Nov 09

Side Effects For Women Reach a Boiling Point

Women wanting to take oral contraceptives have a wide range of choices. Many have opted to use Yaz, which combines two hormones – drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. This particular contraceptive is popular because it not only protects against unwanted pregnancy, but it also treats acne. Unfortunately, the company that manufactures this birth control pill may not have given adequate warning about the dangerous side effects associated with the medication.

The family of a young college student who died from a blood clot after taking Yaz has filed a lawsuit against Bayer, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the oral contraceptive. Family members said the 18-year-old college student was taking Yaz, also known as Yasmin or Ocella, to treat acne. After using the medication, she suffered from a blood clot and died of cardiac arrest last fall.

The family asserted that Bayer failed to give proper warning to physicians and patients that “Yaz poses a greater risk of serious side effects than previous generations of oral contraceptives.” Their claims are supported by two recent studies in the British Medical Journal which have determined that drugs containing drospirenone significantly increase a patient’s risk of serious blood clots in comparison with older birth control pills.

Blood clots are not the only dangerous side effect linked to Yaz. Users have reported a wide range of other medical conditions, including heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolism, cervical cancer and liver damage.

Family members of the deceased college student are understandably upset about her death. They hope that by filing this lawsuit, they can shed light on the dangerous prescription drug and prevent other families from going through the same heartbreaking ordeal. Contact a Yuma personal injury lawyer if you find yourself or a loved one going through the same ordeal.

Sep 11

Study Questions Effect of Texting Bans

Much has been spoken about texting and hand-held device bans. Thirty states and the District of Columbia have laws that ban texting while driving. A recent study funded by insurance companies shows the recent efforts to ban texting while driving has not reduced the rate of car accidents.

The study compared the crash rates in the first four states to ban texting while driving. Those states are Washington, California, Minnesota and Louisiana. The study looked at the amount of accidents before and after the texting ban laws went into effect. The study found that crash rates did not change significantly in one state and actually increased marginally in the other three. The study also compared insurance claims for accidents of neighboring states that did not have text bans during the study time to the four initial states.

The study was immediately condemned by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Distracted driving has been one of LaHood’s centerpiece issues. Mobile phone and other driving preoccupations caused almost 450,000 injuries and nearly 4,500 deaths last year. The conductors of the study do not discount the danger texting presents while driving. Their study suggests that laws are not affecting accident rates. Another study released earlier this year by the same institute showed that bans of handheld mobile phones also did not lessen accident amounts.

There are multiple explanations for the findings. Drivers who continue to text may try to do so in a more secretive manner by keeping their text movements low. This may further reduce focus on the road leading to increased accidents. New preoccupations may also be filling the space left by texting bans. LaHood has voiced concerns about in-vehicle technology that may prove to also divert attention.

When safety belt legislation was first introduced similar data was released that suggested seat belt laws were not effective. Advocates of distraction bans argue it will take time for the effects of the bans to be felt. A Flushing car accident lawyer can help you with your case. Whether the car accident was caused by texting and driving or human error. Car accidents lawyers in Flushing, New York have you covered.

Jun 10

Permission to Carry

By operating within the State of Florida you’ve given an implied permission to permit law enforcement the capability to consider perhaps a breathalyzer examination, body, or urine of driving-under the impact upon fair suspension. If an official is persuaded that you’re reduced but have taken below the authorized limitations the urine examination may help them illustrate that you have illegal materials inside your program, for example pot, drug, heroin, sleeping products, hydrocodone, oxycontin, or a number of other materials that may be discovered via an urine test.

The urine checks are extremely handy for authorities to make use of, they’re incredibly simple to give and inexpensive. Nevertheless, there’s one large issue the prosecutors encounter with this specific kind of ensure that you that’s that they’re really incorrect once the material was obtained in calculating. For instance, you required a pain tablet recently that will be ample time for you to have that medicine use off; the half life of the tablet appear on the urine examination and might be inside your program.

Several skilled Palm Beach DUI attorneys have now been in getting the outcomes of an urine examination omitted from your own legal DUI test exceptionally effective. Your DUI lawyer may have the capability to contact their toxicologist to claim for you of how your capability to run the automobile was not adversely affected by the medicine when the answers are permitted into the test. A skilled West Palm Beach DUI attorney may have connections with many nearby expert that they can ask to assist protect your situation.

 

May 04

Brain Damage and Hand Eye Coordination

You can see that the frontal lobe of the brain plays a very important role in determining the quality of our lives. Now, what happens when the frontal lobe of the brain is injured? The changes that occur when there is damage to the frontal lobe include problems with sequencing, severation (where there is difficulty making decisions), decreased attention, personality alterations, problem solving difficulties, a decrease in the ability to communicate verbally, a lack of spontaneity, rigidity or inflexible thinking.

