In 2008 Yaz was acknowledged as the number 1 selling oral contraceptive around the world, due to its capability to effectively prevent pregnancy, bloating, acne, as well as indications of premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD and premenstrual syndrome or PMS.
Yaz is actually just one of the two famous Bayer-manufactured birth control pills that have won the trust and favor of women the world over. The other pill is Yasmin, equally effective in stopping pregnancy and which almost has the same other benefits as Yaz. Both drugs contain drospirenone, the synthetic progestin formed and exclusively used by Bayer.
Yasmin got to be introduced by Bayer first in 2001; Yaz entered the market in 2006. Between 2007 and July 2013, however, more than 600 adverse-effects have been reported as having been caused either by Yaz or Yasmin, including the deaths of 23 Canadians, many of whom are aged between 26 and 14.
The most recent count of lawsuits filed against Bayer (by women who may be suffering from pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or blood clots, among others) total to more than 10,000. Despite Bayer’s settlement with 6,760 plaintiffs as of July, which has already cost the company $1.4 billion, Bayer, still, denies any liability or wrongdoing.
As lawsuits continue to be filed, Public Citizen, an advocacy lobbyist group, has tagged Bayer’s drugs in their list as “do not use” products. This is due to the so many adverse side effects resulting from the use of either Yaz or Yasmin, such as:
Product recall has yet to be made on Bayer’s Yaz and Yasmin. In the meantime, until this recall is actually made by the US Food and Drug Administration, women are warned not to use either Yaz or Yasmin due to the great risks these put women into.Read More
Amid the fun, food and fireworks on July 4, drivers should take caution on the roads, especially teenagers. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Fourth is the most dangerous day of the year for drivers, with 670 deaths in the four year period from 2007 to 2011. On average, a staggering 134 fatalities occurred each year, nearly 40 more than a typical day. Half of those accidents involved alcohol, while many others were due to distracted driving.
While the information is disheartening–the IIHS study shows that teens account for 10 percent of these holiday deaths–there are signs teens are driving more safely now than in the past. Research from the Allstate Foundation implies teens are developing better judgment about distracted driving cases: 75 percent of teens now view reading texts while driving as dangerous as opposed to a mere 49 percent in 2009. With that information in mind, the IIHS study predicts teen fatalities on the Fourth to drop to 6 percent this year.
In Texas and many other states, the Department of Public Safety plans to increase DWI patrols over the next week and a half, in an effort to deter drunk drivers and lessen the traditionally high death toll on the Fourth of July. Last year, Texas state troopers made 1,294 DWI arrests over the Fourth of July holiday. As expected, the Fourth of July is also a high point in insurance claims. When driving on the Fourth and the following weekend, follow rules and regulations and drive as safely and attentively as possible. And as always, in the unfortunate event that you or a family member are injured while driving, call the police, document the details of the accident, and strongly consider utilizing the services of an experienced personal injury attorney, who can help you fill your claim and gain a fair settlement from the insurance company.Read More
Organ transplantation or the transfer of an organ from a donor’s to a recipient’s body in order to replace the latter’s damaged or missing organ is a truly remarkable medical breakthrough due to its capability to saves the lives of thousands of recipients. Unfortunately, there is not enough supply of donated organs and/or tissues to cover all needs. In fact, as of June 2013 about 118,617 people are in the waiting list for organs or tissues that will save their lives; about 18 people, however, die every day due to a needed organ donation that never comes. The organ that recipients need most is the kidney, though other recipients may be in need of the liver, heart, lungs, pancreas, intestine or thymus. There are patients who are also in need of tissues, which include skin, heart valves, nerves, tendons, bones, and veins.
The introduction of bioprinting may be the long-awaited advancement in the medical field which would solve the present shortage in tissue donation and, hopefully later, the very hard to find, but much more needed, organs. Bioprinting is a medical technique capable of creating human tissues through the use of a special “ink” taken from a donor’s or the patient’s stem cells. Through this latest medical capability, heart valves, knee cartilages, skin and muscle tissues can be manufactured at the touch of a button. Using stem cells and special gels, layers of living, 3-D structures can be built.
At present, bioprinting has the capability to produce only thin sheets of tissue; scientists are hopeful, nevertheless, that these will help strengthen the tissue or organ in the patient’s body.Read More
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion did more than pollute the water and kill aquatic life. The chemicals in petroleum can affect people in the immediate area through aspiration, ingestion or mere contact. The adverse health effects present as neurological and respiratory, especially for clean-up crews. Many of those exposed reported incidents of eye, nose and throat irritation as well as nausea and headaches. Oil spill exposure cases reached 143 by June 21, 2010 as reported to the Department of Health and Hospitals in Louisiana, and by September that same year at least 700 cases had been reported from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claim that the air quality in the Gulf area is relatively normal for that particular season (June to August) with low levels (non-toxic) of particulates from petroleum. The symptoms experienced by those in close contact with the contaminated area could be psychosomatic due to the distressing appearance of oil-coated animals and dying coral reefs. However, long-term studies seem to negate this claim.
