Birth Injury Attorneys: Defining the Cleft Lip and its Causes

Topamax, the widely popular migraine and epilepsy medication, has raised eyebrows due to its connection with birth defects. Recent studies have shown that Topamax, when used by women during pregnancy, may lead to defects in new born children such as cleft lip or cleft palate. It is important for pregnant women to acknowledge these possible dangers and understand the risk to their babies. What is a Cleft Lip and What Causes It? Cleft lip occurs when the developing tissue of the nose and upper jaw does not fuse normally resulting in a split in the lip. Cleft lip is treatable and generally does not cause health problems although in some … [Read more...]

8 Million Children Are Born With A Serious Birth Defect Each Year Says March of Dimes

The March of Dimes website has released the findings of their international research department's study of world wide birth defects. The official report includes staggering statistics, explaining that, "Every year an estimated 8 million children -- about 6 percent of total births worldwide -- are born with a serious birth defect of genetic or partially genetic origin..." While the official numbers appear to be lower in higher income nations, this percentage is unnerving when considered in the context of our health care system. In our nation of freedom, we should be able to not only prevent these birth defects by way of higher quality … [Read more...]