Individuals suffering from Type 2 diabetes need all the help they can get to enable their system to control their blood sugar level – the sugar or glucose that serves as the body’s main source of energy. Having a high level of blood sugar will easily make a person have blurred vision, feel weak and tired, prone to infections, always thirsty and urinate too often. Its more serious effects include blindness, kidney disease, kidney failure, heart disease and neuropathy or nerve disease that will eventually necessitate amputation.
Thus the introduction of Rosiglitazone, more commonly known as Avandia, in 1999 was a big help to Type 2 diabetes patients. Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in the same year, this oral medicine was intended to cut down the level of sugar in one’s blood. There are many other medicines with which Rosiglitazone has been combined, such as Avandaryl, combination with Glimepiride , and Avandamet, Rosiglitazone combined with Metformin.
Avandia’s popularity found its way into more than six million prescriptions, making it Glaxo SmithKline’s next most-sold product in the past. Glaxo SmithKline, which is considered to be the world’s biggest pharmaceutical company and Avandia’s manufacturer, resulted from the union of two UK companies, SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo Wellcome.
In a series of studies, however, there were manifestations that Avandia made patients more prone to suffer congestive heart failure, fatal heart attack and other cardiovascular heart diseases. And though the FDA issued a black box warning that would require the manufacturer to include Avandia’s claimed side-effects in all advertisement and literature about the drug, as well as in its physician labeling and patient medication guide, the FDA was hindered from totally recalling it due to inconsistencies in results regarding the drug’s side effects.
The many reported side-effects of Avandia include: severe allergic reactions, hypoglycemia, hyperflycemia, blurred vision, back pain, congestive heart failure, cardiovascular heart diseases and heart attack. Suffering from any of these side-effects due to use of the drug will qualify patients to file an Avandia lawsuit (within the statutory limit) for the compensation that they legally deserve.
Motorcycles are fuel efficient, easy to maneuver, and exhilarating to ride. However, along with those benefits comes a serious drawback; according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in an automobile accident than someone in a car.
Unsurprisingly, most motorcycle accidents occur as a result of speeding or alcohol usage. Riding sober and at the speed limit can cut down on your risk of getting in an accident. In addition, here are a few extra safety precautions that can help you ride safely.
Taking a motorcycle riding course can improve your skills, and will help you avoid inattentive or aggressive drivers that pose a threat to your safety. Avoiding bad drivers is key, since car drivers are at fault in more than 60 percent of motorcycle accidents.
It can be tough to wear a leather or reinforced jacket, long pants, gloves, and a helmet each time you ride, especially in the sweltering heat of summer. Still, minor discomfort is more agreeable than injuries caused by flying debris or contact between bare skin and rough pavement.
This tip may sound like a no-brainer, but constant focus on road hazards and other drivers is one of the most effective ways of preventing fatal accidents. Potholes and debris in the road are much more dangerous for motorcycles than cars, since they have less contact with the road. Navigate around obstacles with great care.
Although car drivers have a responsibility to share the road with motorcyclists, not all of them do. If you choose to ride a motorcycle, take the proper precautions to prevent accidents and lessen your chance of injury.
A baby’s entrance into the world, though a natural and common phenomenon, is not always easy. Sometimes babies are macrosomic, or larger than normal, and more difficult to deliver; sometimes they change positions within the womb, wind umbilical cords around their necks, or just don’t want to come on time. These complications must be carefully handled, or they may result in possibly permanent birth injuries. The website of the Cottrell Law Office asserts that it’s the responsibility of the doctor or other licensed caregiver to do all they can in order to prevent birth injuries.
In the case of Erb’s Palsy, the birth injury can almost always be prevented through careful monitoring of the mother’s condition and smart decisions during delivery. It’s caused by straining the baby’s nerves in its shoulder, usually because it’s stuck in the birth canal from being too large or badly positioned. The nerve damage is usually mild and heals on its own over time, but in many cases the nerves are so damaged or torn that the affected arm becomes permanently paralyzed. A baby with Erb’s Palsy usually holds the affected arm turned inward with the wrist bent away from the body, and can’t lift it even in shock.
Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes should constantly monitor their blood sugar levels, since high blood sugar can cause a baby to gain weight faster, increasing the risk of getting stuck during birth. However, if a baby does become stuck as it’s delivered for any reason, medical attendants should be trained and ready to perform a number of techniques that can help safely reposition or dislodge the baby.
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Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas, usually caused by heavy or habitual alcohol use. The condition is also occasionally caused by gallstones, hereditary or metabolic disorders, or certain medications. For example, according to a notice on the website of Williams Kherkher, the Type 2 diabetes drug Byetta has been shown to increase risk of developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatitis can be an acute or chronic condition, though symptoms are similar in both cases and chronic pancreatitis can fail to show symptoms for several years before manifesting itself. Symptoms listed by WebMD include upper abdominal pain spreading through the back that can be worsened by eating, a swollen and tender abdomen, nausea and vomiting, fever, and increased heart rate. In chronic pancreatitis, these symptoms may be coupled with weight loss from nutrient malabsorption and possibly diabetes.
Treatment of pancreatitis includes replenishment of nutrients through IV drip and medication to control pain. Severe pancreatitis can also lead to heart, lung, or kidney damage and must be carefully treated, possibly through surgical removal of damaged tissue. Chronic pancreatitis requires further treatment through lifestyle changes, including abstinence from drinking or smoking, as well as medication to regulate metabolism. If the pancreatitis was resulted from chronic alcohol abuse, then the doctor may also prescribe support or rehabilitation programs.
Huntington’s Disease is a genetic disorder that causes nerves in the brain to decay. What follows is usually loss of control over many physical and cognitive functions, as well as the possible onset of some psychological illnesses. Because Huntington’s Disease worsens rapidly over time with no known cure, and can prevent a person from being capable of working, those afflicted with the disorder are eligible for disability-related Social Security benefits.
The Social Security listing of impairments describes eligible symptoms of Huntington’s Disease as follows:
If you do not meet the requirements listed above, but are still impaired by your disorder to the point of being unable to work, then you may still file for disability benefits.
If a parent has Huntington’s Disease, there is a 50% chance his or her children will receive the gene and develop the disorder later in life. An article on the Hankey Law Office’s website recommends that if you get tested and discover you have the Huntington’s Disease gene, you should document symptoms experienced as soon as they start in order to build your case for receiving disability benefits.
Elder abuse is a serious issue that’s rapidly growing as the average national age continues to rise. However, this type of abuse is severely under-reported, resulting in a population that is largely uneducated about the subject and ignorant of the signs and symptoms.
MYTH: An elderly person is likely to be treated better by his or her own family than by hired attendants.
FACT: About 90 percent of reported elder abuse cases take place at the hands of a family member or loved one; usually children or spouses. Nursing home abuse tends to take greater precedence in the news, giving nursing homes somewhat of a bad reputation, but in reality elderly people are much more likely to be harmed in home care.
MYTH: Only physical harm counts as elder abuse.
FACT: There are three main types of elder abuse – physical, emotional, and financial. Beyond assault or inappropriate physical contact, victims of elder abuse can also be verbally abused, neglected, treated cruelly or inhumanely, or be exploited for money. All of these forms of abuse can inflict lasting damage upon the victim and are punishable by law.
Similarly, signs of abuse are not only physical – they can be psychological or behavioral as well. Signs of elder abuse to include bruises and bleeding, poor hygiene, disappearance of personal items, infantile behavior, unresponsiveness, and emotional withdrawal.
MYTH: Uninvolved family members will always want to report a case of elder abuse within the family.
FACT: Not all family members are close or care about the well-being of their relatives. Therefore, those who do care about the victim should take careful action if signs of abuse are exhibited.
Divorce is an emotional, complicated process that can also take years to carry out as it drains your bank accounts. However, an alternative process from traditional divorce called mediation has been on the rise, which can offer several benefits to couples seeking to separate.
