August 31, 2009

Cerebral Palsy: New Study

by Robert D'Iorio

A new treatment is being researched at the University of Texas to help children with cerebral palsy. The focus of the study is to help children with cerebral palsy improve their speech.

The study being conducted by the Speech And Communication Exploration (SPACE) lab will explore how the movements of the mouth including the tongue and lip of children with cerebral palsy compare to children without cerebral palsy.

Here is the link to the full article.

August 29, 2009

Umbilical Cord Blood and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

In this video a family shares their journey to provide treatment for a child with cerebral palsy. Their journey leads them to Duke University to receive umbilical cord stem cell treatment for their child.

August 25, 2009

Beyond Limits and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The video below is a trailer for the documentary Beyond Limits.

Beyond Limits is a film about Bonner Paddock and his determination to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. As if this task was not hard enough Bonner Paddock has cerebral palsy.

Although not a mountain climber by his own admission, Bonner sets his goals on Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about cerebral palsy and raise funds for children with cerebral palsy.

For more information about Bonner Paddock and his quest please visit the website.

August 23, 2009

United cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona Event : Shooting Beauty

by Robert D'Iorio

The United cerebral Palsy of central Arizona will be hosting a screening of the film Shooting Beauty on September 17th 2009.

The film Shooting Beauty is a documentary shot over ten years depicting of the world of beauty in photography and life of people living with cerebral palsy.

I have not yet seen the film its entirety but I am eagerly looking forward to seeing it. Below is the trailer for the movie.

For more information on the film and the UCP of Central Arizona screening please visit the UCP’s website.

August 21, 2009

Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video discusses the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding or hippotherapy for children with cerebral palsy.

August 19, 2009

Cerebral Palsy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

by Robert D'Iorio

This is a video discussing the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for children with cerebral palsy.

August 17, 2009

Illinois Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center

by Robert D'Iorio

Hippotherapy or therapeutic horseback riding can be a beneficial form of therapy for children with cerebral palsy.

The video below discusses some of the benefits children with cerebral palsy can derive from hippotherapy.

August 15, 2009

Acupuncture and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

Over the last several years there has been an increased interest in using acupuncture to treat cerebral palsy.

The video below discusses the benefits of acupuncture to treat children with cerebral palsy.

August 13, 2009

Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video is a tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver who passed away last week. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a strong advocate for special needs children including those with cerebral palsy.

Eunice was the founder and honorary chairperson of The Special Olympics.

The video below discuses Eunice Kennedy Shriver ‘s life and her dedication to special needs children.

August 11, 2009

Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

Monitoring the fetal heart rate is a vital part of all pregnancies and deliveries. The following video discusses methods for monitoring your child’s heart rate from home during your pregnancy.

Monitoring the heart rate during delivery is critical because abnormalities in the heart rate can indicate fetal distress and a lack of oxygen. If the child is in distress the doctor should take immediate action to avoid serious injuries including brain damage and cerebral palsy.

For a more detailed discussion on fetal heart rate monitoring and cerebral palsy please see my previous post by typing “fetal monitoring” in the search box of my blog.

August 9, 2009

Shoulder Dystocia Brachial Plexus Injury : Woods Corkscrew Maneuver

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video is an animation on a child encountering shoulder dystocia during delivery and the delivering physician using the Woods Corkscrew Maneuver to dislodge the shoulder to avoid a brachial plexus injury.

August 7, 2009

Which State Provides the Best Services for Children with Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) recently released its 4th Annual Case for Inclusion Report. The 2009 report ranks the States based on providing support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy being served by Medicaid.

Below are the top ten.

For the complete report and the methodology please click here.

1. Vermont
2. Arizona
3. Alaska
4. New Hampshire
5. Massachusetts
6. Michigan
7. California
8. Hawaii
9. Colorado
10. Connecticut

August 5, 2009

Maryland Birth Injury Lawyers Obtain $ 1.85 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

by Robert D'Iorio

Earlier this week a Maryland family received a $ 1.85 million dollar verdict. The lawsuit alleged that the delivering doctor negligently used a vacuum extractor during the delivery at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

The wrongful death action further alleged that if the family would have known the risks involved in the procedure they would have elected a c-section.

The child died two days after delivery on July, 5 2005.

August 3, 2009

Chicago Birth Injury Lawyer Obtains $11 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

by Robert D'Iorio

Last week Chicago cerebral palsy lawyers reached a settlement with Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for injuries that were caused at birth due to a failure to perform a timely c-section.

The $11 million settlement will cover costs of an injury caused by a uterine rupture that left a child with brain damage and cerebral palsy.

August 1, 2009

Cerebral Palsy Telethon

by Robert D'Iorio

Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana will be hosting a telethon this weekend. The telethon will be held at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. The event starts at 4pm and will go until 10pm on Saturday and 8AM-6pm on Sunday.

Everyone is invited or you can watch the telethon on Comcast on channel 21 or view a streaming video at

Proceeds raised will go to individuals with cerebral palsy in Louisiana.

For more information on the event please call Kathy Arceneaux - 800-375-8275