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Birth Defects Caused by Zofran

Being pregnant can be one of the most beautiful times in a woman’s life, accompanied by the joy of bringing a new child into the world. Unfortunately, pregnancy can also bring some unwanted side effects which include morning sickness. Originally intended for use in cancer patients suffering from nausea and vomiting, the prescription Zofran soon expanded and began marketing it to pregnant women who suffered from this severe morning sickness. This was despite the shocking fact that the drug was never approved for use in pregnant women. Sadly, pregnant women taking the drugs began noticing devastating birth defects in their children and the link between Zofran and life-long birth defects began being studied. Three major birth defects were shown to be linked to the use of Zofran, one of the most common being a cleft lip. This birth defect develops between the fourth and seventh weeks of development, when the lips begin and finish forming. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, when the fetus is exposed to Zofran, the tissue that forms the lip may not fully form causing a small opening in the upper lip, known as a cleft lip. Further, Zofran has also been shown to double the chances of a cleft palate in pregnant women. Similar to a cleft lip, when the tissue that forms the palate does not fully form, an unborn fetus can be left with one or more sections of the palate that are not fully formed. However, the effects of Zofran can stretch beyond a cleft lip or palate. Zofran can even cause congenital heart defects when the blood or heart vessels do not develop normally in a fetus. Even after the link between Zofran and birth defects were shown, not only had many pregnant women suffered from severe birth defects in their child, but were left with life-changing emotional turmoil...
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Types of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is caused by damage or improper development of the brain, typically before or during birth, although trauma to the brain after birth can cause CP as well. All types of CP affect a person’s ability to control the muscles in their body in some form, but some cause speech or vision impairment as well. According to the website of The Driscoll Firm, P.C., there are three main types of CP: spastic, athetoid/dyskinetic, and ataxic. However, these forms are not exclusive and an individual can suffer from more than one form of CP which is referred to simply as mixed CP. Spastic CP is the most common of all forms of CP. People with spastic CP have a difficult time controlling muscle groups due to damage to the motor cortex part of their brain. Their movements often appear stiff and jerky and they have a hard time performing tasks such as speaking or handling objects. Asthetoid CP, or sometimes referred to as Diskinetic CP, is caused by damage to the basal ganglia part of the brain. The basal ganglia is responsible for regulating movements. There are different forms of this type of CP that result from different types of damage. Dystonia is characterized by jerky but repetitive movements. Asthetosis creates very slow movements, and chorea makes a person’s movements very unpredictable and irregular. Ataxic CP is the least common form of CP. Ataxic CP is caused by damage to the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that controls balance. As a result, people with Ataxic CP are often shaky, unbalanced, have poor depth perception, and their movements can be jerky and...
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