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2011-04-12 00:00:30

Dilantin is one of the most widely prescribed anticonvulsant drugs on the U.S. market, primarily prescribed to individuals suffering from epilepsy. With the newly found potential connection between Dilantin use during pregnancy and the development of major birth defects, birth defect victims and their families are consulting Dilantin attorneys using http://www.dilantinbirthinjury.com regarding the benefits of filing a Dilantin lawsuit. The Consumer Justice Foundation is committed to helping...

2011-04-12 00:00:30

Topamax birth defect claims are being investigated across the country as parents may be unknowingly exposing infants to the anticonvulsant drug in utero, possibly increasing the risk of major birth defects. Topamax is an anticonvulsant medication manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and approved by the FDA in 1996 to treat individuals suffering from epilepsy and migraine headaches. The Consumer Justice Foundation has developed http://www.topamaxbirthinjury.com to help parents that have...

2011-04-12 00:00:30

As more victims of Depakote use during pregnancy speak out about the birth defects that have affected the lives of their families, Depakote attorneys working with the Consumer Justice Foundation website http://www.depakotebirthinjury.com are trying to recoup compensation for the life long medical care that will be required to treat children born with skeletal defects. The Consumer Justice Foundation is a resource for the American people who have been adversely affected by corporate entities...

2011-01-04 15:25:02

Bioinformatic analysis crunches data on drug effects on genes involved in fetal development When pregnant women need medications, there is often concern about possible effects on the fetus. Although some drugs are clearly recognized to cause birth defects (thalidomide being a notorious example), and others are generally recognized as safe, surprisingly little is known about most drugs' level of risk. Researchers in the Children's Hospital Boston Informatics Program (CHIP) have created a...

2010-11-25 21:43:30

Despite the reassurances of Pasternak and Hviid in their study, "Use of Proton-Pump Inhibitors (PPI) in Early Pregnancy and the Risk of Birth Defects," featured in the Nov. 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, an epidemiologist from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) believes that further studies are needed. The original study found that on the basis of data from more than 840,000 live births in Denmark, there was no evidence to suggest that the use of the most common...

2010-06-16 21:47:01

Progress is slow, and insights from basic research have not been taken into the clinic It's long been known that alcohol use in pregnancy can lead to children with mental retardation and birth defects, but researchers who study fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) have not made definitive progress on preventing the disorder, detecting it early, or effectively treating it, say researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center. In the issue of Developmental Neuroscience, four first-year medical...

2009-03-05 14:36:00

CTIS Web site Offers News and Referral Resources about Medications, Chemicals and Other Agents SAN DIEGO, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Moms-to-be concerned about potential risks of taking cold medication or using certain cleaning products can now find helpful information online and over the phone. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090305/LA79561LOGO) A new Web site (www.ctispregnancy.org) offering expectant moms a one-stop source for finding the latest information about the...

2008-09-24 03:00:09

By Jones, D Beyond Thalidomide: Birth defects explained. Edited by J. McCredie Pp. 418. Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd. 2007. ISBN: 13: 978-1-85315-741-7. Pounds 35. It was a pleasure to read this outstanding and scholarly monograph, the fruit of Professor Janet McCredie's 30 years' experience in the field. The book puts together beautifully, through clear prosem excellent illustrations and an extensitve bibliography, the story of thalidomide and the spin-offs there from. In the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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