New York, NY (PRWEB) July 23, 2014
The birth injury patient advocates at CerebralPalsyHelp.org are alerting parents of new research information on the site concerning the causes of cerebral palsy. A recent Norwegian study found a strong relation between cerebral palsy and past family history of the condition*.
The CP Help Center is a national advocacy center providing the latest on cerebral palsy treatment, clinical trials, resources and litigation news. Parents can learn more about their child’s condition and how it may have been caused, get information on available assistance, and decide if they should seek legal advice.
Cerebral palsy restricts muscle movement, coordination and posture. The leading cause of functional and developmental disability in children in the United States**, it occurs in approximately 3.3 out of every 1,000 births, and affects approximately 500,000 children**.
While CP alters muscle function, it is actually a neurological disorder caused by brain damage to the parts that control muscle function***. This usually occurs before, during or after birth***.
Cerebral palsy may be caused by factors occurring to the fetus during pregnancy, or by trauma or asphyxiation during labor***. There is no cure at this time. However, researchers are working toward better treatments.
Recently, Australian doctors discovered a way to detect CP within weeks of birth, rather than waiting up to 2 years, providing important opportunities for earlier treatment and intervention****.
Now, the CP Help Center has learned of a new study from Norway, which found children with immediate family members that have CP are at a greater risk of developing the disorder*. The rate was around 3 times higher for children with a twin or second-degree relative with CP, and 6.5 times higher for those with parents who had CP*.
While the researchers noted that a genetic component may exist with some cerebral palsy, they acknowledged it is not the sole cause*.
Anyone whose child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy should learn more about how their condition was caused, or speak with a lawyer about their legal options. The CP Help Center only recommends lawyers who specialize in cerebral palsy lawsuits.
For more information on the research, treatment, causes and litigation news related to cerebral palsy, or to speak with a lawyer, visit http://www.cerebralpalsyhelp.org today.
*BMJ, 6/17/14; http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g4294
**National Institute of Health; ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/cerebral_palsy.htm
***March of Dimes; marchofdimes.com/baby/cerebral-palsy.aspx
****ABC News, 7/1/14; abc.net.au/news/2014-07-01/cerebral-palsy-breakthrough-allows-doctors-to-diagnose-at-birth/5562694