Sept. 12, 2008 was supposed to be a joyous day for the Rivera family. Kasie was a patient at Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas, expecting the healthy birth of her son, Haiden. Tragically, things went wrong and Haiden suffered serious birth injuries.
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, commonly victimize prematurely-born infants during their stay in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Medical research has revealed that as many as 25 percent of infants born preterm will suffer pressure sores during hospitalization. That is why the results of a new study are encouraging to parents of babies born preterm.
Birth asphyxia is a potentially deadly complication that happens when an infant isn't receiving a sufficient amount of oxygen before, during or immediately after birth. Because birth asphyxia may cause severe neurological injuries such as cerebral palsy, it's important for hospital staff to carefully monitor an infant's oxygen levels and act swiftly when a problem arises.
Cerebral palsy often impacts a child's speech, making words slur or lack enunciation. A speech problem can be just as troubling as a child's movement difficulties, so scientists at a Scotland university are about to begin a three-year study that will closely examine the speech patterns of children with cerebral palsy.
Postpartum hemorrhage is one of the leading causes of fatal birth trauma in the United States. For that reason, scientists have made efforts to decrease it and save lives. A new study from the British Medical Journal provides valuable insight into one of the common causes of postpartum hemorrhage: Antidepressant use during pregnancy.
Brian J. McKeen, managing partner and founder of McKeen & Associates, P.C., was recently selected for the Dan Cullan Memorial Award. The prestigious honor was bestowed upon McKeen for his lifetime dedication to advocacy, especially in the area of birth trauma and brain injury. Please read more about this tremendous honor here.
An unconscionable study risked the lives and health of more than 1,300 babies without their parents' knowledge. The trial, known as the SUPPORT study, provided varying levels of oxygen to prematurely born infants and measured the effects. The government-funded study spanned five years and involved 23 hospitals across the nation, including Wayne State University.
The medical community knows that concussions aren't good for the brain, but there has been disagreement about whether an isolated concussion can cause long-lasting brain damage. The answer is yes, according to researchers from the New York University Longone School of Medicine. The medical study found that patients' brains still displayed significant damage one year after enduring a single concussion.
An international coalition of disability advocacy organizations came together to host the "Change My World in 1 minute" contest to benefit those with cerebral palsy (CP). The contest called for people to submit ideas for new products that could benefit CP patients. Nearly 500 ideas were received and thousands of people voted for their favorite.
A California family insists American Airlines discriminated against it when the airline wouldn't allow a disabled boy to board its plane. The family was trying to fly from New Jersey to California and decided to upgrade two of its three tickets to first class. However, at the gate they were prevented from boarding.