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Bike skills training for children with cerebral palsy: protocol for a randomised controlled trial - Toovey R, Harvey AR, McGinley JL, Lee KJ, Shih STF, Spittle AJ.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:36:27 +0100

INTRODUCTION: Two-wheel bike riding can be a goal for children with cerebral palsy (CP) and a means of participating in physical activity. It is possible for some children with CP to ride a two-wheel bike; however, currently far fewer can ride compared wit... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Increased Risk of Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy With Low-normal Apgar Scores Increased Risk of Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy With Low-normal Apgar Scores

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:46:56 +0100

Lower five- and 10-minute Apgar scores, even within the normal range, are associated with higher risks of childhood cerebral palsy and epilepsy, according to findings from Swedish registries.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Why Rock Climbing May Be the Ultimate Full-Body Workout

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:00:43 +0100

The muscles in your hips and torso strain to hold your lower half against the wall. You arch backward and extend one hand up to clasp the next hold—your thighs and calves burning with the effort of holding you steady and in balance. A moment later, when the tips of your fingers have secured their grip, there’s a wholesale shift in the muscles you call on to maintain your safe purchase on the climbing wall. Exercise is all about engaging your muscles—from your heart to your biceps and quads—and asking those muscles to perform work. And when it comes to activating and training a diverse range of muscles, few exercises rival climbing. Both climbing and bouldering, the name for climbing on low rock formations without a rope, involve “nearly the whole body’s...



Australian woman with cerebral palsy marathons WHEELCHAIR

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:18:28 +0100

There aren't many people in the world who can say that they have completed seven marathons on seven continents in seven days but one Sydney woman has done just that. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Why communication from a ‘locked-in’ child is a miracle we must question

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:16:18 +0100

If Jonathan Bryan can communicate we should celebrate, but hard evidence is needed before we change how severely disabled children are cared forThere has been much coverage lately – including inthe Times,the Mirror,the Daily Mail, andtonight ’s CBBC documentary special– of the story of 11-year-old Jonathan Bryan and his remarkable ability to write poetry, keep a regular blog, and communicate with his parents, in spite of his severe and debilitating cerebral palsy. Now Jonathan – who communicates via a spelling board with the help of a facilitator who carefull y watches the movement of his eyes – iscampaigning for other severely disabled children to be taken out of special educational needs classes and taught in regular classes, just as he is.Jonathan has been disabled since birth...



Teamwork and toughness: Living with cerebral palsy

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:16:24 +0100

Growing up in Querétaro, Mexico, María was an exceptionally bright and inquisitive child. At just 18 months old, she spoke at the level of a 6-year-old, and could even sing the tongue-twisting “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” song. Her parents marveled at her intelligence at such a young age, but there was something in her development that seemed off. “At 1 year, she wasn’t crawling well and had difficulty standing,” her mother, María José, recalls. “She hadn’t learned to walk by 18 months, and she would crawl by pulling her two legs at the same time — like a little bunny.” Her parents knew that something was wrong, so they took her to see a pediatrician in their home country of Mexico. A diagnosis of cerebral palsy They would come to find that María had cerebra...

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Five-year-old BEATS meningitis but is left with vitiligo

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:32:30 +0100

Aria Ellison, five, was born with cerebral palsy and was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in 2014. After defying all odds, Aria beat the disease, but was left with scars in the form of vitiligo. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Enjoying life to her full potential with cerebral palsy

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:00:17 +0100

For a month, Nikki Puzzo walked around with a hockey puck strapped to her torso. But this mother of two wasn’t just being silly or exhibiting her love of sports. Instead, she was demonstrating solidarity with her younger daughter, Stella. The little girl, who has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy (CP), had a device called a baclofen pump implanted into her abdomen. “I wanted her to feel more comfortable and know that she wasn’t alone,” explains Nikki. Targeting spasticity Like many kids with CP, Stella has spasticity, or severe tightness and stiffness, in her leg muscles. A medication called baclofen — typically taken orally — can help treat spasticity, but Nikki and her husband, Stephen, noticed that the drug had some unwanted side effects: Although it eased muscle contractions...



Baby brain maps point to origins of neurological disorders

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:01:03 +0100

Scans before and after birth boost research on conditions such as autism and cerebral palsy (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)



Baby who had a stroke in the womb can crawl and say 'mama'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:26:18 +0100

Naomi Kretschmer, 19 months, from Marshfield, Wisconsin, suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy after having a stroke in the womb. But her mother said she is having small victories. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Letter: Heinz Wolff ’s support for young scientists

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:10:37 +0100

In 1973Heinz Wolff was the specialist judge for my school ’s team in the first heat of the BBC Young Scientists of the Year competition. Two years previously a consultant at Guy’s hospital in London had asked our school if we could assist children with cerebral palsy; they wore out their shoes very quickly due to the manner in which they walked. We res earched materials and eventually produced an automated machine that manufactured hard-wearing polypropylene toecaps to fit over their shoes.The project fitted with Heinz ’s enthusiasms, and he took considerable interest in us and in our hopes and aspirations for the future. Despite his considerable intellect, he was very down to earth and approachable; in fact, off-screen he was exactly the same as on it.Continue reading... (Source: Gu...

