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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…

Hypothermia Therapy May Be Effective 6-24 Hours After Birth

Currently, the only available treatment for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), besides supportive care and therapy to mitigate the symptoms, is hypothermia therapy. This involves cooling a baby down to a below-normal temperature in order to allow the brain to recover from a hypoxic-ischemic injury and limit the spread of damage. Hypothermia therapy is known to reduce…

FDA Approves New MRI for Neonates

Embrace Neonatal MRI System The FDA recently approved a magnetic resonance imaging device (MRI) designed specifically for brain/head imaging of infants in the NICU. It is called the “Embrace Neonatal MRI System,” and can be used on babies who weigh between 1 and 4.5 kg, have a head circumference of 38 cm or less, and…

Pregnancy Spotlight: Group B Strep

Every day, our nurses and attorneys receive calls from expectant mothers with concerns about symptoms they’re experiencing during their pregnancy. They’re curious if their symptoms are normal, and they wonder what their next steps should be. Patients should always visit a medical professional with concerns like these and receive appropriate care for maternal-fetal conditions and…

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month | Maternal Infection and Birth Injury

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month | Promoting Awareness of Maternal Infection and Birth Injury Every February, Group B Strep International (GBSI) sponsors and organizes International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. The awareness observance, which is recognized by and listed in the National Health Observance Calendar, is dedicated to promoting international awareness and prevention of infections that can be…

Lessening the Impact of Severe Electrographic Seizures for Infants with HIE – Part 2

In our previous article, we discussed a recent study that found a connection between severity of seizures and neonatal severity of injury. At Reiter & Walsh, P.C., we have won many successful cases where severe birth injuries caused brain injuries that resulted in severe seizures and seizure disorders. As the study reiterated, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy…