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Four Year Old Takes His First Steps Thanks to the Kindness of a Stranger

upseeImagine a child who is only able to move around by crawling or riding in a wheelchair. Well, that was life for a four year old New Jersey boy named Luis Tamarez. You see, Luis has Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a movement disorder that affects a child’s ability to control muscles and movement. Cerebral palsy can be the result of brain injuries that occur during pregnancy or birth. Cerebral Palsy ranges in severity depending on how serious the brain injury is and can cause mild to severe disabilities.

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Flexible Spoon Making It Easier for People with Cerebral Palsy to Eat

LiftwareImagine not being able to feed yourself or only being able to eat with your fingers. Eating foods like soup would be very messy and probably out of the question. This would have a severe impact on your diet and your independence. Unfortunately, many people with cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, and other motor control conditions have a great deal of difficulty feeding themselves. Fortunately, some of the better minds in technology have come up with a product that will allow people with cerebral palsy and severe shakiness to sit at the table with their families and feed themselves.

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Types of Birth Injuries Caused by Forceps

During a difficult childbirth, a doctor may use forceps to pull the baby from the birth canal. In most cases, the use of forceps results in a healthy baby and happy parents, but if used improperly, forceps can injure a newborn’s skull and brain. When this occurs, parents often feel alone and confused about their rights. Continue reading to learn more about two major dangers of forceps injury and other mechanical birthing devices.

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What’s the Difference Between Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, and Klumpke’s Palsy?

“Palsy” is a medical term for types of paralysis or partial paralysis that involve different parts of the body and may have different causes. Cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy have some things in common. First, they all involve “palsy,” or paralysis of some type. Second, they can all be the result of birth injuries.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move. Cerebral palsy is a physical disability in which a child has difficulty or is unable to control the movement and posture of his body due to “palsy,” resulting in lack of muscle control.

Cerebral palsy can be the result of damage to the brain caused by lack of oxygen. This lack of oxygen can occur during pregnancy while the baby is still in the womb or during labor and delivery.

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New Guidelines for Cerebral Palsy Detection and Care

AAR_2_BetaCerebral Palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in children and young people.. Shockingly, approximately one in every 400 babies born in the United Kingdom is diagnosed with this motor disability. And while it’s true that there is no cure for cerebral palsy, the sooner it is diagnosed and treatment is begun, the better the quality of life will be for the child and his or her entire family. A British patient advocacy organization, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has issued a new guideline that aims to improve cerebral palsy diagnosis and treatment.

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