There is considerable concern regarding the long-term health effects of the oil spill, especially for children. Accordingly, the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences is funding a longitudinal study to discover how long the reported initial symptoms will last and the final effect on developing children. A similar study by the CDC and Alabama Health Department was also conducted on 1,437 parents within a ten-mile radius from the coast.
Aside from the oil, the health effects of the dispersant used is also a source of concern. It was found after that fact that there are a considerable number of toxic chemicals present which can lead to respiratory and other health problems.
The long-term physical effects may take some time to catalogue, but the psychological effects are already apparent. Many residents have presented with anxiety, depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder from exposure to the disaster.
To address these health effects, BP provided funds for medical assistance at the prompting of the federal government. People who are exposed to the contamination for 60 days or more who present with specific health conditions are eligible for it. There are also BP funds slated for a five-year medical examination and heath outreach accommodation. If you have suffered adverse health effects as part of the clean-up crew or as a resident, you may be able to make a BP oil spill claim.Read More
One of the scariest things for a homeowner to face is the prospect of losing the homestead to foreclosure. Unfortunately, this has become more and more common as the economic crisis continues to derail once-stable incomes. While the situation is certainly starting to improve, it is often too late for most people who have already accumulated sizeable debts in the meantime. When the burden becomes overwhelming, most people start to consider the wisdom of filing for bankruptcy.
However, there are many things to consider when filing for bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure. In general, there are two types of bankruptcy available to most individuals: chapter 7 and chapter 13. In a case sample on the website of Bradford Law Offices, PLLC, it illustrated how Chapter 13 can be the better option for managing debts incurred from secured loans.
Chapter 13 is primarily a reorganization plan, and unlike in chapter 7 does not require a means test to determine if the bankruptcy filing will be allowed. The debtor gains the protection of the state law against wage garnishment and debt collection while bankruptcy is in effect. At the same time, under the skilled guidance of a bankruptcy lawyer and financial advisers, the debtor can benefit from favorable interest rates and waiver of late fees and other charges as the debts are discharged over a period of up to 5 years.
Under Chapter 13, certain debts also qualify as dischargeable, so the debtor will no longer have to pay for them. These may include second mortgages, unsecured debts, medical bills and credit card debt. This can provide considerable relief for a debtor, allowing the focus to be on paying off the home mortgage to avoid foreclosure.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy can provide a debtor with a little breathing space in order to recover from financial hardship. However, it has to be carefully planned and negotiated for maximum benefit, and the best way to ensure this is to consult with bankruptcy experts conversant with North Carolina laws.Read More
Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is not as simple as it sounds. The laws governing bankruptcy, especially when it comes to dischargeable debts, can be confusing and potentially financially damaging. According to the website of bankruptcy law firm Ryan J. Ruehle Attorney at Law, LLC, the list of dischargeable debts in Ohio generally includes business debts, credit card debts, guaranties, judgments, medical debts and personal loans.
A successful Chapter 7 filing can mean a fresh start for you and your family if who have become entangled in financial trouble through an unfortunate chain of events. Before doing anything, though, it would be advisable to consult with an experienced bankruptcy lawyer to get a free evaluation. Bankruptcy lawyers will be able to assess if you actually qualify for this type of bankruptcy, or if it is your best move at this point.
In Ohio, bankruptcy law follows state rather than federal guidelines, although dischargeable debt inclusions more or less follow federal law. Debts that are not considered dischargeable include:
Non-dischargeable debts must still be paid even after a successful filing of chapter 7 bankruptcy, so these remain in your balance at the end of the day. For exempted items which are still encumbered such as the homestead or car, payments must still be made in order to keep them.
Some otherwise dischargeable debts may be considered non-dischargeable if the creditor refuses to forgive them, such as debts incurred through fraud and credit card purchases for luxury items in excess of $1,150 or within 60 days from filing.
It is important that when you file for chapter 7 (or chapter 13, for that matter) bankruptcy, you go to a bankruptcy lawyer who practices in the state of Ohio. It is easy to overlook important items of importance in bankruptcy law if your lawyer is not conversant with state laws.Read More
Women of today no longer need to become a mother to be considered by society to be “whole.” They have the right to control their health by postponing child bearing, which is why birth control is such a growing industry, bagging more than $900 million in the US alone every year. Unfortunately, some birth control methods have been shown to have dangerous side effects that far outweigh the benefits of their use, such as the defective birth control medication Yasmin.
According to the website of the National Injury Law Center, Yasmin and similar fourth generation combination birth control medications manufactured by Bayer Healthcare has been associated with increased risk of blood clotting, stroke, cardiac problems, liver tumors, gallbladder disorders, and pulmonary embolism.
Fourth generation combination birth control medications are made up of drospirenon, a synthetic form of progestin which suppresses ovulation, and ethinyl estradiol, a bioactive form of estrogen. It is this combination that is thought to make it dangerous. Either ethinyl estradiol or drospirenon alone is already associated with the increased risk of blood clot formation (thromboembolism) so it does not take a radical stretch of common sense to see the potential for health risks.
