In recent U.S. government research it is said that Mother’s Genes can increase the risk of premature birth
They said variants in genes in the mother and fetus can make them susceptible to infections inside the uterus, raising the risk that a baby will be born early — before 37 weeks of gestation.
It is suggested that Premature birth costs the United States $26 billion per year.
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Hospital Blunders are the key reason behind birth injury sustain by negligence.
A baby who suffered severe injuries after not feeding properly just after his birth has won damages.
Solicitors acting for Niraj Grewal of Stanmore claim that hospital blunders were responsible for the boy needing care for the rest of his life.
The boy born at the Northwick Park Hospital, run by the North West london Hospitals NHS Trust received significant damages.
The Trust though made no admission of liability.
Have you or a loved suffered problems at this hospital?
The recent death of the Shadow Prime Minister David Cameron’s Son Ivan has brought to light just how little society knows about Cerebral Palsy.
In a recent statement the chief executive of Mencap, Mark Golding said: “If there is some consolation to come from Ivan’s death, it must be that more people will now have an understanding of what it means to care for a severely disabled child”.
How sad that it takes such an event to highlight the plight of Cerebral Palsy sufferers and their families.
Researchers at the University of Oxford have concluded that the use of antibiotics during premature labour could increase an infant’s risks of developing CP.
Although not damaging directly the infant they may contribute by extending gestation artificially.
However, health professionals emphasized that the findings should not make pregnant women with severe infections afraid to use antibiotics, as such infections may also harm an unborn child.
The surgeon William Little defined a term what is now recognised as Spastic Diplegia (Little’s Diplegia) in the 1860’s. The debate continues however about the causes of Cerebral Palsy as varying forms of CP have since been classified.
William Ostler a physician from the 1880’s is thought to have presented the name Cerebral Palsy. Today the term Cerebral Palsy is used to describe a number of disorders that permanently affect posture and movement.
The terminology Static Encephalopathy is used today to describe a form of permanent and unchanging brain damage, which may also describe a number of conditions including Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral Palsy is often abbreviated to CP and is not a disease or an illness, but is an injury to the brain.
It is a general description of an impairment that affects a persons movement.
The degree of impairment ranges from minimal in fact it may be barely noticeable, to extreme and dibilitating.
So how does Cerebral Palsy occur?
There are multiple reason for the onset of Cerebral Palsy. It may be because of blocked blood vessels, perhaps a complication in labour, premature birth, illness at or around birth, a birth injury or possible a genetic or inherited disorder.
It most commonly results in the the failure of a section of the brain to develop. This may be before birth, during, or in early childhood.
It may be possible to identify the cause of Cerebral Palsy, but not always.
There are three main types of Cerebral Palsy and each relates to different areas of the brain that sustained injury.
Those with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy usually have balance problems and may well suffer irregular speech and shaky hand movement.
Those with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy have lose of posture control and may also make unwanted movement.
Finally those who suffer with Spastic Cerebral Palsy may well have muscles that are weak and stiff which is particularly noticeable when pressure is applied. Movement control may well be affected.