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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.
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

Study looks at use of evolutionary triangulation to refine results from genetic studies of preterm birth

Study looks at use of evolutionary triangulation to refine results from genetic studies of preterm birth

Premature infants show changes in neural systems prior to birth, new study suggests

Premature infants show changes in neural systems prior to birth, new study suggests

Study reports volume and cost of in-home care for children with special medical conditions

Study reports volume and cost of in-home care for children with special medical conditions

Study tracks parents' unpaid time assisting children with special health care needs

Study tracks parents' unpaid time assisting children with special health care needs

‘Local’ learning health system can improve clinical quality while reducing costs

‘Local’ learning health system can improve clinical quality while reducing costs

Genetic mutation may increase susceptibility to cytomegalovirus infection

Genetic mutation may increase susceptibility to cytomegalovirus infection

Empire State Building towers to go purple on 6th annual World Prematurity Day

Empire State Building towers to go purple on 6th annual World Prematurity Day

Congenital CMV infection highly common among children with cerebral palsy, study finds

Congenital CMV infection highly common among children with cerebral palsy, study finds

Specialist receives nearly $2.8 million grant to determine effective treatment for perinatal brain injury

Specialist receives nearly $2.8 million grant to determine effective treatment for perinatal brain injury

Second annual conference at UofL focuses on improving access to quality health care for adults with IDD

Second annual conference at UofL focuses on improving access to quality health care for adults with IDD

PathMaker Neurosystems receives 2016 Universal Biotech Innovation Prize

PathMaker Neurosystems receives 2016 Universal Biotech Innovation Prize

Young physician-scientists win Harry Winston Fellowships for innovative pediatric research

Young physician-scientists win Harry Winston Fellowships for innovative pediatric research

Researchers to evaluate new treatment strategy for treating infants with perinatal brain injury

Researchers to evaluate new treatment strategy for treating infants with perinatal brain injury