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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.
Study uses NHS data to estimate incidence of brain injury in babies

Study uses NHS data to estimate incidence of brain injury in babies

New study further validates use of vaginal progesterone to decrease risk of preterm birth

New study further validates use of vaginal progesterone to decrease risk of preterm birth

$2 million grant funds new telemedicine program for children with disabilities

$2 million grant funds new telemedicine program for children with disabilities

Compact broadband NIRS system offers safe, non-invasive way to monitor newborn brain function

Compact broadband NIRS system offers safe, non-invasive way to monitor newborn brain function

Infusions of cord blood cells can help improve motor function in children with cerebral palsy

Infusions of cord blood cells can help improve motor function in children with cerebral palsy

Researchers provide new insight into how nematode's brain controls movement

Researchers provide new insight into how nematode's brain controls movement

Nanodiamonds could prevent infection, improve recovery after root canal treatment

Nanodiamonds could prevent infection, improve recovery after root canal treatment

Penn State receives federal grant to improve services for children with complex communication needs

Penn State receives federal grant to improve services for children with complex communication needs

Cooling treatment for babies deprived of oxygen at birth can reduce childhood epilepsy

Cooling treatment for babies deprived of oxygen at birth can reduce childhood epilepsy

Postcard from Capitol Hill: Health care hearing’s action was in hallway

Postcard from Capitol Hill: Health care hearing’s action was in hallway

Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one is entirely safe

Medicaid has a bull’s-eye on its back, which means no one is entirely safe

Leeds Teaching Hospitals to introduce private stem cell collection and storage option for patients

Leeds Teaching Hospitals to introduce private stem cell collection and storage option for patients

Researchers identify source of spontaneous neuronal bursts in the brains of preterm babies

Researchers identify source of spontaneous neuronal bursts in the brains of preterm babies

Researchers identify gene linked to brain damage in pre-term babies

Researchers identify gene linked to brain damage in pre-term babies

New approach to treating neonatal hypoxic ischemia improves outcomes in preclinical models

New approach to treating neonatal hypoxic ischemia improves outcomes in preclinical models

Hospital enables young patients with cerebral palsy, disabilities to take part in therapeutic riding program

Hospital enables young patients with cerebral palsy, disabilities to take part in therapeutic riding program

Wearable robotic exoskeleton could alleviate crouch gait in children with cerebral palsy

Wearable robotic exoskeleton could alleviate crouch gait in children with cerebral palsy

International research group to explore underlying genetic causes of cerebral palsy

International research group to explore underlying genetic causes of cerebral palsy

Study demonstrates that genes could influence neural motor skills

Study demonstrates that genes could influence neural motor skills

Researchers explore genetic differences, hereditary factors involved in hemiplegic cerebral palsy

Researchers explore genetic differences, hereditary factors involved in hemiplegic cerebral palsy