Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 15, 2014
The birth injury patient advocates at CerebralPalsyHelp.org are alerting parents of new research information on the site for cerebral palsy. Doctors in Australia say they have devised a system to detect and diagnose the condition soon after birth that will allow for better treatment*.
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.
Now, the CP Help Center has learned that researchers at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Australia have discovered a way to detect CP within weeks of birth, rather than waiting up to 19 months as is the current practice*.
Professors Iona Novak and Cathy Morgan say the new General Movements Assessment can detect cerebral palsy with about 95% accuracy within 3 months of birth, providing important opportunities for earlier treatment and intervention*. The new practice was to be presented at the European Academy of Childhood Disability this month*.
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.
*ABC News, 7/1/14; abc.net.au/news/2014-07-01/cerebral-palsy-breakthrough-allows-doctors-to-diagnose-at-birth/5562694
**National Institute of Health; ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/cerebral_palsy.htm
***March of Dimes; marchofdimes.com/baby/cerebral-palsy.aspx