A recent study reveals that 14 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. are prescribed powerful painkillers by their doctors. The statistic is particularly unsettling because there is little research about the effects of narcotics on unborn children.
Diflucan (fluconazole) is a medicine designed to treat fungal infections, but it has recently been scrutinized for an alleged tie to birth defects. Many scientists believe that when pregnant women take high doses of Diflucan, the fetus faces an increased risk of birth defects.
A California family insists American Airlines discriminated against it when the airline wouldn't allow a disabled boy to board its plane. The family was trying to fly from New Jersey to California and decided to upgrade two of its three tickets to first class. However, at the gate they were prevented from boarding.
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.
Duke University Medical Center is researching the use of cord blood cells to lessen the symptoms of spastic cerebral palsy in children.
Congenital heart defects are responsible for between three and 7.5 percent of infant deaths. Because a heart defect diagnosis is often a life-saving discovery, scientists have been trying to improve the tools and methods available for diagnoses. One such testing method, known as pulse oximetry, has produced some impressive results in its short existence.
In a nearly-unbelievable mistake, Pfizer has issued over 1 million packets of birth control pills that may be ineffective. The pharmaceutical firm is scrambling to recall the drugs, but many women have unknowingly been exposed to an increased risk of pregnancy.
A number of Zoloft birth defect lawsuits have been filed recently across the country. The lawsuits have raised claims that Zoloft taken by pregnant mothers have caused severe birth defects, some fatal. The defects include persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPH), heart defects, lung defects, abdominal defects, cranial defects and other malformations. The lawsuits have alleged the manufacturer of Zoloft, Pfizer, intentionally covered up data for years that demonstrates Zoloft was dangerous to pregnant women and their unborn children. It is also alleged Pfizer knew of the risks from studies, did not properly study Zoloft, and did not properly publish the data which would have reflected the risk. Even today Pfizer continues to deny the dangers and has not revised its drug labeling.