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Looking More Youthful with Pulsed Light Treatments

Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a skin treatment used to improve the appearance of age spots, sun-induced freckles, photoaged skin, benign brown skin pigments, and redness due to broken capillaries. It can also be used for hair removal. This is done through photorejuvenation to the face and body. It uses a number of different light sources, generally ranging from 515 to 1200 nm. Additionally, several cutoff filters are usually used to filter out lower frequencies reducing the spectrum so that specific structure and chromophores (a part of molecule responsible for its color). IPL are different from lasers because they have a broad spectrum of light source that could target a number of chromophores in the skin, while lasers cannot.

IPL helps in stimulating the production of collagen, plumping the skin to give it a younger, fresher look all the while refining and tightening the appearance of large pores. Those who are considering going to a med spa to get treatment for sun damage, spider veins or broken capillaries, and looseness of the skin, then IPL may be the best option. Both lasers and IPL treatments may cause a small amount of discomfort, depending on the treatment and as well as your own tolerance to pain. The intense blasts of heat and light can be minimized by cooling gels, cooling devices built into the machines, and the skills of the aesthetician, but certain amounts of pain can be expected. In order to have better understanding about the possible discomfort and how it should feel, talk with your aesthetician first.

Many people opt for IPL because it involves little to no downtime at all, with minimal risks of side effects. Among other several appealing traits of IPL are its quick and gentle process that is not invasive, which means it will not get in the way of the patient’s daily routine. The removal sun spots and spider veins and the tightening of large pores can lead to even, brighter, and younger looking skin. And lastly, results can be seen in a short amount of time.

When Pilots Make Mistakes

We are so used to getting on an airplane and getting to our intended destination with no trouble that we tend to assume that those in the cockpit are in complete control of the situation. They owe a high standard of duty of care towards their passengers which is why they go through a rigorous training and screening process before they are allowed in the cockpit. But airplane accidents do happen, and in 75% of these, pilot error is the culprit. People make mistakes all the time, after all, but when a pilot makes one many lives are at stake. According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, many injured passengers never recover fully, and they are the lucky ones. Here are some of the more common pilot errors that have jeopardized the lives of thousands of passengers and crew members.

Communication Failure

A pilot flies the plane, but they are not the only ones in the air. They have to be in close coordination with air traffic control to avoid collisions with other aircraft. Sometimes, though, the pilot may not understand or hear completely or correctly the directions being given by the air traffic controller but for one reason or another fails to clarify them to ensure accurate information. This can lead to the pilot making decisions based on incomplete or incorrect data which can end in catastrophe.

No Boy Scout

Preparing for a flight is a crucial albeit routine undertaking. Pilots are required to go through a checklist pre-flight to ensure that everything is shipshape and ready to go. Those that have been through the checklist and know it by heart may not always give it the attention it deserves and may even skip it altogether with disastrous results. Incredibly, many small plane crashes occurred because the pilot failed to check the fuel.

Pilot, Meet Flight Instruments

Pilots, especially those in small planes, rely on what they see to make course and altitude adjustments as need. However, when visibility is poor, pilots should have the ability to fly the plane based on the information from flight instruments alone. However, some pilots are unable to interpret the information correctly and crash into trees, mountaintops, even the water or the runway.

While these errors may be understandable, they are not excusable. Pilots who make these types of errors are negligent and may be liable for any resulting injuries or deaths. If you have been seriously affected by negligent pilot error, consult with an airplane accident lawyer in your area to address your concerns.

Need A Lawyer? Don’t Despair…Read This!

Have you exhausted yourself trying to figure out how to find the right attorney? You can find one if you know what you’re looking for. This article can help you with that as you navigate your way through all of your options. Keep reading to find out more about this.

Make sure to find out who all will be involved with helping to work on your case. What sort of experience do they have? Some may have years of experience, whereas others may be fresh out of law school. How much time is your lawyer anticipating on devoting to your case?

