The Negative Effects of Gum Disease

Jun 14

How healthy your gums and teeth are, is the result of how you cared for them in the past and, to maintain their health, it is required that you keeping to daily routines of brushing, eating teeth-whitening food, and regular consultation with your dentist. With regard to those whose gums and teeth are not so healthy and pearly-white, this is where a cosmetic dentist can help you as turning your teeth to clean white is his/her expertise.

Cosmetic dentistry is dental work aimed at improving the appearance of you gums and teeth. Procedures included in this area of dentistry include:

  • Making teeth whiter through bleaching
  • Gum depigmentation
  • Addition of dental materials to teeth or gums, such as porcelain veneers, gum grafts or crowns
  • Reshaping of teeth which do not match the others
  • Removal of tooth structure or gums like in enameloplasty and gingivectomy
  • Closing of gaps between teeth

In the website of Babylon Dental Care, it is said, many people suffer from gum disease or, worse, periodontal disease without even knowing it. (Periodontal disease is an infection of the structures surrounding the teeth, namely, the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone).

It is important to catch gum disease as early as possible and treat it before it advances to periodontal disease. To catch gum disease, however, one has to know its symptoms, which include:

  • Minor bleeding when you brushing;
  • Discolored (dark red color) gums rather than pinkish, which is the color of healthy gums;
  • Your gums becoming softer to the touch as time progresses.

Some do not usually notice these signs, while others simply ignore them, thinking that these are natural and normal. However, if you notice these signs, it is best that you consult with a dentist as soon as you can.

Gum disease and periodontal disease not only wreak havoc on your oral health, but on your overall bodily health as well. According to scientists, researchers, and dentists, and as confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gum disease and periodontal disease are linked to birth complications (premature birth), heart problems, respiratory problems, diabetes, stroke, pancreatic cancer, and digestive disorders.

If you need cosmetic dental treatment or gum treatment, make sure that you go to a licensed dentist only. Many who claim to be experts actually perform shoddy works that only need to be corrected later on. Check your chosen dentist’s works and ask their patients who they have already treated – extra acts of care for a satisfying complex and sensitive procedure are always worth it.

 

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Unsafe or Defective Products and Product Recalls

Apr 02

Unsafe or Defective Products and Product Recalls

Different federal agencies exist in order to protect America’s buying public from the possible harm defective or dangerous products can cause. These agencies, which are tasked to regulate the manufacture and sale of certain consumer products, include:

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates products, such as drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and food;
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has jurisdiction over motor vehicles;
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has jurisdiction over the ;
  • The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which controls alcohol, tobacco & tobacco products;
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, which is in charge of firearms and ammunition; and,
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which regulates products, like cribs, toys, appliances, fireworks, lawn mowers and other household items.

These agencies ban whatever causes, or have the potential to cause, danger; establish safety requirements; issue recalls on products already on the market; and, research about the possible hazards products can cause.

The NHTSA, for instance, since 1966, has ordered hundreds of recalls that have affected more than 390 million mopeds, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, cars, trucks and buses; 66 million different motor vehicle parts; 46 million tires; and, 42 million child safety seats.

In 2014, it was the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission’s that issued recalls which affected 17 million units of children’s products; these included certain play yards, stationary activity centers, infant slings, swings, toddler beds, walkers, strollers, portable cribs, full-size and non-full-size cribs, high chairs, hook-on chairs, infant carriers, and infant bathtubs.

Millions of other products, from children’s food and toys to house appliances, vehicles, machinery, chemicals, and so forth, have caused either injuries or death to users. Though, harmful products still make their way into store shelves, this failure cannot be totally blamed on federal agencies due to the billions of products entering the U.S. market every year and the lack of manpower each agency has.

Manufacturers are fully aware of their legal responsibility to design and create only safe products. Despite this awareness, many manufacturers fail to act responsibly; they, rather, continue to manufacture products, despite their defects and/or harmful chemical contents, and then release these on the market despite the risks of injury or death that these can cause.

Aside from toys, cars and car parts, appliances and items used in homes or offices, harmful products also include food and pharmaceutical products. The 2011 listeriosis outbreak is one example of serious food poisoning. This outbreak caused 30 deaths, 1 miscarriage, besides infecting 146 people. There are so many other ingredients that manufacturers mix with the food children love to eat. Though these ingredients will not cause immediate harm, their effects slowly destroy the health of children.

