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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