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August 2012 Archives

Michigan Senate Bill Aims To Further Weaken Patients' Rights

In Michigan, victims of medical malpractice already face long odds for recovering any money damages. The chance of getting fully compensated for the harm inflicted upon them is even more remote. That is why it's mind-boggling that some state politicians are still lobbying for further medical malpractice law reform.

Ten-Year Study Confirms Topamax Birth Defects

Prior studies have demonstrated a convincing connection between Topamax and serious side effects to unborn children. The research linked the use of Topamax by pregnant women to birth defects, including cleft lips and cleft palates. However, a recently concluded study provides the most comprehensive research spanning a decade.

Cord Blood Study Provides Hope For Children With Cerebral Palsy

Duke University Medical Center is researching the use of cord blood cells to lessen the symptoms of spastic cerebral palsy in children.

Heart Failure Rate Prompts GranuFlo/NaturaLyte Recall

Hemodialysis is supposed to save lives, not endanger them. Sadly, two popular dialysis concentrates have been recalled after causing fatal episodes of heart failure. The manufacturer, Fresenius Medical Care, recently recalled its GranuFlo and NaturaLyte products.

Illegal Marketing Of Avandia And Paxil Costs Drug Firm $3 Billion

The drug firm industry is so lucrative that major pharmaceutical firms often illegally market their medications to rake in extra profits. GlaxoSmithKline is the latest manufacturer to suffer severe sanctions for such behavior when it agreed to a $3 billion settlement, the largest healthcare fraud payout ever in the U.S.