New anticoagulant drugs put elderly at risk of GI bleeding

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 2:18 pm    

Recently published research revealed that older patients undergoing blood clot therapy are at a high risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding if they are prescribed to take anticoagulant drugs other than the conventional warfarin, Healio reported on June 11.

According to the comparative research headed by Mayo Clinic Doctor Neena Abraham, MD, patients aged more than 75 years taking new anticoagulant drugs like rivaroxaban or dabigatran are at a particularly high risk of GI bleeding compared to younger patients. Doctor Abraham and her team, who have studied the database of Optum Labs Data Warehouse, also suggested that younger patients who are given new anticoagulant medicines are also at risk of GI bleeding. Though the new orally administered anticoagulant medication is being preferred by many patients nowadays, Dr. Abraham stressed that not all patients may benefit from it.

Sadly, rivaroxaban is the active ingredient of Xarelto that is linked to fatal gastrointestinal bleeding. If you believe you are experiencing dangerous side effects from this drug, the legal team of Williams Kherkher may help you seek restitution from those responsible. Find out how we may work for you today by calling (800) 220-9341.


Chemical exposure linked to development of hypospadias

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 1:52 pm    

Recent research revealed that male infants are at risk of hypospadias if their mothers were exposed to certain chemicals during pregnancy, an article of Environmental Health News reported on June 16.

According to the study, which was conducted in France, hypospadias defect may occur in babies if their mothers’ endocrine glands were disrupted by being exposed to chemicals while pregnant. Certain chemicals that are used for cleaning or those that are found in salons may likely influence the development of this congenital defect. Pregnant women who work in laboratories are also at risk of giving birth to male babies with hypospadias. A Michigan urologist who was not involved in the study backed the idea of chemicals affecting the development of the male genitalia.

Sadly, hypospadias in babies is also linked to mothers who medicated with Topamax to treat seizures or migraines while pregnant. If this has happened to your loved one, the pharmaceutical lawyers of Williams Kherkher may help you file a legal action against the drug companies responsible. Find out how we may help you in this tough situation by calling (800) 220-9341 today.


Attorneys from Williams Kherkher to volunteer at HBA LegalLine

Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 10:51 am    

This Wednesday, July 1st, several attorneys from Williams Kherkher will be volunteering their time and service to the HBA LegalLine, providing free legal advice to individuals who are unable to otherwise pay for legal help.

Sponsored by the Houston Bar Association, the HBA LegalLine operates on the first and third Wednesdays of every month and provides Harris County residents with a chance to call in for free legal advice from licensed attorneys. The line is open from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm and participating attorneys have the opportunity to answer legal questions, provide referrals, and assist those who call in for help. This important program has been running since 1986 and the attorneys at Williams Kherkher are honored to once again have the opportunity to participate in this important event and support their community.


FDA invites opinion on a birth control with serious side effects

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 3:28 pm    

Although Essure is the only non-surgical FDA approved permanent birth control method, it is accompanied by a handful of serious risks. One risk is of unintended pregnancy that may result in ectopic pregnancy, an emergency condition when pregnancy occurs outside the uterus. In addition to other reactions like pelvic pain, the FDA recently added perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes as a serious and long-term potential side effect.

According to a report by KHOU 11 News on June 24, the FDA plans to hold a hearing about the device, as eight deaths have been reported in association with this birth control method. None of these have yet been proven to have resulted from the birth control, however. The hearing will invite opinions from supporters and critics of the device.

One person who used Essure has since had it removed – after years of back pain, debilitating cramps, heavy bleeding, and weight gain. The surgery cost her $20,000. She has lost 30 pounds since her surgery and her life is looking up now, but she is still suing Bayer.


Hip implant patients have higher functionality than other patients

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 12:15 pm    

New research presented at the 16th European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Congress in Prague on June 4 showed that patients with total hip arthroplasty are generally doing better than those who have undergone total knee or ankle arthroplasty, according to a Medscape article.

Frederic Dalat, MD of the Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud in Pierre-Benite, France and his colleagues measured numbers of ankle patients, knee patients and hip patients through three surveys to compare the lifestyle effects of each surgery.

Results varied based on gender and age. The study indicated that 78% of hip replacement patients surveyed reported good or excellent functionality.

The attorneys at Williams Kherkher know that hip replacement can do a world of good – if the medical device is installed safely and has been tested sufficiently for defects. Unfortunately, DePuy hip implants have been found to cause serious side effects that may further compromise your health. If you have suffered as the result of a hip implant, our legal team may help you pursue financial compensation from the company responsible. Call us at 800-220-9341 today to learn more.


