What Made Xarelto so Popular

People with medical conditions that made them susceptible to the abnormal or excessive formation of blood clots are typically prescribed with a blood thinner or anticoagulant. This is because these blood clots could travel up the blood stream and cause a stroke or some type of embolism, which can have devastating and permanent, if not immediately fatal, effects on a patient.

Back in 1950, researchers discovered that warfarin which was initially introduced into the market as a primary component in rat poison was also effective as an anticoagulant in humans. However, because warfarin had adverse interactions with certain food that contained vitamin K, its effect on the body had to be constantly monitored and the dose adjusted. This made it a chore to use although it was quite effective.

The newer anticoagulants like Xarelto (direct factor Xa (10-a) inhibitors or xabans) were much easier to use. They were taken once a day and there was no need for constant monitoring. However, they were so efficient that they thinned the blood too much and the patients began to bleed uncontrollably. Unfortunately, unlike warfarin which effects can be neutralized with a dose of Vitamin K, xabans like Xarelto had no known reversal agent, something that can be potentially disastrous.

In fact, quite a few patients have already died from serious Xarelto side effects, some have become permanently injured, all contributing to ongoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigations into the properties and risks associated with Xarelto. Studies indicate that among all the xabans, Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is the most difficult to reverse in cases of severe bleeding. This is the basis for the first Xarelto lawsuit which was filed in Pennsylvania state court against Janssen Ortho LLC (a division of Johnson & Johnson) which handled the distribution of the drug in the US under license from Bayer Corp., which is to be named next in the lawsuit. More are expected to be filed as attention on the dangers of using the drug increase.

If you have sustained serious injury or an immediate family member died from the effects of Xarelto, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death case against Janssen and Bayer, among others. Consult with a dangerous drug lawyer to know more about this.

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Power Morcellators and the Threat of Cancer

Hysterectomy, according to the National Institutes of Health, is one surgery that many American women will have to undergo, due to uterus-related diseases that develop in them. And with 600,000 hysterectomies being performed every year, the procedure is recognized as the second most common surgery undergone by women in the US, the first being Caesarean section.

Hysterectomy is the surgical procedure for removing the uterus or the womb – a necessary treatment for chronic pelvic pain, cervical or ovarian cancer, cancer of the uterus, certain types of infections, vaginal bleeding, uterine fibroids (benign tumors that grow in the uterus), and so forth. Traditional hysterectomy procedures, such as abdominal and vaginal hysterectomies, necessitated long incisions (about five to seven inches in abdominal hysterectomy). With the introduction of the power morcellator, however, a device that can cut or divide (morcellate) large tissues into pieces small enough to allow these to be removed through the minimal incision sites, minimally invasive hysterectomies have become possible, rendering the procedure much safer and faster to perform, less painful, safer from infections, and the tiny incisions, faster to heal.

A power morcellator is specifically used in laparoscopic surgeries. [In a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, about four 0.5-1cm incisions are made. The different devices needed in the procedure, such as the morcellator and a laparoscope, or small camera, are inserted through these incisions].

The many benefits of the power morcellator made many doctors readily recommend its use in laparoscopic surgeries, specifically in hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) or myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroid) – until reports that the power device can cause the rapid spread of a cancerous tissue, called uterine sarcoma. The most common type of cancer that has been identified in women, who have received morcellation treatment, is leiomyosarcoma.

Following the reports was a safety alert from the US Food and Drug Administration, which discouraged further use of the power morcellator, due to the risk of cancer development in patients. Ethicon, the power morcellator manufacturing unit of Johnson & Johnson, was among the first to respond to the April 2014 safety alert from FDA. Besides suspending distribution and the worldwide sale of its morcellators, Ethicon also decided to voluntarily withdraw from the market its three famous devices: the Morcellex Sigma, the Gynecare X-Tract and the Gynecare Morcellex.

Power morcellator lawsuits are slowly growing in number and, Johnson & Johnson specifically, despite Ethicon’s decision, feels that the recall of the devices maybe a bit late as these may have already harmed a number of patients.