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Fatigue, quality of life and walking ability in adults with cerebral palsy - Lundh S, Nasic S, Riad J.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:17:24 +0100

INTRODUCTION: Few studies on fatigue, quality of life and walking ability in adults with cerebral palsy (CP) are available. It is unclear whether these variables are associated. AIM: The aim was to study the influence of CP on fatigue, quality of l... (Source: SafetyLit)



Isaac ’s story: A ‘new normal’ with short bowel syndrome

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:00:32 +0100

It was the morning after their baby son Isaac had come home from the hospital, and Jennifer and Brian Campbell were performing the same sweet act of bonding as many new parents: giving him a bath in the sink. But as they maneuvered around the room, they suddenly realized something was very wrong. “I fell to the floor and started screaming and crying as formula shot out of his stomach,” remembers Jennifer. “I thought we’d broken him.” The reality, of course, was that the Campbells were simply adjusting to their new “normal” — something any parent of a medically complex child can understand. Isaac wasn’t a newborn. He had finally been discharged from the hospital after nine months. And his parents hadn’t hurt him. They’d just accidentally pulled out his gastrostomy (G-t...



Effects of 4 weeks of dynamic neuromuscular stabilization training on balance and gait performance in an adolescent with spastic hemiparetic cerebral palsy - Kim DH, An DH, Yoo WG.

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:18:01 +0100

[Purpose] The purpose of this study investigated the effects of 4 weeks of dynamic neuromuscular stabilization training on balance ability. [Subject and Methods] An adolescent with spastic hemiparetic cerebral palsy was recruited. The subject performed 4 w... (Source: SafetyLit)



Man who sucker-punched man with cerebral palsy gets prison

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:18:10 +0100

Man caught on video sucker-punching man with cerebral palsy outside Pennsylvania store sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison (Source: ABC News: Health)



Artificial walking technologies to improve gait in cerebral palsy: multichannel neuromuscular stimulation - Rose J, Cahill-Rowley K, Butler EE.

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 05:18:19 +0100

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood motor disability and often results in debilitating walking abnormalities, such as flexed-knee and stiff-knee gait. Current medical and surgical treatments are only partially effective in improving gait abnor... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Aspirin link to cerebral palsy in babies

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:33:45 +0100

Newborns were almost two-and-a-half times more likely to have the incurable condition if their mothers took aspirin and 50 per cent more likely if they took paracetamol, a (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Babies likely to get cerebral palsy if mother has aspirin

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:15:01 +0100

Newborns were almost two-and-a-half times more likely to have the incurable condition if their mothers took aspirin and 50 per cent more likely if they took paracetamol, a (Source: the Mail online | Health)



UC Davis gets $2M from AHRQ to test telemedicine program for children with physical disabilities

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:58:56 +0100

The University of California at Davis Health System has received a $2 million grant over five years to test a telemedicine program for children with  cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, and other disabilities. According to the AHRQ database, UC Davis will receive $396,557 for FY 2017. (Source: mobihealthnews)



$2 million grant brings telemedicine to children with disabilities

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of California - Davis Health System) The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics has received a $2 million, five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to fund a new telemedicine program for children in remote communities. The School-Based Tele-Physiatry Assistance for Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Services (STARS) program will provide critical physiatry care for kids with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Robotic suit helps kids with cerebral palsy walk upright

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:01:28 +0100

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health created a robotic exoskeleton that attaches to children's legs who have cerebral palsy. It improved posture just as well as surgery would. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Robotic suit helps kids with cerebral palsy walk tall

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:30:30 +0100

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health create a robotic armor that can help children with cerebral palsy walk easier and upright. The technology is the first specifically designed to treat crouch gait in kids with cerebral palsy, they say. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Racing driver with cerebral palsy dreams of motorsport glory

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:40:08 +0100

Chris Carter's motorsport dream has moved a step closer after he completed a testing session. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Teen with cerebral palsy finishes New York Marathon

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:38:35 +0100

Zoe North, 19, from south London, completed the 26.2-mile race over five gruelling days in aid of Sparks, the children ’s medical research charity, which works with Great Ormond Street Hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Columbia University - Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Fellowship for MS3s

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 15:23:18 +0100

The Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics and the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University Medical Center invites 3rd year medical students to apply for a funded one-year clinical research fellowship, starting in the summer of 2018. This is an exciting opportunity for highly-motivated students that are interested in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. This research position offers training in clinical research and hands-on collaboration with junior and senior faculty research mentors and orthopaedic surgeons. You will work closely with 3-4 other members of the research team on a variety of clinical research projects. (Source: Orthogate - Latest News)



Cord Blood Therapy for Cerebral Palsy Shows Promise

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 22:15:15 +0100

Children with spastic cerebral palsy have stiff muscles that can make it hard to move. The condition is usually caused by brain damage before or at birth. (Source: WebMD Health)