Ask any lawyers that you are considering for a list of their fees. The fees will vary depending on a lawyer’s background, and it is smart to be aware of what you are going to pay before you retain him. It would be a shame to lose your lawyer after your case has already begun.

If you believe that you might have a legal case it is a good idea to seek a legal consult before pursuing any action. Many law firms offer a free consultation so make sure that you take advantage of this. This allows you to try out a couple different law firms before deciding on a lawyer.

Stay away from lawyers who promise you an easy victory in court. Very few cases are absolutely indisputable and a lawyer who seems overconfident might be lying to you. Do not hesitate to meet with different lawyers to ask for advice before you hire one and do some research on the reputation of these lawyers before you hire one. Fina a lawyer with an informative website, like William Kherkher’s.

Use the information you’ve absorbed to help you find the right attorney for your case. You want to win your case, and you don’t want to take this decision lightly. Keep everything you’ve learned in mind as you find the lawyer that you can trust to help you through this time.

Low-T Supplement Side Effects are no Laughing Matter

The increasing concern of doctors and regulatory bodies in the US on the serious side effects that are being attributed to testosterone supplements has been validated; it has been featured in a comedic rant. Comedian Stephen Colbert is known for The Colbert Report, a late-night television spinoff of The Daily Show in Comedy Central that specializes in political satire.  The show had featured hormone replacement therapy products, specifically supplements to treat Low-T (low testosterone) which he called “Man-Milk, skim.” He went on to describe the condition as “something called Low T, a pharmaceutical company–recognized condition affecting millions of men with low testosterone, previously known as getting older.”

It sounds funny, but in fact it comes too close to the bone to be too much so. There are speculations among academics that symptoms of Low-T may have been hyped out of proportion, when the real focus should be on treating any underlying medical condition that is causing it. Unless, of course, it is a normal part of the aging process, for which Low-T supplements are contraindicated.

Colbert referred to a commercial listing the side-effects of a Low-T supplement which included “increased prostate swelling, prostate cancer, low sperm count and swelling of the ankles, feet and body” and possible “signs of early puberty appear in the children in your life.” The actual side effects of Low T that commonly occur include headache, nausea, vomiting, alopecia, insomnia, dizziness, skin color or quality change, and acne. But what currently is causing concern, and driving civil litigation, is the doubling of the risk of developing cardiac problems in certain populations. According to the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, studies are currently being carried out on testosterone supplements to determine the exact mechanism and its effects, which are not well established.

If you believe that your use of Low-T supplements caused a serious medical condition, you may have an actionable case. It is early days yet for these products, but do not hesitate to consult with a product liability attorney in your area with experience in handling drug company cases to assess yours.

Coffee, Tea or . . . – For Good Health

Which do you prefer, coffee or tea? Well, if you need to keep yourself awake, then coffee may do the trick, and the stronger it is, the more awake you may be. If you want to stay healthy, though, then it should be tea that you ought to drink – for drinking tea is healthy, not too many cups, however; a tip from no other than the Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

For the past 4,700 years, the Chinese have enjoyed the health benefits of tea. The drink contains an antioxidant, called catechins, and its concentration is highest in green and white tea. Research shows that, when it comes to keeping the cells from oxidative damage, catechins are more effective and powerful compared to vitamins E and C. Drinking green tea has also been associated with a reduced risk to various types of cancer, including bladder, esophageal, colon, lung, breast, and skin.

The usual amount that green tea drinkers consume is three cups a day. Some tea drinkers add milk or lemon or drink their tea between meals to allow absorption of iron from vegetables and fruits, which tea impedes.

