September 30, 2008

Erb's Palsy / Brachial Plexus Palsy and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)

by Robert D'Iorio

This is an inspirational video of Paul Fejtek who has erbs or brachial plexus palsy and his mission to climb the largest mountains on each of the seven continents to raise awareness for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).

September 29, 2008

Cerebral Palsy Prevention: Magnesium Sulfate / Epsom Salt

by Robert D'Iorio

This video was just released from the University if North Carolina. It further discusses cerebral palsy, premature babies and magnesium sulfate / Epsom salt.

September 26, 2008

Cerebral Palsy Lawyers / Attorneys Secure $ 5.5 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

by Robert D'Iorio

On Friday of last week a Chicago family agreed to a settlement of $5.5 million for the injury their son obtained during birth.

The court documents stated that on March 1, 2002 Eva Liberato, of Northlake was given the labor inducing drug pitocin. The family’s doctor attempted to deliver the child with a vacuum and forceps; however the child was not descending properly. The family alleged that during this time the child’s heart rate dropped and that this drop caused a lack of oxygen to the brain that ultimately resulted in the child’s cerebral palsy.

September 24, 2008

Spina Bifida and Folic Acid

by Robert D'Iorio

The Following video discusses the importance of prenatal vitamins. Lack of folic acid during the early stages of pregnancy can cause the birth defect, spina bifida. Doctors recommend all women of childbearing age should consume folic acid to drastically reduce the risk of neural tube defects.

For more information please visit the Spina Bifida Association of America (SBA).

September 17, 2008

Cerebral Palsy- A Parents Perspective, Mom & Dad

by Robert D'Iorio

This is a great video and one I think every parent of a special needs child should watch. It gives a fathers perspective on his child’s cerebral palsy, his friends children, and his sons achievements.

September 14, 2008

Erb’s Palsy - The Brachial Plexus and Shoulder Dystocia

by Robert D'Iorio

This is a great video about Erb’s Palsy. It includes, Facts about the brachial plexus, treatment for erbs palsy, risk factors for shoulder dystocia, surgical treatments for brachial plexus palsy, the outcome of surgery and the nerves involves in the brachial plexus.

For more information on erbs palsy please visit our website and as always, please feel free to call anytime.

September 11, 2008

Cord Blood Stem Cells: Can you use someone else’s?

by Robert D'Iorio

This video explains the benefits of cord blood stem cells for the treatment of cerebral palsy and other disorders as well as answers the question: can you use someone else’s cord blood stem cells if you did not bank your own?

September 9, 2008

Cerebral Palsy and Cord Blood Stem Cells

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video depicts the benefits of cord blood stem cells on a little girl with cerebral palsy due to a stroke. A Cord Blood transfusion takes less then an hour and can have immediate benefits. Currently, banking cord blood costs around $2000 up front and $150 per year. Additionally, the ethical and legal issues involved in using embryonic stem cells are bypassed when using cord blood stem cells.

September 6, 2008

Cerebral Palsy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT)

by Robert D'Iorio

This video describes the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for children and adults with cerebral palsy and strokes. To find a treatment center in your area please see my previous post.

September 4, 2008

Cerebral Palsy Risk Reduced in Premature Babies by use of Magnesium Sulfate

by Robert D'Iorio

The risk of a child developing cerebral palsy may be cut by nearly 50 percent by administering magnesium sulfate to women just before delivery. The reason magnesium sulfate reduces instances of cerebral palsy is currently unknown however, researchers at University of North Carolina (UNC) are currently investigating the link.

This is a crucial finding because magnesium sulfate is inexpensive and readily available at most hospitals. Therefore, it is likely that doctors will be able to administer magnesium sulfate to a significant number of mothers that deliver their child prematurely. Furthermore, doctors could begin using the treatment immediately as FDA approval is not necessary for the use of magnesium sulfate according to Dr. John Thorp, co-author of the study and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Thorp went further to say that “This is one of the most promising breakthroughs in the management of high-risk pregnancies in more than 30 years,”

Below please find a Video from UNC medical center on magnesium sulfate and cerebral palsy.