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Magnesium Sulfate Taken Before Preterm Birth Protects the Fetus Magnesium Sulfate Taken Before Preterm Birth Protects the Fetus

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:39:28 +0100

Giving prenatal magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) to pregnant women at high risk for preterm birth can limit the infant ’ s risk for cerebral palsy (CP) and possibly death, according to a new meta-analysis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Umbilical cord blood improves motor skills in some children with cerebral palsy

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Duke University Medical Center) An infusion of cells from a child's own umbilical cord blood appears to improve brain connectivity and motor function in children with spastic cerebral palsy, according to a randomized clinical trial published this week by Stem Cells Translational Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



Undocumented special-needs girl in federal custody after emergency surgery

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:51:30 +0100

An undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy was taken into US Customs and Border Protection custody shortly after emergency gallbladder surgery in Texas in a case that advocates say shows the harmful extent of the President's hard line on immigration policies. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Nanodiamonds show promise for aiding recovery from root canal

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:36:57 +0100

People who undergo root canals may soon have a tiny but powerful ally that could prevent infection after treatment.Researchers at theUCLA School of Dentistry and theUCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science found in a clinical trial that nanodiamonds protected disinfected root canals after the nerve and pulp were removed, thereby improving the likelihood of a full recovery. The findings are a milestone for the use of nanodiamonds in humans.Nanodiamonds are tiny particles made of carbon and are so small that millions of them could fit on the head of a pin. They resemble soccer balls but have facets like actual diamonds. Those facets enable the nanodiamonds to deliver a wide range of drugs and imaging agents.In a paper published Oct. 23 in Proceedings of the National Acade...



There's a hospital ship waiting for sick Puerto Ricans -- but no one knows how to get on it

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:37:32 +0100

Sammy Rolon is living in a makeshift clinic set up at a school. He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is bedridden. He's waiting for surgery that was scheduled before Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico. Now, he can't even get the oxygen he needs. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Hospital ship waits for sick Puerto Ricans -- but no one knows how to get on it

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:48:09 +0100

Sammy Rolon is living in a makeshift clinic set up at a school. He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and is bed-ridden. He's waiting for surgery that was scheduled before Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico. Now he can't even get the oxygen he needs. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Medical News Today: Maternal smoking may lead to cerebral palsy in offspring

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:00:00 +0100

Researchers have shed light on the mechanisms by which smoking before and during pregnancy could raise a child's risk of cerebral palsy. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



‘Love Will Always Win.’ Ellen DeGeneres Shares a Message of Hope After the Las Vegas Shooting

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:02:19 +0100

Ellen DeGeneres opened her show Tuesday with a message of hope following the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. “I am hoping we can fill this room with love and prayers and hope. That is what I want right now,” DeGeneres said before noting that the episode was taped Monday, when many woke up to the news of the shooting. “It’s very easy to lose hope. But we cannot do that. I always say there’s a lot more good in the world than there is bad, and I continue to believe that. And that is what we have to focus on.” DeGeneres said part of why she loves her job is because it allows her to focus on people doing good in the world. DeGeneres then played a series of clips of past guests who have helped others or done other selfless acts like a person paying for fir...

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A novel mobility device to improve walking for a child with cerebral palsy - Fergus A.

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 03:20:39 +0100

PURPOSE: To describe the use and outcomes associated with the Upsee in conjunction with Kinesiotape for a child with cerebral palsy. DESCRIPTIONS: The Upsee and Kinesiotaping were implemented for 24 weeks with a 31-month-old child with cerebral palsy, Gros... (Source: SafetyLit)



Influence of trunk control and lower extremity impairments on gait capacity in children with cerebral palsy - Balzer J, Marsico P, Mitteregger E, van der Linden ML, Mercer TH, van Hedel HJA.

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:20:58 +0100

PURPOSE: We investigated the combined impact of trunk control and lower extremities impairments on predicting gait capacity in children with cerebral palsy (CP) and evaluated relationships between trunk control and lower extremities impairments. ME... (Source: SafetyLit)



October 2017

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:57:37 +0100

Coping With Grief : Life After Loss Spotlight on Brain Tumors : Do You Know the Symptoms? Robotic Device Helps Kids With Cerebral Palsy Prevent Your Teen From Distracted Driving Aging Information (Source: NIH News in Health)



Doing the unexpected

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:58:34 +0100

Hannah, 31, who has cerebral palsy fulfils her dream of playing a musical instrument. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Letter to the editor on "Effects of antigravity treadmill training on gait, balance, and fall risk in children with diplegic cerebral palsy" - Ammann-Reiffer C, Labruy ère R.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:05:50 +0100

[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Severity of motor dysfunction in children with cerebral palsy seen in Enugu, Nigeria - Ogoke CC, Iloeje SO.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:05:50 +0100

INTRODUCTION: Children with cerebral palsy (CP) have gross motor dysfunction (GMD) of varying degrees of severity. The Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) is widely used internationally to classify children with CP into functional severity l... (Source: SafetyLit)