Women, who know that they have been treated with a power morcellator and are suffering from cancer, need all the help and legal assistance that they can get. But there are probably no other legal counsels more concerned about the plight of the women harmed by the said device or more qualified and prepared to handle and effectively address the issue at hand than the morcellator lawsuit lawyers at the National Injury Law Center. If those who have been harmed truly care about themselves and more so, about their family, then there is no reason why they should delay in contacting these highly-qualified lawyers to look into their case.

 

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Bop! Bop! Rockabilly Bop!

rockRockabilly is a style of music that was popular in the middle of the 20th century. It is attributed with playing an important role in the development of what we now call classic rock.

Rockabilly itself is a mixture of old American folk musics. At first, many people had difficulty classifying these kinds of songs. Even some of Elvis’s early work was doomed to this confusion. One of his first recordings didn’t receive any play on the radio because at the time many stations were segregated. The song in question sounded too country to be played on the black stations and too much like R&B to be played on the white stations. Of course this is old-fashioned fear. The day one DJ was brave enough to give the record a spin, it became wildly popular and helped set the stage for the desegregation of what gets played on the radio.

Rockabilly really became popular in the mid 1950s, and mostly died off shortly after. It’s had a handful of revivals and its influence can still be felt in many modern rock ‘n roll acts.

 

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Is Fractional Resurfacing Safe?

Lasers are being used with increasing frequency as non-invasive alternatives to traditional plastic surgery. While the results are not normally as dramatic, laser treatments are infinitely safer and have fewer side effects. One of the methods that use lasers for esthetic treatments is fractional resurfacing, also known as fractional laser treatment. It is often used to treat facial wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone due to sun exposure. It is also thought to be effective in reducing stretch marks.

Briefly, fractional resurfacing uses a laser which is split into a multitude of microscopic beams (hence fractional) destroying very thin layers of the damaged skin. New skin is produced to replace the damaged skin. For younger-looking skin, it is possible to use the method using lasers that merely tighten but not destroy the skin.

The safety of fractional resurfacing has been a subject of discussion in many forums, and the reviews have been mixed. Old methods of laser resurfacing, namely ablative laser resurfacing, has been associated with adverse side effects such as excessive scarring, skin irritation and redness, infection, and abnormal pigmentation is some cases. Fractional resurfacing using the new methods results in much less bleeding and scarring, and fewer and less severe side effects. There are always exceptions, which is why a reputable Auburn medical spa would first evaluate the patient before proceeding with the treatment to ensure maximum effectiveness and safety.

Overall, fractional resurfacing is safe and precise when administered by a qualified medical professional. Results vary for each patient, but in most cases, the improvement is appreciable. It is believed that the effects of fractional resurfacing last up to 8 years with two to three applications, depending on the case. Patients are often advised to have realistic expectations and required to follow post-treatment care to maximize the benefits of the treatment.

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Concerns for Professional Truckers

Just about everyone understands the importance of professional truckers and their jobs: they are the ones who transport the goods and services that’s need from one place to another. It takes a lot to be a commercial truck driver, and not only are truck drivers concerned about driving their vehicles but also driving around other trucks and motorists that share the road with them.

Generally everyone is familiar with commercial trucks, but there are actually different sizes of trucks. Safety driving can depend on the type and size of the commercial vehicle the trucker is driving. Among the most dangerous accidents that can occur for commercial trucks are rollover accidents. These accidents involve trucks tipping on their side or their roofs during the crash or collision. Although rare, when truck rollover accidents do occur, they can cause serious damage and even fatality to the drivers or other motorists or pedestrians.

A lot of these rollover accidents are due to the truck driver losing control of the vehicle. There are many reasons that can contribute to this cause, such as distraction, drowsiness, mechanical failure, bad weather, and other factors. The risks of rollover accidents can be easily prevented because most factors can be controlled. Proper training and driving on the part of the driver can greatly prevent rollover accidents, and correct load distribution can avoid vehicle imbalance. Additionally, it is just as important to have proper vehicle maintenance because poor maintenance can lead to tire blowout, overheating, brake failure, and other accidents.

It also saves trucking companies money when they perform proper vehicle maintenance, because truck accidents are costly. Trucking companies also take into consideration fuel costs that seem to increase every year, therefore a truck accident may not only stall business, but can even cost them money. Fuel costs, vehicle maintenance, and safety driving training are just some concerns that trucking companies and professional drivers should worry about.

