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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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Understanding neuroleptic malignant syndrome brought on by Risperdal

admin Posted on July 8th, 2014 No Comments

Antipsychotic medications like Risperdal can cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a rare but potentially life-threatening  reaction. This reaction most often occurs following either the start or increase of antipsychotic medication and usually within the first 10 days of treatment.

Signs of neuroleptic malignant syndrome include the following:

  • Always apparent muscular rigidity
  • Altered mental state (confusion, agitation)
  • Hyperthermia
  • Fluctuating blood pressure
  • Excessive sweating/salivation

It is imperative to keep complications like neuroleptic malignant syndrome in mind when starting on antipsychotic medications like Risperdal. Awareness of this rare but life-threatening condition is key to early diagnosis and improved prognosis.

If Risperdal has caused severe adverse health effects on you or your loved one, our attorneys Williams Kherkher have the experience necessary to get you your well-deserved compensation as well as justice. Call our offices today at (800) 220-9341 if you would like to speak with a Risperdal side effects lawyer today.

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Edema complication after hypospadias surgery

admin Posted on July 1st, 2014 No Comments

Patients who undergo hypospadias surgery to correct the birth defect that results in the abnormal placement of the urethra may experience edema complications after the operation.

Edema, the swelling condition of a body part due to excessive fluid in the tissue, may affect patients depending on their specific operation. Edema after hypospadias surgery may become severe due to hematoma or other medical-related factors. However, it can be prevented by careful tissue handling, certain medications, and other careful surgical practices. Patients who do experience edema complications after hypospadias surgery may be required to take additional medications and keep from walking for up to two days.

Undergoing hypospadias surgery, depending on its severity, is often expensive and may leave patients and their families struggling financially. If you suspect that your loved one’s birth defect was caused by Topamax use during pregnancy, the lawyers at Williams Kherkher may advocate for you. Find out how we may possibly help you get your much needed treatment funds from negligent drug manufacturers today by calling 800-641-9810.

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Risk of blood clots double for new mothers

admin Posted on June 27th, 2014 No Comments

A recent study discovered new moms are twice as likely to suffer blood clots several weeks after giving birth, the Liberty Voice reported on June 14.

Research conducted by a Weill Cornell Medical College assistant professor revealed a whopping 10.8 times increased chance for women to develop a blood clot in the six weeks following labor. However, new moms are still 2.2 times as likely to develop blood clots even seven to 12 weeks after giving birth. Additionally, women who have a history of blood clots are at much higher risk. Only 19 to 24 weeks after laboring do blood clot risks return to normal. After giving their first birth, women are advised not to sit for long periods, drink lots of water, watch their diet, and begin working out again as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, women who take birth control pills like Yasmin and Yaz to prevent pregnancy are also at higher risk of suffering blood clots. If you have experienced this, the lawyers at Williams Kherkher may represent you to get your much needed treatment funds. Discuss your situation with us today at 800-220-9341 to learn more about your options.

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