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hospital bedCelebrity and outspoken host of television show Fashion Police Joan Rivers is currently a patient at Mount Sinai Hospital, and her condition is said to be critical but stable. She was rushed there from at Yorkville Endoscopy on E. 93rd Street in New York City after she stopped breathing in the middle of a procedure for her vocal chords.

The news was first spread by TMZ and was quickly followed up. The latest news quotes an unidentified family source that there is some concern about the outcome, and any decisions will have to be made when daughter Melissa Rivers arrives, who was then on her way to the hospital. Joan Rivers was reported to be unconscious but the hospital has not yet released any official information as to her condition.

Joan Rivers, born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, turned 81 last June but showed no signs of slowing down. She hosts several shows, including one in YouTube called In Bed with Joan. Famed for her outrageous comments and no-holds-barred criticisms, she has sometimes been criticized for stepping over the line when dealing with sensitive topics. Nevertheless, she has been a notable success in many fields, including her incursions into publishing. Her twelfth book, Diary of a Mad Diva, was released just this year.

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ebolaA man who came into a New York hospital with suspicious symptoms was screened for a deadly virus, but was unlikely to have it. Two earlier patients in other hospitals have also been screened and were negative for the disease.

In the latest case, the man, whose identity was not revealed, had flown into the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York from West Africa and was detained for a minor transgression. While waiting, he started complaining of fever and a headache and was brought to the emergency room of Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was put in isolation to see if he developed more definite symptoms of an Ebola virus infection. Results are not yet in but doctors believe that he does not carry the virus.

A recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in various parts of West Africa that claimed more than 800 lives and counting has sparked worldwide concern, and airports are especially keeping a sharp eye out for anyone coming from the affected areas who may be symptomatic. The infection manifests within 21 days of contact, and is only considered contagious when symptoms appear.

Two other patients who had recently been in West Africa and who were admitted to NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center for fever were observed for 24 hours but were released when it was apparent they had not been infected.

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It seems that the patented New York no-eye-contact attitude is being carried over to nursing homes, resulting in worsening conditions for the state’s most vulnerable citizens: the elderly. Nursing home abuse is a problem all over the U.S., but New York is notably lackluster in addressing the issue despite being the state with the most number of nursing home residents in the country.

According to advocacy groups, the state funds provided to the agency running the required long term care ombudsman program in New York is less than one-fifteenth that of California, which has fewer nursing home residents. As a result, the capacity of the agency to monitor the performance and standards of care in long-term care facilities for the elderly in New York is severely compromised. This has significant consequences for the well-being of those who are unable or afraid to report nursing home abuse.

Some family members of residents who suspect some type of abuse have taken to installing hidden cameras in the room. These so-called granny cams have been instrumental in bringing to justice staff members that were recorded being abusive or neglectful. However, legal and civil rights issues have prevented legislation from passing that would make video monitoring a requirement in nursing homes despite the growing abuse and neglect problems in New York as well as the rest of the country.

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Nowadays, kids are told growing up that the only way to find success in life is to go to college and become professional. While having an education is crucial and everyone should strive to learn, kids should be taught that perhaps going to a vocational school could also offer the potential for a successful, lucrative career.

vocationAs a matter of fact, the line of thinking that everyone should become a professional has become so prolific that there will soon be a shortage of people trained in vocations such as plumbing and masonry. Even though the world is moving more towards technological professions, mankind is still a long way from replacing these specialized vocational types of professions with robots.

With this in mind, people should certainly consider undertaking a vocation. There is no shame in it. After all, dozens of surnames are simply old vocations.

According to the National Injury Law Center, Septic Shock is one of the most devastating and unnecessary conditions that residents of nursing homes can experience. Sepsis is a condition that can cause extremely low blood pressure which, in turn, inhibits blood from circulating properly. Residents at nursing homes are often more likely to develop conditions like sepsis since their immune systems are more easily compromised. Patients are considered to be in septic shock when, after being treated with antibiotics and intravenous fluids, their condition doesn’t improve. The outcome of septic shock can have fatal consequences, such as organ failure. Additionally, the mortality rate for septic shock is 25%-50%.

