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Update: Epilepsy Drug now banned during pregnancy

Malcolm Underhill
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In January 2018, we wrote about the epilepsy drug, sodium valproate , which had been linked to 20,000 cases of catastrophic disabilities in children in the UK.  At the time, MP Norman Lamb referred to the situation as an “extraordinary...

Epilepsy Drug Sodium Valproate And Birth Defects - A Devastating Scandal

Malcolm Underhill
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Sodium Valproate, also known as Epilim, Episenta, Epival, and Convulex (as valproic acid), has been linked to catastrophic disabilities in around 20,000 children in the UK. MP Norman Lamb has called the situation an “extraordinary scandal”[1]. ...

When Childbirth Goes Tragically Wrong

Malcolm Underhill
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There are few women who do not fear childbirth, after all, less than 200 years ago giving birth constituted a major threat to a woman’s life.  Childbirth, however, remains highly dangerous for women in developing countries [1] .  Thanks to...

Time to stop burying head in the sand over chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Malcolm Underhill
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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease, found in athletes, military veterans and others exposed to repetitive brain trauma.  Previously known as “punch drunk syndrome” and linked only to...

Why Are Woman Still Dying In Childbirth?

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A devastated husband whose wife died in childbirth told an inquest last week that, “smirking midwives” ignored her pleas for a caesarean section [1] . Given the advances in medicine in the 20 th and 21 st century, no one would ever...

Government Announces New Birth Injuries Compensation Scheme

Malcolm Underhill
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Families of children who have suffered birth injuries may find claiming compensation easier under a new scheme announced by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. The new Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme, which is out for consultation, would investigate...

Child birth and injury to mother and baby: Is compensation available?

Malcolm Underhill
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Most expectant mothers fear labour to some degree.  Thanks to advances in maternity healthcare over the last 100 or so years, in most cases, both mother and child emerge from childbirth relatively unscathed.  Some women require a little more...

Traumatic Brain Injury In Childhood Can Lead To Early Death

Malcolm Underhill
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(Source: https://blog.soton.ac.uk/comp6044/2010/11/28/psychology-biology-of-behaviour/) Children who receive a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are 72% more likely to die before the age of 41, a new study has shown[1]. Research published in the Public...

A Life Damaged Before It Begins

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The Long Lasting Effects Of Birth Injuries Childbirth has always been a risky business for both mother and baby.  In 15 th  century Florence, upper-class woman would make their Will as soon as they found out they were pregnant because...

£6m payout to brain damaged 10-year-old

Malcolm Underhill
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A 10-year-old boy has been awarded £6 million in compensation after NHS staff failed to spot that he was suffering from dangerously low blood sugar levels. His mother said the brain damage that her son suffered was the result of “poor...