Santa Goes Above And Beyond For Boy With Special Needs
For 6-year-old James Epps, the prospect of meeting Santa Claus was very exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. James has special needs, so big crowds and social interactions can be difficult for him. But a kind Santa went above and beyond to make this Christmas experience a happy one for James. And they took some awesome photos to remember it.  On December 2, James’ mom Alison brought him to “Santa’s Special Visit” ― an event at Restoration Community Church that offers kids with special needs in their Tennessee community the chance to meet the jolly man in red. Having the opportunity to inte...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Verily launches Liftware smart utensils
Verily Life Sciences, the healthcare play owned by Google parent Alphabet (NSDQ:GOOGL), said this week it launched the Liftware Level smart utensil designed to aid individuals with limited hand or arm mobility. The Liftware Level is designed to help individuals who have hand and arm mobility issues, including those with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, Huntington’s disease or post-stroke deficits. The device operates by constantly monitoring the position of the hand, based on the handle, and intelligently adjusting the angle of the utensil, either a spoon or fork, so the user can ea...
Source: Mass Device - December 8, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Verily Source Type: news

Does Nintendo Wii Balance Board improve standing balance? A randomised controlled trial in children with cerebral palsy - Gatica-Rojas V, M éndez-Rebolledo G, Guzman-Muñoz E, Soto-Poblete A, Cartes-Velásquez R, Elgueta-Cancino E, Cofré Lizama E.
BACKGROUND: Evidence on the effect of systemic exercise programs to improve the standing balance with the Nintendo Wii system is very limited and its post- treatment effectiveness is unknown in cerebral palsy (CP) patients. AIM: Primary aim was to ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Somerset disabled teen receives more than 100 Christmas cards after mother's plea
Giorgia Cole, from Midsomer Norton, Somerset, was born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy but doctors fear she now has the onset of heart failure and may only have a short time left. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Giving thanks: Stories of volunteerism, gratitude and giving back
Thanksgiving Day is a time rich in family, gratitude and appreciation. In honor of the holiday, we are celebrating the patient families who have traveled through our doors and the selfless acts of kindness and volunteerism that follow. Donating platelets and cycling for a cause Ten years ago, Adam Nussenbaum’s son Max was treated at Boston Children’s and overcame a life threatening illness. Today, Adam gives his time — and platelets — to help those in need, and he is doing so in celebration of Max; his daughter Kate, who donated her bone marrow to he...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 24, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Our Patients’ Stories bone marrow transplant cerebral palsy Dr. James Kasser Family Advisory Council Heart Center Kawasaki disease Learning disabilities NICU patient partner platelet donation scoliosis Source Type: news

Experience Journals: Grateful for the families at Boston Children ’s Hospital
Danny Deitz, above with his parents, is a heart transplant patient of Dr. Elizabeth Blume’s The Experience Journals Project shares the stories of kids, teens, and health care providers at Boston Children’s Hospital. This project features the collective wisdom of over 250 families and 150 health care professionals. While each Journal has a different topic, every Journal includes providers who are grateful for the chance to work with the amazing children and families at Boston Children’s Hospital. Here are some of their experiences, in their own words: Thank you I think probably the most challenging a...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 23, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Experience Journal Source Type: news

Elijah laughs: Augmentative communication device helps boy with cerebral palsy
A computer voice utters a simple statement. Sometimes, it’s “My name is Elijah.” Other times, “My parents are Brian and Leah,” or “I feel happy.” For the first time in his life, Elijah can tell his mother, ‘Yes, I want a hug.’ Another phrase — “I love the Patriots” — is often repeated. And a brown-eyed, curly-haired kindergartener’s eyes light up. He smiles and laughs out loud. It’s a whole new world for 5-year-old Elijah Gauthier, says his mom, Leah. Leah and her husband Brian have taken Elijah, who has severe cerebral palsy and is n...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 22, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Augmentative communication Boston Children's at Waltham cerebral palsy Source Type: news