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Why Hire a Record Retrieval Service?

Retrieving your records, whether they are for medical reasons, a personal injury lawsuit, or any other claim, can greatly affect the success of your case. As Stratos Legal states, effective and fast records retrieval can keep the case progress more to your favor. These records can become pieces of evidence that can determine conclusively how things will end up. Records retrieval can be very time consuming, making you feel frustrated and at your wits end, which is why Stratos Legal advises that it would be better to acquire the help of a retrieval service to do all the record gathering for you.

One of the advantages of hiring a retrieval service is that the records that you will have will be in better quality. This means you have the more detailed and accurate records that will contain important and necessary information you have asked for. Not only do retrieval specialists understand the need to dig deeper for information because they can be the most relevant records that are needed. Additionally, will have your records in faster. Having a specialized team of records retrievers will guarantee that your records are provided at the most crucial time, without being stopped or stalled by red tapes that can prevent the progress of the case.

Hiring Houston records retrieval specialists will save you time and money. You won’t have to worry about spending your working hours with a paralegal to acquire the necessary records and documents. Moreover, you will not be spending too much money because you’ll be paying the records retrievers a set fee for the whole records, and often these offers are client-friendly.

Lastly, you will have the option of where to send the records. You also have the option of how these records will be given to you, whether it is bound and labeled, on a CD or flash drive, or even electronically. You have a lot of options in the format and address of your records. Because of the importance of records retrieval to your case, it helps to know who you should hire in order to get the best records retrieval services.

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Bankruptcy and Unpaid Child Support

Financial issues are one of the leading causes for married couples to file for divorce. It may be from acquired debts, excessive spending, poor budgeting, economic struggles, or being jobless. Regardless of the reason, a lot of couples cite financial problems are their number one reason for family turmoil and arguments that lead to divorce and filing for bankruptcy. It may already be complicated to deal with divorce and bankruptcy, but things can be taken to a whole new level when there are children involved.

Child support can complicate an ongoing bankruptcy case simply because there are many factors to consider and that can affect child support payments. Generally, obligations for child support are not discharged in any type of bankruptcy, but there are types of bankruptcy that can help clear out some debts, making child support payments more possible.

One thing to consider when filing for bankruptcy is choosing which type of bankruptcy will work best in your situation. If you have filed for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, your child support payments will not be discharged, but it can help in enabling you to catch up on your missed payments. Chapter 13 bankruptcy helps to reorganize your debts and provide you with an effective repayment plan. Child support payments are considered a priority debt, and it will therefore be paid off in full through Chapter 13.

Moreover, after filing for bankruptcy, the automatic stay (a court order where creditors are prohibited to collect payment from you) will provide you protection. Creditors are required to get a court permission to be able to collect and child support from your post-bankruptcy earning, although bankruptcy laws and family laws can be complicated and would require the help of a  child support lawyer who knows these types of cases.

Filing for bankruptcy needs a lot of consideration because unpaid child support can put you behind bars. Because child support payments are considered non-dischargeable, even after receiving your bankruptcy discharge from the court, you are still obligated to pay them. Another thing, the court will only grant you a discharge is you are current on your child support payments, therefore any missed payments must be settled before being free from your debts.

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Rsiperdal Linked to Severe Side Effects

Not every prescription given to you by your doctor is safe for you. Case in point is the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Risperdal is a strong, second-generation antipsychotic drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as treatment for adult and adolescent patients suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as for adolescents with autism. Unfortunately, dangerous drugs, like Risperdal, have been used “off-label” to treat children with ADHD, sleep disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders.

Although Risperdal is hailed as an effective atypical antipsychotic drug, what makes it work can also cause serious side effects to the patients’ health. Dangerous drugs, like Risperdal, have been known to cause diabetes, locomotion disorders, heart problems, breast developments in male patients, and death. These dangerous products should be used with caution and should only be taken when current treatments did not work on the patient.

Dangerous products, especially those that are used “off-label” can be very detrimental to the patient’s health in so many reasons. “Off-label” drugs are those that are prescribed by the doctor as treatment for conditions or diseases that are not approved by the FDA even when there is little to no evidence of the drugs’ positive effects towards the condition or disease. Among the reasons why these dangerous products are still marketed “off-label” is because they can be given to a significant body of patients. They are also different from the first-generation drugs, new and patented, therefore are not easily copied. Generally, manufacturers promote “off-label” use of their dangerous drugs, like Risperdal, in order to make more money.

