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Mixed Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) exists in a variety of different forms, and its symptoms vary significantly from person to person. For instance, while people with severe CP may need a wheelchair to help them get around, people with mild CP might be able to walk just fine on their own (1). All people with CP experience…

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)

Disclaimer: Please note that we cannot provide medical advice or assist in medical emergencies. Children with brain damage from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) often require extensive care for conditions such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy. In addition to assistance with the tasks of daily living (i.e feeding, bathing, etc.) and routine medical care, they may need…

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

2Cell 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…

Research Update: Apgar Scores Can Predict the Risk of Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy

Shortly after birth, medical professionals assess a baby’s health using a scoring system called the Apgar scale. An Apgar score is one diagnostic method used to determine whether an infant is in need of medical intervention. A recent publication by researchers at the Karolinksa Institutet in Sweden indicates that an infant’s Apgar score can also…

Pregnancy Spotlight: Epilepsy During Pregnancy

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…

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…

Preventing Medical Errors in the NICU

According to the Journal of Patient Safety, preventable medical errors cause at least 210,000 deaths per year. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer. Unfortunately, mistakes made in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) represent a significant part of those numbers. The Archives of Disease in…

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…