Most women who took Yasmin before the alarming side effects became widely-known had the right to expect that such medications, when taken properly, would be effective and safe. They had not been made aware of the possible consequences of taking the medication. The failure of the manufacturer to adequately warn doctors and patients about the potential health risks prior to April 2010 has led to more than a thousand product liability lawsuits.
If you or someone close to you developed health problems from using Yasmin, Yaz or Ocella (all fourth generation combination birth control medications manufactured by Bayer Healthcare) in the past, you may be eligible for compensation. It would be advisable to consult with a product liability lawyer in your area regarding your case.Read More
One of the most ill-considered remarks is when people say that words can’t hurt you. Hard words, scathing looks, constant yelling or scolding, critical attitudes; these are all hurtful and demeaning, and even for people who are young and strong they can affect profoundly if done regularly over a prolonged period. This is even truer when an individual is vulnerable and helpless, such as little children and elderly people. This is considered emotional abuse, and when it occurs in nursing homes it may be considered an actionable offense.
Emotional abuse is not something that can be seen or touched, though and the signs are not easy to recognize. The website of Fort Worth law firm the Woodson Law Firm contends that while the most common type of abuse is simple neglect, it is easier than emotional abuse to address because there are visible signs such as bed sores or unexplained weight loss. Emotionally abused elderly residents tend to be withdrawn, emotionally sensitive, prone to mood swings, or undergo personality changes. Unless one is looking for it, however, these signs are easy to miss or are often dismissed as just a sign of elderly grouchiness.
No one deserves to be subjected to emotional abuse. Prolonged exposure can lead to rapid health deterioration as the quality of life deteriorates a little each day. No one can stand being continuously humiliated without snapping. Nursing home staff has the professional capacity and duty to provide appropriate care to their clients. Failure to follow through on this duty of care can render individuals and nursing home facilities accountable for a personal injury claim.
Just because a loved one has no bruises or broken bones do not mean that he or she is getting the proper care in the nursing home. If you detect signs that there may be something wrong, consult with a nursing home abuse lawyer to find out what you should do. The best kind of attorney would be one with previous experience handling emotional abuse allegations against a nursing home.Read More
State laws concerning the granting and renewal of commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) are quite stringent, and rightly so. CDL holders often operate vehicles designed for carrying cargo or passengers, and they need to be skilled and responsible enough to do the work safely. When a commercial driver is charged and convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), it can lead to the suspension or revocation of the CDL. The state of Washington is no exception, where a DUI conviction can result from blood alcohol content (BAC) results of 0.04% if an individual holds a CDL, or half the BAC limit for any adult with an ordinary driver’s license.
A DUI conviction is serious for anyone, but especially for an individual who depends on a CDL to make a living. The consequences of a commercial DUI, according to the website of Cowan Kirk Gaston, include a suspension of the CDL from one to three years for a first-time DUI conviction. This means that at least for one year, a commercial driver will have to find another line of work until the CDL is reinstated. This in addition to the heavy penalties associated with a commercial DUI conviction makes it a major setback. A second DUI conviction will result in the permanent revocation of the CDL and the lifelong loss of a career in commercial transport.
It is important to remember that a DUI charge is not the same as a DUI conviction. Although simply being arrested for DUI can already result in CDL suspension, a CDL holder can avoid having a conviction placed on the record by mounting a vigorous defense against the DUI charge. It is equally important to admit to nothing when charged with DUI and request for a lawyer immediately. An experienced commercial DUI lawyer with a thorough knowledge of the state’s DUI courts can help in this matter.Read More
Renewable energy company Renewable Energy SD (RESD) had the wind taken out of its sails last Friday after it was forced to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, claiming almost $16 million in debts and $6.2 million in assets. The wind equipment supplier was sued for fraud for failing to correctly install, or even deliver, wind energy turbines to disgruntled customers, who have raised more than 15 lawsuits against the company in the past few months.
The Chapter 7 claim comes about four months after Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a suit against RESD for cheating farmers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The energy company sold the turbines using federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, promising 25 years of use per turbine. As local farmer Marv Jensen discovered, his $200,000 windmill worked for less than a month. After he grudgingly paid RESD for an expensive refund, the company refused to send the unit and stopped taking his phone calls.
“I got a $200,000 deer stand, I guess,” Jensen said.
According to Swanson, Renewable Energy’s CEO Shawn Dooling has been sued numerous times in the past decade. The attorney general’s suit claims that in the past several years alone, he spent over a million dollars purchasing luxury cars including a Ferrari and a Lamborghini.
Surprisingly, even in such serious circumstances, less than one percent of Chapter 7 cases result in selling significant amounts of property, since experienced legal professionals can frequently protect assets from liquidation. Renewable Energy’s attorneys have issued several statements on the suit, while they work to discharge the company’s debt as quickly as possible.Read More