With regard to pharmaceutical products, many kinds of prescription drugs and medical devices also end up causing adverse effects that not only aggravate patients’ condition, but also cause more injurious results, sometimes, even death. Examples of these products are morcellators, hip or shoulder implants, oral contraceptive and prescription drugs meant to treat serious conditions, like type 2 diabetes, severe migraine attacks or seizures kidney failure, epileptic seizures, and manic episodes due to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

Adverse effects depend on the drug taken and the patients who take it. Some of the most common reported adverse effects, though, regardless of the type and brand of drug taken, include gall bladder injury, birth defect, bladder cancer, cardiac arrest, low blood pressure, cerebrovascular accidents (CVA, which is a failure in the functioning of the brain due to disturbance in the brain’s blood supply), myocardial infarction (or damage of heart tissues), acute pancreatitis (or sudden inflammation of the pancreas) heart attack, stroke, or sudden death.

Drug side effects are real and can cause great harm to patients. Thus, when a particular medicine is linked to adverse effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issues orders either to require manufacturers to include in their drug’s prescription label the risks associated with the use of their drug or to have the harmful drug recalled.

It is explained in the website of the law firm Truslow & Truslow that “A personal injury case begins when someone is hurt, disabled, or even killed as a result of someone else’s behavior or negligence. The injuries suffered can be physically and emotionally devastating, not to mention life changing, to both you and the ones you love.

If you or a loved one has experienced a personal injury, there are some instances where you are entitled to receive fair compensation for medical bills, emotional damages, disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of income and even punitive damages. So, before you consider accepting any kind of settlement from an insurance company, be sure to contact a seasoned personal injury lawyer, who understands the hardship you are experiencing and wants to help protect your rights.”

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Workers’ Compensation Benefits Plus the Possibility of a Third Party Claim

Jan 05

There are different forms of danger in any type of work environment, these dangers being dependent on the kinds of equipment, tools and substances workers or employees are regularly exposed to. Of the different types of workplaces, however, construction sites remain to be among the most dangerous due to all the tools and hazardous substances that can possibly cause injuries or illness; add to these the high places workers often need to reach in order to complete their assigned task. Some of the causes of worker injury include falls, especially among those working on roofs, ladders or scaffolds, falling objects that can severely injure (or even kill) workers, huge vehicles or equipment that can pin and crush unsuspecting workers, plus daily exposure to chemicals which can cause deadly, chronic illnesses.

As one of the most dangerous career fields in the country, construction work leads all other occupational categories in causing fatalities and serious injuries among workers. In 2013 and 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 4,585 and 4,679, respectively, fatal work-related accidents. Before 1971, the year the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established, the number of work-related deaths in construction sites was about 38 a day; from 1971 to 2014, the yearly average of fatal accidents was significantly reduced to about 13 a day.

According to OSHA, the number one cause of death for construction workers in the U.S. is falls from great heights, such as falling off from roofs, ladders or scaffoldings; about 2.3 million construction workers work on these surfaces everyday. In 2014, there were 899 fatal accidents in construction sites; about 359 of these were due to falls.

Workplace accidents can result not only to physical injuries, but to financial difficulties too, particularly if the injury is serious as this would mean costly medical treatment and medication, and days or weeks off from work, which means no salary to expect. If not for the cash benefits provided by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance program, there wouldn’t be any financial safety net that will cushion injured workers from the unexpected loss of regular income (the cash benefit paid by Workers’ Comp, however, is just about two/thirds of the injured worker’s average wage). This Workers’ Comp program, by the way, is a state-administered insurance program that is designed to provide immediate cash benefits to workers whose injury, disability or illness is work-related (regardless of whose fault the harm is). The only factors that will disqualify a worker from eligibility to receive the cash benefits are the injury being self-inflicted, the injured worker was intoxicated at the time when he/she was injured, or if the injury was sustained as a result of actions that violate a law or a company policy on workplace safety.

An article in the website of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm mentions how important it is for a worker to “evaluate whether he/she has any other potential claims as a result of being injured on the job in addition to his/her Workers’ Compensation benefits. In New Jersey, for instance, there is the possibility of a third party lawsuit in addition to bringing a Workers’ Compensation claim. However, workers cannot sue their employer unless they are able to prove the injuries were caused by willful actions.

However you may be able to bring a third party claim for your injuries. For example, if you were injured by a defective product or piece of machinery, if you were operating a vehicle while in the course of employment, were injured while making a delivery such as slipping and falling on ice, or tripping in a pothole, or if you were exposed to a toxic substance you may have a third party claim.”

