MEDICAL ADVANCES IN CEREBRAL PALSY
Government, non-government organizations, community-based organizations and industry organizations (disability and Cerebral Palsy) perform and sponsor research on Cerebral Palsy, disabilities and impairments which can greatly benefit individuals with cerebral palsy. Studies help to understand the condition and the cause, form a basis for improved treatment options, and are used to develop prevention measures. Some research allows government agencies to calculate how many individuals have the condition and predict the type and amount of assistance required.
Research is also performed on treatment and therapy options. For instance, Stem cell research is being performed to ascertain whether damaged brain cells can be fixed or replaced. In an experiment conducted by neurologist Evan Snyder at Harvard Medical School, mice were injected with stem cell implants. The results of the study indicated that missing cells were spontaneously replaced.
While it is too early to know for certain if Snyder’s results can be replicated in children with Cerebral Palsy, scientists are hopeful. If they can find a surefire way to manipulate damaged brain cells to heal or replenish themselves, then conditions like Cerebral Palsy could be treated, or perhaps reversed.