March 27, 2015

Head Injuries and Their Strange Symptoms: An Inexplicable Love for Cheese

We have discussed before that traumatic brain injuries, which occur when one sustains physical damage to his or her brain, can sometimes produce less-than-common and even bizarre results, such as olfactory hallucinations. Recently, VICE reported on their food-centric blog, Munchies, that "some highly unfortunate neurological wiring" can also cause a "rabid craving for cheese."

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March 20, 2015

Treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1): Sympathetic Nerve Blocks, Part II

Last week, we explored the potential of sympathetic nerve blocks--injections of anesthesia into the nerves--as a treatment method for those suffering from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD/CRPS), a disease that causes chronic and severe physical pain in certain regions of the body. Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that sympathetic nerve blocks are considered by many pain physicians to be effective in treating chronic pain, and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand has noted that the injections are particularly helpful when used in conjunction with physical therapy.

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March 13, 2015

Treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1): Sympathetic Nerve Blocks, Part I

In this post, we revisit the matter of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), a medical condition that causes severe, chronic physical pain in its victims through nerve damage. Because RSD is currently a rare and as-of-yet poorly understood disease, those afflicted with it can feel hopeless at the lack of a variety of treatments available for it. However, one very common method that pain physicians find useful in treating RSD to help manage the pain are injections of anesthesia into the nerves, called "sympathetic nerve blocks."

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March 6, 2015

The Various Forms of Birth Injury

Last week, we introduced the general topic of birth injury, a category of injuries that occur to an infant during childbirth that can affect the child for the rest of his or her life. While we discussed factors that might give way to a birth injury and two major kinds of birth injury, this week, we go in-depth and explain different forms of birth injury, some of them being minor and capable of clearing up on their own, and others being more serious in nature and effect.

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February 27, 2015

Birth Injury: A General Overview

In many of the weeks prior to this post, we have discussed cerebral palsy at length. Cerebral palsy, an injury that occurs to a child when his or her brain is damaged while in the womb or during birth, is a form of birth injury, defined by the Merck Manuals as "damage sustained during the birthing process, usually occurring during transit through the birth canal." Birthinjuryguide.org notes that many cases of birth injuries are "completely preventable."

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February 20, 2015

Treating Cerebral Party: A List of Resources, Part III

This week's post is the third in a series of resources for those with cerebral palsy (CP), a condition resulting from injuries to a child's brain while in the womb or at birth, and their loved ones. In the last two posts, we have discussed the kinds of people and medication available to help children with CP "enjoy near-normal adult lives," given that disabilities are "properly managed," according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). This week, we discuss surgical procedures that may help lessen some of the symptoms of CP.

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February 13, 2015

Treating Cerebral Palsy: A List of Resources, Part II

Last week, we discussed the various kinds of human resources available to help someone cope with or overcome difficulties associated with cerebral palsy (CP), a condition resulting from injuries to a child's brain while in the womb or at birth. As stated by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), "Many children go on to enjoy near-normal adult lives if their disabilities are properly managed." While last week's post described the kinds of people that one might want on the medical care team of someone with CP, this week, we discuss some of the drug treatments available for aid.

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February 6, 2015

Treating Cerebral Palsy: A List of Resources, Part I

Cerebral palsy, a condition resulting from injuries to a child's brain while in the womb or at birth, can lead to impaired movements, speech, and motor skills. While these symptoms can make every day life challenging, treatments are available to aid those with CP in alleviating some of these symptoms. As stated by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), "Many children go on to enjoy near-normal adult lives if their disabilities are properly managed." Below is a list of some of the options available to those with CP to make every day life more manageable, as well as a description of how. In this post, we discuss the various potential members of a medical care team.

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January 30, 2015

Cerebral Palsy in the News: Woman With CP Writes 60,000 Word Novel With Left Foot

When Hu Huiyuan was born, she was not expected to live more than a few days. She survived these odds, and ten months later, her parents were told that she had cerebral palsy, according an article recently posted by the Daily Mail. The 21-year-old Chinese woman's movements are so limited by CP that she is only able to control her head and her left foot properly. However, this condition has not stopped Hu, who taught herself to read and write and to type on a keyboard with her foot, ultimately leading her to create a 60,000-word novel.

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January 16, 2015

Cerebral Palsy and Its Different Forms, Part II

Last week, we discussed the various different kinds of cerebral palsy (CP), a condition resulting from injuries to a child's brain while in the womb or at birth. The four main types of CP, spastic cerebral palsy, dyskinetic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy, and mixed cerebral palsy, vary in the different parts of the body they affect and also how they affect the body. While we explained spastic and dyskinetic cerebral palsy in depth last week, this week, we delve into the characteristics of ataxic and mixed cerebral palsy.

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January 8, 2015

Cerebral Palsy and Its Different Forms, Part I

Cerebral palsy (CP), a condition resulting from injuries to a child's brain while in the womb or at birth, is often referred to simply as "cerebral palsy." However, CP can be divided into various different types, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are four main types of CP, which we have mentioned in a prior post and discuss in more detail here: spastic cerebral palsy, dyskinetic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy, and mixed cerebral palsy. In this post, we will discuss the first two types: spastic cerebral palsy and dyskinetic cerebral palsy.


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January 2, 2015

"Voir Dire is Scary (This is the Truth)": Nelson Tyrone Published in Verdict Magazine, Part II

Last month, we announced that Verdict Magazine, journal for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, had published an article written by Nelson Tyrone of Tyrone Law Firm. That post summarized the first half of the article, which discusses the challenges attorneys face during voir dire, the process by which potential jurors for a trial are selected. Today, we explain the second half of the article.

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December 23, 2014

Tyrone Law Firm Wins $13.9 Million Verdict in Georgia Birth Injury Case, Part II

Last week, we announced that the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a $13.9 million medical malpractice verdict in a case where the plaintiff was represented by Tyrone Law Firm at trial. The complaint, brought by Melissa Dempsey for injuries that her daughter, Kailey, sustained during her birth in 2002, alleged that Kailey suffers from permanent mental and physical disabilities including cerebral palsy and mental retardation due to traumatic brain injury at birth, caused directly by the attending nurses' negligence during the birth. This week, we delve a little deeper into the Court's ruling and the reasoning behind its conclusion.

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December 20, 2014

Tyrone Law Firm Wins $13.9 Million Verdict in Georgia Birth Injury Case, Part I

Earlier this month, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a $13.9 million medical malpractice verdict in a case where the plaintiff was represented by Tyrone Law Firm. The Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Melissa Dempsey, for injuries that her daughter, Kailey, sustained during her birth in 2002.

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December 16, 2014

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD, CRPS Type 1) Support: Hope Over Pain

A few weeks ago, we posted about several different support groups that exist for those suffering from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome type 1, a condition that causes severe, chronic pain and has no known cure. Recently, we learned of another, Hope Over Pain, that may be of use to those seeking communal support for coping with RSD.

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