New Study Explains Why it is Sometimes Difficult to Pinpoint Oxygen Deprivation-Related Brain Injuries Such as HIE in Preterm Babies

Summary: New research in Clinical Perinatology explains the difficulty of diagnosing hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) injuries in premature babies. The study describes differences in the causes, mechanisms, signs and symptoms of brain injuries in babies of different gestational ages, and points out similarities and differences in babies that are full-term, more mature preterm babies, and extremely…

FDA Grants Fast-Track Designation to New Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Treatment

Last year, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) announced that it would provide a ‘fast track’ designation to GW Pharmaceuticals’ intravenous cannabidiol treatment for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. This designation is granted to speed the development of products that treat serious or life-threatening conditions when those products show that they can address unmet medical needs….

How Does Brain Cooling Relate to Medical Malpractice and Patient Safety?

Brain cooling is a procedure that treats hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which is a neonatal brain injury often caused by medical mistakes. Medical mistakes are a patient safety problem – they often can be prevented, but when proper care is not provided, patients are harmed. It is the duty of medical practitioners to prevent errors from occurring – if…

Hypothermia Therapy Past, Present and Future: Where is Brain Cooling Headed?

Hypothermia Cooling Therapy: Looking Back at the Standards of Care and Forwards to the Future While hypothermia cooling therapy (also know as therapeutic hypothermia or hypothermia treatment) is now the standard of care for treating newborns with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), this was not always the case. The practices of head cooling, whole-body cooling or…

How Long Should Pregnancies Last? Experts Reach 39-Week Consensus; Recommend Induction

ACOG (the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) revised its position on the optimal length of pregnancy for low-risk pregnancies. Yesterday, there was a debate at the 2016 Annual Clinical Meeting that turned into a statement of consensus: waiting to have a baby after 39 weeks’ gestation is not a good idea. This consensus comes…

Startup Gains Funding for New Hypothermia Therapy Tech

Hypothermia therapy (also known as hypothermia treatment, therapeutic hypothermia treatment, or brain and/or body cooling) is key to treating hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in neonates, and so the development or funding of new technologies for making hypothermia therapy more efficient is always good news. We’d like to highlight a newcomer to the field — Qool Therapeutics….

Research Update: Increasing the Effectiveness of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Treatment

Brain research is an ongoing process, and, at the moment, hypothermia therapy (using a cooling cap, cooling pad, or cooling blanket) is the standard of care when it comes to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Additive or supplemental measures in addition to hypothermia are still in preclinical or clinical trials, so it is too early to say…

Support Hope for HIE!

  As a birth injury law firm, Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers seeks to support organizations that assist families impacted by birth injuries such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). To mark HIE Awareness Month, we would like to spread the word about Hope for HIE, a notable HIE support group working to extend its…