One of the leading issues doctors have with their patients and their prescription medications is that often, patients do not take their medication. This is commonly due to plain carelessness or the pain brought about by the side effects. Because prescription drugs work best when they are taken as prescribed by the physician, missing your medication can have a serious effect on your health. Missing medication costs the country billions of dollars in unnecessary hospital visits, and has accounts for 125,000 preventable deaths every year. Fortunately, the latest innovation can help keep people from missing taking their medications.
Enter the electronic meds. Developed by the Proteus Digital Health of Redwood City, California, these minute sensors will be ingested and safely go through your system. It comes with a sensor-loaded patch that is worn on the skin, allowing you to track your own activity level (and even body temperature), which you can share to your physician. This device can make the patients become more accountable regarding their medications and their own health in general. Although there have been many attempts in ensuring or reminding patients about their medications such as smart pill caps and even cellphone reminders, they have not been successful. Doctors believe that the Helius system will change this problem.
Initially approved in Europe in 2012, and then in the Us later that same year, several trials on patients suffering from various disorders has yielded positive results – about 95 percent of the trails were accurate in tracking the patients’ prescription drug schedule. After the end of the trial, a great majority of the patients report being comfortable with using the sensors and are interested in the possibility of using them again in the future. Although Proteus digital Health has plans to construct a manufacturing plant in the United Kingdom, there is no sure statement on when the Helius system will be made available commercially.
Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva) is one of a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It has been marketed since 1992 by Glaxo SmithKline (formerly SmithKline Beecham) and has been available under generic brands since 2003. It is prescribed for major depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, and menopausal hot flashes and night sweats.
Paroxetine should not be prescribed as much as possible to anyone under 18, many adult males, and pregnant women. The last warning is because clinical trials indicate that it increases the risk of birth defects. This should also apply to women who are planning to get pregnant.
The drug is also contraindicated for pediatric and adolescent patients with depression or anxiety disorders as paroxetine trials showed an increased risk of suicidality. Paroxetine is also associated with higher than usual incidence of drowsiness, nausea, and weight gain. Sexual dysfunction, which is a side effect shared by SSRI drugs, includes genital anesthesia and ejaculatory anhedonia, and can last for a long time after discontinuation of the drug. Paroxetine is also associated with the highest incidence and most severe cases of withdrawal syndrome in its class, although using a liquid formulation may help prevent this by allowing a gradual decrease of the dosages. Other symptoms associated with paroxetine includes asthenia (lack of energy), sweating, insomnia, dry mouth, dizziness, high blood pressure, impaired memory, decreased fertility, paresthesia (tingling sensation), and tremors.
These side effects generally present within the first 4 weeks of drug intake but even when the body acquires a tolerance, the effects can re-emerge as withdrawal can have a rebound effect. Changing the dosage may also trigger a re-emergence or worsening of the side effects. There are also observed cases of akathisia (feeling of uneasiness and restlessness), mania, hypomania, alcohol abuse, long-term memory impairment, hyperacusis, and activation syndrome with paroxetine treatment.
Chemicals are not always bad for you. We are exposed to chemicals all the time, so technically this would be considered chemical exposure, but not all chemical exposure will make you sick or have any effect on your health.
But there are definitely chemicals in our environment which can cause serious harm, and they can be anywhere. You could be breathing it in, drinking it in your water, eating it in your food, or absorbing it through your skin without being aware of it. Examples of some harmful substances that you may be in contact right now are carbon monoxide (from car exhausts and defective furnaces), methyl mercury (contaminated fish), and lead (in old paint).
The extent of the health effect from exposure to harmful chemicals depends on a number of factors. Some chemicals are downright dangerous to everyone, while some are only harmful to those who are sensitive to it. The risk of getting sick from chemical exposure will depend on what kind of chemical it is, how long and frequent the exposure is and at what concentration, the means of absorption into the body, and your general health. People with compromised immune systems, for example, are at higher risk of getting sick than those who are in robust health. According to the website of Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, exposure to toxic substances can have serious and debilitating consequences, including death.
