December 31, 2008

Cerebral Palsy and the TheraSuit Method - Part 1

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video is part 1 of 2 videos discussing TheraSuit therapy. This two part series explains the TheraSuit’s history, benefits, and methods of use for children with cerebral palsy.

December 28, 2008

Therapies 4 Kids - Intensive Pediatric Therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The following is a video discussing Therapies 4 Kids. Therapies 4 Kids is a clinic offering physical therapy, occupational therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy for children with cerebral palsy.

December 17, 2008

Help for Military Parents with Special Needs Children – Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents) is federally funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of Stomp is to assist Military families find resources for special needs children.

For more information on military and civilian resources please visit our State Resource Guide. The Guide is a one stop guide for resources for children and adults with cerebral palsy in every State.

December 15, 2008

Rates of Preterm or Premature Children / Babies Born in the United States

by Robert D'Iorio

The following data represents the percentage of premature births for the years 1990, 2004, and 2005 provided by the CDC/National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics System. This information is important because as I stated in a previous post children born between the ages of 34 to 36 weeks gestation face a three hundred percent higher risk of developing cerebral palsy compared to children born full term. Furthermore, children born at this period are increasing dramatically in the USA.

Less than 32 weeks
• 1990: 1.9
• 2004: 2.0
• 2005: 2.0

32-33 weeks
• 1990: 1.4
• 2004: 1.6
• 2005: 1.6

34-36 weeks
• 1990: 7.3
• 2004: 8.9
• 2005: 9.1

• 1990: 10.6
• 2004: 12.5
• 2005: 12.7

December 13, 2008

Cerebral Palsy More Prevalent in “Late Term” Premature Babies

by Robert D'Iorio

According to a study released last week children born between 34 and 36 weeks gestation are three times more likely to develop cerebral palsy. This study is alarming because the number of children born between 34 and 36 weeks in the US is increasing. In fact, about 1 in 11 children born in the US falls in this category totaling 370,000 children a year.

The study could not explain the reason for this increase other then to say that these children are often larger in size and as such many health care professionals treat them as if they were full term babies thus they don’t receive the care they need.

December 11, 2008

Cerebral Palsy and Stem Cells

by Robert D'Iorio

This is a video from the Today Show of Dallas Hextel and his cord blood stem cell treatment for cerebral palsy. The video discusses his treatment and recovery after receiving his own cord blood.

December 9, 2008

Pennsylvania Cerebral Palsy Lawyer Recovers $ 20.5 Million in Malpractice Lawsuit

by Robert D'Iorio

Last week a jury awarded the family of Cody White $ 20.5 million for a birth injury that resulted in cerebral palsy.

The Medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that the boy’s mother arrived at the hospital in labor at which time fetal monitoring strips were attached to the mother. The fetal monitoring strips demonstrated that the child was in distress. The family waited two hours for the doctor to arrive. Upon arrival the doctor attempted to induce labor instead of performing an immediate c-section. This delay resulted in a lack of oxygen to the child causing brain damage and cerebral palsy.

December 5, 2008

Cord Blood Stem Cells and Cerebral Palsy – Duke University - Part 2

by Robert D'Iorio

This is an amazing video that depicts the dramatic changes that Maia Friedlander, a young girl with cerebral palsy underwent after receiving stem cell therapy using her own cord blood. The cord blood was inserted by Dr Joanna Kurtzberg at Duke University, a procedure that takes less then two hours. Within two days Maia’s parents began to notice significant changes. This video also discusses the procees of stem cell therapy using cord blood and what to expect at Duke University.

December 3, 2008

Cerebral Palsy and Cord Blood Stem Cells – Duke University - Part 1

by Robert D'Iorio

This is a great video discussing the decisions ( risks and benefits ) involved in determining to use cord blood stem cells to treat cerebral palsy in children. Additionally, the video discuses children that have benefited by cord blood stem cell treatment at Duke. Finally, the video briefly touches on the process parents and children go through at Duke University.