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The Pros and Cons of Taking Risperdal

The benefits manifested by the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal during the years immediately following its release plus the claim that is causes lesser side effects compared to other drugs intended to treat brain-related illnesses, enabled it to gain immediate popularity in the medical field. This acceptance led to the issuance of more than 10 million prescriptions by the end of October 2011. The use of Risperdal was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1994; it is prescribed to patients to treat mixed or manic episodes of bipolar disorder, long-term treatment of bipolar disorder, irritability due to autistic disorder and schizophrenia. By altering the effects of chemicals (called neurotransmitters) in the brain, Risperdal is able to affect abnormal brain communication, which is the cause of psychotic illness, and improve the condition of the patient. Besides the FDA-approved use of Risperdal, doctors also prescribe the drug for off-label use, such as in treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders, Tourette syndrome and stuttering. The year 2003 was marked with reports of severe side-effects and fatalities that, allegedly, were caused by Risperdal. Incidences of strokes, deaths and the development of Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome or NMS (a deadly condition caused by the rigidity of the muscles and irregularities in blood pressure) and Tardive Dyskinesia (uncontrolled twitching of the face and/or tongue and uncontrolled movement of the limbs caused by a disorder in the central nervous system). A 2010 study on Risperdal, however, found that the drug makes no improvement on the social skills and conversational ability of children with autism and that the obsessive behavior of many autistics has not been reduced. The study also showed that, though, Risperdal may have provided some benefits to people suffering from dementia, the incidences of stroke and death were still higher. Some of the other reported side effects and complications from Risperdal include heart failure, diabetes, bone...
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Construction Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries

There is no question that construction workers are among the most likely to sustain work-related injuries simply because the nature of the work is inherently dangerous. Construction workers often operate electric-powered heavy tools that are difficult to control, operate heavy machinery or work right alongside them, and work from heights, often in conditions of high winds and intense temperatures. It takes a hardy individual to work in construction even under the best of conditions, and accidents still happen even when all the possible safety precautions are taken. The most common type of injury for construction workers is traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as TBI, which is why hard hats are the number one safety gear required for all that are within the worksite, even non-workers. Tools, planks, steel bars, and debris that fall from a sufficient height could result in serious injury to anyone unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. A construction worker could sustain a brain injury by falling or having something fall on his or her head, and depending on the height of the fall, can spend a few hours to a few years recovering from damage to the brain. Any type of brain injury is no joke; a closed brain injury where the damage is internal may look fine, but the trauma could have considerable and permanent effects on the functionality of the worker. It is the worst kind of TBI because it is harder to detect and treat. But any kind of TBI is potentially dangerous because the brain is easily damaged, and does not take a lot to render the individual totally and permanently disabled. When construction accidents happen because of dangerous work conditions or employer negligence, the victim may be eligible for a personal injury claim. Consult with a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer to assess...
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Defective Pharmaceutical Products

Modern medicine has undoubtedly been a boon to mankind in incalculable ways. The life span has more than doubled from the early 20th Century of 31 years to the 67.2 years of today worldwide as medical knowledge, technology, and practice significantly improved by leaps and bounds in the last 100 years or so. Sometimes, however, there are defective pharmaceutical products that cuts life short, or considerably impair a patient’s health for no reason other than a breach of the duty of care. Pharmaceutical companies have been the brunt of numerous personal injury lawsuits in the last two decades, and in most cases for good reason. An article on the website of Williams Kherkher discusses the health complications associated with the transvaginal mesh, illustrating how an otherwise good product can go so very wrong when not enough research is made for certain uses. While surgical mesh is effective for temporary support during surgical procedures and to repair hernias, its application for age-related medical conditions such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women has been far from efficacious. This is why numerous drug companies are being sued for failing to do the necessary clinical testing prior to widespread sale to the public. Another example of a good thing going wrong because of a lack of adequate clinical trials is Topamax (topamirate), a drug used in the treatment of epilepsy developed and marketed Johnson & Johnson divisions Ortho-McNeil Neurologics and Noramco, Inc. When administered to pregnant women, Topamax caused birth defects such as cleft lip, cleft palate, and hypospadias. The breach of duty occurred when the drug was touted as safe for pregnant women when later developments proved it definitely posed considerable risks for the unborn child. While drugs and medical devices have saved countless lives, it is important that pharmaceutical companies test their products thoroughly to ensure its safe use....
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