomalacia, and later, spastic diplegic cerebral palsy….

New Research Finds Link Between Maternal Obesity and HIE

New research finds that maternal obesity in early pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of birth asphyxia (hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy) and cerebral palsy. These new findings highlight the importance of informing mothers about potential birth-related complications and risks. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found that not only does being obese…