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Scoliosis Surgery Can Improve Quality of Life in Children with Severe Cerebral Palsy

Children with severe cerebral palsy (CP) often develop progressive scoliosis, or abnormal spinal curvature. Scoliosis causes a variety of health issues, such as problems with balance while sitting, pain, and complications affecting function of the lungs, heart, and gastrointestinal system. Spinal fusion surgery has been considered standard of care for children whose scoliosis cannot be…

New Treatment for Cerebral Palsy: M2 Macrophage Transplantation Improves Motor and Cognitive Function

Cell transplantation is a promising new avenue for treating cerebral palsy (CP). Previous research has shown that stem cell therapy can help children with cerebral palsy; a study published this month indicates that treatment with macrophages may also be effective.  Essentially, macrophages are cells that can repair damaged brain tissue and blood vessels, thereby enhancing…

Large Head Circumference At Birth Increases Risk of White Matter Damage and Cerebral Palsy

One of the major risk factors for cerebral palsy (CP) is damage to the brain’s white matter. In preterm infants, white matter damage often stems from asphyxia (oxygen deprivation), but in term infants the cause of damage may occasionally be difficult to determine. However, new research by Arne Jensen and Bert Holmer, published in Obstetrics…

Adaptive Dining Utensils and Dishware

People with cerebral palsy and other conditions that affect motor control often struggle to use traditional dining utensils and dishware. Spastic reflexes, as well as issues with strength, range of motion, and dexterity can make it difficult to eat and drink without spilling. Some people with motor impairments require assistance from others at mealtimes. Adaptive/assistive…

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…

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…