No Drop In Cerebral Palsy Prevalence, CDC Finds

By Shaun Heasley

New federal data suggests that the number of children born with cerebral palsy is largely steady though some kids are at higher risk than others for the developmental condition.

About 2.2 out of 1,000 children born in 2002 were diagnosed with congenital cerebral palsy – stemming from brain damage before or during birth – according to findings published online Wednesday in the journal Pediatrics.

That’s a slight increase over the 1.9 per 1,000 identified for children born in 1985, researchers said.

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Jacob Ditches Wheelchair for Santa Dash

By Gareth Dennison

A TEENAGER with cerebral palsy will leave his wheelchair behind to walk the Santa Dash for Rotherham Hospice.

Determined Jacob Hunter (pictured) has limited mobility after an operation to straighten his legs and intensive physio as he grew up.

But the 17-year-old, from Bolton-on-Dearne, will walk the one-mile route at Clifton Park on December 13.

Jacob said: “I’m really looking forward to this challenge and helping the patients and their families who are being looked after by Rotherham Hospice.”

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