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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.
Preterm babies born without a protein in blood cells have higher risk of cerebral palsy and death

Preterm babies born without a protein in blood cells have higher risk of cerebral palsy and death

AI technique identifies key patterns from video recording of infant movements

AI technique identifies key patterns from video recording of infant movements

Cervix bacteria, immune factors could be a warning signal of premature birth, reports new research

Cervix bacteria, immune factors could be a warning signal of premature birth, reports new research

Bacteria and innate immune factors in birth canal, cervix may be key to predicting preterm births

Bacteria and innate immune factors in birth canal, cervix may be key to predicting preterm births

Certain bacteria and immune factors in vagina may cause or protect against preterm birth

Certain bacteria and immune factors in vagina may cause or protect against preterm birth

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Simple urine test can rapidly detect preeclampsia

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Novel preclinical model mimics persistent interneuron loss seen in preterm infants

KU professor discusses promise of brain-computer interface to aid, restore communication

KU professor discusses promise of brain-computer interface to aid, restore communication

Children with cerebral palsy to benefit from 'artificial muscles'

Children with cerebral palsy to benefit from 'artificial muscles'

Placenta adapts and compensates when pregnant mothers have poor diets or low oxygen

Placenta adapts and compensates when pregnant mothers have poor diets or low oxygen

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Risk of depression, anxiety found to be higher among adults with cerebral palsy

Risk of depression, anxiety found to be higher among adults with cerebral palsy

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Harvard researchers develop new soft, non-toxic wearable sensor

Pregnant women and extremely obese people at high risk of flu complications

Pregnant women and extremely obese people at high risk of flu complications

Johns Hopkins researchers identify molecular causes of necrotizing enterocolitis in preemies

Johns Hopkins researchers identify molecular causes of necrotizing enterocolitis in preemies

Caffeine therapy benefits developing brains of premature babies

Caffeine therapy benefits developing brains of premature babies

Premature births on the rise in the US says March of Dimes report

Premature births on the rise in the US says March of Dimes report

Higher screen time linked to increased levels of anxiety in children, finds study

Higher screen time linked to increased levels of anxiety in children, finds study

Simple technology prevents infectious disease outbreaks in low-resource settings

Simple technology prevents infectious disease outbreaks in low-resource settings

Short-term psychotherapy improves mental health of women caring for children with chronic conditions

Short-term psychotherapy improves mental health of women caring for children with chronic conditions