In some cases, we are not aware that we are being exposed to harmful chemicals because the effects don’t manifest immediately. Those who are exposed to asbestos in the workplace, for example, will only develop symptoms as much as 40 years after, and then the disease typically progresses rapidly after that. If you suspect that your disease has been caused by chemical exposure due to the negligence of others, you should immediately consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area with experience in handling this type of case to discuss your eligibility to receive compensation from the responsibility party.
Think of the spinal cord as the bridge over a bottomless pit connecting two cities which trade with each other. In order for there to be any trade, everything has to pass through the bridge. If that bridge is destroyed either from natural causes or because a huge rock fell on it and smashed it to bits, it would mean the end of trade. The chances of rebuilding the bridge will depend on the location and extent of the damage.
The spinal cord serves as the bridge between the brain and the rest of the body, bringing signals to and from the brain, determining an individual’s ability to move and to feel sensations. Spinal cord injuries result not from disease but from physical trauma such as from a fall or from a car crash, and when it involves serious damage that precludes total recovery, these are considered catastrophic injuries. As explained in an article on the Joe Miller Law, Ltd website, such injuries are life-altering, and not in a good way.
There are two major types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. Complete denotes a total loss of motor and sensory function, indicating an injury between sacral segments S4 and S5, and is usually permanent. There are several levels described under incomplete ranging from no loss of function to loss of motor function but preserved sensory function. Under the standards established by the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA), the extent of function loss is classified as A for complete loss of function to E in which motor and sensory responses are normal. However, even when everything seems to be normal, trauma to the spinal cord may still result in neurological damage.
Spinal cord trauma is one of the chief concerns of emergency medical technicians in accidents, which is why victims are often immobilized using special equipment to keep the damage from getting worse. If you sustained spinal cord injury because of the negligence of others, you may have a cause for action. Consult with a personal injury lawyer at the earliest opportunity to get compensation for the consequences of serious injury.
When a patient gets cuts, lacerations, or burns, part of the healing process is the formation of scar tissue. Scars are fibrous tissue that bridges the gap formed when the skin and underlying structures are damaged, but differ structurally from normal skin. Depending on the extent of the damage and the patient’s age, genetic makeup, and health, scars can range from the hardly noticeable to whoppers that would be hard to ignore.
Scars may also form after reconstructive surgery, which depending on the location can significantly hamper movement or affect one’s physical appearance adversely. These are undesirable consequences, and one way that it can be minimized is by using an extracellular matrix (ECM) product in dressing areas where healing will occur. According to the website of Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery in Des Moines which uses ECM in their procedures, ECM accelerates healing and promotes growth of normal skin while inhibiting the formation of scars.
ECM is basically the outer walls of the cells in multicellular organisms made up of fibrous proteins and mucopolysaccharides, which serves to provide the cells with biochemical and structural support. There are two types of ECM: animal and plant. Animal ECM consists of the interstitial matrix and basement membrane, the latter which is lacking in plant ECM.
The efficacy of ECM in cellular regeneration has been widely studied, and one of the better types of ECM is porcine urinary bladder matrix (UBM) because it is acellular (cellular debris removed) yet maintains its collagen structure and is easily resorbed. Commercially, the only manufacturer for UBM is currently ACell Inc., which uses it as a base for its MatriStem line of wound remodeling products. The products are acellular (cellular debris removed), non-crosslinked.
Competent surgeons know the benefits of using ECM to patients, which is seamless healing following facial, breast, and hand reconstruction as well as burn injury repairs. If you are considering having reconstructive surgery done, be sure to ask your surgery about the benefits of ECM.
Going to trial is often a risky business, which is why most plaintiffs choose to accept settlements rather than take their chances before a jury. This was confirmed when the judge in West Virginia dismissed a product liability case against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) which alleged that the vaginal mesh defect caused serious injury to the plaintiff.
The West Virginia case was a win for J&J, and an encouraging sign for other transvaginal mesh manufacturers, who collectively are facing 43,000 more cases that are awaiting trial. But it may be too early to celebrate.
A more recent case heard in Texas came to verdict for the plaintiff, and the jury awarded the plaintiff $1.2 million in damages. The cases and allegations were similar, but the difference in outcome may have been due to how well the case was presented.
