September 29, 2009

Cerebral Palsy Magazine

by Robert D'Iorio

I wanted to let everyone know about a great resource for children and adults with cerebral palsy, Cerebral Palsy Magazine. Cerebral Palsy Magazine addresses a variety of issues associated with cerebral palsy.

The magazine comes out quarterly and contains articles written by parents for parents, adults with cerebral palsy, doctors, nurses and many more authorities.

Cerebral Palsy Magazine is the only magazine in the country dedicated exclusively to cerebral palsy. The magazine can be downloaded online, and is offered as a print version and on CD.

Having worked with the people who make the Magazine possible I would like to thank them for all they do; their courtesy, compassion, professionalism and their commitment to the cause create a synergy that makes the Cerebral Palsy Magazine such a great resource.

Thank you and keep up the great work!

Here is a link to their website.

September 27, 2009

Brain or Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The video below discusses some ways parents may help their child with cerebral palsy and/or a brain injury.

The video was made by the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential.

Their website offers literature, seminars and videos. Here is the link.

September 25, 2009

United Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a great organization with local chapters throughout the country. UCP helps children and adults with many types of special needs including cerebral palsy.

The goal of UCP is to advance the productivity, independence, and full citizenship of people with disabilities.

For more information please visit their website.

The video below is a short profile of United Cerebral Palsy.

September 23, 2009

Stem Cells and Children with Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

In the video below a mother discusses the improvements in her child shortly after receiving stem cells for the treatment of cerebral palsy.

September 20, 2009

Cerebral Palsy and Skin Stem Cells

by Robert D'Iorio

In the video below Dr. LaPook discusses the new use of skin stem cells in treating patients with conditions such as cerebral palsy.

Skin stem cells may offer many benefits of embryonic stem cells without the ethical and legal dilemmas.

Although this technology first came out in the fall of 2007 research is still being performed at institutions such as UCLA and appears to be promising.

September 18, 2009

Cerebral Palsy and Early Intervention - My Child Without Limits

by Robert D'Iorio

In the video below William H. Macy introduces United Cerebral Palsy’s My child Without Limits.

My child Without Limits is designed to be a resource for families of children 0-5 with cerebral palsy and developmental delays. Also, My child Without Limits offers the benefits of social networking.

For more information please visit their website.

September 16, 2009

Microcephaly and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society recently released new guidelines for children born with microcephaly. The guidelines include early testing of children with microcephaly

New research suggests that children born with microcephaly or a head that measures less than 97 percent of the population are at a higher risk of developing neurological problems and cerebral palsy.

In fact, 20 percent of the children born with microcephaly will develop cerebral palsy.

In order to provide the best treatment it is recommended that children with microcephaly get tested using an MRI or CT scan at an early age.

It is worth noting that although the study recommends testing all children with microcephaly it does not suggest that all children with microcehpaly will develop neurological problems.

September 14, 2009

Stem Cells and Children with Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The video below features a mother discussing how her child with cerebral palsy has benefited from stem cell therapy. She discusses how her child was prior to the therapy and his condition today.

Furthermore the video documents the child’s progress and growth.

September 12, 2009

Stem Cells and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video discusses the current benefits of stem cell therapy for children with cerebral palsy as well as future applications of stem cells for treatment.

Additionally, the video explains the difference between umbilical cord blood stem cells, embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells.

September 10, 2009

Swine Flu H1N1 and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

New data out of Arizona suggests the swine flu may pose a significant risk to children with cerebral palsy.

In Arizona, where the data was pooled 21 people have died so far. 15 of the deaths were adults and the other 6 were children and all 6 of the children had cerebral palsy.

This would suggest a possible link of great magnitude.

Please click here for the whole article.

September 8, 2009

New Cerebral Palsy Study

by Robert D'Iorio

Julia Busik and Nigel Paneth both professors at Michigan State University recently received a $ 1.9 million grant to study cerebral palsy.

The study is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and may help to uncover some of the causes of cerebral palsy in-utero.

The professors plan to investigate blood samples of 200 children with cerebral palsy and 200 without cerebral palsy in an attempt to devise a method of preventing cerebral palsy in newborns.

September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day

by Robert D'Iorio

In the following video Katie Couric discusses the meaning, history and origin of Labor Day.

Please enjoy the video and have a happy and safe Labor Day!