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Abbott Laboratories to pay $1.6 billion to settle Depakote case

Posted on May 8th, 2012 No Comments

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

Posted on April 18th, 2012 No Comments

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

Posted on April 4th, 2012 No Comments

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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Surgery may be more beneficial then medication when treating epilepsy

Posted on March 19th, 2012 No Comments

A surgical procedure may now be the best way to combat seizures from occurring in epilepsy patients. Recently, there have been more and more evidence that shows that performing surgical procedures on patients that have drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy will help relieve them of seizures. In a study done on the surgical procedures, the patients […]

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Treated vs. untreated depression during pregnancy

Posted on March 14th, 2012 No Comments

A recent study done on treated and untreated depression has researchers concerned on what is better for the fetus because certain conditions are linked to each. In the study, researchers analyzed 7,696 pregnant women, 570 who did not treat their depression and 99 that used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants during their pregnancy. If not […]

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New Jersey students working to raise awareness for cleft lip, palate

Posted on March 5th, 2012 No Comments

New Jersey students are currently working to raise awareness for children suffering from cleft lip and palate. They will be hosting a Joke-a-Thon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 11:30 a.m,. The Operation Smile Club at the school as well as the non-porfit group also called Operation Smile work to raise awareness about these birth […]

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Study: Migraines may be symptom of depressive mood disorders

Posted on February 27th, 2012 No Comments

A new study shows that migraine headaches may be linked to more serious health concerns. New research that was recently released shows that forty percent of women that reported currently having a migraine, or having one in the past, were later diagnosed with depression. “This is one of the first large studies to examine the […]

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Abbott facing more lawsuits involving marketing

Posted on February 24th, 2012 No Comments

Abbott Laboratories is currently facing more lawsuits that claim that the antiseizure medication, Depakote, was marketed incorrectly and they violated consumer-protection laws by doing so. Eight lawsuits have  been filed against executives of Abbott claiming breaches in “fiduciary duty” involving the sales of Depakote. The drug was approved to treat migraine headaches, epilepsy, manic episodes […]

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February is “Heart Health Month”

Posted on February 16th, 2012 No Comments

February is “Heart Health Month” in order to raise awareness of the importance of heart health in men and women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the U.S. and the goal of this month, is to raise awareness of the disease in order to save lives. A cardiologist has […]

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Four percent of U.S. adults have Bipolar disorder

Posted on February 13th, 2012 No Comments

In the U.S. nearly four percent of all adults will have Bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Out of those that suffer from the disorder, many of them suffer severe side effects. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder, is a condition in the brain that causes mood swings that […]

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