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Cal Poly engineers build house for teen with spina bifida

Engineer students from Cal Poly have recently completed a project that gave a family a new home. Each Spring, the students in an industrial and manufacturing class build a new home for a family who struggles with disabilities. This Spring, the class renovated a home for a family that has a 16-year-old teenager that suffers […]

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Generic version of Depakote released

Mylan Inc, announced Monday that they will be selling a generic version of the anti-seizure medication, Depakote. TheĀ  generic drugmaker said that they will be selling the 125-mg capsule under its generic name, divalproex sodium. Mylan has said that they sales of divalproex sodium in the U.S. were at about $89 million for the 12 […]

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Club fingers and hands linked to Depakote

The birth defects that are associated with the anticonvulsion medication, Depakote, can not only change the life of a child, but can cause pain and stress for an entire family. One side effect that has been linked to the medication is the higher chance that a child will be born with club hands or fingers. […]

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Depakote lawsuit filed over birth defects

The makers of Depakote, Abbott Laboratories, have been sued by the families of 40 children who suffered birth defects after their mother’s were prescribed Depakote during pregnancy. Birth defects that are alleged in the lawsuits are Spina bifida and other neural tube malformations. This lawsuit was filed in St. Clair Court earlier this month. The […]

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Craniofacial defects may be caused by Depakote

Craniofacial birth defects have been linked to the use of the anti-epileptic medication, Depakote, during pregnancy. There are four main type of cranifacial defects that can occur, but some of these are more common than others. The first type of defect is the cleft palate and this occurs when the bones on the roof of […]

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Early surgery may help babies with cleft lip or palate

According to officials, the early detection and surgery for cleft lip and palates mean that a early surgery can be scheduled and can be really helpful for the development of the child. A cleft lip or palate can develop in the first trimester and is the most common birth defect in the U.S. with more […]

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History of Depakote

Depakote is produced by Abbott Laboratories and was first released on the market in 1983 to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder. For over 1o years the Food and Drug Administration has warned the makers of the drug to make the side effects of the drug, whether mild or severe, known to patients. In September 2000, […]

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The Effects of Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida is a painful and life long condition that occurs when a child is in the womb. Recently, there have been claims that the anti-convulsion drug Depakote, which is used to treat depression, bipolar disorder and seizures, has caused children to be born with birth defects such as Spina Bifida if their mothers took […]

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