Depakote, Other AEDs Again Linked to Birth Defects

An article appearing in the May, 2010 edition of Epilepsia titled “The teratogenic risk of antiepileptic drug polytherapy.” by F.J. Vajda and a team from Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of  Melbourne (Australia) further explores the connection between antiepileptic drugs containing sodium valproate such as Depacon, Depakene, and Depakote and increased risk for congenital malformations.

Georgia Firefighter’s with Cancer Fight Uphill Battle to Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Georgia Firefighter’s with Cancer Fight Uphill Battle to Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits

A local news station in Georgia has uncovered an alarming and disappointing fact about metro Atlanta fire departments.  Sadly, local fire departments throughout the city do not have policies in place to limit exposure to hazardous chemicals, thereby increasing firefighters’ risk of developing cancer.  As a result, firefighters in the Atlanta and surrounding areas rarely receive workers’ compensation benefits.