February 27, 2008

Epilepsy / Seizures and Birth Trauma

by Robert D'Iorio

This video briefly discuses epilepsy and seizures including those caused by trauma at birth.

February 26, 2008

Birth Injury and Lack of Oxygen

by Robert D'Iorio

This is a very touching video of a child that sustained brain damage due to lack of oxygen at birth.

More information can be found on Carter's Myspace Page and his Mom's page.

February 25, 2008

Cerebral Palsy and My Left Foot

by Robert D'Iorio

Last night Daniel Day-Lewis took home his second Oscar for best actor for his role as Daniel Plainview in the movie There Will Be Blood. Day-Lewis received his first Oscar for his 1989 role of Christy Brown, an Irishman that had cerebral palsy due to an injury at birth in My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown. Below is a clip from My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown.

February 15, 2008

Cerebral Palsy - Botox Warning!!!!

by Robert D'Iorio

Food and Drug Administration officials (FDA) stated yesterday that it received reports of at least one death among patients who received botox injections as well as a "a relative handful" of serious side effects in which the toxin spread beyond the injection site.

The most serious injuries occurred in children with cerebral palsy receiving treatments to alleviate spasms. The reason for this is believed to be that the children were receiving the toxin in higher doses.

February 5, 2008

Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) Cuts Cerebral Palsy Risk in Premature Births

by Robert D'Iorio

Dr. John Thorp, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor of obstetrics reported that magnesium sulfate or as it is more commonly known, Epsom salt, may cut the rate of cerebral palsy in premature children by nearly 50 percent.

The findings were presented in Dallas to the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine as follows: magnesium sulfate or a placebo was given to 2,241 women going into early labor between 24 to 31 weeks. Although the magnesium did not prevent fatalities among the premature babies, 4.2 percent of the babies born to women given magnesium developed cerebral palsy, as compared to 7.3 percent of those born to women who got the placebo.

The question remains, why were the children born to mothers given magnesium sulfate less likely to develop cerebral palsy?

This remains unanswered, however, the results are promising and given the fact that magnesium sulfate is readily available in most delivery rooms and has common uses such as inhibiting premature labor and is given to women experiencing pre-eclampsia, to prevent them from going into eclampsia, and having a seizure, it is possible that in the future administering magnesium sulfate to mothers experiencing preterm labor will become the standard.