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A breakthrough in the medical community came for migraine sufferers this November, according to MedicalXPress.com. A study from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine found that nerves in the brains of patients who suffered migraines show abnormalities of the “myelin sheath that serves as insulation around nerve fibers,” MedicalXPress.com reports. The study involved observing 15 patients who underwent a surgical treatment that attempted to reduce the negative effects of serious migraines, and included electron microscopy that assessed the structure of cell nerves in patient's brains. The study also examined the presence and function of cranial proteins in migraine patients.

Ultimately, the study found that patients whose myelin sheath was damaged were more likely to suffer migraines. As a result, one doctor in the study “developed migraine surgery techniques after noticing that some migraine patients had reduced headache activity after cosmetic forehead-lifting.” This type of cosmetic surgery removes some of the muscle and vessel tissue surrounding cranial nerves.

This is great news for people who suffer migraines because migraine drugs have long been very prone to negative side effects in patients. According to Healthline, painkillers, often prescribed and taken for migraines, can have severe side effects affecting the stomach and kidneys and can result in heart attack or stroke. Because these painkillers are so common, doctors sometimes neglect to make their patients aware of how serious of a drug they can be if misused.

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In recent years, testosterone therapies to help men with erectile dysfunction or low testosterone levels have become more common than ever. With the advances in such medication, however, come advances in risks that accompany such treatment. According to WebMD.com, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), are not as common as one may think. Part of this could because of the many risks that accompany TRT and the fact that many physicians are not yet familiar with the overall picture of such therapy.

Testosterone gels carry their own set of risks separate from those associated with pill therapy. Pill therapy can have unwanted side effects such as acne, sleep apnea, and breast enlargement, according to WebMD. Yet when a man uses a testosterone cream or gel, it can have unintended side effects for his family. “If a woman or child comes into contact with testosterone gels, it can cause side effects in them, including hair growth and premature puberty,” according to WebMD. Most doctors say that this transference is rare, but men using testosterone gel should take care to wash their hands thoroughly after use to mitigate the possibility of such unwanted side effects.

Yet transference to women and children is not the only highly publicized negative effect of testosterone gels. According to Bloomberg News, earlier this year, Abbott Laboratories (ABT), the manufacturer of AndroGel, a very common brand of TRT gel, was sued by five men claiming that the ABT failed to properly warn patients of severe side effects of the gel on their hearts. One man allegedly had a stroke as a result of AndroGel use.

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Recently, it was discovered in a study that Depakote use by pregnant women could cause lower IQ scores in their offspring. This is the latest of several suspected Depakote side effects that are ending in lawsuits.

Depakote is also known as valproate and is used extensively to help treat and manage epileptic seizures. It is also prescribed to treat manic depressive disorder, including bipolar disorder, which seems to be growing in occurrence each decade.

Depakote is also prescribed to treat problematic migraine headaches, a condition that has also increased in occurrence across North America in both genders.

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Posted on in Drugs

Recently, Natural Standard posted an article stating that Rugby Natural Ferrous Sulfate Iron Supplements have been recalled.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued a consumer warning for the iron supplement listed above, which is manufactured by Advance Pharmaceutical Inc.

Iron is an essential mineral to the human body and is a major component of proteins that aid in oxygen transport as well as metabolism. According to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency is the largest international nutritional disorder. In particular, a vegan diet has a tendency to lead to a deficiency of necessary minerals, such as calcium, iron, and zinc.

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Posted on in Birth Defects

The firm is currently undergoing an investigation of Zoloft birth defect lawsuits for the families who had a child born with congenital abnormality that is allegedly associated with their mother's use of Zoloft during her pregnancy.

Federal Zoloft lawsuits are continuing to move forward in the multidistrict litigation that is underway in the U.S. District Court, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, according to Bernstein Liebhard LLP. Dated Jan. 17, the Pretrial Order states that the Court has established a protocol to select Zoloft suits for the early Bellwether trials. The Order also directs the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee to select 12 Zoloft birth defect claims from the total to include in the Early Discovery Group, no later than Feb. 15. The attorneys for Pfizer, Inc. as well, have been instructed to select a total of 13 cases for the Group no later than Feb. 25.

The firm representing the plaintiffs, which is a nationwide law firm that represents victims of defective drugs and other medical devices, said, “We are pleased to see this litigation moving forward. Bellwether trials will be important in gauging how juries might rule in similar Zoloft birth cases. The firm is also accepting any other consultations to victims with birth defects that are allegedly associated with Zoloft.

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