July 29, 2011 Antidepressant use during pregnancy may increase birth defects risk

The use of antidepressants such as Paxil and Zoloft may increase a child’s risk of birth defects when taken by women during pregnancy. Paxil and Zoloft are part of a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which have been linked in multiple studies to an increased risk of birth defects. Other SSRIs include Celexa, Lexapro and Prozac. Read more...

May 18, 2011 Erb’s palsy victim is first round draft pick for NFL team

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Iowa defensive end and Erb’s palsy sufferer Adrian Clayborn with the 20th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. Clayborn and Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik say that the lineman’s condition will not hinder his ability to play defensive end in the NFL. Read more...

March 21, 2011 FDA warns of birth defects risk among women who use Topamax while pregnant

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a birth defects warning for the migraine and epilepsy drug Topamax, which is sold generically as topiramate. The agency said it was issuing the new warning after a review of birth defects data found that women taking Topamax were more likely to give birth to a child with oral cleft defects. Read more...

October 19, 2009 Speech tool aiding communication skill of children with cerebral palsy

A new speech tool may help to improve the ability of some children born with cerebral palsy or other conditions to communicate with others. The custom designed devices use a series of screens with pictures on them to allow children to “speak” through their computer and improve their language and communication skills. Read more...

July 31, 2009 Couple awarded $1.85M in death of newborn

A jury has awarded $1.85 million in a birth injury lawsuit filed by a Maryland couple whose newborn son died just two days after his birth. The jury ruled that Benjamin Ketterman’s death resulted from a doctor’s improper decision to use vacuum extraction to deliver the baby, according to an attorney representing the couple. Read more...
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