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How Effective and Safe is ER Medical Care

Jul 02

How Effective and Safe is ER Medical Care

Whenever a patient needs emergency attention, the top decision is to rush him or her to the nearest ER. A good and bad decision, actually. Good because the patient would receive medical attention; bad, on the other hand, because not all hospitals are the same. Some hospitals have been made famous by the quality care they provide to patients; some others have only become profit-oriented, caring more about how much they will earn for every medical service provided. These latter kind of hospitals may have the necessary medical devices, but where medical personnel is the issue, a lot of questions need to be answered.

Online posts of good and bad doctors, as well as of good and bad hospitals may provide very useful information to families of patients that need to know where they can and should rush their loved one during emergency situations. These posts are made by different non-profit organizations and individuals, who just want to provide service through useful information.

The usual basis for naming doctors and hospitals as either good or bad is quality of care which, in turn, is shown through correct diagnosis. The ability to correctly diagnose patients’ health complaints could only result to timely treatment and correct medication. Now, where else can a hospital’s real capability to provide patients with the best care be really tested if not in its emergency department?

Hospital emergency departments, or emergency rooms (ERs), are fast-paced and often chaotic environments due to the huge number patients, with all sorts of complaints, being rushed there. Sad to say, instead of providing correct initial diagnosis, many of those who have been rushed in ERs have suffered serious complications or never lived longer due to wrong diagnosis: this is why ERs are very frequent recipients of medical malpractice lawsuits – due to the thousands of errors committed there.

As pointed out by the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., despite the situations that require immediate medical attention, many emergency rooms are understaffed. This sometimes lead to a number of critical mistakes from the staff; to patients, however, the effects can be delayed treatment or wrong treatment resulting in worsened conditions or even death.

To some, measuring the harm done to patients by ER staff only increases the suffering and pains that they feel. Not pursuing justice, however, may only result to the same mistakes getting committed again and by the same persons.

Find a medical malpractice lawyer, one that you feel you can trust. He or she will not be able to help you find justice, but help you cope with the pain you feel as well.

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Accidents Due to Car Defects

Mar 09

For motor vehicle owners, a vehicle recall would definitely be familiar, especially if the vehicle they own is one of those that is presently, or has been, part of a recall. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a vehicle recall becomes necessary if the same problem has been cited as the cause of accidents involving vehicles of the same make and model.

Specifically, a recall is made either by the manufacturer (voluntary recall) or through a court order that is instigated by the NHTSA if:

  1. The defective vehicle or vehicle part poses a risk to the safety of the driver, passengers or anyone on the road; and,
  2. The vehicle or any of its parts has failed to comply with the minimum performance requirement established by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Minimum performance standards are aimed at ensuring the safe operation of a vehicle and the safety of all vehicle occupants (driver and passengers) from injury or death in the event of a crash; there are minimum standards for brakes, tires, lighting, air bags, safety belts, child restraints and other parts.

In September of 2014, Ford recalled more than 850,000 of its vehicles due to defective airbags and seat belts; on the month that followed, Chrysler discovered these same defects in about 184,215 of their SUVs worldwide, thus, prompting said manufacturer to recall their defective vehicles.

Vehicle recalls usually happen after consumers send their complaints to the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), a department of the NHTSA. The most recent biggest auto-safety recall in the history of the car industry in the US, thus far, involves Takata-made airbags that are said to explode, shooting potentially fatal metal fragments inside the vehicle. These (driver-side) airbags have been linked to hundreds of injuries and five deaths.

Based on records from safercar.gov, about 19 million vehicles in the US have been installed with this defective airbag; around the world, the total number of vehicles affected and, thus, being recalled, is 53 million. Some of the vehicles affected are Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Daihatsu, Nissan, Toyota, General Motors, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, BMW and Lexus.

The installation of airbags in vehicles was made a law by the NHTSA in 1984. This law mandated the installation of an automatic occupant protection device (such as an air bag or an automatic seat belt) in all passenger cars manufactured after April 1, 1989. Then, in 1991, the US Congress passed the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, which required the installation of air bags on the driver (frontal) side and passenger side in all passenger cars and light trucks that are to be manufactured after September 1, 1997; the Act also mandated the installation of manual lap-shoulder belts on the said types of vehicles which will be manufactured after September 1, 1998.

Besides airbags, defective parts or defective vehicles have also been discovered in the past, resulting to millions of vehicle recalls, like the 22 million vehicles recalled by more than 10 car manufacturers (in 2013) due to malfunctioning parts, which included steering wheels, brake pads, tires, seat belts, child seats, wipers and engines which caused gas to leak.

