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Risk factors in Preterm Babies leading to Cerebral Palsy

I just read this study that shows some of the risk factors that relat to Cerebral Palsy. The study particularly is focuses on medium and Late Pre term babies. These are the children born in weeks 32-33 for Medium and 34-36 for Late preterm.

Five particular events were found to predict cerebral palsy. This doesnt mean that these five always lead to CP only that it increases the risk.

  1. Rescucitation at Birth
  2. Antibiotic treatment during a prior hospitalization
  3. Small for Gestational Age
  4. 1 minute Apgar Score <7
  5. Intracranial hemorrhage

If you are interested in teh study you can look at it here.

Anatomy Review: The Brachial Blexus

In a refreshing change from all the lawyer blogs that talk about Brachial Plexus (this one included), I found a blog that explains a lot about the functional anatomy of the Brachial Plexus nerve bundle.

It is a list with a description of each of the nerves involved.

The components of the Brachial Plexus is a topic that is always important to review, as it is so significant to everyday clinical practice.  Here is a brief overview of the divisions and actions of each component.

Enjoy.  Just go directly to this link and read through it if you are so inclined to dive this deep into the inner workings of the Bracial Plexus.  Functional Anatomy Blog

Very Cool Iphone App for Communication

I found this excellent video today while researching assistive technology for cerebral palsy and brain injury patients



Children With Diasabilities get a place to play

In Chicago area this news story of community organizers making a difference.  A park designed from the ground up with children with disabilities in mind.

"Accessibility provides opportunity for anyone, but especially for children," said Marilyn Weisner. "This accessible park provides an opportunity for children who are differently abled to play and learn, right alongside other children. And that is an invaluable opportunity."

Go read the whole story at the Chicago

Students Create a Communication device for people with Cerebral Palsy

This is a great story abotu some students who developed a project where they built a device to help people with Cerebral Palsy communicate more easily.

United Cerebral Palsy’s Wabash Valley chapter recognized three Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students Monday for their work on a device to help an individual with cerebral palsy communicate more easily.

Senior electrical engineering majors Amanda Cochren, Jonathan Picard and Eric Snider received UCP’s annual community service award for their work on a senior-year design project.

They were able to choose from a number of projects, but their goal “was to help an individual with cerebral palsy communicate more easily,” Snider said Monday during an awards presentation.

You can read the full story here at

Cerebral Palsy Statute of Limitations

Illinois Supreme Court and Medical Malpractice Caps

The Illinois Supreme Court recently decided to overturn a law that would have capped damages in Medical Malpractice cases.

Thursday morning the Illinois supreme court overturned a 2005 law that capped the amount of money victims can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. Opinions on this decision vary to the extreme. Most citizens groups and trial lawyers praise the decision saying it protects patients and the separation of powers. But, most medical providers say, this will mean more expensive malpractice insurance and may force physicians out of Illinois.

Malpractice caps are a misleading way to save health care costs.  That is one of the often quoted arguments as to why medical malpractice caps should be enacted.  "Stop the out of control lawsuits and health care costs will go down."  Not true.  Lawsuit costs are only 2% of health care costs. 

Illinois lawmakers have tried three times to join the more than 30 neighboring states which do have medical malpractice lawsuit caps. But, the most recent attempt enacted in 2005, has been thrown out by the Illinois Supreme Court.

"The ruling is that the legislature does not have the power to do things that are properly within the judicial branch," says past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Association. "It’s called separation of powers."

Cerebral Palsy Types

The Importance of a Medical Team to Help Treat Cerebral Palsy

Hearing that your child has cerebral palsy can be heartbreaking. Whether or not the disability was the result of medical malpractice, it can be difficult to hear that your child’s life will be altered in the future. According to recent statistics, more than 10,000 babies born in the United States this year will be affected by cerebral palsy. This means that thousands of children will need cerebral palsy treatment to help their neurological disorder.
Cerebral palsy affects how the body moves and the posture of someone who has been diagnosed. One of the most common symptoms associated with cerebral palsy is spasticity. Spasticity is linked to muscle weakness and can cause abnormal reflexes in children. This symptom can negatively affect the hip abductor muscles, which can cause cramping. In some cases, spasticity can even force a child with cerebral palsy to have to walk on their toes. This can be dangerous since it increases the child’s risk of falling. 
Specialty Treatment

Although no cure has been found for cerebral palsy, there are treatments and different types of therapies that have helped better the quality of life of those living with the disability. Highly recommended by doctors who specialize in cerebral palsy is treating the child with a multidisciplinary medical and surgical team. Among the cerebral palsy specialists to be included in this team so the child is getting the best possible treatment are a neurologist, orthopedist, developmental pediatrician, speech therapist, and occupational therapist. These types of specialists can be found at hospitals and centers across the country. Each of these medical professionals specialize in specific areas designated to help those living with the cerebral palsy disability.
Doctors and researchers emphasize the importance of working with a medical team to help treat cerebral pasly so goals can be set and measured accurately. Many specialists also believe the treatment given is more effective when there are several people who are well-experienced working one-on-one with the child.

Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations.