Scanning for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

A new brain scan, which is conducted via a new generation of radioactive pharmaceuticals, is considered a one-step forward by researchers when it comes to diagnosing and categorizing a brain illness that has tormented many American football players for many years now.

This brain scan, which is recently done by researchers at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York City, shows that a 39-year-old living former National Football League football player is suffering from psychiatric symptoms consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, an illness that has also been the bane of late football players Michael Lewis “Mike” Webster and Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau, Jr.

Said 39-year-old former football player has had suffered from a number of concussions during his playing years, researchers, who include Samuel Gandy and Dara Dickstein of Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York City, said. These researchers use cutting-edge ligands, or substances that bind to receptors and are able to be seen via brain imaging, to examine the brains of living athletes at risk of incurring CTE, who include NFL and National Hockey League players.

In line with the Mount Sinai researchers’ goals, Robert Stern of Boston University, who also want to speed up the process of diagnosing CTE in living people, said he, along with the Mount Sinai researchers, is using a new ligand called T807, which is not yet approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and has been used in human testing only in 2014.

Stern, who says the primary goal is to diagnose the CTE in an athlete before the illness can spread all throughout the person’s brain and therefore prevent the illness from escalating to an early death for the player, is being funded by grants from the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health.

The website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP says that mild traumatic brain injuries can cause temporary disfunctioning in brain cells, whereas major traumatic brain injuries, such as CTE can cause torn tissues and bleeding in the brain that when not addressed promptly can cause conditions that may lead to death.

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The Dangers of Toxic Tort

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Dangerous Products | 0 comments

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a toxic tort is really a legal expression for chronic or active contact with dangerous matter including chemicals, pesticides, gasses, or medications, although it seems like an evil cake. Injury or any injuries resulting from this exposure can lead to a toxic tort lawsuit.

There are numerous ways that individuals or a person can be subjected to materials that are hazardous. These include:

  • Work-Related Exposure – when the work site is overwhelmed by hazardous-materials as a matter of program i.e. coal dust in coal mining or the occupation involves management hazardous-materials i.e. transportation of substance
  • Dangerous Medications – when a drug has unwanted effects that are unintended or continues to be infected with harmful substances, for example, fungi or bacteria
  • House-Related Publicity – this may range from the continual vulnerability to black mold, asbestos-based insulation, and lead-paint that’s exposed in the residence
  • Commercial Products – this type of coverage is for the public, when the use of certain products can trigger injuries, like pesticides that’s consumed by crops or which poison groundwater that individuals ultimately ingest, make-up that have toxic ingredients, or food products that use harmful preservatives, coloring agents, or artificial flavoring

In the USA, when a serious injury happens from some of the above forms of coverage, the effects can be crushing. In some of these cases, the effects of the exposure attest years after, including what happened to employees in asbestos-containing materials, where cases of asbestosis and mesothelioma arrived 40 to 50 years afterward.

But the most frequent possibly are dangerous drugs which affect people from many walks of life are medications. Based on the site of Habush Habush & Rottier, the side effects of the medications often introduce larger health issues in relation to the ailment they are supposed to treat.

Whatever the origin of the toxicity, such cases represent a sizable part of individual injuries cases, which should be handled by experienced attorneys for outcomes that are desired. When you endured serious because of the negligence of a third party and have already been exposed to a substance that is noxious, perhaps you are qualified to get damages.

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Cruise Ship Excursions: Common Types of Excursion Accidents and Injuries

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Many people find the idea of vacationing on a cruise ship as the most ideal way to travel. Going on a cruise promises luxurious accommodations and state of the art facilities while being transported from one amazing destination to the next. Who wouldn’t dream of such a convenient and relaxing way to travel? Many cruise lines also offer their passengers the option to take part in various activities once they reach their intended destinations. These cruise ship excursions allow passengers to immerse themselves in the locales in their itinerary through activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, horseback riding, as well as walking and eco-cultural tours. Other popular in-land activities also include ATV riding and dog sledding.

While enjoyable, many of these activities pose a certain amount of risk if the cruise line isn’t careful with their facilitation and operation. According to this website , accidents during cruise ship excursions are a common cause for concern. Many of these potential dangers can cause serious injuries, eclipsing the fact that passengers should be enjoying their time while on their dream vacation.

Dock accidents are among the most common accidents that passengers should be aware of. These incidents take place when a cruise ship fails to properly dock at the assigned port, causing sudden lurching movements and instability that can lead to passengers accidentally falling or slipping. Dock accidents can lead to physical injuries such as broken bones, knee injuries, spinal cord injuries, and head trauma.

Another type of accident common to cruise ship excursions are tender accidents. When passengers are transported from the ship to the shore, they will have to ride smaller vessels called tenders. Tenders can easily become unstable, especially if the vessel is being operated by a negligent operator. There’s also the danger of an accident during boarding and disembarkation.

Cruise ship passengers can also suffer from vehicular accidents as they are being transported from one venue to another while completing their in-land itinerary. Accidents are also sure to occur if there are defects in the equipment used by passengers during the excursion activities offered by the cruise line.

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The Biggest Food Events in Nashville

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Eats | 0 comments

While Nashville, Tennessee is known for being a notable center for the music industry, its culinary landscape is also starting to get international renown. As a matter of fact, Nashville has a number of food events and experiences lined up throughout the entire year. Enthusiasts can take part in various gastronomic adventures regardless of the time of year they come visit the Tennessee capital. The following are just some of the most notable Nashville food events that should be crossed off from every foodie’s list.

Nashville Street Food Month

Throughout the entire month of May, the Nashville Food Truck Association will feature a series of events that highlight the growing number of food trucks in the city. The entire celebration is often kick started by several food trucks serving lunch to attendees while parked in a notable area in downtown Nashville.

Taste of Music City

Perhaps the largest food and drink event in Nashville, Taste of Music City is held annually in June and features some of the best restaurants and beverage makers in the area. The event is also enhanced by live music.

Music City Cook Off

Music City Cook Off sees a number of cooks, chefs, and other culinary professionals facing off with each other in several competitions. The event is categorized into three contests: Seafood, Cheese, and Dessert. The 2015 competition will be held in September at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

Taste of Nashville

Taste of Nashville is another food and beverage event that visitors can’t miss. It is an annual event hosted by the Phoenix Club of Nashville that showcases a huge variety of local restaurants, dessert makers, brewers, and distillers.

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Insuring Stored Items

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Insurance, Storage | 0 comments

Storage units are a great, safe way to keep excess belongings from cluttering your home. However, even when anticipating the best, it is also smart to prepare for the worst. Storage space insurance is a responsible choice to make when renting and using a self-storage unit. Whether the belongings contained in the space are valuable antiques or priceless keepsakes, your possessions should be financially protected from any potential damage. According to the website of Mopac Self Storage, if your belongings are worth storing, they are probably worth insuring.

Some homeowners and renters insurance offer partial coverage for stored items. When this is not the case, it is possible to add on to an existing policy or go directly through the self-storage unit to purchase insurance. In most situations, self-storage insurance is a cheap fee that can be added to the monthly rental fee for one easy payment. This protection is necessary if an accident such as water damage, fire, or theft were to occur.

Once all of the items are stored, appraise the items before signing an insurance policy. Have your stored belongings listed on the insurance policy to maintain an accurate account of what items are stored and how much they are worth. Know what your belongings are worth in order to obtain the appropriate coverage and guarantee that you are covered if the worst were to occur. Insurance companies also advise a monthly visit to the insured storage unit to check on the possessions housed there.

Make note of other benefits that insurance policies may offer. If you are often moving your items in and out of storage units, look for a policy that incudes in-transit coverage to protect your items. Still inquire about storage unit insurance even when business or home owners insurance already partially covers your stored belongings for supplemental coverage.

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Third-Party Texting Liability in Car Accidents

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It may seem a stretch, but a New Jersey court found that a person who texts someone who is driving may be held liable for personal injury or property damage if doing so leads to an accident.

