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Yaz and Yasmin Side Effects: Blood Clots

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Defective Pharmaceuticals, Yaz Lawsuits | 0 comments

Birth control pills have long been known to have side effects but they are mostly benign. These include weight gain, breast soreness, some spotting, moodiness and lighter periods. Most birth control pills have small amounts of estrogen and progestin which inhibit ovulation. New-generation formulations such as Yaz and Yasmin contain a synthetic progesterone called drospirenone, and when Yasmin was first introduced in 2001 followed by Yaz in 2006, it was very popular. That is, until disturbing reports of unusually high incidence of blood clot formation was observed and reported for those using Yaz and Yasmin.

Blood clots are not necessarily bad. If the body lost the ability to clot, it can lead to death. However, when blood clots abnormally, it can also kill.

Under normal circumstances, when bleeding occurs for whatever reason, it comes into contact with thrombogenic substances which are normally separated from the blood. This signals the platelets to trigger the clotting mechanism to stop the bleeding. A chemical chain reaction in the blood’s dissolved protein makes the initial clot stronger and then another chemical reaction stops the clot from growing beyond a functional size. After the rift has healed, plasmin dissolves the clot and the body reabsorbs it.

However, a blood clot can be dangerous when it forms suddenly and lodges in a major blood vessel, keeping the blood from flowing. This is what happens in a stroke or heart attack. In the case of Yaz and Yasmin, the likelihood of abnormal blood clot formation is significantly increased. A user can form several blood clots at any time. In several cases, a blood clot formed in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and travelled to a main artery in the lungs, triggering a pulmonary embolism which led to serious injury and sudden death. In one case, the 24-year-old patient had been on Yasmin for three weeks when she suffered a pulmonary embolism. She went into a coma, revived after two weeks, but she was left blind. While not all women who use Yaz and Yasmin suffer similar side effects, the number of those who do is high enough to cause alarm.

If you are on Yaz or Yasmin, consult your doctor about any risk factors that may contraindicate your continued usage, such as circulation problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, and liver disease. Many women are filing defective pharmaceutical lawsuits in light of the dangerous, undisclosed side effects they have experienced.

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5 Steps to a Healthier Dog

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in All Natural Dog Foods | 4 comments

The decision to have a dog as a pet is a lot of responsibility and should not be taken lightly. You should only keep as many dogs as you can afford to in terms of time and money because they require quite a bit of upkeep if you want them to lead happy and healthy lives. Here are 5 steps that you should follow for a healthier dog.

Provide good nutrition

Knowing the best food for your dog requires research and a keen power of observation. Each dog has a unique set of nutritional needs, and what works with one will not necessarily work with another. As much as possible, keep your dog on an all natural diet that is high in protein and has an adequate supply of good fats. If you suspect food allergies, find out what is the source of the allergen. Avoid dog food that is high in grain products such as corn, wheat and soy as they are known allergens. A dog that is nutritionally deficient will develop lots of physical and emotional problems.

Maintain vaccinations

Dogs are susceptible to diseases, so it is important to maintain a regular schedule of vaccinations. This includes vaccination against rabies, parvovirus, distemper, influenza and leptospirosis which are all contagious and potentially deadly. Investing in proper vaccination will prevent costlier problems in the future.

Prevent parasite infestations

There are a variety of parasites that plague the life of dogs in both warm and cold climates, and some are hidden from sight. Hook worms, round worms and tapeworms are just some of the parasites that can lodge inside a dog’s body, but they can be easily eliminated if they are detected early. Regular fecal tests will help you do this, and monthly applications of a heartworm preventative will kill off most other parasites as well.

Fleas and ticks are also major concerns for dog owners, but they can be easily treated with topical medications.

Groom regularly

Just keeping your dog bathed and clean will eliminate many potential problems, including diseases and surface irritants such as ticks. Regular brushing will eliminate dirt and debris as well as clumping and tangling of hair that may otherwise serve as ideal homes for pests. Check your dog regularly for scabs and bumps on the skin which is a red flag indicating fleas or ticks. Check between toes and in ears for colonies of disease-carrying ticks.

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What is a Green Card?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Legal Issues | 0 comments

One of the terms most frequently used in immigration debates is the “green card.” This is a colloquial term which refers to the identification card demonstrating that an individual has achieved lawful permanent resident status in the United States. The United States Permanent Resident Card, or USCIS Form I-551, grants an immigrant the right to live and work in the country permanently.

Obtaining a green card is an essential part of the process of eventually becoming a naturalized United States citizen. A green card holder must first live and work in the country for a set number of years before becoming eligible to undergo the naturalization process.

Green cards can be obtained in a number of different ways. The most common method is to apply directly to the USCIS, which may grant a potential immigrant’s request based on a number of different factors, including availability of job positions or family members currently residing in the country. Another common method for obtaining a green card is through the lottery, known as the Diversity Visa program, which annually distributes approximately 50,000 green cards to randomly selected applicants throughout the world. Individuals who claim these cards can then lawfully enter and live in the United States. If you are looking to obtain a green card, contact the green card lawyers of William Jang, PLLC, today.

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Injury Risks from Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Personal Injury | 5 comments

Slip and fall accidents, as trivial as they may seem, are actually among the most common causes of injury in the United States, and they even result in a surprisingly substantial number of deaths each year. In many cases, those who suffer the most serious injuries as a result of slip and falls are the elderly, whose bodies may be less able to absorb the impact of a hard fall. However, even younger individuals are at risk of suffering serious physical damage in a slip and fall accident.

There are many different ways that slip and fall accidents can cause injuries. Most of these injuries are relatively minor, while some are more worrisome. Some of the most common injury risks associated with slip and fall accidents include the following:

  • Ÿ  Broken bones
  • Ÿ  Contusions
  • Ÿ  Scars
  • Ÿ  Traumatic brain injury
  • Ÿ  Hip displacement
  • Ÿ  Spinal cord injury

These and other potential injury risks resulting from slip and fall accidents can have serious consequences for injured patients. In particular, they may require costly medical treatment which the injured individual cannot afford, as well as potentially costing them time away from work. In light of these risks, therefore, it is important to be alert to avoid slip and fall accidents.

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AlloDerm and Hernia Repair

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Legal Issues, Personal Injury | 2 comments

A hernia is a painful medical condition that occurs when an organ bursts through the wall of the body cavity which normally holds it in. Hernias typically occur in the abdomen, where strain and pressure is the most likely to cause a tear in the abdominal wall, allowing the protrusion of different types of organs to occur. While not typically life-threatening, hernias do need to be treated in a timely manner in order to ensure that blood flow to the organ is not cut off, which can result in much more serious medical consequences.

While a number of different hernia treatment options exist, one which has become popular in recent years is the use of AlloDerm hernia patches to repair broken organ walls and prevent further damage. AlloDerm, a human skin tissue that can be effectively grafted onto a recipient, actually integrates into the body to ensure that the problem does not recur.

Unfortunately, there are also a range of side effects that have been associated with the use of this product, including tissue perforation, insufficient tissue binding, and cellular rejection. While most patients who have undergone hernia repair with the use of AlloDerm have been largely free from problems, those who do experience these side effects may have to cope with significant consequences.

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