Different approaches to diagnosing uterine cancer

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 2:01 pm    

Uterine cancer, or the formation and development of cancer tumors along the uterus, has recently been associated with the use of power morcellators. Power morcellators are devices used to manually break up pieces of uterine growths before vacuuming them out of the body. In some instances, previously undetected cancerous tissues are also morcellated and left in the uterus, increasing their growth and spread.

To diagnose uterine cancer, doctors may recommend one or more of these tests:

  • Pelvic exam – Doctors may manually check the vagina and cervix for any abnormalities by inserting a speculum into the vagina
  • Imaging tests – Transvaginal ultrasounds and hysteroscopy, or the examination of the inside of the uterus and the endometrium using a thin, flexible tube called the hysteroscope, may all help detect uterine cancer
  • Endometrial biopsy – A sample of the endometrial tissue is obtained for analysis
  • Dilation and curettage – Used to obtain greater volume of uterine tissue for evaluation. Used when the tissue obtained from the endometrial biopsy is not enough for analysis

If you believe a diagnosis of uterine cancer has been the result of using a power morcellator, seek the legal assistance and guidance of our team of personal injury attorneys at Williams Kherkher to learn more about your eligibility in filing a legal claim. Call us at (800) 220-9341 for a free assessment of your case.


Possible causes of hematemesis

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 11:41 am    

Hematemesis occurs when a person’s vomit contains blood that may reveal itself in bright red or dark colors. This condition may possibly be caused by several factors.

• People may vomit blood if they are suffering from severe upper gastrointestinal tract problem caused by peptic ulcer.
• People suffering from liver problems may experience vomiting blood.
• People who damage their esophagus by too much coughing or vomiting may have blood in their vomit.
• People with cancer that affects the pancreas, stomach, or esophagus may have blood in their vomit.

Unfortunately, vomiting blood is one of the side effects of using Xarelto medicine to treat patients who are at risk of blood clot complications. If you believe this has happened to you, you may be able to pursue financial compensation to cover any damages, including medical costs. Contact the lawyers of Williams Kherkher today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your options.


Hip replacement surgeries could soon benefit from 3-D printing

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 10:56 am    

Modern science has now made it possible to combine 3-D printing with “state-of-the-art tissue engineering”, a move that can eventually help improve the success rates of hip implant revision surgeries.

If a patient’s artificial implant fails, he or she often must undergo a “revision” surgery in order to replace the hip yet again. During revision surgery, a patient must also go under an osteotomy, which removes any infected bone, but can also lead to various complications.

Due to the risks involved with an osteotomy procedure, medical practitioners have started to also place a temporary “spacer” – consisting of bone cement laced with antibiotics – in patients’ hip implants in order to help eliminate the risks of infection from removing so much bone tissue.

A research team at Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts are now experimenting with 3-D printing a bioceramic sheath made of hydroxyapatite and calcium phosphate.

As the medical industry continues to improve through cutting edge innovations, thousands of patients worldwide benefit. Unfortunately, some older medical devices such as the DePuy hip implant have been found to cause severe side effects. If you or someone you love has been adversely affected by a defective medical device, feel free to consult with the legal team of Williams Kherkher today by calling (800) 220-9341.


Guidelines for Topamax medicine

Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 12:22 pm    

People who are taking Topamax medicine to prevent seizure attacks should thoroughly follow label instructions and doctor’s advice to achieve best results.

• Patients are advised to swallow Topamax tablet as a whole.
• If using powder form, Topamax can be mixed with soft foods like applesauce placed on a spoon, and patients should swallow the mixture immediately.
• A patient may take Topamax even if his or her stomach is empty.
• Only take Topamax as prescribed by a physician; patients are prevented from adjusting their Topamax dosage.

Unfortunately, pregnant women and those who are planning to get pregnant who are using Topamax medication are at high risk of bearing a child with birth defects such as cleft palate or hypospadias. If you or a loved one has experienced this, the legal team of Williams Kherkher may help you win remunerations to recover your loss. Find out how we may work for you today by calling (800) 220-9341.


Benicar manufacturer to settle $39M for bribing doctors in the US

Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 12:19 pm    

Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo will settle a total of $39 million in the U.S. after a whistleblower revealed that they bribed medical practitioners to have their medicines prescribed, PMLive reported on January 14.

Reports said Kathy Fragoules, a former sales representative of Daiichi Sankyo, claimed that doctors in the US were bribed through honoraria to market medicines that treat high blood pressure, including Benicar. The federal Department of Justice alleged that Daiichi Sankyo paid representatives to urge doctors to prescribe the medicines they made. US Attorney Carmen Ortiz stated that drug companies are prevented from urging doctors to prescribe their medicines through the use of luxurious entertainment and a paid speaker program. Company commercial president in the US Ken Keller stated that they are pleased to settle the civil lawsuit and will do their best to improve the company.

