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New Device Aims to Assist Foot Control in People with Cerebral Palsy

New Device Aims to Assist Foot Control in People with Cerebral Palsy

Coordinating movement and posture can be difficult for those diagnosed with cerebral palsy—but researchers out of the University of Queensland’s School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences are developing a device to improve walking ability in young adults with cerebral palsy. “The ability to use the muscles which control ankle movement can be reduced by as much as 50 percent in people with cerebral palsy,” notes one of the researchers, Shari O’Brien. The device aims to improve foot control as well as quality of life in people with cerebral palsy so that they are able to walk confidentially without fear of tripping.

Research Confirms Exercise during Pregnancy is Beneficial for Mother and Baby

Research Confirms Exercise during Pregnancy is Beneficial for Mother and Baby

In early September 2017, a study carried out by Spanish researchers confirmed the benefits of physical activity for pregnant women, as well as the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. The experts stress the importance of combining aerobic and strength training for 45 to 65 minutes, three or four days a week while pregnant. The primary benefit of exercise is the prevention of excessive weight gain, which can lead to fetal macrosomia, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, caesarean section, lower back pain, pelvic pain and urinary incontinence. The study also suggests that exercise does not carry a risk for premature birth, low birth weight or fetal distress (as previously believed), provided the mother has consulted with her doctor about exercise prior to including it in her daily regimen.

Kentucky Goalkeeper with Cerebral Palsy tries out for US Paralympic Soccer Team

Kentucky Goalkeeper with Cerebral Palsy tries out for US Paralympic Soccer Team

Carter Alvey, 17, was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects his muscle tone and motor skills. By the age of seven, Carter had undergone two surgeries to strengthen his spine and increase flexibility in his feet.  He sleeps in leg braces at night but doesn’t let the challenges he was born with keep him from the soccer field. Last year, Carter flew to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in California to join 15 other youth players in a trial for the men’s Paralympic soccer team. While he waits to hear back from the U.S. team coaches, the high school senior is working on his application to Clemson University, home to an intramural Paralympic soccer program that serves as an unofficial farm system for the national team. It remains unclear what that next level of play will be for Carter, but the Kentucky youth believes the sky’s the limit.

What is a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury?

What is a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury?

Newborns can sustain brachial plexus injuries as a result of negligence during the labor and delivery process. A brachial plexus injury is caused by damage to the network of nerves near the neck that give rise to all the nerves of the arm. If an infant’s shoulders get wedged or stuck within the birth canal, there is an increased risk of brachial plexus palsy.

Most often, the upper nerves are injured, a condition called Erb’s palsy. Total brachial plexus birth palsy occurs when both the upper and lower nerves are damaged. The most serious brachial plexus injury, avulsion, occurs when the nerve root is torn from the spinal cord. Brachial plexus injuries can cause permanent weakness or disability.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the signs and symptoms of severe brachial plexus injuries can include:

  • Weakness or inability to use certain muscles in the hand, arm, or shoulder
  • Complete lack of movement and feeling in the arm, including the shoulder and hand
  • Severe pain

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/brachial-plexus-injury/symptoms-causes/dxc-20127374

If you believe your child suffered a brachial plexus injury due to the labor and delivery process, please contact us today at 877-262-9767.

Drugs May Reduce Need for Shunts to Treat Hydrocephalus, Yale Study Suggests

Drugs May Reduce Need for Shunts to Treat Hydrocephalus, Yale Study Suggests

Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine may have found a new way to treat hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid on the brain) using drugs already on the market.  The current treatment requires the surgical implantation of shunts into the skull to allow movement of fluid. The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, investigated the use of a diuretic and an inflammation-reducing sepsis drug. Researchers plan to further study their findings and conduct a small clinical trial. If successful, the ability to avoid shunts, which are susceptible to infection and must be periodically replaced, would reduce stress on patients suffering from hydrocephalus.

Preemie Thriving after Placental Abruption

Preemie Thriving after Placental Abruption

After experiencing placental abruption, a dangerous condition where the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus before birth, new mom Ashley had an emergency C-section to deliver her daughter. Born prematurely at just over 3 pounds, Ashley’s daughter Everly is now thriving and learning how to walk. “I think it’s great to bring awareness to what a placental abruption is…I found sharing my story helped bring amazing women and families into my life, and that I was able to use my gift to bless them during the hard times they were going through.” Ashley says.