According to the website of personal injury lawyers at the Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg law firm, automakers have the obligation to do everything to fix the defect as soon as they become aware of it. Fixing the defect, however, does not release them from being accountable for whatever accidents it has caused. To conceal, as much as possible, the details about the defect and the accidents, many car makers, continued the said firm, reach out to victims with attractive settlement offers.

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Defective Road Conditions

Oct 22

Road defects may be a nuisance that is can be avoided, and occasionally it can do some substantial damage to your car. If you have been a victim of road defects, generally, you rant and rave about it for a little while then decide to get over it and just pay the repair bill. But when highway defects become the basis for severe injuries that result in death and trauma, that’s a different matter completely. You may have to get the party liable to pay you for your substantial losses.

Once you have the applicable information, your next thing would be to record a notice of a possible injury lawsuit, which will give the agency the opportunity to react to the claim. If you are fortunate, the bureau will discover that your claim is valid and will get it settled for you then and there. But it’s more probable that your claim will be rejected. In either case, do not forget to pass it through your attorney.

The website of the Sampson Law Firm states that road flaws tend to be a product of negligence i.e. inadequate care. Keep in mind, however, that when you might have a lawsuit for highway defects, you’re taking on the government, which you should not do ill-advised. Furthermore, authorities have sovereign immunity, which limits their responsibilities to major highway defects i.e. want of reasonable care and maintenance.

You will be told all possible defendants on your specific case by the lawyer according to the circumstances of the accident. These will contain the when, where, what, why and how, so the lawyer can charge the responsible bureau. In Kentucky, the different agencies in charge of roadwork might be the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet if you’re on one of the bridges, the main roads, or the crossing of the express. The fault could also be on the county or city level, and even the contractors who are employed to ensure safe road conditions.

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Rollover – A Life-Threatening Accident

Jun 18

About 24,000 cases of serious injuries and 10,000 deaths, all due to rollover accidents, are reported to the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) every year.

According to the website of the Tennessee personal injury attorneys at Pohl and Berk, a rollover accident, wherein a vehicle rolls onto its side or roof, can be life-threatening like head-on collisions. The effect can be worse if the driver were speeding prior to the accident, and still much worse if the vehicle’s roof collapses and crashes down on the driver’s and passengers’ head and spine, resulting to serious head and spinal injuries.

A vehicle, which is prone to oversteering, especially when making a sharp turn, or understeering (or turn less sharply), can rollover. More susceptible to rollover accidents, however, are pickups, passenger vans and SUVs which are vehicles designed with a high ground clearance or a high center of gravity but with a narrow track width as shown by the distance between their left and right wheels. Vehicles designed this way have lesser stability and reduced steering capacity, and these are further reduced if the weight of the passengers and cargo (whether these are placed inside or on top of the vehicle) are not equally distributed.

Analysis of data (on car accidents) made by the NHTSA show that speed (above 55mph) and alcohol intoxication are major contributory factors to rollover accidents. However, despite this statistical information, speed and alcohol may only be considered as secondary factors, the first being the vehicle’s faulty manufacturing design.

If a vehicle with a high ground clearance and narrow track width corners too sharply or drives down a steep slope, it can easily fail to remain upright or slide sideways and so, rollover, as a result. In addressing the problems of stability and steering control and help ensure driver safety in the process, giant car manufacturers introduced the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, also known as electronic stability program (ESP) or dynamic stability control (DSC), a computerized safety device that helps improve vehicle stability by reducing chances of skidding or loss of traction. This safety device consists of sensors that are able to detect loss of vehicle control, automatically applying brakes on each wheel, if it does so, to enable the driver to steer the vehicle back on track. ESC also helps to keep the vehicle stable, especially during quick turns, improves traction and reduces chances of oversteering and understeering.

But while ESC may save a driver and other vehicle passengers from injuries or death in the event of a rollover, faulty manufacturing design will not. A rollover is a serious accident. Besides a threat to life, it also causes major damage to properties. It will definitely be in the best interest of rollover victims, therefore, if they contact a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer immediately to inquire about their legal rights and options in pursuing compensation for whatever damages they suffer.

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Selling Mineral Rights: A Much Wiser Decision?

Mar 18

The recent discovery of fresh shale gas regions at various locations in the US during the last 10 years may just very well be the solution to the depleting volume of natural gas produced from current shale regions in the US.