Some symptoms of sepsis are chills, high heart rate, fever, or hypothermia. Residents of nursing facilities can develop sepsis when their caretakers aren’t attentive to their needs. Sepsis can develop from something as small as a bed sore. If the patient is bed-ridden and the caretaker doesn’t shift the resident’s body weight enough, the constant stagnant weight will cause sores to develop on the affected skin. Infection can develop from bed sores that aren’t tended to. Caretakers that neglect to move patients around are likely to neglect patients with bed sores, and thus the patient could develop a case of sepsis.

Fortunately, ailments like bed sores and sepsis are easily avoided if the caretakers are vigilant. Constant care nursing homes have a difficult time staffing a crew of certified and well-trained nurses. Because of this, nursing homes usually resort to hiring less educated candidates that aren’t equipped to handle the arduous task of caring for multiple high-needs patients. When nursing homes don’t hire qualified people the consequences are devastating for the residents, families, and employers alike. Many advocacy groups and legal practices try to keep nursing facilities accountable for damages experienced by residents. Until nursing homes can figure out a way to attract and keep qualified caretakers, they will find themselves under legal and moral scrutiny.

Yaz has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an effective birth-control pill, as well as a treatment for moderate acne and even PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). Being hailed as the “miracle drug” Yaz was the top choice for birth-control pills on the 2008 as well as the succeeding year, since it was also marketed for women suffering from moods swings, acne and severe PMS. However, latest research and studies has shown that taking Yaz have increased women’s risks of developing blood clots and other health complications.

Blood clots can cause serious health problems if they are left untreated, and they can strike without your knowledge. Knowing what to look for when protecting yourself from blood clots and blood clot complications is vital in order to prevent further health risks, especially if you are taking Yaz pills. Here are some symptoms of blood clots that can alert you:

  1. Severe headaches that seem abrupt or unexpected
  2. Lower leg or back pain
  3. Coughing blood, or having piercing or crushing chest pain
  4. Significant swelling or pain in either arms or legs
  5. Vision issues such as blurred vision or complete loss of vision

There are three ways that blood clots can fatally affect a person’s health: through the arteries to affect the brain, go straight to the heart to cause heart attacks, or go to the lungs to stop your breathing. Because of the significant danger that Yaz and blood clots can cause their patients, a lot of women have look into finding a reliable Yaz lawyer to help file a case against the manufacturer of the drug (Bayer) and help them get the necessary compensation.

Although a bestselling birth-control drug, Yaz has also been on the news not only for the risks of blood clots, they have also been suspected of other complications such as gall bladder injuries and liver problems. Women who have already been affected with by these severe side effects have already filed Yaz lawsuits hoping that other women will see the dangers of the drug and prevent further victims.

In an effort to preserve the natural beauty and environment of their respective ports, residents of Key West and Venice have formed a committee that aims to prevent oversize cruise ships from docking nearby each city.

The committee, Comitato No Grandi Navi, issued a statement last week that presents its position on the effect large cruise ships have on the two tourist sites.

“The scale of the vessels far exceeds anything that these historic ports were built to accommodate, and their sheer size overwhelms the historic setting, diminishing the visual appeal and sense of place,” the report said.

Environmental activists in Key West said they appreciate the extra support from the Venetians, especially as the sunny island city debates dredging its ship channel to allow the passage of larger cruise ships.

Critics of Comitato No Grandi Navi’s position state that Key West has already lost a significant portion of its cruise ship business, claiming that the island sees only 700,000 cruise ship passengers annually as opposed to the 1,000,000 it received in 2003.

Key West residents can attend a presentation on Wednesday, held by Citizens for Responsible Tourism, which will explore the dredging referendum in more depth. The organization will discuss the cruise industry’s effect on the local economy and environment, and will open a public forum on Thursday.

Construction workers are subject to all kinds of hazards on the job, not the least of which is toxic substance exposure. The toxic substance need not be exotic and it is not limited to anyone area; in the US 18% of all construction workers suffer to some degree to toxic substance exposure. Although exposure is usually short-term and intermittent because construction workers usually move from job site to job site, it is likely to recur frequently. This is because many of the toxic substances encountered onsite are endemic in a particular construction task such as bricklaying, welding and demolition.

