Ana is a molecular biologist with a passion for discovery and communication. As a science writer, she looks for connecting the public, in particular patients and healthcare providers, with clear and quality information about the latest medical advances. Ana holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she specialized in infectious diseases, epigenetics, and gene expression..
Intrathecal baclofen pump (ITB) can be more effective than deep brain stimulation (DBS) for relieving involuntary muscle contractions (dystonia) and pain associated with cerebral palsy (CP), a case report ... Read more
Selective dorsal rhizotomy, a surgery that lessens spasticity (muscle stiffness) in children with cerebral palsy, does not reduce their energy consumption during walking, a retrospective study has found. The ... Read more
Coaching caregivers helps empower families of infants at high risk of cerebral palsy (CP), and may help improve their quality of life — highlighting the importance of family-centered care, ... Read more
Monitoring mirror movements in children with unilateral cerebral palsy (CP) due to perinatal stroke may be a useful clinical marker to determine motor disability severity. It also may be helpful ... Read more
Babies able to switch on a mechanism — while still inside their mothers’ wombs — to protect themselves against inflammation are at lower risk of brain bleeds, cerebral palsy (CP), or death, ... Read more
Strength training has the potential to reduce muscle weakness and improve walking ability of children with cerebral palsy (CP), but should be adapted to each child’s muscle response, a study ... Read more
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