Comedian with cerebral palsy talks humor and Oprah
For Zach Anner, humor was the key to dealing with his cerebral palsy when he was growing up. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Congenital virus in children with cerebral palsy more common than thought
(University of Sydney) Congenital infection with cytomegalovirus is more common in children with cerebral palsy than previously thought, a new Australian study has reported in the Journal of Pediatrics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 14, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Effects of Nintendo Wii-Fit ® video games on balance in children with mild cerebral palsy - Tarakcı D, Ersoz Huseyinsinoglu B, Tarakci E, Razak Ozdincler A.
This study compared the effects of Nintendo Wii-Fit( ®) balance-based video games and conventional balance training in children with mild cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS: This randomized controlled trial involved 30 ambulatory pediatric pa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Effects of Nintendo Wii( ™) training on occupational performance, balance, and daily living activities in children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy: a single-blind and randomized trial - Atasavun Uysal S, Baltaci G.
This study aimed at assessing how the addition of Nintendo Wii( ™) (NW) system to the traditional therapy influences occupational performance, balance, and daily living activities in children with spastic hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy (CP). ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Effect of playground environments on the physical activity of children with ambulatory cerebral palsy - Pratt B, Hartshorne NS, Mullens P, Schilling ML, Fuller S, Pisani E.
PURPOSE: To compare the effect of 2 different playground environments on the physical activity of children with ambulatory cerebral palsy during their playground play. METHODS: Five 7- to 8-year-old children with cerebral palsy (Gross Motor Functio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Motor vehicle crashes during pregnancy and cerebral palsy during infancy: a longitudinal cohort analysis - Redelmeier DA, Naqib F, Thiruchelvam D, R Barrett JF.
OBJECTIVES: To assess the incidence of cerebral palsy among children born to mothers who had their pregnancy complicated by a motor vehicle crash. DESIGN: Retrospective longitudinal cohort analysis of children born from 1 April 2002 to 31 March 201... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Correlation between the gross motor performance measurement and pediatric balance scale with respect to movement disorder in children with cerebral palsy - Kwon HY, Ahn SY.
[Purpose] To determine whether the Gross Motor Performance Measurement is useful in predicting the future score of the Pediatric Balance Scale, this study examined the correlation between the 2 measurement tools with respect to movement disorder in childre... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Child with cerebral palsy who can walk says physio should be available on NHS
Ben Baddeley, from Staffordshire, underwent selective dorsal rhizotomy treatment privately after he was refused NHS funding. His doctor is backing calls for it to be available to others. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disability: Longing for the Male Gaze
Having cerebral palsy means I don ’ t get sexually harassed by men. But it ’ s no fun being invisible. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JENNIFER BARTLETT Tags: Women and Girls Cerebral Palsy Sexual Harassment Disabilities Source Type: news

Cerebral Palsy
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - September 16, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Police force helps boy with cerebral palsy check off item on his bucket list
It isn't easy to tread through rocky terrain to get to your dream destination when you're wheelchair-bound with cerebral palsy. It is, though, when you have a team of police officers determined to make your dream come true. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pre-Pregnancy Weight and Cerebral Palsy Risk
But, study found overall odds remain quite low (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Excess Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Slightly Raise Baby's Cerebral Palsy Risk
But, study found overall odds remain quite low Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cerebral Palsy, Obesity, Preconception Care (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Excess Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Slightly Raise Baby's Cerebral Palsy Risk
THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 -- Some women who are overweight or obese before pregnancy may face a slight increased risk of having a baby with cerebral palsy, a new study suggests. After reviewing data from two Nordic countries, researchers also found... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 8, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Higher Maternal BMI Associated with Higher Risk for Cerebral Palsy in Offspring (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM As a woman ’s pre-pregnancy body-mass index increases, so does the risk for cerebral … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 7, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

White River Medical System Adds Three to Medical Team (Movers & Shakers)
Dr. Anitsira Collado, Dr. Joaquin Duarte and Dr. Mahiry Romero-Salinas have been hired as physicians at White River Health System of Batesville. Collado completed a residency in internal medicine at the Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York. Romero-Salina also completed her residency in internal medicine at the Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York. Duarte completed a residency in internal medicine from the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. Gary L. Bebow, administrator and CEO of White River Health System, has been recertified as an associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Beb...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - September 5, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The ABCs of Cerebral Palsy
Approximately 2 in 1,000 children are born with the neurological disorder. (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - September 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Norman Y. Otsuka, M.D. Source Type: news