Next we come to the temporal lobe. The temporal lobe has several very important functions. It controls short-term memory, receptive language, language comprehension, musical awareness, selective attention, our object categorization (the ability to locate objects), and, importantly, face recognition. The temporal lobe also controls behavior, in particular aggressive behavior and our ability to keep aggression in check. If you think about your own life, the things that you do and the way that you interact with people, you can see how the temporal lobe serves all of us a very important purpose. So what happens when our temporal lobe is damaged?

When the temporal lobe is injured, it creates problems understanding the spoken word. There are also problems with selective attention, and even sexuality changes. A person with a temporal lobe injury may be found to persistently talk, and often with a temporal lobe injury we see an increase in aggressive behavior. There may also be problems finding, identifying and categorizing objects and faces.

So now let’s talk a little bit about the parietal lobe with some injury attorneys. This area of the brain takes us into a higher level of functioning. As we use our brains for thought processing, different aspects of knowing where our bodies are in space and things of that nature, the parietal lobe steps in to provide the functionality to successfully execute those actions. In the parietal lobe, we have the control of what’s called “spatial orientation,” or being able to identify where our bodies are in space. We have control of the awareness of our bodies, and our various body parts (where our arms and legs are, and what they are doing). We have our tactile perception (what we feel in our fingertips). Our academic skills, how we achieve in school and in the workplace. Object naming – how we file and apply names to faces and objects. Visual attention – the way that we are able to focus visually. The distinction between right and left. And, very importantly, our hand-eye coordination.

May 04

Angry Betty Asks For Parole

In a brutal slaying that many San Diego residents still remember, former San Diego socialite Betty Broderick murdered her ex-husband, a San Diego attorney, and his new wife in 1989.

Now, after two decades, Angry Betty is finally up for parole.

For the uninitiated, parole is an early release from prison. Whether parole is granted is determined by a parole board and if granted, carries several conditions imposed by the parole board. For example, a parolee may be required to check in with a parole officer at regular intervals or attend certain meetings or classes. If the parolee violates any of those conditions, she could potentially be sent back to prison.

Married in 1969 after meeting at a football game, Dan and Betty Broderick moved their way up the social ladder in San Diego, as Dan Broderick became a successful west palm defense attorney. But in 1989, after Dan left her for his legal assistant, Betty Broderick walked into the bedroom of the victims and shot them both in their sleep.  Armed with a .38 caliber pistol, Betty shot both of her victims as they lay in their beds. Linda Broderick died instantly. Betty’s ex-husband, however, died slowly, with blood filling up his lungs.

The Broderick murder was a crime of passion, invoking emotions in the jury and effectively dividing them. There were those who felt that she deserved to be penalized. Then, there were the others, who sympathized with the story of the scorned and berated housewife.

At the end of the trial, Betty Broderick was convicted of second-degree murder. This was a lighter conviction than the prosecution sought, since the jury felt that Broderick’s crime was a crime of passion and not pre-meditated.

Her case was one of the first cases televised by Court TV and has been the subject of several books and a made-for-tv movie starring Meredith Baxter of Family Ties fame.

It remains to be seen whether the parole board will feel sympathy for Betty and release her early, or whether her late ex-husband’s prominence in the San Diego legal community will play a role in invoking contempt against her.

Either way, the fate of Betty Broderick remains to be determined.

Mar 21

NFL taking efforts to better educate game officials on concussions

It has recently been reported that the National Football League (NFL) is taking efforts to better educate its game officials on the symptoms of concussions.

Reportedly, while game officials will not be expected to wield the same knowledge on concussions and brain injuries as doctors, the NFL wants its game officials equipped with the know-how to identify signs of a potential concussion to better ensure that players receive proper medical attention when they suffer potential head injuries.

As part of these new efforts, the NFL reportedly included information on concussions in its game officials’ weekly training tapes.

The NFL’s decision to take new efforts to educate game officials on concussions came after a scary incident occurred involving an NFL player and head trauma.

The player reportedly experienced a hit early in the fourth quarter of a game. Reportedly, the player stumbled backwards after this hit. Reportedly, a game official went to the player after this stumbling occurred and the player waved him off.

According to the ESPN article which reported this story, the player remained in the game and did not receive any special medical attention. Reportedly, team doctors were tending to another injured player at the time and did not get a clear view of the above-mentioned hit.

After the game, the player took a flight back home. When the plane landed, he suffered a seizure, presumably from head trauma he sustained from the above-mentioned hit. Reportedly, doctors do not know when the player will return to play.

It will be interesting to see how effective the NFL’s new efforts at educating its game officials about concussion symptoms will be at better ensuring that players receive proper medical care after suffering a potential head injury.