Vehicular accidents can be simple and straightforward to complex and convoluted. It depends on many factors, and any criminal defense lawyer will confirm this emphatically. It seems simple enough to find fault with a driver who acts recklessly and irresponsibly by texting while driving when it results in an accident, but not many people would lay blame on a person who is not even on the scene. Technically, however, it does make sense.

In the case of third-party texting liability, there are two things to consider in determining if it has merit: the driver was distracted by a text at the time of the accident, and the third-party texter knew or had reason to believe that the receiver would be driving when he or she receives a text.

According to the Public Health Law Research, engaging in any mobile-related activities while driving increases anyone’s risk of having a car accident by 28%. But the logic is, if you don’t receive calls or texts while driving, you won’t get distracted. If a third party continues to text a driver even while knowing that the receiver is currently operating a vehicle, this constitutes negligent behavior. Read more about this on an attorney’s website if you need to.

The legal ramifications of such liability are still unclear, but with the increasing number of incidents of mobile-related traffic accidents, it is the logical next step in accident prevention. Currently, most states penalize drivers who are observed using their hand-held device while driving, although it is not yet considered a criminal act. If you are involved in an accident result in injury to a third party, you and your text mate may be held criminally and civilly liable and may be sued, depending on the circumstances.

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Asbestos – The Major Cause of Mesothelioma

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Health, Personal Injury | 1 comment

One of the most dangerous types of cancer that an individual can develop is Mesothelioma due to the fact that it remains undetectable until it has developed to a certain stage wherein any form of treatment will no longer work. Mesothelioma forms in the mesothelium, which is a kind of coating that protects the different major internal organs of the body. Its symptoms usually appear 15-50 years after a person’s exposure to Asbestos, a “miracle” mineral, which is this chronic cancer’s major cause.

Asbestos is one of the most widely used chemicals around the world due to its remarkable efficacy, elasticity, sound absorption, tensile strength, resistance to chemical and electrical damage, resistance to heat and fire, abundance and availability, and affordability. Its use extends from the most common household items and appliances, such as fabrics, irons, toasters, dishwashers, refrigerators, and deep-fryers, to commercial and industrial equipment, like brakes and clutches, generators, steam pipes, turbines, hot water piping, insulators, boilers, cement, floor coverings, roofing, acoustic insulation, and so forth.

Inhalation of asbestos fibers (either regularly or in great quantity) is what poses the risk of developing mesothelioma. Individuals who are most prone to having this malignant lung cancer are workers in processing plants, shipyards, mines, auto manufacturing plants, construction sites, as well as plumbers, electricians, firefighters, etc.

The height of the use of asbestos happened in the mid 1900s, but it was only during the 1990s, when an alarming increase in the number of mesothelioma cases began to be reported around the world, that its manufacture and trade began to be banned in some parts of the world.

Some of the symptoms of Mesothelioma include shortness of breath, unexplainable weight loss, fatigue, frequent coughing and reduced respiratory function; these symptoms, however, can also be seen in many other types of (less serious) illnesses, thus, making it still harder to detect and identify the person’s real health condition. However, awareness of having been exposed to asbestos, even in the distant past, and then showing these symptoms would give some hint on the possibility of the presence of the cancer. Seeking the help of a Houston personal injury attorney can help the victim of asbestos and mesothelioma decide the best legal options available for the compensation that the law may entitle him/her to receive.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Untreated of Chlorinated Water

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Water Treatment | 0 comments

Did you know that municipally-treated water can still be harmful to your health and home?

According to American Water, the chlorine used to disinfect water for residential use can cause damage to plastic components in faucets and appliances and leading to that annoying drip, drip, drip in the middle of the night. Chlorine is also a caustic agent, so when there is too much chlorine in the water it can cause the colors of fabric to fade and dry out skin and hair. In areas with a dry climate such as Texas, you don’t want to use chlorinated water doing more damage to your skin than the sun and wind.

