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What does World Cerebral Palsy Day stand for, and what does it hope to achieve? Abigail Ringer explains.
As Group B Strep Awareness Month continues, this blog describes a recent experiment looking at how mice respond to infection with Group B Strep and how the results of the study may lead to new strategies to combat infection in pregnant women and babies.
Abigail Ringer advises on a range of grants and benefits which can be used to fund appliances and adaptations for those less affected by disability.
When differently-abled adventurers with a passion for the outdoors want to get outside they may find their options limited. Here we review some of the best all terrain wheelchairs that we have seen make some big differences to peoples lives.
Abigail Ringer reports about this year’s PROMPT Symposium – a collaboration of doctors and midwives who are at the forefront of driving up standards in maternity care.
Abigail Ringer writes about the potential benefits of the new MRI scanner installed in a Sheffield hospital, which is able to provide images of the brains of premature babies.
Abigail Ringer considers ongoing research being carried out by the Cambridge Cancer Centre and whether we are getting closer to a world without cancer.
Abigail Ringer considers recent research showing an increased risk of post traumatic stress disorder following miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, and whether there is sufficient psychological support for those affected.
Abigail Ringer considers recent reports that an international team of scientists have made a breakthrough discovery that could save children’s lives by enabling bacterial meningitis to be diagnosed and treated more quickly.
Abigail Ringer writes about Baby Lifeline’s new ‘Monitoring for Mums’ appeal and the importance of good monitoring of mums and babies during labour and following birth to prevent serious injuries.
Abigail Ringer considers the recent decision of the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation not to routinely provide Meningitis B vaccination to all children under the age of two.
As Group B Strep Awareness Month remains in ‘full swing’ this blog describes why campaigners have repeatedly called for screening for GBS infection to be offered to all expectant mothers and how the UK’s current standard of care leaves some babies at risk.
Abigail Ringer writes about recent further research into ‘cooling’ treatment for babies who have suffered lack of oxygen during their birth.
This blog describes cervical insufficiency; considers clinical guidelines for how it should be managed during pregnancy; and the complications that can arise when it is not properly managed.
This seventh blog in our series of blogs relating to injuries suffered around the time of birth, considers recent news reports which suggest that there may be a greater likelihood of mothers and babies suffering injuries if they are born at the weekend.
Abigail Ringer considers metallosis, a potential complication of hip replacement surgery, and the potential toxic effects of tiny metal particles released from hip replacement joints, and how this condition may give rise to a clinical negligence claim.
This blog describes how umbilical cord prolapse can occur; how it should be managed; why it is a medical emergency and also considers why outcomes for babies who have suffered from cord prolapse are improving when the incidence of cord prolapse has not.
This blog describes how newborn babies can become infected with Group B Streptococcal (GBS) bacteria, why campaigners have repeatedly called for screening for GBS infection to be offered to all expectant mothers and considers how one such screening programme was offered at Northwick Park Hospital in London and the impact that this has had on London families.
This blog describes why Shoulder Dystocia occurs; how it should be managed correctly; and the complications that can arise when it is not. It also reports how a group of doctors and midwives have got together and through training and education have improved the lives of many children who would otherwise have suffered the complications of Shoulder Dystocia.