Patients, along with their families, who experienced the severe side effects of dangerous products like Risperdal, have already filed lawsuits against the manufacturer of the drug, Johnson and Johnson and the Janssen unit. In 2013, the manufacturers have agreed to settle the cases for $2.2 billion dollars. Atypical antipsychotics such as Risperdal can still be considered a lifesaver for people suffering from bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and severe depression, but they weighed in great consideration to see if the risks of side effects are worth it.

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Insurance Claims after Hurricane Damage

Hurricanes are one of the most damaging natural disasters there is, and when Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeastern part of the United States, it affected thousands of people and destroyed many homes. Initial estimates for the resulting catastrophe reached as high as $30 billion, leaving many homeowners filing claims with their insurance companies. For many, it is essential to have their insurance claims approved in order to begin their life again, therefore being denied of their claims burdensome.

There are reasons that your hurricane insurance claim will be denied. One reason that insurance companies deny a claim is when they believe that the damage was due to and excluded event. Many insurance companies do not provide coverage for floods, tidal threats, and waves. It is vital that you have supplemental flood damage included in your insurance coverage in order for the company to provide compensation. Another factor that insurance companies consider is the location of your home. If you live in a high risk location (such as the ocean), the insurance company can deny your claims.

It is also important for you to know that insurance companies have a different definition for hurricane damage and flood damage, since hurricane damage is considered damage due to heavy rain blown over windows window that lead to broken windows and other high-intensity damage from strong hurricane winds. Often, hurricane and flood damage are separate coverage that you need to add to your policy in order to avail insurance. If you are not covered with flood insurance, there are many grants and loans available through government resources.

One more tip is to avoid doing permanent repairs and doing too much cleaning. Insurance adjusters need to see the whole damage in order to determine how much should be given to you, and if you have done any lasting repairs or thrown away damaged properties it can significantly affect your hurricane insurance claim. Take pictures of the damaged properties before doing any temporary repairs to ensure that they will be included in your insurance claim.

Because of the number of people that has been affected by Hurricane Sandy, it is important that you file your hurricane insurance claim as early and as accurate as possible. Call or email your insurance agent or the insurance company to talk to them in person, and it helps to have guidance from a lawyer who knows hurricane insurance claims to check the accuracy and validity of your claims.

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Disputing Unpaid Overtime

Every company may fall victim to employee complaints regarding unpaid overtime and overtime disputes. These issues might seem small to some, but it can greatly affect the image and management of the company when they are not settled accordingly. Everyone knows how important it is for a company to have good rapport between the management and the workers, therefore resolving overtime disputes (or any type of company disputes) play a vital role in securing the growth of the company and its employees.

Unpaid overtime refers to the number of hours worked by an employee over the necessary 40-hour work week. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), it is mandatory for employers to pay their employees overtime pay when they are working more than 40 hours in a given workweek. FLSA defines a regular “workweek” as seven consecutive 24-hour periods. Anyone eligible for overtime pay should be given increased payment when they exceed their 40-hour per week job.

Until recently, the only way to settle any unpaid overtime or any overtime disputes would be by filing a lawsuit and going to court. Even when the employers and employee choose to settle, they are still required by the court for an approval from the Department of Labor (DOL) courts. This is mainly to ensure that the settlement does not violate the rights of the employee in accordance with the FLSA. In a recent update, however, settling overtime disputes and providing employees with compensation for unpaid overtime may be done without the need to go to court. Moreover, employers are also required to make the settlement a public record, therefore making themselves vulnerable to lawsuits when other employee becomes aware of the settlement.

Several court decisions have determined that neither the FLSA or its rules and regulations prevent employers and employees from settling their unpaid overtime disputes privately at full value. When these settlements are deemed by the court has reached a good faith resolution, then despite no court or DOL approval the private agreement can be enforceable. Employees who believe they can settle their unpaid overtime with their employers should consult with an unpaid overtime lawyer in order to talk about possible solutions for resolving the overtime disputes.

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