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Treatment for club foot

The antiepileptic medication, Depakote, is used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and migraines, but it has recently been in the news because of an increased risk of developing birth defects if taken during pregnancy. One birth defect that has been linked to the use of Depakote during pregnancy is club foot. It may not be […]

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New Jersey in lead for screening heart defects

The state of New Jersey is leading in its efforts to screen infants in heart defects while still in the womb. According to officials, a simple new screening test called, pulse oximetry, is helping to find birth defects of infants at the earliest stage. The screening is now a New Jersey law and works by […]

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More cleft lip cases in U.S. than other countries

In the U.S., there are more babies that are born with cleft lip or palate than in other developing countries. Cleft lip and palate are the most common birth defects in the U.S. behind heart disease. A doctor at Ohio’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital has stated that cleft lip and palate defects are twice as common […]

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Whistleblower lawsuit filed over Abbott’s Depakote ‘off-labeling’

A whisteblower lawsuit filed against Abbott Laboratories for allegedly telling employees to market epilepsy drugs for unapproved uses. According to Abbott Labs employees, the corporate message and federal law states that the company can only market drugs for approved use. But this message was different during training because trainees were allegedly told that they should […]

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Community happy with passage of anti-seizure medication

The passage of a new epilepsy bill has many people in the Orange County area excited and relieved. The new bill means states that non-medical personnel, such as teachers, can now administer an anti-seizure medication to students. The new law will go into effect on Jan. 1 and will counter act a bill that was […]

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Surgery may be effective treatment for those who suffer from epilepsy

Recently, surgery has begun to be used as a way to correct epilepsy and new studies have shown that those who have the surgery done may go 10 years without having a seizure. Researchers have said that this shows promise to be an alternative way to treat the disorder. On the first long-term study of […]

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Scoliosis: A curvature of the spine

Scoliosis is a condition that occurs when the spine curves away from the middle of the back. This condition could occur at birth, or could be related to a neuromuscular condition or may have an unknown cause. When scoliosis is congenital, it may be tied to multiple other birth defects and neuromuscular birth defects are […]

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Williams Hart continues to research birth defect claims against Depakote

Williams Hart, a law firm based in Houston, Texas that focuses on national mass torts, is still researching claims against the antiseizure medication, Depakote. The claims state that the use of the medication during pregnancy have caused multiple birth defects. Thousands of people have taken Depakote, or generic versions, in order to treat mental health […]

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