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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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Three topics to discuss with a potential Depakote attorney

Families who believe that their loved one was born with congenital defects as a result of ingesting Depakote may want to file a claim against the drug maker. Through the legal process, victims and their families may pursue justice and financial compensation from those responsible. As such, it is important to consider the following when […]

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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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Typical signs of impaired cognitive development

Unfortunately, as a result of using Depakote, a medication for treating epilepsy, during pregnancy, certain babies have impaired cognitive development. This impaired development can manifest in a myriad of ways, showing both mental and physical symptoms. Some of the typical signs of impaired cognitive development include: Severe headaches High fever Seizures Skin rashes Stiff neck. […]

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Causes of aortic stenosis

Aortic stenosis, which is the life-threatening disease where the opening valve between the left ventricle and the aorta in the heart  is narrowed, restricting the flow of the blood, may be caused by several different factors. In older people, typically 65 or older, the aortic valve may become stiff and narrower when calcium lodges into […]

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Drug giant Abbott Labs faces lawsuit regarding off-label sales

A lawsuit filed against drug giant Abbott Labs for allowing doctors to promote the anti-seizure drug Depakote for off-label usage was recently upheld by a federal judge. In a derivative complaint upheld against Abbott Labs, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall wrote that it seemed likely Abbott had taught their sales members to promote Depakote for […]

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Group of minors file suit against Depakote

At least three dozen minors recently filed a federal lawsuit against drug giant Abbot for the Depakote their mothers took during pregnancy. The plaintiffs claimed in their complaint that they suffered physical harm as a result of their mothers’ use of the anti-epileptic drug Depakote during pregnancy. According to the lawsuit, Depakote  “ was defectively […]

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Illinois to receive nearly $20 million in Depakote settlement

The state of Illinois is going to receive nearly $20 million in the Depakote lawsuit that was settled last week. Abbott Laboratories agreed to pay $1.6 billion in order to settle the claims that they illegally marketed the antisiezure medication for off-label uses. Abbott Laboratories has made two national settlements, which total to $1.6 billion […]

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