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>Ohio State University to participate in cerebral palsy study

Ohio State University will join other educational institutions in hosting study sites for new research into cerebral palsy, a severe health disorder frequently caused by injuries experienced during, before or after birth. According to the Centers for Disease Control, cerebral palsy represents the most widespread motor disability among children, with between 500,000 and 800,000 sufferers in the United States alone. The research clinic heading the work will investigate new potential ways of treating the disorder. The institute will not discount the idea that brain damage related to cerebral palsy is reversible and will explore inclusive treatment options that would allow more victims of the disorder to receive help.

Cerebral palsy is frequently caused by injuries suffered by infants during or immediately after or before their births, and is often due to errors on the part of doctors, nurses or other hospital staff. Ohio parents whose children suffer from cerebral palsy or experienced other birth injuries should contact an knowledgeable attorney to find out if a civil lawsuit could help compensate them for the pain, suffering and financial harm caused by such medical negligence.

Much of the research will be funded by a $4.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, with secondary support provided by a number of medical institutions and several private donors. The money will ultimately help scientists create the Neuromotor Research Clinic, which will both study cerebral palsy treatments and provide intensive therapy for children ages 2 to 8 who suffer from the disorder. Some patients and their families will stay in temporary housing created in conjunction with the clinic. The therapy will last for 30 hours per week, for up to a month.

The institute is also seeking additional sources of funding to help kick start other programs, like one aimed specifically at treating infants stricken with the often debilitating disorder.


Source: 
Roanoke.com, "Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute to study cerebral palsy" Lawrence Hammack, Aug. 15, 2013

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