While the cause of placental abruption is unknown, it occurs suddenly, requiring immediate medical care to ensure the baby is getting enough oxygen and nutrients. If you believe you or your baby suffered from complications due to a placental abruption, please contact us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your unique situation.

UK Infant Suffers Meconium Aspiration Syndrome Before Birth

UK Infant Suffers Meconium Aspiration Syndrome Before Birth

Parents Chris and Lily waited three long weeks before they could hold their newborn son, Chris Jr. Their son was fighting for his life even before he was born, suffering meconium aspiration syndrome, or MAS. The condition occurs when the baby breathes in a mixture of amniotic fluid and meconium (an infant’s first stool) into his or her lungs during labor and/or delivery. The meconium prevents the infant from getting oxygen immediately after birth, and can be a life-threatening injury. Baby Chris underwent emergency surgery moments after birth and was placed on a special heart-lung machine that pumped and oxygenated his blood—allowing his heart and lungs to rest and recover. Fortunately, Chris is now in much better health and the family is finally home together.

If you believe your child has suffered from MAS, our birth injury lawyers may be able to help you. Please contact us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

Things You Can Do to Help Obtain the Best Outcome for Your Birth Injury Lawsuit

Things You Can Do to Help Obtain the Best Outcome for Your Birth Injury Lawsuit

Bringing a lawsuit against the hospital and healthcare providers that delivered your child can be scary.  If you are thinking about filing a birth injury lawsuit, there are certain things you can do to benefit your potential case:

  • Document: Take lots of photographs and videos of your child’s injury or disability.  When taking your child to his or her doctor appointments or therapy visits, try to photograph or video your child’s sessions and interactions with his/her medical care providers.
  • Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask your child’s medical care providers specifics about your child’s injury, how the injury occurred, what the doctors or nurses did at the delivery to cause the injury, what limitations your child would have as a result of the injury, and what additional treatments could become necessary in the future.
  • Archive: Keep copies of all medical records and other documents given to you by the medical care providers in a safe place.  If your case proceeds to trial, the pictures and video can be used to create a “Day in the Life” presentation or other exhibits that would be shown to a jury to help depict the injury and how it has affected your child.

If you believe that your child may have been injured by the acts of a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional, please contact us at 877-262-9767. Our birth injury attorneys understand the complex nature of these types of cases and can provide the legal counseling and advocacy you need to take action against a negligent health care provider.

Study Finds Link Between Short Sleep and Gestational Diabetes

Study Finds Link Between Short Sleep and Gestational Diabetes

A new Singapore-based study suggests a link between insufficient sleep during pregnancy and gestational diabetes in Asian women. Researchers out of the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Duke-NUS Medical School studied 686 multi-ethnic Asian pregnant women who completed a sleep questionnaire and had their glucose levels tested at 26 to 28 weeks of gestation. The researchers found that 19% of the women whose glucose levels were tested were diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Additionally, the frequency of gestational diabetes was highest, at 27.3%, among women who slept less than 6 hours per night.

Gestational diabetes may contribute to risk factors such as fetal macrosomia and other complications including a higher risk of shoulder dystocia, or instrumental delivery by forceps or vacuum, among others. If you developed gestational diabetes during your pregnancy and you or you baby were injured during the labor and delivery process, please contact us at 877-262-9767.

A Christmas Miracle for Missouri Family

A Christmas Miracle for Missouri Family

This past Christmas Eve, parents Amber and Heath Johnson were on their way to the hospital to welcome their daughter Ivy Ruth into the world. Hours into labor, however, Amber began bleeding heavily and the fetal heart monitor fell silent.  Amber had experienced a placental abruption, where her placenta detached from her uterus, cutting off all of Ivy’s oxygen. Doctors raced to deliver Ivy and worked to resuscitate her for nearly 20 minutes before her heart started beating again.

If you believe you or your baby suffered from complications due to a placental abruption, please contact our expert birth injury lawyers for help. Call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your unique situation.

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