Calvin ’s gift: Second opinion provides answers and hope

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:00:29 +0100

It’s not often that parents breathe a sigh of relief when their child is diagnosed with a chronic, potentially debilitating condition. But that sense of peace is just what Paula and Scott Hurd felt when they were told that their son, Calvin, had a rare movement disorder. “We were so happy to finally understand what was happening,” says Paula. Slipping away The search for answers had begun several years earlier, when Calvin started limping. At first, his family thought he had simply tripped over something and injured himself. But when he didn’t improve, they took him to the doctor. A series of appointments with specialists culminated in a surprising diagnosis: cerebral palsy. Although the little boy — then in kindergarten — didn’t have any other symptoms of the condition, “...



Robotic device aids walking in children with cerebral palsy

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:08:39 +0100

In a small study with children who have a disorder from cerebral palsy known as crouch gait, researchers showed that a wearable robotic exoskeleton improved the ability to walk. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))



"Speechless" Micah Fowler Talks About Acting With Cerebral Palsy

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 22:14:06 +0100

"Speechless" star Micah Fowler shares his take on acting with cerebral palsy. (Source: WebMD Health)



MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 31, 2017

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:00:18 +0100

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. This exoskeleton could eliminate crouch gait The National Institutes of Health has created what it claims is the first robotic exoskeleton that is designed to treat crouch gait in children who have cerebral palsy. Crouch gait occurs when there is excessive bending of the knees while walking. It is a common condition in children with cerebral palsy. The NIH reports that even with conventional tr...

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This exoskeleton could eliminate crouch gait

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:17:54 +0100

The National Institutes of Health has created what it claims is the first robotic exoskeleton that is designed to treat crouch gait in children who have cerebral palsy. Crouch gait occurs when there is excessive bending of the knees while walking. It is a common condition in children with cerebral palsy. The NIH reports that even with conventional treatments, crouch gait can develop into the degeneration of walking function and eventually the loss of walking ability in about half of adults with the disorder. NIH Clinical Center researchers tested a prototype of the exoskeleton to determine if the motors were safe and effective for reducing crouch gait and evaluate its effects on voluntary muscle activity. The exoskeleton offers powered knee extension assistance during key point while walki...



Treadmill interventions in children under six years of age at risk of neuromotor delay.

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:14:09 +0100

Delayed motor development may occur in children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, general developmental delay or children born preterm. It limits the child's exploration of the environment and can hinder cognitive and social-emotional development. Literature suggests that task-specific training, such as locomotor treadmill training, facilitates motor development. To assess the effectiveness of treadmill interventions on locomotor development in children with delayed ambulation or in pre-ambulatory children (or both), who are under six years of age and who are at risk for neuromotor delay. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))



Daisy, six, defies doctors by completing a triathlon

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 05:29:46 +0100

Daisy Mason has cerebral palsy and doctors said she would never walk or swim. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Robotic exoskeleton offers potential new approach to alleviating crouch gait in children with cerebral palsy

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:11:04 +0100

This study is the first step toward the long-term goal of implementing a novel device-based approach to treating crouch gait. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)



Exoskeleton suit helps children with cerebral palsy walk

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 19:58:37 +0100

Researchers at NIH Clinical Center in Maryland tested exoskeleton suits on children with cerebral palsy. Six out of seven children had improved knee extension and steps after using it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Exoskeletons may help children with cerebral palsy avoid crouch gait

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:07:31 +0100

A robotic exoskeleton attached to the lower leg may someday help kids with cerebral palsy maintain the ability to walk. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



' Exoskeletons' May Help Kids with Cerebral Palsy Walk

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0100

High-tech motorized device aims to correct disabling gait pattern Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cerebral Palsy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



' Exoskeletons' May Help Kids With Cerebral Palsy Walk

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:08:12 +0100

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 -- A robotic exoskeleton attached to the lower leg may someday help kids with cerebral palsy maintain the ability to walk. Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder, characterized by impaired motor function and muscle control.... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Global group to investigate genetic causes of cerebral palsy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Adelaide) A new international research group has been established to investigate the underlying genetic causes of cerebral palsy, spurred on by the discoveries of University of Adelaide researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Viability of Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients With Cerebral Palsy

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:11:53 +0100

No abstract available (Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter)

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More Preterm Infants Surviving without Developmental Deficits (CME/CE)

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:35:03 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Rates of survival up, cerebral palsy down (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)



Survival of premature babies more likely now than in mid-1990s, study shows

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:20:52 +0100

Babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy are also less likely to have severe disabilities, although some risk of delayed development remainsPremature babies born in recent years are more likely to survive and less likely to have severe disabilities than those born in the mid-1990s, research has revealed.According to the World Health Organisation, around 15 million babies worldwide are born before the 37th week of pregnancy every year, with premature babies at higher risk of severe disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, as well as a greater chance ofdelayed development of language and motor skills.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Down syndrome: Reimagining what ’s possible

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:24:07 +0100

Photo credit: Nicole Starr I first met Ella Gray Cullen in the Advanced Fetal Care Center (AFCC) of Boston Children’s Hospital, shortly after she had received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Like many parents expecting babies with conditions that can be diagnosed prenatally, she wanted to know more. We talked about the additional medical screenings that would be recommended for her daughter to evaluate for cardiac defects and other conditions that are more common in children with Down syndrome. We discussed the developmental supports through Early Intervention and school that would be available to help her daughter learn and develop to her best ability. And, we talked about breastfeeding. Can babies with Down syndrome breastfeed? Babies with Down syndrome typically have low muscle...