Man hopeful as he celebrates 2500 kidney dialysis treatments

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 11:52 am    

Bladen County, North Carolina resident Marvin Burney celebrated his 2,500th kidney dialysis treatment on June 8; the 20 years he has been on dialysis has far exceeded the 5-10 year life expectancy of dialysis patients, according to WECT.

Most of Burney’s dialysis treatments have occurred at home. He said he spends about 15 hours a week undergoing treatment and caring for the dialysis machine. This is worth it, as the rest of his life he spends as any normal person would.

Years ago, his dedicated wife Marsha is the one who gave him a kidney. Even though it was a low match, it has lasted two decades. Burney and his wife said they are celebrating this occasion to serve as the face of hope to countless chronic kidney patients all across the country.

If you have been suffering from negative side effects after taking the kidney dialysate GranuFlo, do not hesitate to get in touch with our attorneys at Williams Kherkher so we can hold negligent drug makers accountable for your pain and suffering. Learn more about the legal services that we offer by calling our offices at (800) 220-9341 today.


Fatal truck accident causes hazmat spill

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 5:15 pm    

An 18-wheeler accident near Houston yesterday resulted in the death of the truck’s driver, as well as a HazMat spill on Highway 225. Traffic in both directions was shut down as HazMat crews attempted to diffuse the dangers posed by the spill. According to authorities, just before 1:30 pm on Monday, June 22, reports came in of an 18-wheeler that ran off the road, crashing into a gas line and releasing propylene, a flammable asphyxiant.

Crews worked on the spill for over 13 hours. Thankfully, because the area was sparsely populated, authorities did not require residents of Houston, Pasadena, or La Porte to evacuate their homes.

Authorities investigating the incident believe that the now deceased truck driver may have experienced a medical emergency before the incident, causing the collision.


Reports from Pfizer show possible links between Zoloft and birth defects

Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 3:12 pm    

A document from a Pfizer drug-safety official showed that a scientist already alarmed Pfizer execs last year about the link between its anti-depressant drug Zoloft and birth defects, and proposed some changes to the drug’s safety warning, Bloomberg Business reported on June 9.

Apart from the document, a 1998 paper showed that Pfizer researchers acknowledged several reports of birth defects associated with mothers’ use of Zoloft. These documents will make it even more difficult for the company to ward off lawsuits filed by parents whose children were harmed by the drug.

To date, the pharmaceutical giant has to defend against more than 1,000 claims alleging Zoloft’s risk of newborn abnormalities, such as heart malformation and neural tube defects.

If you believe your baby’s congenital defect has been a result of Zoloft use, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher is willing to help you understand your legal options in seeking justice and compensation. Call us at (800) 220-9341, and tell us more about your situation.


Is severe morning sickness inherited?

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 12:16 pm    

If you are an expecting mother, you might be wondering whether you are at risk of developing hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness. Many experts believe severe morning sickness is entirely affected by environmental factors. However, researchers from Norway found possible links between severe morning sickness and heredity.

Researchers looked into three groups: 1.) those whose mother had hyperemesis before they were born, 2.) those whose husband was born from a mother with hyperemesis, and 3.) those whose mother had suffered from hyperemesis in a previous or subsequent pregnancy. Researchers found that women in groups 1 and 3 are three times more at risk of hyperemesis, while those in group 2 didn’t have any increased risk.

Individuals suffering from severe morning sickness are sometimes prescribed Zofran. However, study after study suggests the drug may cause birth defects among babies exposed to it in utero. If you believe taking the drug has harmed your baby, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you file a claim against the drug manufacturer involved. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about how we can help you fight for justice and compensation.


Postmenopausal bleeding a sign of uterine cancer

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 3:17 pm    

Postmenopausal bleeding, or menstrual bleeding after more than one year of finishing menopause, can indicate serious medical conditions. One of these conditions is uterine cancer, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the 4th most common cancer among American women.

Apart from bleeding during menopause, other symptoms of uterine cancer include pelvic pain, painful sexual intercourse, and watery vaginal discharge that is sometimes tinged with blood. If you are going through menopause and have experienced bleeding, or even slight spotting, consult with your obstetrician immediately to learn more about your risk of uterine cancer.

You may also be at risk of uterine cancer if you have undergone a laparoscopic procedure involving a power morcellator. If you believe your diagnosis of uterine cancer has resulted from this medical device, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to guide you through the process of seeking compensation through a lawsuit. Call us at (800) 220-9341 today.


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