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April named congenital diaphragmatic hernia month

admin Posted on April 17th, 2014 No Comments

On Tuesday, April 8 Senators Jeff Sessions and Ben Cardin passed a resolution naming April 2014 Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Month. The Senate, for the second time, adopted the resolution unanimously.

According to Sessions, whose grandson is a CDH survivor, the condition affects more than 1,000 infants in the United States annually. Congenital diaphragmatic hernias occur when the diaphragm fails to fully develop, which allows abdominal ordans to push into the chest cavity and hinder lung development. Since 2000, 700,000 babies worldwide have fallen victim to this condition.

The resolution was passed with the hope that increased awareness of the condition will improve treatment techniques and, ultimately, find a cure for the disease.

Should you experience negative side effects while using an AlloDerm hernia patch, you may have the right to press charges and pursue financial compensation for your medical expenses. The attorneys of Williams Kherkher have successfully represented many victims of dangerous pharmaceuticals. Call our offices today at 800-220-9341.

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Ipad app developed for nephrologists

admin Posted on April 17th, 2014 No Comments

The Renal Physicians Association (RPA) has introduced a new iPad application to help nephrologists make decisions when it comes to pain management techniques for acute kidney injury, end-stage renal disease, and chronic kidney disease patients.

RPA Board Member Adam Weinstein, MD, and leader of the app development team said the Shared Decision Making (SDM) Toolkit app is a mobile version of the RPA’s Clinical Practice Guideline on Shared Decision Making in the Appropriate Initiation of and Withdrawal from Dialysis, 2nd Edition.

The app helps physicians advise their patients if they should start, continue, or terminate dialysis treatments. The app provides symptom assessment and aids in real-time decision-making.

Innovations such as the SDM Toolkit app provide kidney damage patients with access to improved care. If your kidney condition has worsened from using the kidney dialysate, GranuFlo, you could be eligible to pursue compensation from the manufacturer. The attorneys at Williams Kherkher assist people who seek compensation because of dangerous medical products. Call our offices today at 800-220-9341.


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Men with high oxidative stress may sustain brain damage during testosterone use

admin Posted on April 14th, 2014 No Comments

A recent study found that men who have high levels of oxidative stress are at a higher risk of sustaining brain damage if they undergo testosterone therapy.

According to the study, which will be published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease April edition and was conducted by researchers at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, some Caucasian men may be negatively affected by testosterone supplements unlike Mexican-American men. The group found that Caucasian men are more likely to have high oxidative stress.

The researchers said the oxidative stress level in men indicates if testosterone can be beneficial or harmful for them. The study suggests that men who want to undergo testosterone therapy should have their blood tested by doctors to know if the supplement will benefit them.

Unfortunately, there are many other studies that have linked testosterone therapy with an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. If you have been the victim of low-T supplements, our lawyers at Williams Kherkher may be able to fight for you to get the financial compensation you need. Discuss your situation with us today by calling [phone-number].

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Possible causes of high blood sugar

admin Posted on April 10th, 2014 No Comments

Hyperglycemia occurs when the body fails to absorb enough sugar from the blood, which results to a higher-than-normal blood glucose level. Although people with diabetes are at higher risk of developing this health complication, hyperglycemia may also affect individuals who are not suffering from diabetes.

There are many factors that can contribute towards the development of hyperglycemia. Some of them include:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Underlying medical conditions (diabetes, infection)
  • Injury, or recovery from a surgery
  • Anxiety, emotional stress
  • Certain medications, such as anti-psychotic drug Risperdal

In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned patients and prescribers about Risperdal’s danger of causing hyperglycemia. At Williams Kherkher, our legal team provides competent legal guidance and advice to anyone who plans to seek compensation from the manufacturer of this drug. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to find out more about your options and how we may be able to help you file a lawsuit.

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Patent ductus arteriosus and its symptoms in detail

admin Posted on April 10th, 2014 No Comments

While the fetus develops inside the mother’s womb, the pulmonary artery connects directly to the aorta for blood circulation and oxygen delivery. This normal connection is called ductus arteriosus, which closes hours or days upon birth. However, there are instances when ductus arteriosus fails to close within the specified amount of time, leading to a congenital heart defect called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).

Babies with this congenital heart malformation may experience one or more of these PDA symptoms:

  • Difficulty eating
  • Stunted or poor growth
  • Weakness
  • Bluish-colored skin
  • Too much sweating during activities, such as feeding
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fast heart rate

Zoloft, an anti-depressant that affects the absorption of folic acid, which is essential for the prevention of birth defects, is known to increase the risk of patent ductus arteriosus among babies exposed to it while in their mother’s womb. If your baby has been a victim of this dangerous drug, evaluate your legal options by speaking with a lawyer from Williams Kherkher. You may reach us anytime at (800) 220-9341.