Wrestling With The Mental Distress Of Disability

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:54:28 +0100

Cerebral palsy occasionally drags me into a hole I don't want to be in, but I've come to see beauty in my wheelchair. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)



Researchers link genes and motor skills development

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(City College of New York) Genes for many may be widely associated with determining certain traits and characteristics. Now a study co-led by John H. Martin of The CUNY School of Medicine at The City College of New York is demonstrating that they could also influence neural motor skills. This could lead to new insights in the treatment of motor skills impairments such as Cerebral Palsy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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DC runner overcomes cerebral palsy to race

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 21:13:32 +0100

One of the best-known runners in the nation's capital isn't so famous for speed or distance. As Weija Jiang reports, this athlete is known because doctors once thought she would never run at all. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Could mutations and inherited genes play a role in cerebral palsy?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Springer) Hemiplegic cerebral palsy hampers movement in one side of a person's body. In the first genetic study of its kind to exclusively focus on those with hemiplegic cerebral palsy, a group of 26 Canadian researchers has investigated the genetic differences and hereditary factors involved in this neurodevelopmental condition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



The man who made his wheelchair into a disco

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:48:57 +0100

Lee Kingsberry has cerebral palsy and says he wanted to give people a reason to stare at him. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Morning Rounds: Health disparities in childhood, diet's role in battling MS

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:13:28 +0100

Dr. Tara Narula joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss a report this week from the Centers for Disease Control highlighting some of the health issues that face America's children, the role diet may play in the fight against multiple sclerosis and how technology is improving the lives of children with cerebral palsy. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Robotic Device May Help Kids With Cerebral Palsy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:14:04 +0100

Those with condition known as 'crouch gait' had better posture and balance after 15 training sessions (Source: WebMD Health)

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Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids with Cerebral Palsy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +0100

Those with condition known as 'crouch gait' had better posture and balance after 15 training sessions Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cerebral Palsy, Children's Health, Walking Problems (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids With Cerebral Palsy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:07:05 +0100

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 -- A robotic training device helped improve the walking ability of children with cerebral palsy who suffer from a condition known as " crouch gait, " a small study found. The device provided strength training for muscles that... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Cerebral palsy football: My disabled son deserves to play

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:54:15 +0100

Jude is nine years old and was born with cerebral palsy. His father started a football club in Stoke-on-Trent so Jude could play with kids like him. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Exercise interventions for cerebral palsy

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:14:13 +0100

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from an injury to the developing brain. It is the most common form of childhood disability with prevalence rates of between 1.5 and 3.8 per 1000 births reported worldwide. The primary impairments associated with CP include reduced muscle strength and reduced cardiorespiratory fitness, resulting in difficulties performing activities such as dressing, walking and negotiating stairs. Exercise is defined as a planned, structured and repetitive activity that aims to improve fitness, and it is a commonly used intervention for people with CP. Aerobic and resistance training may improve activity (i.e. the ability to execute a task) and participation (i.e. involvement in a life situation) through their impact on the primary impairments...



Real Stories Of Americans Who Will Be Affected By The Proposed Changes To The ACA — And What YOU Can Do To Fight

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:11:39 +0100

With the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 20 million Americans are at risk of losing their health care coverage. A survey, conducted by Brunswick Partners, found that “75 percent of Americans agree that the proposed changes to Medicaid in the AHCA are a bad idea. And that we should not allow 14 million Americans to become uninsured even if there is a potential to reduce Medicaid spending. These results are significant because they find majorities of Americans identifying as conservatives (55 percent), moderates (82 percent) and liberals (90 percent) are opposed to the AHCA’s Medicaid provisions.” Some of the proposed changes to the ACA made by the House include: Over $800 Billion in cuts to Medicaid* Elimination of the Medicaid expansion* Rev...

