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Serious Depakote side effects that may require immediate medical attention

Patients who are taking Depakote to treat epilepsy or bipolar disorder are advised to notify their physicians if they believe that they are suffering from the following serious symptoms linked to the anti-seizure drug. Presence of blood in urine or unusual decrease in frequency of urination Any bleeding symptoms, such as getting bruised easily Skin […]

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Follow up treatments after undergoing corrective cleft surgery

Individuals who underwent surgery to correct their cleft palate may be required to undergo follow up surgery operations or treatments–especially those patients who are prone to ear or nose infections. The following are reasons a person may need additional surgery or treatment: Children may be required to undergo another surgery as they grow Patients may need to […]

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Magnetic rod reduces surgery for child scoliosis patients

An estimated 100,000 children with scoliosis across the United States are expected to benefit from a new device approved last year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce scoliosis operations, Fox News reported on July 22. Scoliosis patient, 6-year-old Stanley Wesemeyer, underwent a surgery procedure to install a magnetic rod in his spine that […]

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Child endured 20 surgeries to correct congenital defects

A boy who was born with spina bifida and clubfoot continues to thrive after undergoing 20 surgeries to treat the congenital defect, Fox News reported on July 13. Reports said 9-year-old Tyler Bois initially underwent six surgeries at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, starting when he was one day old. At the age of three, […]

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Correlation found between spina bifida and folic acid intake

A professor in Ireland recently stated that approximately 40 babies a year would be protected from spina bifida if women take folic acid before conceiving, the Irish Times reported on June 26. UCD Professor Michael Turner recently told health officials in Oireachtas that spina bifida prevention through folic acid supplement would also save costs, as treatment of this […]

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7K people with spina bifida in NJ affected by reduced funding

Over 7,000 individuals with spina bifida in Flemington who rely on a state-funded organization are at risk of having their benefits reduced, My Central Jersey reported on June 14. Starting next month, the Spina Bifida Resource Network (SBRN) funding with the state will be terminated. SBRN has been providing spina bifida patients with specialized services for over […]

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$23M awarded to Minnesota girl injured by Depakote

At least $23 million in punitive damages was recently awarded to a girl who was born with birth defects after her mother took Depakote during pregnancy, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on May 28. The jury in St. Louis Circuit Court ruled that Maddison Schmidt was injured by her mother’s use of Depakote during pregnancy. Maddison, now 12, was […]

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Engineered crops may be designed to reduce risks of spina bifida

Science Daily reported on April 28 that incidents of spina bifida and other congenital defects may be decreased through the ingestion of food crops that are specifically genetically modified to increase folate, or vitamin B9. According to the recent study, rice plants that are fortified with a gene to provide more folate may decrease instances of birth defects that […]

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Treatment options available for patients with cognitive impairments

Since there is no precise medical procedure available for individuals suffering from cognitive impairments, a wide array of medications and therapies can be given to patients to treat the underlying complications of this intellectual disability. Doctors may prescribe medications to children and adult patients. Cognitive impairment patients may need to undergo series of therapy sessions if they if they […]

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Inmate blames Depakote dosage for his injuries

A Solano State Prison inmate reportedly filed a lawsuit claiming the injuries he sustained in 2010 were the result of taking anti-seizure drug Depakote, the Daily Republic reported on March 8. According to the lawsuit filed by 50-year-old Eric Robinson, he fell out of his bed on November 26, 2010 after having nightmares that were caused by […]

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