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Hyperprolactinemia caused by Risperdal

admin Posted on July 28th, 2014 No Comments

Prolactin is a pituitary hormone responsible for breast growth and milk production. When too much prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland, a condition called hyperprolactinemia occurs. Hyperprolactinemia is characterized by abnormal milk production, decreased libido, and infertility in both men and women. When hyperprolactinemia is caused by a pituitary tumor, the increased pressure in the brain caused by the tumor may result in headaches and impaired vision.

Certain medications are considered a common cause of hyperprolactinemia. Among the medications that can possibly induce this condition are antipsychotic (neuroleptic) drugs, including Risperdal.

At Williams Kherkher, we are dedicated to hold negligent pharmaceutical manufacturers responsible for the safety of their products. If you have been victimized by the dangerous side effects of Risperdal, we may help you pursue legal action against the maker of the drug. Call our offices today at (800) 220-9341 to learn about the possibility of seeking financial compensation for your damages.

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The Dangers of Spina Bifida

admin Posted on July 28th, 2014 No Comments

Spina bifida is a type of neural tube defect that affects the vertebrae, or the bones protecting the spinal cord. This occurs when one or more of the bones in the spine fail to close completely, creating a gap or split. In some cases, membranes in the spinal cord may protrude through the gap, creating a sac on the infant’s back.

Different complications have been associated with spina bifida, some of which can be life-threatening:

  • Meningitis, or the inflammation of the membranes covering the brain
  • Hydrocephalus, or the accumulation of fluid in the baby’s brain
  • Neurological disorders
  • Developmental disabilities

Unfortunately, neural tube defects such as this can also be a result of fetal exposure to Zoloft. Studies have found that Zoloft negatively affects the absorption of folic acid during pregnancy, which is crucial in preventing congenital defects like this.

If taking Zoloft has caused your baby to suffer from any of its dangerous side-effects, the attorneys at Williams Kherkher can help you pursue financial restitution from the responsible parties. Call us at 800-220-9341 to learn about your legal options.

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Federal agency to assess testosterone supplements’ side effects

admin Posted on July 25th, 2014 No Comments

A committee has been formed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the studies that link testosterone supplement use of men with cardiovascular problems, Fierce Pharma reported on July 22.

This coming September, the Bone, Reproductive, and Urologic Drugs FDA group and a committee from Drug Safety and Risk Management will reassess the two recent studies that claimed testosterone supplement use may increase the risk of heart-related problems. Last June, the FDA required testosterone supplement makers to place a warning  on products. Cases against testosterone makers have already been collated by judges in Chicago.

Suffering heart-related problems from using testosterone supplements may result in great financial loss due to expensive treatment needed for recovery. However, if this happened to you, the lawyers of Williams Kherkher may possibly help you recover your loss by pursuing damage claims from negligent parties. Learn more about your legal actions today by calling (800) 220-9341.

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Study linked recurring stress to heart attacks

admin Posted on July 22nd, 2014 No Comments

A study by scientists at the Harvard Medical School recently suggested why recurring stress can result in heart attacks, a TIME article stated on June 22.

According to the study’s co-author Matthias Nahrendorf, white blood cells are produced in excess when an individual is under stress, but its constant overproduction can cause heart problems. The white blood cells become lodged on artery walls, resulting in irregular blood flow and eventually leading to clotting. Though the researchers connected chronic stress and heart attacks, other factors like high cholesterol, genetic traits, and smoking also largely influence the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.

In addition to unhealthy behaviors like smoking, simply the ingestion of birth control pills like Yasmin or Yaz can increase the risk of women suffering from heart problems and severe blood clots. If you have been adversely affected by these pills’ dangerous side effects, the lawyers at Williams Kherkher may represent you to hold drug makers responsible. Find out how we may help you pursue compensation today by calling 800-641-9810.

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Repairing hypospadias increases risk of wound infection

admin Posted on July 22nd, 2014 No Comments

Individuals who undergo hypospadias surgery may sometimes experience wound infection if the surgery area has been contaminated by bacteria.

Sepsis, illness caused by bacteria infection, may occur if the penile meatus has been infected during surgery. A medical article observed that more than half of the patients who undergo hypospadias repair had bacteria present on the penile meatus, but this decreased after skin swabs were administered prior to surgery. Infection can be extremely detrimental to the reparative process, but it can be prevented through the use of antibiotic solution throughout the process, povidine iodine scrubbing before operation, and other measures. When serious infection does occur, hypospadias repair may be compromised.

Instances of hypospadias can occur in infants if the mother used Topamax while pregnant. If your child has suffered as a result of you taking Topamax, the legal team at Williams Kherkher may advocate for you to receive remunerations from negligent drug makers to recover your loss. Discuss your situation with us today at 800-641-9810, and learn about your legal options.

