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Contact: Eileen Nicole Simon
versus opinion
Increased prevalence
of childhood disorders
Dependency and
need for lifelong care
Factors in need of
closer examination
Failure in school, truancy, school dropout, erratic employment, vagrancy, and criminal
activity are later outcomes that should be investigated, as well as seizure disorder,
conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and related problems like explosive
rage.  Abusive parents, prenatal exposure and early use of alcohol and other drugs
have long been blamed for problems of school-aged children and adolescents.  
However, note the similarity of ischemic brainstem damage to the bilateral symmetric
brainstem lesions (Wernicke's encephalopathy) caused by chronic alcohol use.
The evidence seems plentiful enough and too tragic to suggest any further studies with
human infants on immediate versus delayed cord clamping.  Animal activists may
protest, but further investigation of monkeys subjected to suffocation and umbilical cord
clamping should be done to determine the extent and seriousness of handicaps caused
by ischemic damage of brainstem nuclei, especially those within the auditory pathway.
10. Dependency and lifelong need for care
Developmental disabilities remain lifelong handicaps.  Retrospective data is plentiful.  I
work in the Massachusetts state hospital for mentally ill prison inmates.  Special
education, seizure disorder, school dropout, and erratic employment history are
documented in the charts for the majority of these patients.  Often the comment of a
mother is included that her son suffered oxygen deprivation at birth.  Many of these birth
records could be examined.
Mainstreaming of mentally handicapped people is the goal of current treatment.  At the
same time, the numbers of people in prisons is increasing, and incarceration is the
costliest kind of long-term care.  There is no cure for brain damage.  Every effort must
be made to prevent it, and to acknowledge and change current practices that may be
adding to the increasing numbers of handicapped people.
Posted: February 27, 2006
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