Transvaginal mesh products were first approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a solution to stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapsed in women in 1998. It is based on the design of the surgical mesh, which has been successfully used for hernia repair with no serious adverse consequences. However, because the mesh is placed the vaginal area, manufacturers should have conducted tests and accordingly modified the design of the mesh to take into account the unique issues of the location, including sterility and movement. Because they failed to do this, thousands of women implanted with the mesh has suffered serious side effects, including erosion of the mesh, organ perforation from mesh displacement, pain during intercourse, and scarring.
It was only in 2012 when the FDA ordered an investigation into the matter after thousands of cases were filed alleging defects in the design of the various transvaginal mesh products, but it was too late for the millions of women who had already had the procedure done. But it is not too late to get compensation.
If you or a family member has suffered pain or injury from a transvaginal mesh, you may be qualified to get compensation for the failure of these manufacturers to warn you about the dangers. Consult with a product liability lawyer in your area with experience in handling this particular type of case to get more information.
Every time you climb into a car and hit the public road, you are responsible for the safety of those in your vehicle as well as people in other vehicles, pedestrians, bike and motorcycle riders, and anyone else you share the road with insofar as your conduct as a driver is concerned. This is a huge responsibility, and something that most motorists consider as a matter of course. In general, drivers do understand their duties and exercise appropriate caution when driving, if only to avoid getting a ticket.
But when you are dealing with trucks and buses, you need to be extra vigilant. There are some situations which are unique with these large vehicles which are not really an issue with regular cars. One of these is the presence of blind spots, also known as no-zones.
Actually, all vehicles have blind spots, but because regular vehicles are usually narrower, shorter, and lower than trucks and buses, the blind spots are more manageable. With trucks and buses, however, they literally cannot see a smaller vehicle that is directly behind, in front, or at certain angles on the both sides. You could say that trucks need a wide berth all around them, so to avoid truck accidents you need to steer clear of these no-zones. This means no tail-gating, switching lanes suddenly less than a car length in front or behind a truck, and passing on the right side of the truck. If you must overtake a truck, do so on the left and do it as quickly as possible.
Truck drivers also have the responsibility to minimize no-zone accidents by using caution when changing lanes, braking, and turning into an intersection. Some trucks are equipped with cameras at the back and front which will help visibility, but in general truck drivers just need to be on the lookout for clueless motorists.
Fault in a no-zone accident depends on how the drivers conducted themselves prior to the incident. If you are injured in a no-zone truck accident because the truck driver failed to use due caution, you may have an actionable case. Consult with a competent truck accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.
Many states restrict or outright prohibit the consumption, possession, and purchase or alcohol by any person under the legal drinking age (typically 21), although there may be exceptions specific to each state. In Iowa City, for example, it is still allowed under city ordinance Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age (PAULA) for minors to drink alcohol in the company of a parent or guardian but only in their own home, although a recently proposed law is aiming to void this exception. In Texas, a minor may consume alcohol in the company of an adult parent, guardian, or spouse.
When these underage drinking laws are violated, the minor may face criminal charges, and any adult other than those authorized under state law who is found to have supplied a minor with alcohol may also be prosecuted. In most states, establishments which sell or serve alcohol may be penalized for providing a minor with access to alcohol.
While the penalties for underage drinking law violations are not excessive, being convicted of even a simple misdemeanor still means that the defendant acquires a criminal record. As pointed out in an article on the website of Arenson & Maas, PLC in Cedar Rapids, for anyone, but especially young people, a criminal record is like a rock tied around the neck. It will weigh you down and you will have to drag it around for the rest of your life.
Underage drinking is unfortunately rampant in the US, and is the cause of many preventable car accidents. This is why most states are imposing more restrictive laws to discourage it and to halt an alarming trend. On the other hand, these laws and the zeal with which law enforcement carries out their mandate can make it very easy for anyone to get arrested. When this happens, it is important for the defendant to engage the services of a good lawyer who has a thorough knowledge of state laws and experience in handling underage drinking cases to avoid a conviction. At the very least, a good criminal defense may lead to probation or deferred adjudication, especially for first-time offenders.