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Birth defects caused by many factors

27. July 2011

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Birth defects are caused by a number of different factors, some more controllable than others. While some birth defects are hereditary, others are caused by environmental factors. Missing chromosomes and other genes that don’t work properly can lead to malformations in a newborn baby’s body that cannot be prevented by an unborn baby’s environment. However, […]

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Studies show Depakote has ties to birth defects

20. July 2011

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The use of Depakote has been linked to a variety of birth defects in the babies of mothers who took the drug while pregnant. Birth defects involving the face, skull, brain, spinal cord, heart, and blood vessels have been linked to Depakote use. Depakote, an anti-seizure medication, was originally approved by the FDA in 1983. […]

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Causes of spina bifida

18. July 2011

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Depakote among causes of spina bifida Each year, numerous babies are born with the harmful birth defect spina bifida. Babies with spina bifida are born with improperly formed spines that do not close correctly around their spinal cords. Spina bifida is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Many instances […]

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FDA warns of lower cognitive functioning with Valproate

30. June 2011

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The FDA has reported that the children of mothers who took the drug Valproate during pregnancy appear to have lower levels of cognitive functioning than other children. Valproate drugs include the following: divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakote ER, Depakote CP), valproate sodium (Depacon), valproic acid (Stavzor, Depakene), and the generic versions of these drugs. Valproate is […]

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Depakote lawsuits for babies with birth defects

2. June 2011

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Many mothers who took the drug Depakote during pregnancy report birth defects and health problems in their newborn babies. Now, a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer may allow these mothers to receive compensation for their children’s injuries. In 2009, the FDA issued a warning to users and distributors of Depakote about possible harm caused by […]

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