Mar 10

Police blame truck driver for New York crash that killed six

A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh 80,000 pounds. When it’s going at highway speed, it’s impossible to stop a big rig quickly. That’s why truck drivers need to be alert at all times and aware of traffic signs warning of upcoming construction, delays and so on.
Law enforcement officials are saying the driver of an 18-wheeler was not paying attention before he caused a fiery crash that left six people dead in upstate New York last month.
Investigators are apparently unsure of what the trucker was paying attention to in the moments before the crash, but they are convinced that it wasn’t the road or traffic.
They say the Pennsylvania trucker drove right past highway signs warning of upcoming construction and delays, but did not see them or did not pay attention to them.
Investigators and others are currently weighing whether or not to bring criminal charges against the man, requiring a bellingham criminal defense lawyer.
His 18-wheeler was carrying a full load when it slammed into the back of an SUV on a rural highway in Antwerp, New York, about 270 miles north of Newburgh.
A police spokesperson said investigators found that the trucker had not made phone calls or sent or received texts in the minutes prior to the crash.
He also didn’t appear to be intoxicated or impaired by drugs, they said.
He apparently hit the brakes on his truck right before impact, but it was too late.
Killed in the SUV the truck smashed into were an elementary school speech therapist, 42 years old, her two daughters, ages 14 and 11, and her mother-in-law, 69.
The SUV reportedly exploded in flames upon impact.
Two other people were killed in separate vehicles.

Mar 03

Famous boxing brothers hospitalized with injuries after crash

It only takes one little mishap to cause a serious car accident. It’s scary, but life can change in a split second.

Two well-known sports figures are fighting serious injuries after a car crash late last week. The car accident sent 29-year-old twin brothers Rock and Tiger Allen, famous for their boxing skills, to the hospital for injuries they received during the one-car crash.

According to reports, the brothers were traveling in a Ford Explorer on Bethlehem Pike in Montgomery Township. The car reportedly left the road and hit a tree. Tiger Allen was the driver. Both men were airlifted from the scene by rescue helicopter to different hospitals.

The twins were considered up-and-coming in the world of boxing. Rock Allen boxed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. His brother, Tiger, tried but failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team in the 2000 Olympics. Neither has fought in the last couple of years.

According to Philly.com, Rock remains in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he is listed in serious condition. Tiger is in intensive care at Hahnemann University Hospital. There is no word on his condition. There were no further updates on the state of the twins’ health.

Police in Montgomery County have yet to establish a cause for the accident. It was not clear whether alcohol could have been a factor. An investigation is ongoing. It was not reported when or if police would release more details.

Feb 16

Inflatable amusement rides have some worried about injuries

On a breezy weekend afternoon recently, an inflatable slide on Long Island went flying at a youth soccer tournament. Similar incidents the same afternoon left several people injured, one woman seriously.

It’s a growing problem, experts say: inflatable rides are apparently causing increased injuries in emergency rooms over the last decade. There were apparently almost 5,000 such injuries back in 2004. In the last two months alone, at least 10 such rides have collapsed, injuring 40 people, according to the Daily Item.

According to a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which monitors the safety of such rides, they are aware of the problem. She says every new ride is inspected by a safety board. They also have approximately 1,000 inspectors across the state.

Sometimes, rental companies that provide inflatable rides for parties or other events have in-house inspectors who assure that safety requirements are met. Still, that doesn’t mean accidents won’t happen. Most customers choose not to hire employees to oversee the operation of such rides. Sometimes, accidents occur when weight limits on the rides are ignored.

The spokesman for the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials says accidents involving inflatable rides happen all the time. He says they should be treated almost like carnival rides and should be closely monitored. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.

What it all comes down to is whether the rides are being operated safely. As the spokesman tells the Daily Item, “It’s all about the operator. Just like anything, you need somebody competent doing it.”

Still, high winds and other factors can still cause accidents. When in doubt, it’s always best to choose safety first.

Feb 02

Pennsylvania school bus crash sends 23 to hospitals

An overeager driver attempting to pass a school bus apparently overcorrected, causing a massive crash that left nearly two dozen people hurt. Luckily, none of the injuries was life-threatening.

The bus was traveling on Interstate 81 in rural Pennsylvania over the weekend when the accident occurred. Many adults and children were on their way to a church camp from Cumberland Valley Christian School.

As the bus traveled on the interstate, a 79-year-old man passed the bus on the left side in his Cadillac, but, he had to take evasive action to avoid hitting another vehicle. He apparently overcorrected and spun out in front of the bus, causing the crash.

The man’s car ended up in a ditch, and the bus partially ended up in the ditch as well, hit a guard rail and rolled over onto its roof. According to a USA Today article, 17 passengers, a mix of children and adults, were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, with several others going to Waynesboro Hospital.

According to hospital spokespeople, all of those injured did not have life-threatening injuries. Their injuries were described as minor to moderate, according to reports.

The 79-year-old driver was injured and hospitalized as well. Police believe he was the contributing factor in the crash, although it was not clear if charges will be filed.

The accident apparently caused the closure of the northbound highway lanes as rescue crews had to remove passengers from the bus and car. Three children passengers, as well as the Cadillac driver, had to be extricated from the vehicles.

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