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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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