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Antipsychotics more effective than anticonvulsants when treating mania

A recent study shows that mania is better treated with antipsychotics rather than anticonsulsants, lithium and other mood stabilizers. Researchers looked into clinical trials that were published from 1980 and 2010 and compared the most commonly used medications that are used to treat mania, a component of bipolar disorder that affects about 1percent of people. […]

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What causes a cleft lip?

A cleft lip and palate occurs when the roof of the upper lip and mouth do not fuse completely while the child is in the womb. The severity of the birth defect can vary. It can be a line between the  mouth and nose or a deep groove that connects between the roof of the […]

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Finger and toe defects associated with Depakote

Birth defects occur when there is an issue in fetal development that causes an abnormality in the child. One developmental issue that can occur is with fingers and toes. This birth defect has now been associated with the use of Depakote, an anticonvulsion medication, when taken while pregnant. Birth defects that affect a child’s fingers […]

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Depakote recently hit with two birth defect lawsuits

Abbott Laboratories has recently been involved with two lawsuits in Illinois over their antiseizure medication, Depakote. Both lawsuits state that the drug caused children to be born with birth defects after their mothers were prescribed them during the early stages of their pregnancy. Four dozen minors and several other adults are plaintiffs in the case. […]

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Family raises awareness for cleft lip and palate birth defect

A family is now raising awareness for cleft lip and palate after two of their sons were born with the defect. The parents said that they had no information on the defect before their children were born and they were shocked. They now want to help parents that are in similar situations. Their first son […]

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What is Valproic acid?

Valproic acid is the main ingredient in many anticonvulsant medications and is used to treat certain types of seizures. It is also prescribed to treat the manic phase of bipolar disorder( a manic-depressive disorder that is characterized by episodes of depression, manic, and other abnormal moods) and to prevent migraines from occurring. This medication works […]

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Fetal surgery on Spina bifida patient done in Houston

An ultrasound was able to detect that a woman’s child was suffering from Spina bifida before the birth of the child. After researching, the parents found that the best chance of their daughter living a  normal life was fetal surgery. The procedure was done at Houston’s Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital this past May. In July, […]

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Parents file suit against Abbott Laboratories over Depakote

The parents of two young children have filed a lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories claiming that the use of their anti-epileptic drug during pregnancy caused  their daughters to suffer from birth defects. The lawsuit was filed on July 28 by a woman who was prescribed Depakote during both of her pregnancies. The parents claim that they […]

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FDA: Doctors should warn patients before prescribing Depakote

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a statement that they are urging doctors and physicians to make sure all of the benefits and risks of Depakote have been measured before they prescribe the drug to women of childbearing age. Deapakote is an anticonvulsion medication that is commonly prescribed to those suffering from epilepsy, seizures, […]

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