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July 2019 Archives

Cameras to detect nursing home abuse raise privacy concerns

Federal law does not prohibit the use of surveillance video cameras to oversee elder care, but using them could invade other people's privacy. People in North Carolina considering surveillance equipment to monitor the care of their elderly relatives should not install cameras in secret. Consent is important because nursing home residents and staff members have a right to know that they are being recorded.

Ataxic cerebral palsy, a permanent birth injury

Parents in North Carolina should be aware of a type of injury that their baby may incur during birth or some time later. It is called ataxic cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy refers to a disorder of the cerebellum, which controls muscle movements and balance, and ataxic CP is characterized by balance issues and by a jerky or unbalanced way of walking. Children with the condition may walk with their legs spread farther apart than other children.

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