Sadly, high blood patients treated with Benicar are at risk of developing serious health problems that affect the digestive system. However, if you believe that you have been injured by the defective drug, the pharmaceutical lawyers of Williams Kherkher may help you win remunerations to recover your loss. Find out how we may work for you today by calling (800) 220-9341.


Scientists identified one cause of drug resistance in melanoma

Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 11:51 am    

A two-year study conducted by researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles has discovered ways to fight signature genetic changes in melanoma tumors that causes resistance to standard drug treatments, according to patch.com.

Researchers are hopeful that now that the resistant cells can be identified, future treatments can be developed. According to Dr. Roger Lo of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, melanoma cells have the capability of resisting cancer-fighting BRAF and MEK inhibitors, causing a resistance to develop. He goes on to say that scientists need to now look “beyond the BRAF+MEK combination, by possibly finding a third drug, or alter how [they] prescribe the combo of drugs.”

In the United States, around 70,000 cases of melanoma are recorded annually; 8,000 of the people afflicted with the ailment are expected to die of it.

We at the Williams Kherkher Law Group promise to do our best to help people who have become victims of defective pharmaceutical products that have been known to cause adverse effects to its users, such as Viagra, which may increase the likelihood of developing melanoma, a kind of fatal skin cancer. Call our offices at (800) 220-9341 today to see if you qualify.


Gas Leak causes Explosion at Plant near Corpus Christi

Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 8:18 am    

Last night, at around 6 p.m., a gas leak at a Southcross Energy Natural Gas Plant just north of Corpus Christi caused an explosion and subsequent fire that burned for several hours. Pipelines bringing gas into the plant were shut off, allowing the fire to eventually burn out.

Plant officials do not yet know what caused the leak, nor how much of the plant was damaged in the explosion and ensuing fire. Thankfully, no deaths or injuries were reported in connection to the incident. We will continue to monitor the situation and will post updates once more information becomes available.


Federal appeals court denies review of BP’s negligence ruling

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 2:12 pm    

The Fifth Circuit Court, a federal appeals court in New Orleans, denied London-based oil giant BP Plc’s request to review U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s 2014 ruling that BP and Andarko Petroleum Corp. were responsible for paying fines under the Clean Water Act after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in 2010, the Times-Picayune reported on January 12.

The appeal was struck down in a 7-6 vote. Barbier now has the duty to assess how much BP owes in total pollution fines. This determination is bound to be finalized during the third phase of the civil trial over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill starting January 20.

Barbier made an earlier decision in September 2014 that BP had been “grossly negligent” and deemed it responsible for one of the largest oil spills the country has ever experienced, tagging the company with around $18 billion in fines.

BP asked the court to set the cap for its fines at $3,000 per barrel of oil spilled in pre-trial filings.

If you are a worker, a resident, or a businessman whose life and livelihood has been affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, trust our attorneys at Williams Kherkher to help you fight for your interests and rights by filing an oil spill claim. Call us today at (800) 220-9341.


Researchers in Mexico institute to develop biomedical implants

Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 11:42 am    

One of the recent goals that the Research Center for Advanced Materials (Climav) in Monterrey, Mexico plans to accomplish is the creation of biomedical implants to promote the domestic manufacture of said materials to avoid dependence on foreign materials and products, according to an article on Phys.org.

Climav scholar Ana Maria Arizmendi Morquecho defined biocompatibility as the ability of a certain type of material to make contact with living tissues without creating an adverse effect on the body, a characteristic important for biomedical implants.

Morquecho said the institute is currently working on a graduate-level thesis with groups of researchers to create these products. She noted that, as of the moment, they are validating in vitro and in vivo material at the laboratory level.

Research of this kind is critical, as many hip implants have resulted in serious health complications in U.S. citizens, especially DePuy hip implants. The attorneys of Williams Kherkher is dedicated to holding companies fully accountable for defective medical products and may be able to help you. Call our offices at (800) 220-9341 today to begin taking action.


Kidney disease rates higher but dialysis patients living longer

Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 11:25 am    

The 2014 annual data report on the state of kidney disease in the United States by the United States Renal Data System, which is housed at the University of Michigan in collaboration with Arbor Research for Collaborative Health, showed that there have been fewer cases of chronic kidney disease patients reaching end-stage renal disease and succumbing to mortal conditions brought about by their illness.

This means that chronic kidney patients are living longer thanks to dialysis treatments or kidney transplants, even as the 2014 report showed an increase in people acquiring kidney disease.

The rise in kidney disease – a condition in which the kidneys lose their ability to flush out waste fluids from the body – in the United States has been attributed to an aging and overweight population.

Current statistics show that there are 636,906 individuals in the U.S. who are receiving treatments for end-stage renal disease via dialysis or kidney transplant.

Our attorneys at Williams Kherkher have successfully litigated many cases concerned with the adverse effects caused by the kidney dialysate GranuFlo. If you have experienced health complications that you believe resulted from GranuFlo, contact us today by dialing (800) 220-9341.


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