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Honda giving $1M to Nationwide Children's Hospital for mobility research

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:33:44 +0100

Honda will give Nationwide Children ’s Hospital $1 million to kickstart a mobility analysis center, the organizations announced Tuesday. The gift, which will be paid over four years, will help establish the “Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement,” which will focus on improving pediatric mobility for patients w ith conditions like cerebral palsy and spina bifida. “We believe at Honda that our philanthropic gifts should benefit the communities where our associates live and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Heroin Addiction: How My Father Saved Me

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:25:27 +0100

I was a breech birth ― feet first, my head got stuck in the birth canal. My father brought me to Children’s Hospital in Boston. The doctors diagnosed me with Cerebral Palsy. They told him that the loss of oxygen to my brain had destroyed a portion of the frontal lobe. But my father was a tough Irish Catholic, old-school warrior. He refused to listen to them. No son of his was going to be a cripple. He found a doctor that told him how he could take the place of my injured brain. Every day, he laid me on the floor and exercised my legs. The muscles in my right leg were all shrunken and twisted. His job was to straighten them. Back and forth, up and down, he stretched them until the heels of my feet evenly matched. My mother told me the sound of me screaming was so unbearable that the...



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Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:53:00 +0100

A new interactive tool is available to help parents assess whether their child ’s physical development is on target for their age.  Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, this tool is designed for parents who have concerns about their child ’s physical activity up to age  five.  Called the “Physical Developmental Delays: What to Look For” can be found athttp://motordelay.aap.org  and is provided at no cost.Sometimes it ’s very hard to figure out if there are delays.   For example if an infant always uses the same hand to bring a toy to their mouth could be an indicator that there is a motor delay. But remember, all children develop at their...



Study reveals level of magnesium sulfate to prevent cerebral palsy in preterm infants

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Wiley) A new study suggests that to optimize neuroprotection and prevent cerebral palsy in extremely preterm infants, women should receive magnesium sulfate to obtain a blood level between 3.7 and 4.4 mg/dL at the time of delivery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Ability of independently ambulant children with cerebral palsy to ride a two-wheel bicycle: a case-control study - Toovey R, Reid SM, Rawicki B, Harvey AR, Watt K.

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:17:45 +0100

AIM Limited information exists on the ability of children with cerebral palsy (CP) to ride a two- wheel bicycle, an activity that may improve health and participation. We aimed to describe bicycle- riding ability and variables associated with ability to ri... (Source: SafetyLit)

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South Africa: Cape Town 'Teen Mom' Uses Daughter's Cerebral Palsy to Inspire Others

Wed, 31 May 2017 13:16:40 +0100

[News24Wire] When Nosphiwo Queeneth Gum gave birth to her daughter at 17, she could have hardly realised that one day she would be forced to say goodbye forever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Lab notes: it was all bones, brains and horrifying sushi this week in science

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:59:55 +0100

It ’s been quite an eclectic week in science, but all the richer for it, say I. For starters, the Developing Human Connectome Projectreleased its first set of really rather stunning images. They ’re trying to map the connections in the human brain from womb to birth (that’s right: this includes pics of the brains of unborn babies. Amazing.) in the hope that it will help them understand how conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy and attention deficit disorders arise. Meanwhile, at the other end of the age spectrum, it seems possible that adaily dose of cannabis extract could reverse brain ’s decline in old age. The results were quite dramatic in mice, so here ’s hoping that the human trial planned for later this year will be similarly impressive. Some interesting news from Lee ...



SwitchPoint: A Patient's Perspective

Wed, 10 May 2017 18:15:18 +0100

May 10, 2017" A conference like SwitchPoint could lead to a newfound global respect for my minority. "As a person who has been diagnosed with one of those “forever” conditions (cerebral palsy) since birth, I’ve spent a lot of time in places of healing.Wonderful people with expensive tools, technical terms, and fancy sheets of paper with words I hardly understand spend an awful lot of time frantically running around. With coats of white and scrubs of red and blue, they seem to blend together in my mind like a confused flag waving in the wind.As this past April came to a close, I was invited to an event in a little corner of North Carolina called Saxapahaw. It was there that I witnessed over 300 people gathered to change the world in a space of light they calledSwitchPoint.I could tell...



The family dog could help boost physical activity for kids with disabilities

Wed, 10 May 2017 18:07:38 +0100

The family dog could serve as a partner and ally in efforts to help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives. A case study of one 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and his family's dog, found the intervention program led to a wide range of improvements for the child. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Doctors partly to blame for opioid addiction | Letters

Wed, 10 May 2017 17:54:03 +0100

Dr Hugh van ’t Hoff andMartin Hoban on the use and overuse of painkillersOnly a week ago I told a patient there would be a scandal soon about our over-prescribing of opioid medication for chronic pain. What comes across in your article (Doctors call for action after prescriptions for addictive painkillers double in decade, 6 May) is the absence of any sense of the profession ’s complicity in this process. I suggested to a colleague a few years back that we prescribed too much Valium (diazepam) and opioids. “About the same as everyone else,” was the reply. We are effectively legalised pushers and should acknowledge this because, in doing so openly with patients, we shoulder some of the blame for their habit. I also remember helping a woman in her 50s wean herself off diazepam, alcoh...