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BP pursuing funds from those overpaid in oil spill compensation suit

admin Posted on July 14th, 2014 No Comments

In a court filing on June 27, BP asked a federal judge to order the return of overpaid funds plus interest from payments made to businesses that claimed losses due to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Associated Press reported.

BP said the court should mandate a recalculation of the awards because it was agreed in courts last May that the policy for calculating losses needed to be revised. Meanwhile, BP continues to contest the court’s decision that businesses don’t need to provide proof that they were directly affected by the oil spill in order to get compensation from the company.

The legal process of filing a claim with the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center can be a tedious undertaking. For this reason, you should employ the legal services of our attorneys at Williams Kherkher, who can help you file a claim or appeal a denied claim. Call our offices today at 800-220-9341 to discuss your situation.

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The role of folic acid in preventing neural tube defects

admin Posted on July 10th, 2014 No Comments

Neural tube defects (NTDs) are congenital abnormalities affecting the infant’s spinal cord, brain, and spine. Common types of NTDs are anencephaly, spina bifida, and omphalocele. These birth defects are known to develop as a result of both genetic and environmental factors.

Although the precise reason is still not completely understood, taking  folic acid (vitamin b9) during pregnancy has a profound effect on preventing the development of NTDs.

Women of childbearing age are advised by the U.S. Public Health Service to consume 400 mcg (0.4mg) of folic acid every day to lower the risk of NTDs. In fact, a woman taking folic acid daily prior to conception and in early pregnancy can decrease the risk of their child developing an NTD by up to 70%.

Unfortunately, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drug Zoloft has been known to inhibit the absorption of folic acid in the body, which in turn increases the risk of NTDs. If your baby has been adversely affected by this drug, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher can help you figure out your eligibility for compensation from the manufacturer. Call our offices today at (800) 220-9341 if you would like to see how we can help you.

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Scientists developing new materials to reduce negative side effects of hip implants

admin Posted on July 10th, 2014 No Comments

The metals titanium and tantalum are widely-used in hip implant design, providing a smooth metal finish that remains durable over time. However, many negative side effects have been recorded as the result of metal toxicity inside the body, and scientists are looking to find a solution that is more biocompatible, Nanowerk News explained in reference to an article published in the Journal of Surface Science and Engineering.

Also, the smoothness of the metal surface is susceptible to the influx of harmful pathogenic bacteria that can cause infection and corrosion around the replacement bone. Because of these dangerous side effects, scientists at the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia have performed research around attaching a layer of silicon oxide (the main component of glass) onto the metal, thereby protecting the body.

DePuy hip implants are one of the disastrous products that exemplify the need for improved hip implant technology. If you have experienced any of DePuy hip implant’s negative side effects, including implant dislocation, bone fracture, and metal toxicity, learn about your legal options by calling the attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-220-9341.

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NFL’s Jadaveon Clowney undergoes surgery for hernia

admin Posted on July 10th, 2014 No Comments

Jadaveon Clowney, the recently signed linebacker for the Houston Texans, recently had surgery for a sports hernia, CBSSports.com reported on June 13.

Clowney, originally a defensive lineman from South Carolina, had been dealing with a groin issue and decided to have surgery before the season started. Clowney is expected to be well again and prepared for the training camp in late July, Coach Bill O’Brien assured reporters. The professional athlete signed a $22.3-million four-year contract with the Texans that allowed for a fifth year club option.

Although surgery is an option, many people who experience a hernia utilize hernia patches–arguably an easy and functional way to deal with the issue. However, the usage of the hernia patch AlloDerm has been associated with dangerous side effects such as potentially life-threatening infection, recurrence of the hernia, and others. Should you experience negative side effects from using AlloDerm, contact our attorneys at Williams Kherkher by dialing 800-220-9341 today.

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Study: higher fatality rate for African-American patients on dialysis

admin Posted on July 10th, 2014 No Comments

In a report published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology by researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, it was stated that more poor African-Americans died from chronic kidney failure than their poor white counterparts, Medical Daily reported on June 12.

Poverty is always a health factor, but the study suggested that even when this is considered, African Americans are still 1.5 times more likely to die while being treated through kidney dialysis. According to study leader Tanya Johns, 19- to 30-year-old African-Americans are nearly as twice as likely as Caucasians to die of kidney failure.

The research entailed taking note of 11,000 study participants, both black and white, over a period of 23 months. Overall, the incidence of the disease was 3.4 times higher among African-Americans.

GranuFlo has been known in the market as an effective kidney dialysate. Unfortunately, the usage of this product is also known to cause negative side effects such as cardiac arrhythmia, heart attack, metabolic alkalosis, among others. If you have experienced this, get in touch with our attorneys at Williams Kherkher by calling 800-220-9341 so we can provide you with legal assistance.

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