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Takeda ordered to pay $6 billion in Actos case

admin Posted on April 8th, 2014 No Comments

Today a federal jury in Lafayette, Louisiana ordered Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co Ltd to pay $6 billion for concealing the cancer risks of the Type 2 diabetes drug, Actos.

In addition to ordering Takeda to pay punitive damages, the jury ruled that Eli Lilly and Co also pay $3 billion in punitive damages. Eli Lilly, a co-defendant throughout the trial, helped Takeda promote Actos. Actos has been related to numerous cases of bladder cancer.

Throughout the trial, the prosecution alleged that both Takeda and Eli Lilly knowingly failed to inform diabetes patients of the cancer risks associated with Actos. After the verdict was presented, legal representatives from both pharmaceutical companies stated that they intend to challenge the outcome.

Sadly, the condition of many Type-2 diabetes patients has worsened by using Actos. If your health has been effected negatively by Actos, a lawyer from Williams Kherkher may be able to help you collect compensation from the manufacturer. Call (800) 220-9341 to speak with a member of our legal team today.

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U.S. agency advocates for MRI scans regarding DePuy hip implants

admin Posted on April 7th, 2014 No Comments

According to the United States Drug Watchdog, DePuy Pinnacle hip implants, which are all-metal implants have been recalled for causing tissue inflammation on joint linings and hip failure.

In May 2013, Science Daily presented a study that showed how important an MRI scan can be for people who are using all-metal hip implants even if they are not experiencing any form of physical pain or discomfort regarding their hip replacement. The scans have the ability to identify tissue damage even before the symptoms of this damage arise.

Hip replacement surgery is intended to bring relief to patients that have suffered from hip problems. If the hip implant fails or injures the recipient, they could be eligible to pursue compensation from the manufacturer. The DePuy hip implant has been linked to numerous injuries. The attorneys at Williams Kherkher are experienced in advocating for victims of the DePuy hip implant. Call our offices today at 800-220-9341.

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Recovery time surprises hernia repair patients

admin Posted on April 7th, 2014 No Comments

A recent study presented to the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons revealed that many patients undergoing hernia repair surgery fail to understand the complexity of the procedure. The study showed that many patients are under the impression that recovery from a hernia repair will be simple and quick.

Dr. Juliane Bingener-Casey, the study’s lead author, said that hernia patients, especially those who have undergone a minimally invasive procedure such as laparoscopic ventral hernia repair, expected to be able to perform their day-to-day activities after a day. However, patients of minimally invasive hernia repair surgery often require one week to two weeks to fully heal. 

Should you experience swelling, pain, contusions, or the recurrence of a hernia after using the AlloDerm hernia patch, you have the right to pursue financial compensation to cover your medical expenses. The attorneys at Williams Kherkher are experienced in representing victims of defective pharmaceuticals. Call our offices today at 800-220-9341 to discuss your options. 

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Chronic kidney patients may be able to use wearable artificial kidney

admin Posted on April 3rd, 2014 No Comments

A recently made available product for chronic kidney patients, a wearable artificial kidney, might be able to allow patients the convenience of not having to undergo dialysis, which often causes them to be stuck to the machine for hours on end, but get the same treatment results. The 10-pound battery-operated device known as WAK is being developed by Seattle’s Kidney Research Institute along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

During the trial design, institute director Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb said among the things they will be considering in the construction of the product will be the lightness of the product and the mobility of the patient once wearing it. Furthermore, they will consider its comfortableness for the patient, as it is slung on a tool belt around the waist, and the ease of motion they will have while wearing it so they can perform day-to-day activities.

Kidney dialysates should help people suffering from kidney damage treat their illness and should cause further harm to these patients’. Unfortunately, a popular dialysate, GranuFlo, has been found to cause patients serious harm. If you have suffered as a result of the use of this substance, talk with a lawyer from Williams Kherkher about your legal options by calling 800-220-9341 today.

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Medical experts and researchers call for retraction of testosterone study

admin Posted on April 3rd, 2014 No Comments

A group of medical experts and researchers is asking a medical journal to retract a published study that testosterone supplements heighten the risks of heart problems, according to a report published on March 26.

According to a letter sent by the Androgen Study Group to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA0), they believe that the corrections done to the study published by JAMA last November effected its credibility. Study author Michael Ho, MD, PHD, and his group, however, have stood behind their findings that testosterone use by older men may increase the risk to a stroke or heart attack.

This study and others have linked increased heart problem to testosterone use in older men who have low-T. If you or someone you know has developed cardiovascular problems due to testosterone supplement use, our legal team at Williams Kherkher can help you explore your legal options for taking action against its manufacturer. Call us today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your options.             

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