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Medical complications linked to craniostenosis

Medical studies have shown a link between the use of Depakote during pregnancy and infants born with craniostenosis. For individuals or families who may be dealing with this disorder, it is important to understand the medical complications that can be linked to craniosynostosis. The condition itself is characterized by joints in an infant skull closing too […]

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Mother undergoes procedure to treat spina bifida of unborn baby

A pregnant mother in the United Kingdom underwent a high risk surgical procedure to treat her unborn daughter’s spina bifida. According to reports, Gina Lavis was nearly 20 weeks pregnant when she learned that her baby had spina bifida. While aborting the baby is the choice of many women in this situation, Lavis decided to undergo […]

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What families should expect from a Depakote lawyer

Parents who have decided to file a Depakote claim upon learning that their baby was born with congenital defects will quickly come to learn that working with a skilled lawyer will be important for them to have a thorough understanding of the legal process. Below are some of the qualities parents should look for when enlisting […]

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Proving a Depakote claim

Individuals who believe that they or their child’s congenital defects were caused by the anti-seizure drug Depakote and have decided to file a claim against the pharmaceutical company responsible for the medicine should be aware that the following points will need to be proven in order to establish a legitimate claim: Depakote medication was a direct […]

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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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Understanding Apert Syndrome

Apert syndrome is a condition in which babies’ skulls form prematurely in the womb, causing the brain to develop irregularly and resulting in a number of medical issues. Babies who are born with this congenital defect often have unusual facial features caused by the skull placing unusual pressure on the features as they develop. Babies who […]

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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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Abbott Laboratories to pay $1.6 billion to settle Depakote case

Monday, Abbott Laboratories announced that they would be paying $1.6 billion in order to settle claims that they practice illegal marketing for the drug, Depakote. Abbott Labs was charged with marketing their antiseizure drugs for uses that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The company then plead guilty to misbranding, which has […]

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Study: Antiepileptic medication use in bipolar disorder patients

A new study has been done on the use of anitepileptic medication in order to treat bipolar disorder to determine whether the use of this medication has increased the risk of suicide in patients. The study was done on patients with bipolar disorder who were taking one of three medications including, Lamictal, Depakote, and Tegretol. […]

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Warning system for seizures could help to stop false alarms

Nearly one third of all people that suffer from epilepsy (roughly 50 million) can not be treated with medication. Because of this, other treatment is usually sought in these situations and one of these includes a brain implant that that shoots  electricity through the brain to stop the seizure before they begin. One issue that […]

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