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The Realities of Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 21st, 2010

Dyskinetic cerebral palsy affects approximately 25% of the people with the disorder. All types of cerebral palsy are the result of brain injuries. In all of its various forms, cerebral palsy is defined by an inability to control the muscles. The muscle tone is oftentimes very uneven, and Dyskinetic CP is particularly known for this symptom.

One of the first symptoms of Dyskinetic CP is uneven muscle tone. One part of the body may be very stiff and other parts very floppy. In infants, the limbs may feel particularly floppy and this is one of the first symptoms of the disorder. There are sometimes more dramatic symptoms associated with this disorder, as well.

Some individuals who suffer this disorder have uncontrollable muscle movements. These may manifest as very powerful and random movements of the arms and legs. In the individuals with the worst injuries, it may be virtually impossible for them to maintain a standing or sitting position or to utilize their muscles for fine and precise tasks. Some individuals will require a lifetime of care.

Are You Aware Paxil and Zoloft Can Cause Birth Injuries?

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009

If you are a woman who has taken or is currently taking anti-depressant medication and are of childbearing age, you need to know the risks. Drugs such as Paxil and Zoloft have been shown to increase risk of birth defects in children whose mothers take the drugs during pregnancy. It can be a tough decision for a mother-to-be to make; does she go off of her depression medication and risk a difficult relapse or does she take a chance of her baby having a birth injury caused by the dangerous drugs?

People may now become more aware of these issues due to the recent outcome that involved just such a case. Pharmalot.com reports that GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of Paxil, have been ordered to pay a $2.5 million dollar settlement to a family who have a son affected by heart defects brought about by his mother’s use of Paxil during pregnancy. This is the first of 600 cases. The judgement was made based on findings that the drug makers failed to properly warn doctors and patients of the possible birth defect threat.

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