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Cord Blood Therapy for Cerebral Palsy Shows Promise

Posted 4 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – For a child with spastic cerebral palsy, simply grasping a toy may be impossible. But infusions of their own umbilical cord blood might make basic movements like this easier, researchers say. 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. "We are encouraged by the ...

'Exoskeletons' May Help Kids With Cerebral Palsy Walk

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

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. By adulthood, half of those with cerebral palsy no longer walk, often because of a crippling gait pattern. Enter the motorized exoskeleton, which aids ...

Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids With Cerebral Palsy

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

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 were too weak to support fully upright posture, explained senior researcher Sunil Agrawal. He is a professor of rehabilitation and regenerative ...

Obesity in Pregnancy Tied to Cerebral Palsy Risk in Kids

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – Women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy may be increasing the chances that their baby could be born with cerebral palsy, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at information on more than 1 million children born to Swedish women who were followed for nearly eight years. "The overall risk of cerebral palsy was about 2 cases per 1,000 babies born," said lead ...

Scientists Create Clothing With 'Knitted' Muscle Power

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Scientists say they've created a special fabric incorporating robotic techniques that one day might help provide muscle power to disabled people or seniors who have trouble getting around. The Swedish team coated normal fabric with an electroactive material, enabling the fabric to respond to low voltage power. Electroactive means the material responds to electricity. ...

US Families Spend 1.5 Billion Hours Yearly on Kids With Special Health Needs

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 – Families in the United States spend 1.5 billion hours each year providing home health care to their chronically ill or disabled children, a new study shows. The hours of health care these parents and other family members provide would cost $36 billion if performed by home health workers who received the going rate – or $12 billion if unskilled workers receiving minimum ...

Excess Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Slightly Raise Baby's Cerebral Palsy Risk

Posted 8 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 – Some women who are overweight or obese before pregnancy may face a slight increased risk of having a baby with cerebral palsy, a new study suggests. After reviewing data from two Nordic countries, researchers also found that the risk of cerebral palsy was elevated in infants whose mothers' pre-pregnancy weight was in the upper-normal range. But experts stressed that the ...

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces FDA Approval of Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) for the Treatment of Lower Limb Spasticity in Pediatric Patients Aged Two and Older

Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Ipsen SA (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) (Ipsen), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) for injection for the treatment of lower limb spasticity in pediatric patients two years ...

Extreme 'Preemies' Often Have Lifelong Challenges

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – Extremely premature infants often face lifelong challenges, enduring more physical, emotional and social difficulties as adults than their peers born full-term, researchers report. In general, however, these tiny babies grow up to contribute to society and live independently, a study of nearly 200 adults in Canada has found. Still, researchers found those born very ...

CDC: Child Autism Rate Now 1 in 45 After Survey Method Changes

Posted 13 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 – About one in 45 children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of parents. This apparent increase is likely due to a change of questions parents were asked about their child, the study authors said. "Probably the most important finding of this paper, which is hardly new, is that how one asks a question ...

Though Rare, Some Disabilities Seen Long After Newborn Heart Surgery

Posted 21 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 – Some newborns who undergo complex heart surgery may be more likely to have neurological or motor disabilities – such as cerebral palsy – as they grow older, a new study suggests. However, one pediatric surgeon not involved with the study said such complications were relatively rare. The Canadian study authors said that it's not necessarily the surgeries that might have ...

Lip Injections May Ease Challenges of Facial Paralysis

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – People with facial paralysis may benefit from cosmetic lip surgery, a preliminary study finds. Facial paralysis is "a very large problem that can occur because of stroke, Bell's palsy, muscular dystrophy, trauma and birth defects," Dr. Kofi Boahene, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a ...

Too Few Kids With Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy Get Flu Shot: Study

Posted 10 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 – Children with neurological disorders such as epilepsy or cerebral palsy are at increased risk for complications from the flu, but are no more likely to receive a flu shot than other kids are, a new U.S. study shows. It's possible that many doctors don't know that some of these disorders put children at increased risk for flu-related complications, the researchers said. ...

Teens With Cerebral Palsy Report High Quality of Life in Survey

Posted 7 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 – Teens with cerebral palsy are just as happy with their lives as teens without the physical disability, a new survey shows. Despite facing numerous challenges, young people with cerebral palsy report having better attitudes about key aspects of their lives than teens who do not have the neurological disorder that impairs movement and motor ability. The British researchers ...

Genes May Raise Risk of Cerebral Palsy, Study Finds

Posted 15 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 – New research suggests that genes may play a role in cerebral palsy, the most common cause of physical disability in children. Previous research has identified several pregnancy-related risk factors, including preterm delivery, abnormal growth, exposure to infection and lack of oxygen at birth. A possible family link with cerebral palsy has also been found, but not ...

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