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Project to map human brain from womb to birth releases stunning images

Wed, 10 May 2017 08:04:55 +0100

Scientists hope to understand how conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy and attention deficit disorders arise using thousands images of brain ’s wiringA landmark project to map the wiring of the human brain from womb to birth has released thousands of images that will help scientists unravel how conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy and attention deficit disorders arise in the brain.The first tranche of images come from 40 newborn babies who were scanned in their sleep to produce stunning high-resolution pictures of early brain anatomy and the intricate neural wiring that ferries some of the earliest signals around the organ.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Study: The family dog could help boost physical activity for kids with disabilities

Wed, 10 May 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Oregon State University) The family dog could serve as a partner and ally in efforts to help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives. A case study of one 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and his family's dog, found the intervention program led to a wide range of improvements for the child. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



For Parents Of Kids With Pre-existing Conditions, Trumpcare Is Terrifying

Fri, 05 May 2017 19:58:18 +0100

Megan, 36, still had 16 weeks left in her pregnancy when she gave birth to her second child four years ago. Her daughter, Ellie, teetered on the edge of survival and weighed less than a pound. She spent the first four months of her life hooked up to tubes in the NICU. At the time, Megan—who asked that only her first name be used—had health insurance though Obamacare. Ellie also qualified for secondary Medicaid coverage. The couple still relies on that combination to cover her ongoing health complications: Chronic lung disease, which requires her to be on oxygen; intestinal complications that require a special feeding tube; chronic kidney disease; epilepsy; growth hormone deficiency and low muscle tone. Between January and March 2017 alone, the family’s insurance plan paid...



Family dog-assisted adapted physical activity: a case study - Tepfer A, Ross S, Macdonald M, Udell MAR, Ruaux C, Baltzer W.

Tue, 02 May 2017 03:14:41 +0100

PURPOSE: The aim of this case study was to examine the individual effects of an adapted physical activity, animal-assisted intervention (APA-AAI) with the family dog on motor skills, physical activity, and quality of life of a child with cerebral palsy (CP... (Source: SafetyLit)



Cerebral palsy sufferer, 5, walks for the first time

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:00:15 +0100

Bhoomi Manjunatha, five, from Ohio, was born with cerebral palsy and spasticity and was never expected to be able to walk. But thanks to a rare surgery, Bhoomi is back on her own two feet. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Effects of dose and duration of robot-assisted gait training on walking ability of children affected by cerebral palsy - Peri E, Turconi AC, Biffi E, Maghini C, Panzeri D, Morganti R, Pedrocchi A, Gagliardi C.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:36:24 +0100

BACKGROUND: Robot-Assisted Gait Training (RAGT) is a widespread approach for locomotion rehabilitation but information about intervention frequency and duration is still lacking. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of frequency and duration of a RAGT... (Source: SafetyLit)



Total Hip Arthroplasty Yields Good Outcomes in Patients With Cerebral Palsy Total Hip Arthroplasty Yields Good Outcomes in Patients With Cerebral Palsy

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:06:20 +0100

Outcomes of total hip arthroplasty are just as good in patients with cerebral palsy (CP) as in patients with uncomplicated osteoarthritis (OA), new research shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)



Effects of antigravity treadmill training on gait, balance, and fall risk in children with diplegic cerebral palsy - El-Shamy SM.

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:29:26 +0100

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of antigravity treadmill training on gait, balance, and fall risk in children with diplegic cerebral palsy. DESIGN: Thirty children with diplegic cerebral palsy were selected for this ... (Source: SafetyLit)



Reliability of four models for clinical gait analysis - Kainz H, Graham D, Edwards J, Walsh HPJ, Maine S, Boyd RN, Lloyd DG, Modenese L, Carty CP.

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:29:26 +0100

Three-dimensional gait analysis (3DGA) has become a common clinical tool for treatment planning in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Many clinical gait laboratories use the conventional gait analysis model (e.g. Plug-in-Gait model), which uses Direct Kine... (Source: SafetyLit)



Reading to teach and heal: Best books for 8-12 year olds

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:53:35 +0100

Books are great tools for teaching empathy to children. They can help kids understand what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes — someone with a physical or mental disability, chronic illness or learning difference. They can also help kids with medical issues see how other kids cope — which can be validating or even help spark new ideas. And books help younger generations recognize that no matter what obstacle they may face, they’re still just kids, and they’re not alone. Today, many children’s book authors are weaving characters with medical conditions into their stories with appropriate sensitivity to both inform and create a sense of understanding among readers. Here are four must-reads for 8-12 year olds:   An unexpected curve Featured book: BRACED, by...

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Neurologic correlates of gait abnormalities in cerebral palsy: implications for treatment - Zhou J, Butler EE, Rose J.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:41:26 +0100

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common movement disorder in children. A diagnosis of CP is often made based on abnormal muscle tone or posture, a delay in reaching motor milestones, or the presence of gait abnormalities in young children. Neuroimaging of h... (Source: SafetyLit)



Man In Wheelchair Had To Go On A 5-Hour Quest Just To Get A Bagel

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:45:07 +0100

According to Google Maps, it should have taken Zach Anner 28 minutes to get from his hotel in Manhattan to The Bagel Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He wanted to try the swirly internet phenomenon that is a rainbow bagel: repost via @instarepost20 from @kaseybuick The world famous bagel #instarepost20 A post shared by The Bagel Store (@thebagelstore) on Mar 29, 2017 at 10:05am PDT Instead, it took him more than five hours. Anner, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, is a popular Youtuber who injects humor into living life with a disability. In his latest video, Anner teamed up with Cerebral Palsy Foundation on an epic quest for the colorful ring of carbs. The result was an eye-opening yet hilarious video about the lack of accessibility in cities. But An...



