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Blog Posts in March, 2011

  • Patients Suffer When Doctors Fail to Communicate

    Emergency room visits can be traumatic for patients, especially young and senior citizen patients that contribute to more than 120 million emergency room visits each year. But even after patients leave the ER, their health may still be in jeopardy. Poor communication between emergency room physicians and primary care physicians can seriously undermine effective care. The Seattle Times recently ...
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  • New Birth Defect Warning for Topamax

    Federal drug regulators have issued a disturbing new warning for women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Research shows that the popular migraine medication Topamax seriously raises the risk of birth defects such as a cleft lip or cleft palate, especially when taken during the first trimester of pregnancy. New drug registry data shows that the risk of oral birth defects is up to 16 ...
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  • Prescription Painkillers Increase Risk of Birth Defects

    A new study shows that taking prescription painkillers shortly before or early in a woman's pregnancy can be incredibly risky. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn that certain opioid pain relievers, including Vicodin, OxyContin and Tylenol-3, increase the risk of several major birth defects. This particular class of medications more than doubles the chances of having a baby ...
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