Being born prematurely, before 37 weeks, can place babies at increased risk of certain health conditions, including cerebral palsy. Research shows these babies have a lower risk of having cerebral palsy when their mother is given a magnesium sulphate infusion before delivery. A new study has been published which shows that when women, who are
Public health and government officials are urging Canadians to practice social distancing. For some, social distancing could make the difference between life and death. Andrew Gurza, a Toronto-based disability awareness consultant, has cerebral palsy. His condition could make him seriously vulnerable if he were to contract COVID-19. In an interview with CBC, Gurza, who uses
Andrea Donaldson of Pacific Medical Law recently received her Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS) Level 1 certification, allowing her to teach skiing to people with disabilities. CADS instructor training courses are held throughout Canada for people wishing to learn and improve their skills as instructors for people with disabilities. Level 1 consists of personal ski improvement
Babies are cooled immediately after birth if they have hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). HIE is a condition that occurs when an infant’s brain is deprived of oxygen. It is a significant cause of death and long-term disability in infants. The severity of the infant’s HIE determines his or her risk of cognitive impairment and disability.
The issue of patients’ rights with respect to their medical decisions is always an important consideration, but one that does not often get a lot of attention. Our society, as a whole, has a great respect for the medical profession. Part of that respect is a recognition that physicians have more extensive and much deeper