Teen boy who changed Colorado's medical marijuana laws dies just after bill is passed
Jack Splitt used marijuana to treat pain from cerebral palsy. He and his mother began pushing for what became known as Jack's Law after a teacher ripped off his cannabis skin patch in February 2015. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Holiday Inn Express Sale Checks In at $5.1 Million (Real Deals)
A 69-room hotel in North Little Rock weighed in at $5.15 million. CDRN NLR LLC, led by Ishverbhai Govind, purchased the Holiday Inn Express at 4306 E. McCain Blvd. The seller is Kilpatrick Hotels Two LLC, led by G.T. Kilpatrick. The deal is backed with a three-year loan of $4.4 million from Capital Bank of Little Rock. The 1.5-acre development at 4306 E. McCain Blvd. previously was linked with a September 2014 mortgage of $4 million held by Progressive Bank of Monroe, Louisiana. Kilpatrick bought the property for $6.8 million in June 2008 from McCain Hotels LLC, led by Rajesh Mehta. MedExpress Purchase A 4,667-SF medical c...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 22, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Gait characteristics, balance performance and falls in ambulant adults with cerebral palsy: an observational study - Morgan P, Murphy A, Opheim A, McGinley J.
The relationship between spatiotemporal gait parameters, balance performance and falls history was investigated in ambulant adults with cerebral palsy (CP). Participants completed a single assessment of gait using an instrumented walkway at preferred and f... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Microcephaly Isn’t The Only Threat Zika Virus Poses To Newborns
The most commonly known birth defect caused by Zika virus is microcephaly, a condition in which an infant’s head circumference is smaller than average. It can indicate brain damage and lifelong learning and mental disabilities for the child.  Now a new study is shedding light on yet another serious condition that can Zika virus can cause in infants.  Arthrogryposis, a condition in which the body’s joints are malformed, preventing normal flexion and extension, should be added to the list of potential consequences for newborns whose mothers were infected with Zika virus, according to researchers in Reci...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Microcephaly Isn’t The Only Threat Zika Virus Poses To Newborns
The most commonly known birth defect caused by Zika virus is microcephaly, a condition in which an infant’s head circumference is smaller than average. It can indicate brain damage and lifelong learning and mental disabilities for the child.  Now a new study is shedding light on yet another serious condition that can Zika virus can cause in infants.  Arthrogryposis, a condition in which the body’s joints are malformed, preventing normal flexion and extension, should be added to the list of potential consequences for newborns whose mothers were infected with Zika virus, according to researchers in Reci...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Catching up with Hunter: On the fast track
Hunter, Congressman Poliquin and Madison A few months ago, Hunter VanBrocklin was barely managing a one-mile-per-hour pace on the treadmill. That was before his surgery to treat hip dysplasia. His surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Shore of the Boston Children’s Hospital Orthopedic Center, cautioned Hunter that it could take as long as one year to recover his pre-surgery pace. “I went past 1 mph already. Say good-bye,” brags Hunter, who’s not only managing a brisk three-miles-per-hour pace, but also recently returned from a trip to Washington D.C. for Family Advocacy Day. The annual event brings famili...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 4, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our Patients’ Stories cerebral palsy Dr. Benjamin Shore hip dysplasia Orthopedic Center Source Type: news

'I am not an oversized bag,' man denied flight due to wheelchair tells Air Canada
A Toronto man with cerebral palsy was told by Air Canada he can't take a flight to Cleveland for business because his motorized wheelchair was too tall to fit in the cargo hold of the plane. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

How drinking, smoking and illegal drugs can harm your unborn baby
EXCLUSIVE: Drinking and taking drugs while pregnant can lead to stillbirth, miscarriage, cerebral palsy and heart defects, graphics from New York-based website MentalHelp.net show. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

3 Things Failure Can Teach You About Success, According To These Athletes
In a few weeks, athletes from around the world will perform almost super-human feats of strength and agility at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics. When they win, their shiny faces will beam with joy and pride as the flags are lowered and their national anthems blare on the loudspeakers. And they’ll owe a lot of their success not to past victories, but to past failures. While it may seem counterintuitive, failing to reach the goals you set for yourself may actually set the stage for future success ― provided you have a perspective that helps you view your past losses as lessons, not as omens of more failure to c...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Robot exoskeleton gives babies at risk of cerebral palsy a boost as they learn to crawl
Researchers at the University of Oklahoma have developed a robotic exoskeleton that allows infants at risk for cerebral palsy to crawl, promoting brain development and build new motor skills. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bailey Matthews battling cerebral palsy completes a triathlon for the second year in a row
Bailey Matthews, from Doncaster,  reached the end of the race at Castle Howard in York, pushing away his walking frame to cross the finish line by himself, flanked by his proud father. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

White Sox announcer with cerebral palsy finds his calling
Jason Benetti grew up a huge Chicago White Sox fan. Despite battling cerebral palsy, he's back at the ballpark working his dream job. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Understanding baby's first steps could improve spinal injury rehab
Understanding the brain patterns of a baby's primitive stepping reflex may help children with cerebral palsy and adults with spinal cord injury. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology / Neuroscience Source Type: news

