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Cerebral palsy refers to a number of neurological conditions that affect muscle control and movement. Children with cerebral palsy have difficulties in controlling their muscle movement as they grow and develop.

Cerebral palsy is usually caused by damage to the brain which may occur before, during or after birth. The main known causes of damage include infection in early pregnancy, lack of oxygen to the brain, and abnormal brain development. Some risk factors that increase the likelihood of brain damage include a complicated or premature birth, maternal age of below 20 or over 40 years, multiple births and low birth weight.

Symptoms vary greatly depending on which type of cerebral palsy a child has. Ataxia cerebral policy affects balance and may cause difficulty in walking, while children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy may be unable to even maintain an upright position. The most common type of cerebral palsy, spastic cerebral palsy, refers to a tight and unyielding muscle tone that restricts movement and impairs mobility.

In the UK, cerebral palsy affects about one in every 400 children and approximately 1,800 babies are diagnosed with the condition each year.

There is no cure for cerebral palsy but treatments such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy can help relieve symptoms and increase a child's self-esteem and independence while medication can relieve muscle stiffness and spasms.
Honda gives $1 million gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to enhance pediatric mobility

Honda gives $1 million gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to enhance pediatric mobility

University of Rhode Island students redesign toy cars to benefit children with disabilities

University of Rhode Island students redesign toy cars to benefit children with disabilities

Study suggests optimal magnesium sulfate dosing for neuroprotection of preterm infants

Study suggests optimal magnesium sulfate dosing for neuroprotection of preterm infants

Family dog could help kids with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into daily lives

Family dog could help kids with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into daily lives

Golden Jubilee Foundation unveils state of the art Motion Analysis Laboratory

Golden Jubilee Foundation unveils state of the art Motion Analysis Laboratory

Artificial womb could improve survival among premature babies

Artificial womb could improve survival among premature babies

Researchers develop sensor-equipped gloves to accurately measure muscle stiffness

Researchers develop sensor-equipped gloves to accurately measure muscle stiffness

Spine surgery helps 5-year-old with cerebral palsy to make strides

Spine surgery helps 5-year-old with cerebral palsy to make strides

Weather-forecast tool can help improve assessment and treatment of newborns with asphyxia

Weather-forecast tool can help improve assessment and treatment of newborns with asphyxia

Brain inspiration leads to faster, more efficient cybersecurity system

Brain inspiration leads to faster, more efficient cybersecurity system

Rutgers study explores barriers to obtaining appointment with developmental and behavioral specialists

Rutgers study explores barriers to obtaining appointment with developmental and behavioral specialists

Maternal overweight and obesity linked to increased risk of child’s cerebral palsy

Maternal overweight and obesity linked to increased risk of child’s cerebral palsy

Horseback riding interventions can help improve outcomes for people with disabilities

Horseback riding interventions can help improve outcomes for people with disabilities

Upstate opens new public cord blood bank in New York

Upstate opens new public cord blood bank in New York

Study finds improvements in survival and neurodevelopment of preterm babies

Study finds improvements in survival and neurodevelopment of preterm babies

Penn Medicine's ODC collaborates with FAST to develop gene therapy for Angelman syndrome

Penn Medicine's ODC collaborates with FAST to develop gene therapy for Angelman syndrome

Low birth weight babies more likely to experience mental health problems later in life, research finds

Low birth weight babies more likely to experience mental health problems later in life, research finds

Study suggests new ways to treat neurological symptoms linked to tuberous sclerosis complex

Study suggests new ways to treat neurological symptoms linked to tuberous sclerosis complex

Penn researchers shed new light on potential causes of premature birth

Penn researchers shed new light on potential causes of premature birth

Cervicovaginal microbial communities in pregnant woman may be key to preventing preterm birth

Cervicovaginal microbial communities in pregnant woman may be key to preventing preterm birth