There are just a few important tips that those intending to drink tea would hopefully appreciate:

  • Tea also contains oxalates, which increases the risk of kidney stones if too many cups of tea are consumed daily
  • Regular consumption of tea where the temperature is really high may lead to esophageal cancer (the evidence to this is limited, though)
  • Men who drink more than seven cups of black tea everyday are at greater risk of developing prostate cancer


Spine Stimulator – The Treatment that Will Enable Paraplegics to Walk Again

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) neuroscientist Reggie Edgerton believes that using electrical pulses to stimulate damaged spinal cords in human beings will enable paraplegics to walk again. A study he conducted on paralyzed rats proved to be successful. The study involved the implantation of electrodes in the animals, followed by a stimulation to their spinal cords; within four to eight weeks, the rats were not just able to stand, but were able to walk without assistance from Edgerton’s researchers.

Edgerton explains that the spinal cord transmits brain signals to the arms and legs for controlled movement. When damaged or injured, however, the line of communication between the brain and the limbs go dead and since nerve fibers do not usually grow again, the injury is becomes permanent.

In a study which Edgerton conducted in 1990, though, he saw how the spinal cord, when roused with electrical pulses, can awaken nerve fibers and send signals, which will control limbs and other body functions without dependence on the brain.

In 2009 the results of the study were applied to Rob Summers, a former college baseball player who was paralyzed from the waist down due to a hit-and-run accident. The procedure plus treadmill therapy gave Summers the capability to stand and take some steps (with assistance). His condition obviously kept improving as he also gradually experienced improvements in his bladder control, sexual function and blood pressure regulation. Besides these, Summers was also able to feel and move his hips, knees, ankles and toes.

A year ago, two other paraplegics underwent the same electrical stimulation on their lower spinal cord. Both were able to stand again for some brief moments – a sign that their condition is headed to improvement. It is believed that this spine stimulator will be the key to bringing back those confined in beds or on wheelchairs, due to spinal cord damage, to their former active life.

The Difference between Yasmin and Yaz

There has been a lot of attention on the combined contraceptive pills Yasmin and Yaz because of the rash of lawsuits pinpointing the products in the death or serious injury of thousands of women. Drug maker Bayer has so far managed to settle 6,700 defective pharmaceutical lawsuits which formed part of the Yaz and Yasmin Multidistrict Litigation in Southern District of Illinois, agreeing to pay a total of $1.4 Billion as of August 2013, but another 5,000 lawsuits are still pending resolution.
Both Yasmin and Yaz are considered 4th generation oral contraceptive pills. They use a combination of drospirenone and an estrogen i.e. ethinyl estradiol to inhibit ovulation.

Essentially, the main difference between Yasmin and Yaz is in the formulation. Yasmin, which first came out in 2001, contains a third more ethinyl estradiol than Yaz, which came out in 2006. Yaz is considered an improvement on Yasmin, although there are some cases when Yasmin is the better choice because it is associated with milder side effects. Yaz is sometimes prescribed for the treatment of acne and to alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (severe premenstrual syndrome). However, Yaz is considered more of a health risk than Yasmin.

Both Yasmin and Yaz are taken over a 28-day period, but while Yasmin has 21 active and 7 palliative (inactive) pills, Yaz has 24 active and 4 palliative pills. This could be the reason why the side effects, if they occur, are said to be more severe with Yaz. Some doctors prefer to prescribe Yasmin because it is the older drug and less likely to spring a nasty surprise down the road than the younger Yaz.

It should be noted that even though the chances of severe side effects is lower with Yasmin, the use of either Yasmin and Yaz carry health risks which some consider to be beyond acceptable levels. If you are prescribed for either Yasmin or Yaz, be sure to question your doctor closely about any risk factors which will make you more vulnerable to complications.

Illegal Drugs Can Kill, Including Molly

The New York Electric Zoo music festival, an annual multi-day celebration held on Randall’s Island that emphasizes the end of the summer season, had to be ended after two days due to the death of a couple of revelers who were alleged to have taken an overdose of the party drug Molly.

The victims, 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ from Rochester, N.Y., and 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo from Providence, R.I., were among the thousands of participants of the loud, lively party that featured all genres of electronic music, live acts from various countries along with hometown favorites and international DJs.

