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Toddler with Tetralogy of Fallot underwent two critical surgeries

A little girl born with a congenital heart defent, Tertralogy of Fallot, has endured several procedures including two open-heart operations, an article from News 10 reported. When Sophia Walsh, 6, was born, she was immediately admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital for her first open-heart operation. At six months old, Sophia underwent […]

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Birth defects linked to Valproic acid exposure

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed the heightened risk of a fetus of developing birth defects if exposed to valproic acid during the first trimester. The use of valproic acid or the anticonvulsant drug Depakote by pregnant women can increase the risk of a baby having a cleft lip, cleft […]

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Treating infant craniosynostosis through traditional surgery

Infants who are born with craniosynostosis, or the congenital skull condition in which the baby’s brain natural growth is hampered due to premature closure of the joints of the skull, may be treated through traditional surgery. To alleviate the pressure of the brain and improve the facial structure of the baby, an incision on the […]

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Treating aortic valve stenosis through Balloon valvuloplasty

When a person has aortic stenosis, there may a variety of different treatment options available. However, one of the options in treating this health problem is balloon valvuloplasty or valvotomy. In valvotomy, a soft and thin catheter tube with a balloon on the other end will be inserted by a doctor into the patient’s blood […]

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FDA releases new warning about the use of Depakote and related drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned medical practitioners and patients that pregnant mothers taking anti-seizure drugs that contain Valproate can cause a decreased IQ in newborns. In a statement released by the FDA on May 6, Depakote and other generic drugs that contain Valproate should not be taken by pregnant women. This […]

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Pregnant moms’ use of anti-seizure drug increases babies’ autism risk

According to a recent Danish study, pregnant mothers ingesting the anti-seizure drug Valproate during their pregnancy increase the risk of their baby being born with autism to five times that of mothers who don’t use this medication. The research study, which was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that Valproate […]

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Abbott labs may pay at least $1.3 billion in Depakote marketing suit

Abbott Laboratories will be paying at least $1.3 billion in order to settle a lawsuit over the alleged illegal marketing of the antisiezure medication, Depakote. The suit was filed by the U.S. government and 24 states after claiming that the drug was illegally marketed by the company in order to be prescribed for unapproved uses. […]

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Studies show Lithium more effective then Valporate for treating Bipolar Disorder

Two new studies have shown recently that Lithium is more effective than Valporate (Depakote) for treating Bipolar Disorder. Nearly 4,000 Danish people that suffer from Bipolar Disorder were involved in the study, and it was found that individuals who were taking Lithium were admitted to the hospital less and switched/added medication less. A researcher in […]

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