New drug to treat metastatic melanoma

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 12:32 pm    

A new treatment to help cure metastatic melanoma – a quick-spreading form of skin cancer that manifests as mole-like marks in the body – has been developed through the drug Keytruda and is intended to bolster the body’s immune system, The Jewish Press reported on September 16.

The drug is currently undergoing clinical trials at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Israel. Around 250 people diagnosed with melanoma in Israel suffer from metastatic tumors every year. Ella Institute for Melanoma at Sheba Hospital head Professor Jacob Schachter said Keytruda can also be used in the treatment for other types of cancer. The new drug has recently been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The drug Viagra, usually marketed towards adult men, has been known to cause melanoma, among other complications. If you or someone you love has developed skin cancer or has otherwise been negatively affected while taking Viagra, the attorneys at Williams Kherkher may help you pursue financial compensation for any expenses or suffering. Call our offices at 800-220-9341 today to learn more.


New hip/knee implant “innovations” less effective

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 12:19 pm    

A recent study published in the BMJ, previously the British Medical Journal, revealed that newer models of hip and knee implant devices are more prone to early failure than older models despite allegations that they are more advanced, DrugWatch reported on September 17.

To be specific, newly-released hip implant devices such as the DePuy ASR Hip and the Zimmer NexGen Knee implant have been verified to have above-average failure rates. The failure of these products often results in patients having to undergo follow-up revision surgeries, which adds to expenses and may affect their health.

The study, led by New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College associate professor Art Sedrakyan, was inspired by the large number of metal-on-metal hip implant failures in recent years. Sedrakyan and his team collaborated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to gather data from 118 previous studies.

The attorneys at Williams Kherkher are committed to giving legal counsel and representation to DePuy hip implant users who have encountered negative side effects or have had premature product failure. Call our offices today at 800-220-9341 to set up an appointment with members of our legal team.


Wearable kidney dialysis machine to be tested with humans

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 12:06 pm    

A portable kidney dialysis machine that can be worn as a belt around the waist has been developing over the past ten years, and the University of Washington has recently been approved by the FDA to test the device on humans, MY Northwest reported on September 16.

The product is a 10-pound, battery-operated device called the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK). Dialysis treatments must be undertaken three times a week, with sessions that last three to four hours. The conception of the WAK is a feat, as it greatly increases the convenience for dialysis patients who spend a significant amount of time driving to and from hospitals or other facilities for treatment, where they then sit for even longer.

Fresenius Medical Group’s GranuFlo is a well-known dialysis concentrate that many people use. However, GranuFlo has encountered legal problems due to its prevalent and often dangerous side effects. If you have experienced negative side effects from using GranuFlo, contact the attorneys at Williams Kherkher, who may help you hold the negligent manufacturer financially accountable for any damages. Call our offices at 800-220-9341 today to discuss your case.


Stroke risk in older women may be lessened by foods rich in potassium

Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 12:07 pm    

A study suggest that older women have a lesser risk of suffering stroke if they eat foods rich in potassium, an article of the Washington Post stated on September 4.

Senior researcher and author Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller and other colleagues at Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that women who consumed the largest amount of potassium reduced their general stroke risk by 12 percent, 27 percent if they did not have hypertension. Only 2.8 percent of the experimental population was consuming the government recommended 24,700 milligrams of potassium a day; some are worried that this sample reflects similar percentages at a national level. Because of this, the author suggests that women, regardless of age, need to be more cognizant of including more potassium rich foods to their diet.

Many factors can contribute to stroke. Taking Yasmin and Yaz birth control can put you at a greater risk. If you were taking these pills and suffered a stroke, the legal team of Williams Kherkher may possibly work for you to get your much needed treatment funds. Get in touch with our lawyers today by calling (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your options.


Researchers understand cleft lip/palate defects by studying chickens

Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 11:35 am    

A group of researchers recently found that humans tend to develop congenital defects like cleft lip and palate through genetic mutations similar to that of chickens, an article of Futurity stated on September 3.

Researchers from several different universities in the U.S. reportedly studied chickens predicted to have several congenital problems. The researchers discovered that the talpid2 gene was responsible for several physical malformations including cleft lip and palate. They found that the “cilia” found in chickens and humans played a factor in the development of congenital defects. Animal science Professor Mary Delany stated that their discovery can be used to further understand birth defects in humans around the world.

While researchers are still investigating underlying causes of cleft lip and palate, there seems to be higher incidences in children that  have been exposed to Topamax in the womb. If you believe this may be the reason for your loved one’s condition, getting a lawyer’s help is crucial especially if your baby will need extensive corrective medical procedures. Find out how the legal team of Williams Kherkher may represent you today by calling (800)220-9341.


