Mirena IUD: Diagnosing Intracranial Hypertension

Several scientific studies show that the primary hormone in the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD), levonorgestrel, increases the risk of developing Intracranial Hypertension (IH). IH, also known as Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC), is caused by the overproduction of spinal fluid within the skull. The excess fluid puts immense pressure on the brain, triggering warning signs similar to those experienced with brain tumors. Mirena users suffering from IH often endure daily pressure headaches, blurry vision or vision loss,…

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Smith & Nephew BHR Recall X ray image of hip

New information shows greater insight into the negligent behavior of global medical technology company Smith & Nephew concerning its defective hip replacement products. After the recall of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing device (BHR) in June 2015, evidence shows that the company failed to accurately inform both physicians and patients of the proper measures to take regarding these defective products. Smith & Nephew neglected to warn the public of the dangerous side effects and long-term consequences…

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Have a Happy Halloween from The Yost Legal Group

Halloween is right around the corner, and children and families throughout Maryland are preparing their costumes and decorating their homes for a frightful, fun night. Even though Halloween is a fun holiday for kids and families to enjoy, there are important safety tips that you should discuss with your children. At The Yost Legal Group we want everyone to have a fun filled, and safe Halloween. Whether you plan to trick or treat throughout your…

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Vacuum-Assisted Delivery And Birth Injury

Sometimes, during the labor and delivery process, the baby needs a little help getting through the birth canal. Approximately 1 out of 20 vaginal deliveries in the United States result in some form of assistance being required. Prolonged labor can be dangerous to the baby as well as extremely painful and exhausting to the mother. Two common forms of assisted delivery, used by medical providers to when labor is stalled, are vacuum extraction and forceps…

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Mirena IUD: The Link between Levonorgestrel and Intracranial Hypertension

Nearly two hundred lawsuits filed by women against Bayer Pharmaceuticals allege that their intrauterine device (IUD), Mirena, causes a condition known as intracranial hypertension (IH), or pseudotumor cerebri. Women all over the United States claim that Bayer was negligent in failing to warn users of the IUD of the potentially disabling side effects related to IH. In fact, Bayer has not provided any warning at all about the possibility of Mirena causing IH, despite studies…

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Paralysis Caused By Spinal Surgery

An ideal outcome in spinal surgery is dependent of the coordination of efforts by the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and neurophysiologist. Because patients are under general anesthesia during surgery, techniques for examining the nervous system for potential injuries can be somewhat limited. Intraoperative spinal cord monitoring (IOM) allows the surgeon to record the electrical signals transferred along the spinal cord and use this recording to prevent neural irritation or spinal cord injury during surgery. Electrodes are placed…

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Mirena IUD: The FDA and Bayer Pharmaceuticals

In 2001, Bayer Pharmaceuticals introduced and promoted the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD) as a highly effective birth control method. Mirena is a flexible, plastic, T-shaped device inserted through the cervix and into the uterus by a healthcare professional. The IUD can remain in place for up to 5 years and prevents pregnancy by releasing a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel into the body. Bayer recommended Mirena to women who already had a child and were looking…

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Mismatched Blood Transfusion And Transfusion Reaction

A blood transfusion is a common medical procedure in which donated blood is provided to a patient through a narrow tube (IV catheter) placed within a vein in the arm. Blood transfusions become medically necessary for many reasons, including a need to replace blood in patients who suffer significant bleeding as the result of a major surgery or accidental injury. Blood transfusions are also needed by patients with blood disorders which interfere with their body’s…

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Essure: The Controversy Behind this Female Sterilization Device

In 2002, Bayer released a permanent contraception device called Essure. The device presented women with the option of having two “soft, flexible inserts” implanted through the vagina and cervix into the fallopian tubes in a “gentle, non-surgical” procedure. Bayer promoted this approach as a drastically simpler alternative to the incision and anesthesia necessary for a tubal ligation surgery. The Essure coil-like inserts were designed to generate scar tissue to block the fallopian tubes, without releasing…

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Group B Strep Infection Causing Birth Injury

Group B streptococcus (GBS), is a bacterium that can cause serious infections in newborn babies. It is one of many types of streptococcal bacteria, commonly referred to as “strep.” Approximately one in three to four pregnant women in the US carries GBS. It is found in the lower part of the digestive system (colon) and/or in the vagina. GBS is not harmful to healthy adults but is extremely dangerous for newborn infants when found in…

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