Prior to collapsing and dying, Olivia Rotondo was said to have told doctors that she had six hits of Molly. The drug Molly (short form of molecule), a synthetic, psychoactive drug, is the purest form of methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), Ecstasy’s main ingredient. An agent from the Drug Enforcement Agency said that the use of the name Molly began only in 2008, but it has been glamorized much in pop culture, being referred to in songs, even, by Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Madonna and Rick Ross.

Users of the drug experience a rise in body temperature and blood pressure, plus faster heart rate; they also experience a prolonged burst of energy and feel as if “all is right in the world.” Though seemingly a friendly and harmless name, Molly is actually a dangerous drug.

Brain Injuries from Construction Accidents

The most recognizable item in the construction industry is the hard hat, and for a very good reason. The risk of sustaining brain injuries from construction accidents is very real, and because of the nature of the work and working at heights, such injuries can be extremely serious.

According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, there are four types of brain injuries, namely:

  • Brain Damage
  • Memory Loss
  • Sensory Loss
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

Any of these types of brain injury may lead to total and permanent disability in some form and they are seldom reversible. Even when the injury is treatable, it can take time and several treatments to recover a reasonable degree of function. The costs of emergency treatment, surgery, rehabilitation and medication can be prohibitive and can strain the pockets and capabilities of most people.

Among the most common construction accidents that can lead to brain injuries, according to the NY construction accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP on their website include falling hazards, crane collapse, scaffolding defects, slip and fall, even construction vehicle accidents. Many construction accidents can be attributed to the failure of the construction company to provide a safe working environment, to provide the proper safety gear, to provide adequate training for the use of equipment, vehicles and safety gear, to implement and enforce safety regulations and policies, or any combination of the four. In such instances, fault can be laid at the door of the employer, who may then be held liable for any and all expenses related to the underlying construction accident. The NY construction accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP mention facts on their website about falling hazards, crane collapse, scaffolding defects, slip and fall, even construction vehicle accidents. Many construction accidents can be attributed to the failure of the construction company to provide a safe working environment, to provide the proper safety gear, to provide adequate training for the use of equipment, vehicles and safety gear, to implement and enforce safety regulations and policies, or any combination of the four. In such instances, fault can be laid at the door of the employer, who may then be held liable for any and all expenses related to the underlying construction accident.

If you or a family member sustained brain injuries from construction accidents stemming from some kind of negligence on the part of the employer or site manager, a civil tort case may be a helpful and legitimate way for you to recover some amount of damages from the responsible party. Engage the services of a well-practiced brain injury lawyer to help you build your case.

The Costs of Pharmaceutical Defects

Modern medicine has been a boon to mankind in many ways. It has extended the life span and improved the quality of life of most people on the planet. An article on the website of Nashville-based law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. states that potent drugs have become an integral and effective part of modern medical treatment. But there is also a dark side to this, and that is the tendency to “pop pills.”

People have become dependent on “wonder drugs” and “magic cures” to address health problems which back in the day did not even exist. In many cases, a common sense approach to a problem would solve it without the need to resort to the medicine cabinet, but it has become much easier to pop a pill and a call it good. As a consequence, there is a greater chance of encountering pharmaceutical defects that could result in serious injury and health complications. And the damage control and treatment costs of pharmaceutical defects can very well reduce one to bankruptcy.

A good example is the use of certain oral contraceptives that seemed to be a godsend to women who wanted to avoid pregnancy but feared gaining weight, which is a common side effect of many oral contraceptives. This new formulation did just that, but it turns out later that it caused dangerous levels of blood clotting which could lead to deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or stroke. Each of these complications require extensive and lifetime treatment and care at great cost. It also means loss of income, pain, suffering, and even death.

There are unfortunately quite a few drugs that turn out to have fatal flaws. For many people, the financial burden of the costs of pharmaceutical defects can be overwhelming. If the costs of pharmaceutical defects has pushed you to the brink of bankruptcy, you should know that you may be able to get back some of what you have lost with the help of a pharmaceutical liability lawyer. You have nothing to lose by trying.