November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

by Robert D'Iorio

From everyone here at The Law Offices of Robert A. D’Iorio, PLLC; we want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

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 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!

July 19, 2009

Top U.S. Hospitals

by Robert D'Iorio

This week U.S. News and World Report released its 2009-10 edition of the best hospitals in the nation.
Here is the link to the top 20.

Also, here is a link to my post last year containing the top pediatric hospitals in the country for conditions such as cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy.

July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

by Robert D'Iorio

I would like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. Please enjoy this video.

June 5, 2009

China Embryonic Stem Cells & Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

Lately, there has been a lot of news about children receiving embryonic stem cell treatment for cerebral palsy in China.

Here is a link to an article about two families that raised money to take their children both of whom have cerebral palsy to China to receive embryonic stem cell treatment.

The article also briefly touches on the differences between umbilical cord stem cells and embryonic stem cells.

*Please note this is not an endorsement by The Law Offices of Robert A. D’Iorio, PLLC for or against the use of embryonic stem cells in the treatment of cerebral palsy.

May 30, 2009

Cerebral Palsy Therapy : Nintendo Wii

by Robert D'Iorio

The Limbs Alive Project recently developed specialized games for Nintendo Wii to benefit children with cerebral palsy. The idea behind the project is to make the children perform tasks while being entertained.

Initial research indicates an increase in coordination in children that use Nintendo Wii as therapy

I think this is a great idea because it lets the children get additional physical therapy while having fun.

May 24, 2009

New Robotic Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

MIT researchers, lead by Hermano Igo Krebs, have developed a new robotic technology to help children with cerebral palsy. The robotic devices have been in use for several years to assist patients that have suffered a stroke, however, it was not until recently that this new technology was utilized to benefit children with cerebral palsy.

The new robotic therapy is based on the principal that a patient’s brain can establish new connections when the robotic device guides the patient’s body in the proper direction.

The pilot studies show that children with cerebral palsy benefit from the robotic therapy more than adults with the same condition because they are better able to establish new connections.

This looks like a very promising development and a new project is underway to develop an ankle device, as to date, most devices focus on the upper body.

Here is a link to MIT’s website and the full article.

February 25, 2009

Cerebral Palsy and Donor Cord Blood Stem Cells

by Robert D'Iorio

The video below contains a brief overview on cord blood stem cells and explains who may benefit from banking cord blood, answering questions such as “what if I didn’t store my child’s cord blood?” and “Can my child use other children’s stored cord blood?”

Please see my earlier posts for a more in-depth look at cord blood and the new treatments for children with cerebral palsy.

January 29, 2009

Assistive Technology (AT) and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

Assistive technology (AT) is a general term that includes assistive, rehabilitative and adaptive devices for people with disabilities.

The following video demonstrates several basic advancements in technology in the class room and out for children with cerebral palsy.