One small step for babies, one giant leap for humankind
Even before they stand up, infants have a rough idea of how to walk; they just need some time to lay down the right neural wiring. Understanding how babies take their first steps can also help us to improve the rehabilitation of patients recovering from spinal cord injury, and children with cerebral palsy. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Well: With Hippotherapy, the Horse Provides the Therapy
For people with cerebral palsy and other disorders, holding the body upright while riding can improve muscle tone — and it’s fun. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: EMILIE LE BEAU LUCCHESI Tags: Brain Cerebral Palsy Disabilities Horses Intellectual Disabilities Therapy and Rehabilitation Featured Live Source Type: news

One small step for babies, one giant leap for mankind
(Society for Experimental Biology) Even before they stand up, infants have a rough idea of how to walk; they just need some time to lay down the right neural wiring. Understanding how babies take their first steps can also help us to improve the rehabilitation of patients recovering from spinal cord injury, and children with cerebral palsy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Wiltshire boy trapped in silence for 7 years finds a way to signal to family
Jonathan Bryan was starved of oxygen in the womb after a car crash. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and dismissed as a 'lost cause' but he has learned to communicate. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meet the man redefining 'disabled' in Colombia
As a young man with cerebral palsy, Jeison Aristizábal has fought his entire life to overcome the obstacles in his way. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The man who's changing how Colombians define 'disabled'
Born with cerebral palsy, doctors didn't expect much of Jeison Aristizábal but now he's the one providing medical therapy, nutritious food and job training to the disabled. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Seat Helps Kids With Cerebral Palsy Experience The Joy Of Slides
Every kid deserves to know the fun that comes with going down a slide, and a team in Israel is trying to make that possible.  Two "Fixperts" from the the Holon Institute of Technology, Goren Harari and Adi Zohar, helped create a seat for a boy named Ali, who has cerebral palsy, so he can go down a slide. Harari and Zohar, along with Ali's physiotherapist Helen, appeared in a video showing the process of making the seat and demonstrating how Ali can now experience what it's like to go down a slide like thousands of other kids. While Ali sits in the seat, which helps him support his body, an adult can simply p...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Disability Community Is Pissed AF About ‘Me Before You’
People with disabilities are over the way they’re portrayed in pop culture. So much so that disability activists have taken to Twitter to express their disdain over Hollywood’s latest offense, "Me Before You." Ugh. I'm seeing ads for Me Before You everywhere, and I'm also seeing a lot of able-bodied folks saying they don't get why there is outrage.— Kody Keplinger (@Kody_Keplinger) June 5, 2016 The film, based on a novel of the same name by British author Jojo Moyes, has been marketed as a quirky, opposites-attract love story between a man named Will, played by actor Sam Clafli...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Father loses 15st after it took FOUR bin men to lift him when he fell from his wheelchair
Chris Edwards, 42, from Gloucestershire, has cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair since his teens. His weight ballooned to 28st as he cannot exercise and ate a diet of junk food. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Traumatic' birth results in $5.2M award for disabled teen
A B.C. judge has awarded a disabled 16-year-old more than $5.2 million in damages after finding her cerebral palsy was the result of failures on the behalf of a nurse and doctor involved in her delivery. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Visual and Hearing Impairments in Infants Born Preterm
This article provides a review of prevalence, at-risk factors, presenting signs and symptoms, and management strategies for these conditions. (Source: NeoReviews recent issues)
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - May 31, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Acharya, K., Pellerite, M., Lagatta, J., Andrews, B., Msall, M. E. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

The real story behind the Amazing Curb Climber
I want to be an author or librarian when I grow up. I like to read all kinds of books — fiction and non-fiction and fairy tales. I want to write fairy tale books for children and young adults. You can imagine I love the library, but going to the library can be tough for me. I have cerebral palsy, which means I don’t get around as well as some other kids. I rely on a walker for support. In some places, like the library in my town, the ramps are far away from handicap parking and the entrance to the building. It would be SO much easier if my walker was more like an all-terrain vehicle and could go over curbs or s...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 31, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Sadie McCallum Tags: Our Patients’ Stories cerebral palsy Cerebral Palsy Program Dr. Benjamin Shore Source Type: news

Emotional Birth Photos Show The Power Of Surrogacy After Tragedy
After years of fertility struggles, loss and pain, a Canadian family found renewed hope through surrogacy. On Jan. 22, Kate Austin-Rivas and Didier Rivas welcomed their daughter Scarlett Ryan via surrogate. Birth photographer Ashley Marston was present to capture this powerful moment of joy -- which came after many years of darkness. For Kate and Didier, the journey to parenthood has been filled with tragedy. After suffering multiple miscarriages, the couple welcomed their daughter Elle in 2010. Two years later, Kate delivered a stillborn baby girl, whom they named Katelyn. After another miscarriage, t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news