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

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

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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

Botulinum neurotoxin type X holds potential to open up new field of toxin therapeutics

Botulinum neurotoxin type X holds potential to open up new field of toxin therapeutics

Counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

Counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

Robotic training method improves posture and walking in children with cerebral palsy

Robotic training method improves posture and walking in children with cerebral palsy

Study determines safest temperature and duration for body-cooling of newborns

Study determines safest temperature and duration for body-cooling of newborns

Infographic displays facts and information about stem cells, cord blood

Infographic displays facts and information about stem cells, cord blood

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