An article on the website of the Marshall & Taylor Law Office asserts that the main benefit of mediation is the amount of control given to couples over the decisions involved with their separation. Instead of giving authority to a judge, who may not understand all the nuances of your case, or who may rule in a way that neither of you are satisfied with, mediation gives you the ability to negotiate and come to agreements on important matters.
That being said, mediation also saves time and money – you will pay one professional mediator to abide over meetings with your spouse instead of separate divorce lawyers, and you do not have to pay any fees associated with court cases. You also decide what other professional advisors you may need to settle issues, based on your personal needs and budgets. Also, whereas the traditional divorce process can take months or even years, a collaborative divorce can help couples settle their divorces in a matter of weeks.
Mediation, by definition, strives to help people at odds resolve problems rationally and peacefully. Therefore, it allows both parties equal say (not considering dominating relationships in which one person naturally regresses to submission) and does not force anyone into signing an agreement that they are not happy with.
On a final note, mediation, like most things, is not for everyone and couples should carefully deliberate before choosing mediation or any other method of divorce.
Nearly 1.2 million die every year on the world’s roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 3 and 33. Unfortunately and preventively, the greatest threats to drivers are the drivers themselves.
Distracted driving is the top cause of auto accidents, accounting for more than 25% of crashes. Distractions include cell phone usage, rubbernecking, adjusting the radio, eating or drinking, and use of a map or navigation device. Texting is increasingly becoming one of the most dangerous distractions because it requires cognitive, visual, and manual attention. For drivers between the ages of 15-19 involved in a fatal accident, 21% were distracted by the use of a cell phone. The second most common cause of accidents is driver fatigue and accounts for about 100,000 crashes yearly. Driver fatigue can lead to heavy eyelids, swerving, varying vehicle speed, daydreaming, and misjudging traffic situations.
Drunk Driving accounts for an average of one death every half-hour. Drunk driving is entirely preventable, and the obvious solution to prevent drunk driving accidents is not to drink and drive or to select a designated driver in advance. Speeding is another leading cause of accidents. According to the website of the Joplin car accident attorneys of the Cottrell Law Office, almost a third of all fatal crashes involve at least one driver speeding.
Based on the top causes of auto accidents, it seems the best way to prevent a crash is simply to focus on driving. Rather than driving while you’re exhausted, take a break and pull over. Just using a cell phone can more than triple your risk of getting into an accident. By putting your cell phone away and keeping your eyes on the road, you can greatly reduce the chances of injuring both yourself and others on or near the road.
The most common and costly of malpractice claims are missed or wrong diagnoses. Research suggests that there is an estimated 160,000 misdiagnosis claims each year that caused permanent damage or death. It’s important to arm yourself with the facts and be aware of the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases in order to keep yourself from falling victim to medical malpractice.
Cancer, heart attack or disease, and infections are among the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases. A heart attack seems like it would be obvious, but sometimes the only signs of an attack are tightness in the chest and fatigue. A recent study shows that 12% of cancer is misdiagnosed from the start, with skin cancer topping the charts. By following cancer screening guidelines and taking a patient’s subtle symptoms into account, doctors could greatly reduce this number. Infection tops the list of misdiagnosed illnesses because of improperly diagnosing a viral infection as a bacterial infection. This means that you may be prescribed an antibiotic that won’t work because viruses do not respond to medication. According to the website of the wrong diagnosis attorneys of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, the most common effects of misdiagnosis are the development of a new condition or need for antibiotics, allergic reaction, worsening of the original condition, or death.
There are ways you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim of misdiagnosis. One thing you can do is ask for further testing. Never let more than three weeks go by if you’re having irregular symptoms. Your doctor might suggest that it’s nothing to worry about, but you can request an additional test to be on the safe side. You can also ask your doctor if there’s anything else that your illness could be. This could prevent the doctor from closing your case prematurely and force them to think of other possibilities. One common mistake is to assume that no news is good news. A recent study found that up to 33% of physicians did not always notify their patients about abnormal test results. It is possible for lab results to be forgotten or lost, so be sure to follow up with your physician after you have tests done.
If you have been affected by any misdiagnosis, it is important to contact a medical malpractice attorney to find out what your legal rights are.