You will know if municipally-treated water contains excessive amounts of chlorine because it irritates the eyes, much like swimming in a pool with a poor filtration system. But more importantly, recent studies suggest that drinking chlorinated water increases the incidence of certain diseases, including but not limited to cancer, childhood asthma, and liver problems.

The reason water is treated with chlorine because it kills off harmful pathogens that may be lurking in the water. However, the benefits of chlorine are significantly offset by its adverse effects, and most people wonder what can be done to minimize these effects.

One solution would be to install a whole house water filter system that would remove much of the chlorine in the water as well as soften the water. In Texas where the water hardness is rated at more than 1,000 ppm (parts per million) which is extremely hard, this is a definite need. With a whole house water filter, all the taps, faucets and showerheads will be efficiently spewing out clean, filtered water. While the initial investment may be considerable, savings from preserving the integrity of your water pipes and fixtures as well as less energy used by water heaters will pay off it off in the long term.

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Workers’ Compensation Insurance Benefit: A Win-Win Solution for Employer and Employee

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Employees in the U.S. who sustain work-related injuries or develop an illness due to exposure to dangerous chemicals at work, are entitled to immediate financial assistance that will cover tier medical treatment and which will cushion them from the effect of a possible financial crises due to loss of capacity to earn and the inability to immediately go back to work.

Such right is stipulated in the Workers’ Compensation benefit, a law that was passed in 1908 for the very intention of providing the much financial assistance needed by injured workers. Before the passing of this law, workers needed to sue their employers just to avail of the needed compensation. Besides damaging employee and employer relationship, the lawsuits were often won by employers, who always resorted to any of the following arguments:

  • Assumption of Risk – which states that due to the danger associated with the job, possibility of injury should be accepted
  • The Fellow Worker Rule – this argument was used if the cause of the injury was a fellow worker, saving the employer from any responsibility
  • Contributory Negligence – an argument that holds the injured worker himself/herself as the cause of the accident due to his/her negligence or carelessness

If ever there were instances wherein the employee won the case, the compensation he/she was awarded with was either delayed or much less than what he/she actually expected and deserved.

Between 1911 and 1920, majority of the states implemented the workers’ compensation benefits law with certain changes to align it to the laws in their own states. Filing for injury benefits through workers’ compensation ensured employees of financial assistance as this insurance benefit was not dependent on the financial capability of any employer. One item the benefit stated, however, is the employer’s freedom from any and further financial and/or legal obligations once the benefit has been awarded.

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Nursing License Defense

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Licensure | 0 comments

Nurses are the lifeblood in any healthcare facility, although doctors get most of the public’s attention. Without nurses, patients would not get the constant monitoring and care they need in hospitals, nursing homes, or long-term home care.

As such, nurses wield a lot of power over their patients, and this is not always a good thing. Health agencies are aware of this, which is why the conduct of nurses are closely monitored and their licensing requirements constantly updated. This is the best way to ensure that only qualified, competent and conscientious nurses are allowed around the most vulnerable members of the population, meaning the sick, the elderly, and the very young.

However, all systems have flaws, and sometimes unjust or unfounded charges may be brought against a nurse that may cause the suspension or loss of the license. Whenever a nursing license defense becomes necessary, it is always best to consult with a lawyer with extensive experience and a good track record in the relevant jurisdiction. According to the Leichter Law Firm website, there are complex processes involved in nursing license defense and only a duly trained lawyer would know how to work it. One should not trust one’s future and career on the advice of well-meaning friends, family members or colleagues unless they have the legal training for it.

But the worst thing a nurse brought on charges can do is to depend on the Internet. While it is always a good starting point, the Internet is not wholly reliable when it comes to correct information; it takes a lot of discernment to separate the chaff from the wheat. Any tip or advice that comes from sites like nurses’ forums and chat rooms should be taken with a grain of salt; taking it for gospel truth could be the fastest way to get booted out of the nursing profession without a shot fired.

When in need of nursing license defense, check the Internet for law firms specializing in the field as well as ask around for referrals. Most reputable law firms will provide an initial consultation for free. Narrow it down to the one that seems to be the most competent; the expense may be well worth it.

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