PPI’s Linked to Gastric Cancer

PPI’s, proton pump inhibitors, include drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, and Dexilent. These drugs help treat acid reflux and act to protect the stomach lining. Individuals can generally use these drugs safely for short periods of time, but scientific studies show a person’s long-term use significantly increases their risk of developing gastric (stomach) cancer. Doctors are often unaware of the damaging side effects that these drugs may have when prescribing them for their…

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Accidental Burns During Surgery

Many times a patient will go in for a routine operation performed under general anesthesia but may come out of surgery with a 3rd or 4th-degree burn injury as a result of an operating room error. An electrical, or electrocautery, burn can occur when the grounding pad for electrical surgical equipment is improperly placed, or placed on wet skin, sending electricity through the grounding pad and into the patient – whose skin is overheated to…

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Traumatic Brain Injury

A TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) is known to be the leading cause of death from sports injuries.  Even mild TBIs can have serious and long-lasting consequences.  TBI disrupts the normal function of the brain. Normally caused by a blow to the head or a penetrating brain injury,  for example,  a soccer player who falls and hits their head on the ground, or collides with another player could result in a mild or severe TBI. A…

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Treatments Available to Those Who Have Been Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer After Taking Diabetes Medications

Pancreatic cancer has been reported almost three times more in patients who treat their type 2 diabetes with incretin medications (Januvia, Janumet, Tradjenta, Byetta, Victoza, Onglyza, etc.) than in patients who treat with other diabetic therapies. Sadly, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with 74% of patients dying within the first year of diagnosis. Despite such grim statistics, there are several treatment options available to individuals who…

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Daubert Order for Roundup Litigation

On July 10, 2018, the judge overseeing the Roundup Multidistrict Litigation, or “MDL”, issued a 68-page order outlining his reasoning as to why Plaintiffs’ experts will be allowed to testify at trial regarding their opinions that Roundup causes Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (“NHL”). The Roundup MDL is a consolidation of all federally-filed Roundup cases involving individuals having used Roundup and who have subsequently been diagnosed with NHL. The MDL is located in San Francisco and is being…

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Smith & Nephew: the List of Defective Hip Devices Keeps Growing

Hundreds of individuals have filed lawsuits against Smith & Nephew for injuries related to this manufacturer’s defective metal-on-metal hip implant products. In 2017, a multi-district litigation (MDL) was formed to consolidate certain Smith & Nephew hip implant lawsuits into a single federal district court in Baltimore, Maryland to more efficiently handle these complex cases. Originally, the MDL included only cases for the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) hip implant system. However, a growing number of lawsuits…

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Seizure Activity in Newborns – Hypoxia

According to the Florida Neonatal Neurological Network about 20 out of every 1,000 full term births will be affected by a lack of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia) during labor and delivery.  Babies who are born prematurely are at even greater risk, because their lungs are not fully developed and they are unable to fully manage breathing on their own. Hypoxia is the most frequent cause of seizure activity in newborns and can cause additional…

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Periventricular Leukomalacia in Newborns

Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) is an injury to the brain which occurs when tissue deep in the baby’s brain, called the white matter, dies away or is damaged.   If a baby’s brain does not receive enough oxygen during labor and delivery, the brain cells in the baby’s white matter can die or be damaged.  The patches of damaged or dying brain cells which lead to a diagnosis of PVL can be seen on brain imaging studies,…

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Stryker LFIT V40 Update

In August 2016, Stryker recalled its LFIT V40 femoral head hip implant based on higher than expected taper failure rates.  A taper lock failure occurs when the femoral head of the hip implant comes loose from the stem of the hip implant. Many people implanted with this faulty device suffer from severe pain, inflammation, loss of bone strength and mobility, and difficulty in walking. In some cases, excessive metal debris from the components causes an…

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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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