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Month: December 2013

Survival Rate for Newborns with Birth Asphyxia Improved by Head Cooling Treatment

In recent years, a new method for treating newborns that have suffered from asphyxia, or a lack of oxygen, during birth has been gaining credibility in the medical community. The method is known as hypothermia treatment, or head cooling therapy, and, according to research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the treatment can effectively reduce the risk of death or disability.

The head cooling treatment involves slowly reducing a baby’s internal body temperature from about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit to roughly 91 degrees with a blanket that contains cooled circulating water or a specially designed pad. Gradually cooling the infant’s body causes the metabolic, cerebral, and muscular functions to slow down, delaying immediate and future damage, and allowing at least partial recovery of the cells.

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Medical Negligence and the Risks of Cerebral Palsy

While there are always risks associated with childbirth, most women are able to safely bring their child into the world with the help of experienced medical professionals; however, a select few become the victim of medical malpractice. In the event that a nurse or doctor does not act quickly enough or appropriately for the circumstances that arise during birth, a baby can suffer injury or even death. When a baby sustains brain injuries during birth, such as physical trauma or a lack of oxygen, the child may suffer a condition known as cerebral palsy.

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