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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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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