Shale gas refers to natural gas that is trapped within shale formations or fine-grained sedimentary rocks. Shale formations are rich sources of petroleum and natural gas and, based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s list, the top regions that lead in the production of natural gas for domestic use include: Southern Texas’ Eagle Ford shale; the Bakken shale region, an area that extends from North Dakota to Montana; Niobrara, the region that stretches across parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado; the Permian basin in West Texas; the Haynesville rock formation in southwestern Arkansas, northwest Louisiana, and East Texas; and, Marcellus shale, which lies 4,000 – 8,500 feet beneath the eastern half of Ohio, West Virginia, northern and western Pennsylvania and southern New York. This is also one of the most extensive shale regions in the nation and probably the world’s second largest.

The still widening drilling activities in shale gas regions, both in existing and new ones, have tossed big companies in a more intense search for mineral sites. Owners of properties near drilling sites or within declared shale regions are, likewise, cast in the air of excitement due to the possibility that their land holds rich, yet, untapped wells of oil or other minerals. And, to a lot of these land owners (who have never really decided yet), the questions are the same regarding their land and mineral rights: sell or lease?

While a decision to sell mineral rights can mean a possible huge, and readily available, lump sum from the buyer (regardless of whether the land will actually produce or not since this risk will already be on the company which will purchase the land or mineral rights), leasing, on the other hand, might also possibly enable the owner to, eventually, earn the same amount as the sale or may be even more, but only if the property is productive and will keep on producing for a long time.

While some owners never pass the opportunity of grabbing an offer that is very hard to refuse, others rather decide to just hold on to (and lease) their property, while others, still, decide to do both, that is, sell half their property or mineral rights and lease the other half.

Whatever decision may be arrived at, it is always advisable to first get the advice of legal professionals who will help the owner sort through all the documents that state the sale or lease of the property or rights. This is to save owners from deeply regrettable errors committed by some in the past who intended and believed that they were just leasing their mineral rights, only to discover afterwards that the documents they signed were actually closure of sale of their property or rights.

 

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Uses for Zofran

Mar 18

While Zofran is known for subsiding nausea and preventing vomit, there are specific areas to which it is intended to apply. Medicines like Zofran were designed for patients who experience cheomptherapy-induced nausea and vommitting (CINV), radiation-induced nausea and vommitting (RINV), and post-operative nausea and vommitting (PONV).

More than two-thirds of all chemotherapy patients experience CINV. There are five types of CINV: acute, delayed, anticipatroy, breakthrough, and refractory. Types are determined by different triggers, including time passed since treatment or factors within chemotherapy. Another subdivision of CINV is the level in which patients are affected. This level is attributed to drug or the characteristics of the individual.

Another intention of Zofran is to help combat RINV. The amount of radiation to the stomach received is directly related to RINV: the more radiation a person receives, the more likely they are to be afflicted with RINV. When this happens, seratonin-blocking ingredients, like ondansetron in Zofran, are the preferred medication to use.

Lastly, PONV affects a lesser percentage of surgery patients than do CINV and RINV, yet is  evident in roughly a quarter of anyone who undergoes surgery. There are four risk factors that heighten a patient’s risk of developing PONV. These include characteristics of the anaesthetic, individual, individual, and the surgery itself. When looking at the individual’s characteristics, females and older ages are speculated to increase the prbability of developing PONV.

Zofran birth defect attorneys cite the importance of using drugs like Zofran only when prescribed by a doctor to treat the appropriate situation. While the medicine is  effective in its purpose, the misuse of it can result in undesired consequences. Cases of CINV, RINV, and PONV are three of patient’s most feared post- chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Drugs like Zofran are designed to subside or eliminate this fear, for the sake of this sector of patients.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Feb 06

Losing a tooth can happen easily and often. If you’ve lost a tooth by playing sport, falling down, or any other reason, receiving dental implants is a suggested way to fix dental problems. Dental implants have lasting corrective effects despite the severity of the dental problem.

These implants are done in a way that makes the fake tooth or teeth look completely natural. They are composed of a cylindrical post, and a connector that attaches the new crown. The post is fused into the jaw bone, and then one or several crowns are attached (depending on how many teeth are missing). This fusion provides a sturdy foundation that prevents teeth from falling out or shifting. Furthermore, the jaw bone deteriorates without teeth to support. Inserting the post into the jaw stimulates its growth and prevents it from sinking or losing firmness.

Part of the process of getting dentures or other fake teeth is grinding the ones on either side of the gaping area. This creates the bridge in which to insert the new teeth. The website of dentist Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. states that with dental implants, no other teeth are affected; the new one is simply implanted along side others.

Dental implants are safe and predictable. They have a result that looks as though there was never a problem in the first place. The fusion process, known as osseointegration, is unique in that it enables a fake tooth to serve all of the functions of a real one. Dental implants leave the patient with teeth that look strong, white, healthy and natural.

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