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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.
Adults with cerebral palsy twice as likely to develop cardiovascular, chronic respiratory diseases

Adults with cerebral palsy twice as likely to develop cardiovascular, chronic respiratory diseases

Stable home lives could lead to positive outcomes for preterm infants

Stable home lives could lead to positive outcomes for preterm infants

New insights into improving function, independence and quality of life in cerebral palsy patients

New insights into improving function, independence and quality of life in cerebral palsy patients

Novel robotic neck brace could improve quality of life for ALS patients

Novel robotic neck brace could improve quality of life for ALS patients

Adults with cerebral palsy at greater risk for mental health disorders

Adults with cerebral palsy at greater risk for mental health disorders

Clinical cell therapy expert shares the benefits of donating cord blood

Clinical cell therapy expert shares the benefits of donating cord blood

As the economy surges, a dramatic drop in workers on disability

As the economy surges, a dramatic drop in workers on disability

Research focuses on feeding difficulties for children born prematurely

Research focuses on feeding difficulties for children born prematurely

Mental health of children with long-term physical conditions could benefit from CBT

Mental health of children with long-term physical conditions could benefit from CBT

Vicon and NOC support CURE International to create first gait lab in Ethiopia

Vicon and NOC support CURE International to create first gait lab in Ethiopia

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

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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

Simple urine test can rapidly detect preeclampsia

Simple urine test can rapidly detect preeclampsia

Novel preclinical model mimics persistent interneuron loss seen in preterm infants

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