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Amanda Burbank

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Amanda J. Burbank is a poet, writer and editor. She's had a number of pieces published in a variety of places, from local papers and magazines to online blogs to literary magazines. She's worked on the other side of the profession as well, from beta reading for multiple aspiring novelists to assisting a literary agent to working as an editor herself. She's also worked as a teacher, homeschooling her three children for three years, learning with them as they were continually, joyously discovering. She graduated from Huntingdon College with a bachelor of arts majoring in English and Psychology. She and her husband and children live in Wetumpka, Alabama.

Healthy habits for protecting against kidney disease

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In an article for National Kidney Month, Baptist Health of South Florida lists healthy habits people can choose to incorporate into their lifestyle in order to protect their kidneys. The health organization like many others participating in the month-long kidney awareness campaign this March hope to reduce the incidence of chronic kidney disease by sharing life-giving knowledge. Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S. Twenty-six million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and many don’t even realize they have the disease as it often has no symptoms until the disease has advanced. Millions of ... Read More

Alopecia: what causes it, what to expect, and how to pursue treatment

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MSN Health and Fitness recently addressed two types of hair loss that affect women, what causes it, what to expect, and how to pursue treatment. “Given that a woman’s hair can feel pretty central to her femininity, it beginning to drop out without warning can be hugely distressing for those affected,” the health news site said. Alopecia areata was explained by Dr. Jemma Batte, a doctor at Bupa UK, as “caused by an overactive immune system, which can start targeting your healthy cells. The immune system targets the cells in your skin where your hair grows, making it weaker and causing ... Read More

Unusual benefits and risks of ED drugs like Viagra

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Swedish researchers studying PDE5 inhibiting erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs such as Viagra and Cialis found that the drugs might reduce a heart attack survivor’s risk of early death by 33 percent or chance of hospitalization for subsequent heart failure by 40 percent. According to Health 24, at the start of the study researchers expected to find ED treatment associated with increased risk of death and were surprised by their results, which included the possibility that with higher doses there was increased survival. However, lead researcher Dr Daniel Andersson noted the limitations of this being a small study and that it ... Read More

Analysis: ‘Judicial Hellhole’ designation motivated by big business, not accurate assessment of talc litigation

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Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently talked to Thomas Stewart, director of the trial advocacy program at Saint Louis University School of Law about his city’s reputation and tort reform in regard to the recent talc litigation. “So much of this tort reform business is based on the idea that you file your case in the city of St. Louis, and the jury automatically gives you money. Of course that’s nonsense,” Stewart said. “City judges and juries analyze on a case by case basis.” St. Louis drew the ire of tort reform groups last year, when three separate juries returned verdicts for plaintiffs ... Read More

Adopted son donates kidney to his father; living donors needed

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This month is National Kidney Month and WISH TV in Indianapolis shared the inspiring story of a man in need of a kidney transplant, one in more than 1,300 Indiana residents waiting for a kidney donation, who was surprised to find that his 25-year-old adopted son was the perfect match. “He’s sacrificed for 25 years for me, so when I had this opportunity I knew this was my time to give back,” said Jared Foster, Tim’s son. “To know that I could potentially be the reason why my dad lives the rest of his life, a good life, it was ... Read More

National Kidney Month: Time to learn about kidneys and kidney disease

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March is National Kidney Month, a great time to learn more about kidneys and kidney disease, the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S. The National Kidney Foundation has created a graphic full of useful information, which includes six ways kidneys keep you healthy, eight problems kidney disease can cause, four risk factors and seven symptoms of kidney disease, and two tests you can take to check your kidney health. Kidneys filter wastes from 200 liters of blood a day, help regulate both fluid levels and blood pressure, keep blood minerals in balance and direct red blood cell production. Twenty-six million American adults ... Read More

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation denies motion to consolidate federal PPI cases

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In the January 2017 Hearing Session the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) met regarding motions to centralizing forming new multidistrict litigation (MDL). Filed on Feb. 2, the JPML issued an order denying transfer of MDL No. 2757 – IN RE: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation. The plaintiffs had sought to centralize 15 federal PPI cases; the panel mentioned being informed of 24 additional similar cases. They requested that the MDL be formed in the Middle District of Louisiana, the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of Illinois, the District of Kansas, or the Western District of ... Read More

Talc litigation moving forward in multiple venues, Courtroom View Network is watching

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Courtroom View Network (CVN) is closely watching the talc litigation as it progresses across the country. It offered a live webcast and recorded the St. Louis talc trial that concluded last week with a verdict in favor of Johnson and Johnson. The news site will also webcast the St. Louis trial scheduled to begin next month on April 10. CVN points out that last week’s verdict was in a case selected for trial by the defense and the site questions whether or not J&J can win in a case selected by plaintiffs. Last year, the plaintiffs won three trials in ... Read More

Taxotere faces allegations linking the chemotherapy drug to five deaths

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Docetaxel, sold under the brand name Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug used to treat breast, lung, prostate, stomach, and head and neck cancer, is already being sued by more than 700 patients in the United States over allegations that the drug causes permanent alopecia, or hair loss. Now this same drug is facing even more allegations of serious side effects. US Recall News reports that the French National Drug and Health Product Safety Agency (ANSM) is investigating Taxotere/docetaxel in response to a report that shows the drug connected to five deaths in only six months. Patients using a generic version of docetaxel ... Read More

A generic drug that works just like Viagra may carry the same risks

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The Inquisitr encourages men who might be tempted by the discounted prices of online pharmacies selling “generic” Viagra to consider purchasing generic Revatio instead. The site explains that a legal version of generic Viagra is not available in the United States and won’t be until December of 2017. At that time, Teva, which is the only company approved by the FDA to make and sell generic Viagra, known as sildenafil citrate, will begin selling the drug in the U.S.; it has already been selling it in Europe since 2013. In the meantime, drugs purporting to be generic Viagra are often ... Read More