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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…

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…

Lessening the Impact of Severe Electrographic Seizures for Infants with HIE

A 2015 clinical trial found that treatment for severe and moderate neonatal seizures can reduce the impact of cumulative electrographic seizure burden in infants born with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).  This American Academy of Pediatrics trial used EEG video (video to monitor brain activity) and standard medication for neonatal seizures to reduce the impact. The…

UM Seizure Study Aims to Reduce Brain Damage and Prolong Life

A new University of Michigan Health System study, Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial (ESETT), will compare three drugs that treat seizures in patients. The study aims to reduce brain damage and increase the likelihood of patient survival during prolonged and dangerous seizures. For years, doctors have tried different methods to stop severe seizures in adults…

Monitoring and Treating Patients Before Birth Injuries Occur

Negligent acts and medical errors related to obstetrical care can turn a joyful birth into a parent’s nightmare. A couple in New Jersey now knows what can happen when doctors misuse Pitocin and other labor induction drugs. Due to medical errors in labor, their baby died of acute respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy…

Michigan HIE Attorney Uses Infographic to Show the Use of Hypothermia Treatment

Award-Winning Michigan Birth Trauma and HIE Attorney Explains the Use of Hypothermia Treatment HIE, also known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, birth asphyxia, or neonatal encephalopathy, is a dangerous brain injury that can occur when a traumatic birth restricts the flow of oxygen to a baby’s brain. Currently, the only known treatment for HIE is called hypothermia treatment….

Mild Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Babies that don’t receive enough oxygen around the time of labor and delivery risk developing a dangerous brain injury called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). HIE is caused by decreased blood flow and oxygen in the brain. HIE can cause permanent brain damage, leaving a child with lifelong conditions, such as seizures, cerebral palsy (CP), developmental…

Attorneys Helping Children with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy: New Treatment for HIE

The award-winning Michigan HIE attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers have helped hundreds of children who have hypoxic ischemic-encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy, and other birth injuries. Birth injury attorney Jesse Reiter, the firm’s president, has been helping birth injured children throughout the country for his entire legal career. Jesse focuses solely on birth…

Detroit cerebral palsy researchers once again publish groundbreaking research on hypothermia treatment for babies with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) demonstrates that hypothermia treatment that lowers a baby’s body temperature to 33.5 degrees Celsius for 72 hours is the treatment of choice for babies who have hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). This is the first study that has determined the safest temperature and…