Judge’s ruling keeps $1 billion Carlton Energy Group lawsuit from forced arbitration

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 9:53 am    

Several attorneys from Williams Kherkher are part of a team representing Carlton Energy Group LLC as they pursue $1 billion in unpaid African oil field profits.

Carlton Energy Group LLC claims the right to 10 percent of the profits earned for its stakes in a Cliveden Petroleum Co. LTD venture that began in 2000. Cliveden’s exploratory probe into the oil and gas resources of the Republic of Chad yielded highly profitable and unexpected results.

Some reports state that, upon finding out the field was worth billions, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) moved to buy out Cliveden and dissolve all former partnerships. As a result, Carlton has yet to be paid.

After the initial suit against Cliveden was moved to federal court, Carlton successfully petitioned to add CNPC and other affiliated companies to the list of defendants named in the lawsuit. Cliveden petitioned to move quickly into arbitration, but a Texas Federal Judge recently ruled on the side of the plaintiff and agreed that “there is sufficient proof that [these newly named companies] should be added to the list of defendants” and as such, “the court cannot force arbitration.”

 


UK calls for fair treatment of BP in appeals court

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 10:47 am    

The government of the United Kingdom suggested to the United States Supreme Court that it review appeals court rulings against London-based oil magnate BP Plc over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill fiasco that resulted in one of the most massive class action cases in America, Reuters reported on September 7.

The British government stated that the manner in which BP is being treated by the American courts is undermining the trust necessary for healthy and fruitful international commerce.

BP’s offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, which is located off the coast of Louisiana, exploded on April 20, 2010, causing oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico. The company, now supported by the U.K., believes that compensation is now unfairly extending to parties who were not affected by this incident.

If you live near the Gulf area and your business and way of life has been affected by the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, you have the right to be compensated for your troubles. Turn to the attorneys at Williams Khekher by dialing (800) 220-9341 to acquire legal assistance today.


Risperdal and the risk of pancreatitis

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 11:39 am    

Although Risperdal has been approved to treat symptoms of autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, several clinical studies have suggested the drug may cause severe side-effects. In fact, a 2003 article published in Pharmacotherapy noted an increased incidence of pancreatitis among various atypical antipsychotics, including Risperdal.

Pancreatitis, or the inflammation of the pancreas, occurs when digestive enzymes are activated in the pancreas instead of the small intestine. Characteristic symptoms are abdominal pain that may radiate to the back, nausea and vomiting. Due to its many life-threatening complications, such as kidney failure, severe lung dysfunction, dehydration, and shock, pancreatitis is regarded a medical emergency that requires immediate hospitalization and monitored care.

Our dedicated team of pharmaceutical defect attorneys at Williams Kherkher have been helping Risperdal victims file claims against the drug manufacturer if they suffer from complications caused by this potentially harmful medication. To see if we can put our experience to work for you, call our offices at (800) 220-9341 today.


New hip replacement surgery methods

Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 9:12 am    

According to Dr. Jordan Schaeffer of the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, people who are worried about undergoing potentially majorly invasive hip implant operations can opt for less muscle-intensive procedures, Good4Utah reported on August 12.

Schaeffer noted that while traditional hip implant surgeries are generally successful and bring about medically fulfilling results for the hip implant patient, newer techniques involving muscle- and tissue-sparing approaches are also very promising.

An example of this procedure is the anterior hip replacement surgery. This is usually performed by cutting an incision on the patient’s side or back. This is done to avoid involving the major muscle groups and only involves the joint of the muscles.

Although hip implant methods are constantly evolving, the attorneys at Williams Kherkher know that many patients have suffered dangerous side effects from DePuy hip implants in particular. If you or a loved one has experienced this, call our Houston offices at 800-220-9341 today.


Detroit Lions’ Kyle Van Noy may have sports hernia

Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 12:38 pm    

The Detroit Lions are in danger of opening the season without their rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy due to severe abdominal pain that has yet to be diagnosed.

Van Noy said he fears that his latest injury could be a sports hernia, a condition that can take him out of the game for four to six weeks. He cannot determine the exact incident that caused the injury, but his condition has recently worsened, until he finally had to be benched during practices on Thursday, August 21.

Coach Jim Caldwell did not comment on questions regarding the possibility that this may be a long-term injury, thus affecting his status in the team.

Tahir Whitehead started the season as strong-side linebacker, bypassing Ashlee Palmer and the injured Van Noy.

Your doctor may recommend different courses of treatment for a hernia depending on your individual situation and the severity of the condition. However, be aware that the AlloDerm hernia patch has been associated with negative side effects, such as a recurrence, infection, and rejection. Contact our attorneys of Williams Kherkher today at (800) 220-9341 to pursue legal action if you have had the same issues with your AlloDerm use.


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