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Abbott Laboratories named in St. Clair County lawsuit

The makers of the antiseizure medication, Depakote, have now been named in a lawsuit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court after nearly a dozen patients allege that there children were born with birth defects after they were prescribed Depakote during pregnancy. The complaint states that the plaintiff’s minor children were born with spina bifida […]

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Herbicide exposure may cause rare birth defect

The most common herbicide used in the U.S., atrazine, may be linked to the development of a rare birth defect called choanal atresia. According to researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine, the herbicide, which is typically used on corn crops, may disrupt a woman’s endocrine system while she is pregnant, causing the defect. This […]

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September is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month

September is recognized as National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month in order educate society about this common birth defect. According to statistics from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, each year 4,437 children are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate. Over 2,000 children are born with cleft palates. […]

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Over 20 plaintiffs file Depakote lawsuit

On June 8th, almost 30 plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the makers of Depakote, Abbott Laboratories, claiming that the use of the medication during the early stages of pregnancy caused the women’s children to suffer from birth defects. The new lawsuit seeks damages for 27 plaintiffs who all state similar claims. Each of the women […]

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What is tetralogy of Fallot?

A birth defect linked to the use of Depakote during pregnancy, tetralogy of Fallot, is a condition that occurs when a child’s heart fails to form correctly. Tetralogy of Fallot is linked to four main heart problems, including ventricle septal defect, right ventricular hypertrophy, overriding aorta, and pulmonary stenosis. Tetralogy of Fallot is sometimes accompanied […]

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Grandmother begins awareness campaign for cleft lip and palate

A grandmother from Corpus Christi has now begun a fundraiser in order to raise awareness and funds for her grandchild who was born with a cleft lip and palate. The child went through 17 surgeries that were unsuccessful before he was involved with Operation Smile. His grandma has now joined the program in order to […]

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Frequently asked questions about cleft lip and palate

Cleft lips and palates are the most common birth defects in the U.S. because they occur in one in every 1,000 births. These orofacial palate defects occur when baby’s upper lip and roof of their mouth, fail to fuse together. The severity of this birth defect can vary from a small notch in the child’s […]

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Genetic testing may be best way to prescribe antidepressants

A genetic test being offered may shed light on which antidepressants will work best for people who suffer from severe depression. When a person is seeking treatment for this, a psychiatrist usually prescribes two or three medications before finding one that works, with the least amount of side effects,  for the patient. The test, GeneSightRx […]

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Spina bifida sufferers may be helped with pre-natal surgery

According to the Center of Disease Control, nearly 1,500 babies are born with Spina bifida each year and although there are some possible prevention methods, the cause of this condition is not known. Recently, researchers have been studying a pre-natal surgery that may be able to help babies that suffer from this life-long condition. According […]

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Scoliosis treatment options

Nearly seven million people in America suffer from scoliosis and  this condition occurs when the spine begins to curve. The curve can be mild and require little  treatment or it can be very serious and can lead to other deformities. The peak times for a person to be diagnosed with scoliosis is between 10 and […]

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