This 3-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Is Spreading Awareness In Style

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:02:53 +0100

Instagram is our go-to destination for outfit inspiration. And our new favorite account, starring an adorable, 3-year-old fashionista with cerebral palsy, has us feeling beyond inspired.   I'm blessed to partner with @lovedbyhannahandeli for the release of their RAINBOW MAMA BEAR TEE. ❤️ What is the meaning of a Rainbow? They are the ultimate sign that GOD keeps His promises to us!! Rainbows speak directly to our heart and soul, filling us with awe and energies of liquid love pouring all around us. Rainbows bring the promise that the troubles of today will surely come to pass, hold strong in your faith and vision and the rainbow will bring fresh beginnings, and new prosperity. Here I am with my RAINBOW + today... we will DANCE. {DRESS UP at DANCE week calls for PINK hair and...



A Special Learning Journey Cut Short

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:08:14 +0100

Students at the St Pius X Resource Centre in Malawi for children with physical and developmental disabilities. Credit: Charity Chimungu Phiri/IPSBy Charity Chimungu PhiriBLANTYRE, Malawi, Mar 29 2017 (IPS)When building a house, it’s critical to lay a strong foundation. The same applies to education, with studies showing that children who attend early learning centers perform better in school than those who do not.In Malawi, a 2003 national survey found that only 18.8 percent of school-age children with disabilities were attending class. More than twice as many of the same age group without disabilities (41.1 percent) attended school. This was mainly attributed to the lack of a disability-friendly environment."Since many children come from poor families, parents are often faced with the d...



It ’s Not About the Panini: A Story About OCD and Anorexia

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:10:50 +0100

18 years ago I found myself drawn to a light switch. Turning the lights on and off became an ordeal as every room’s light switch hypnotized me into gliding my fingers across it, pressing my fingertips against the smooth plastic until it satisfied me. A similar undertaking occurred with door knobs. I felt the intense need to wrap my hands tightly around the knob, releasing it and then grasping it again. I did this until the tightness in my stomach dissolved, until I felt calm enough to walk away. Around the same time, intrusive thoughts infiltrated my mind. They began as the mispronunciation of words in my inner dialogue, mispronunciations that I could not correct. I used all of my force to edit the articulation of vowels and consonants in my mind, mouthing the words to m...

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Holly Greenhow: Girl with cerebral palsy makes 'big improvement'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:34:41 +0100

A girl with cerebral palsy who once modelled for a clothes retailer has seen her condition improve. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Disabled Caribbeans Find Freedom in Technology

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:02:03 +0100

There is still need for better educational opportunities, housing, medical care, and everything that is extended to other citizens in the Caribbean. Credit: BigstockBy Jewel FraserPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 23 2017 (IPS)Visually impaired Kerryn Gunness is excited about the possibilities offered by a new free app that would serve as his eyes and enable people like him to enjoy greater independence.The Personal Universal Communicator (PUC) app is part of a new generation of cheaper assistive technologies making their way onto the market which allow people with disabilities to use technology that was formerly too expensive, but provided them with greater independence."We want to ensure that our citizens are able to make effective use of technology to transform their lives. People with disab...



Why This Video Of A Boy Zipping A Jacket Is So Powerful

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:28:26 +0100

A seemingly simple video is offering an important message about autism. On March 8, mom and blogger Mandy Farmer posted a video of her 6-year-old son zipping his jacket on Facebook. In the caption, she opened up about the significance of this small task for her family. “You know how we say autism families don’t take things for granted? This is what we mean,” Farmer wrote.  The mom said her son’s fine motor skills lag behind those of other kids his age. He can’t write or draw a square and struggles with self-care tasks like opening packages, getting dressed and feeding himself with utensils.   “People have no idea how hard our kids have to work to be able to accomplish these tasks consistently,” Farmer wrote. “There are so ...



Disabled girl can stand after using device for horses

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:01:47 +0100

Sophie Wade, of West Yorkshire, suffers from cerebral palsy - a condition that affects tightens her leg muscles, making it difficult for her to walk. (pictured with her mother, Gina, 42) (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Cerebral palsy patient, 11, says first words

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:45:27 +0100

The hope and anticipation felt by Holly Greenhow and her family when their flight touched down in Los Angeles was tempered by not a little trepidation. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Obesity in pregnancy tied to cerebral palsy risk in kids

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:22:01 +0100

Study findings show an association between a woman's weight during pregnancy and the risk of cerebral palsy, not that maternal obesity causes the condition. (Source: CBC | Health)