Enhanced Underinsured Motorist Coverage – What Every Maryland Driver Needs to Know

Effective July 1, 2018, Maryland insurance companies will begin to offer Enhanced Underinsured Motorist Coverage (“EUIM”) to individuals with private passenger automobile insurance policies, including motorcyclists. Commonly referred to as “stacking”, this new coverage will allow you to combine, or “stack”, your underinsured motorist coverage (UM) with the policy limits of the at-fault driver, ultimately increasing the amount of money to which you may be entitled, following an auto accident. For instance, it is June…

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Black Box Warning Added to Essure

One of the key responsibilities of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to protect the public health by ensuring the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  While it is the responsibility of a manufacturer to perform safety testing, the FDA approves a drug or device based on the safety studies conducted and reported by the manufacturer. In instances where a safety issue does not become apparent until after a drug or device…

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PPIs and Kidney Disease

Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix, and Dexilant are popular over-the-counter drugs that reduce the amount of gastric acid the stomach produces. Doctors commonly prescribe these drugs, classified as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), to patients with acid reflux and heartburn. Although PPIs have been in use since 1981, new scientific evidence suggests that these drugs are associated with severe and potentially deadly health problems. Defective drugs like Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix, and Dexilant have been linked to…

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Treatments Available for Heart Failure Caused by Onglyza

New scientific evidence shows using the medication Onglyza, a popular type 2 diabetes drug, increases a user’s risk for heart failure. Clinical trials have confirmed that diabetic individuals taking Onglyza, especially those who have existing major organ complications, dramatically increase their possibility of experiencing heart failure. These findings have recently prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require the makers of Onglyza to include the potential threat of heart failure on the drug’s warning…

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Birth Injury Due To Placental Abruption

The placenta is an organ that develops inside a woman’s uterus during pregnancy. Once a baby is conceived, the placenta forms to supply oxygen and nutrients to the baby, as well as remove waste products from the baby’s blood. The placenta attaches to the uterine wall, and the baby’s umbilical cord arises from it. In some cases, however, the placenta can separate from the uterine wall, causing the baby to stop receiving an adequate supply…

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Getting Essure Removed: What You Need to Know

Since the permanent birth control device Essure went on the market in 2002, 26,000 complaints and 16,000 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the manufacturer of the device. As a result of the chronic and debilitating side effects (nickel poisoning, abnormal/heavy menstrual bleeding, autoimmune disorders, severe abdominal/pelvic pain, etc.) caused by Essure, many women have had to have the device removed. However, prior to implantation, women were not only ill-informed about the side effects of…

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Microcephaly Following Hypoxic Brain Injury at Birth

Microcephaly is a medical condition defined by a small head circumference. It is noticeable as a disproportionately small head for the size of the growing child. There are many different ways this condition can develop, including preventable brain injury at birth, which stunts the growth of the baby’s brain and skull. Acquired microcephaly in very young children can be caused by lack of oxygen during birth. If signs of the baby suffering from hypoxia during…

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Signs and Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

The diabetes (incretin) medications outlined in the adjacent table are linked to causing pancreatic cancer. Therefore, if you or a loved one has taken, or is currently taking, one or more of these medications, you could be at an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, there are usually no early warning signs of pancreatic cancer. Typically, by the time someone starts to experience symptoms, the cancer has spread outside of the pancreas. Nevertheless, there…

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Another Stryker Hip Recall: LFIT V40

The reputation of medical device manufacturer Stryker Corporation has been called into question in the past, after having to recall two of its metal hip replacement systems in 2012. More recently, the company once again faces criticism and outrage for its negligence in distributing yet another defectively designed hip replacement system. On August 29, 2016, Stryker sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notification Letter to all surgeons who implanted the LFIT V40 femoral head as…

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Diabetes Drugs Linked To Causing Pancreatic Cancer

At present, approximately 29.1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes, and as many as 8.1 million (more) Americans have the disease but have not yet been diagnosed. Perhaps equally as staggering, by the end of this year, about 1.4 million new cases of diabetes will have been diagnosed. According to the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. People with…

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