The health consequences are varied, depending on the toxic substance and the amount of exposure. Toxic substance exposure is usually through inhalation of airborne fumes, mists, gases, dusts and vapors, but it can also be through skin contact or through ingestion. Some of the toxic substances one is likely to encounter in a construction site are glues, dry cement, organic solvents and heavy metals in soldering iron. According to the website of New York-based law firm Hach & Rose, LLP, many construction workers are not even aware that they have been exposed to toxic substances until much later when the symptoms appear. In this sort of situation, discussing your case with a construction accident attorney in your area may be a wise legal decision.

The most linked health issues to the construction industry due to toxic substance exposure include:

  • Asbestosis
  • Bronchitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Lead poisoning
  • Lung cancer
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Silicosis

The Code of Federal Regulations tackles the problem of toxic substance exposure under 29 CFR 1926.55 and 29 CFR 1926 Subpart Z, but no amount of legislation can prevent construction workers from getting exposed to harmful substances at work if the employer or construction site manager chooses to ignore the regulations. As a result, many construction workers end up with lifelong debilitating health problems and financial difficulties through no fault of their own.

If you or someone close to you incurred health problems due to toxic substance exposure while at a construction site, you could be eligible for a personal injury suit. Consult with a lawyer with a good track record in handling toxic substance exposure cases in the area.

When you feel your heart miss a beat, it may not be because you have found your soul mate. It may mean you have atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibirillation or A-fib is the most common of the arrhythmias or heart rhythm disorders. In general, you could go through your whole life with A-fib with no ill-effects, but in some severe cases it increases the risk of stroke. There are many ways to manage the consequences of A-fib, and one of them is through the drug Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate).

Pradaxa is an oral anti-coagulant which is designed to prevent strokes in people with nonvalvular A-fib. It is essentially a blood thinner, so it does not act on the heart itself, but on ensuring that any clotting resulting from the arrhythmia does not escalate into a stroke. Pradaxa replaced warfarin as the anti-coagulant of choice.

The biggest problem with Pradaxa, which is the reason why manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim is now a defendant in a multi-district litigation (MDL) action in Illinois, is that it may be thinning the blood too much that it induces internal bleeding for which there is as yet no solution. An article on the website of New York-based product liability law firm Hach & Rose, LLP, there was not enough research done on the risks associated with Pradaxa and that the lack of an antidote to the bleeding was a serious breach of the duty of care the drug company owed its clients. The administration of Vitamin K, traditionally a counteracting agent to anti-coagulants, does not work with Pradaxa.

Pradaxa was approved for human use by the Food and Drug Administration in the last quarter of 2010 and to date, 542 deaths have been associated with it. More than 1,000 plaintiffs are represented in a pending class action suit (MDL No. 2385) in the Southern District of Illinois.

If you or a family member has been prescribed with Pradaxa and suffered from internal bleeding, you may be eligible to bring a case against Boehringer Ingelheim. Contact a product liability lawyer in your area with experience in handling Pradaxa lawsuits to have your case assessed.

Construction accidents involving falling objects can lead to serious injury, especially if it falls from great heights. The hazards posed by falling objects are not limited to people working on the site; it could also affect people in adjoining and adjacent areas who may merely be passing by or who have business in the area. In one case in New York, a man sitting inside his condominium was killed when a crane crashed into his building and landed in his living room. This is why it is important that construction site managers and owners take safety precautions to protect people from being injured by falling hazards such as placing safety nets, posting warning signs and training workers on safety protocols.

Falling hazards could be as small as a screwdriver or as big as a whole crane. According to the website of law firm Hach & Rose, LLP, failing to take even the most basic safety measures is negligence. Construction companies are mandated by law to implement policies that would ensure the site is as safe as possible for workers and any other people who may be in the area.

Workers need to be instructed to secure all tools and materials, especially when working at height, since a screwdriver plummeting down from 20 stories up can seriously injure or even kill a person at ground level. Operators of cranes and other lifting machinery need to make sure that the loads they are carrying are secure and stable. Supervisors need to ensure that equipment such as cranes and scaffolding are in good working order and safe to use, especially in areas where there are other people around who may not be aware of the potential falling hazards looming above them.

Those who are victims of falling hazards-related construction accidents may have legal recourse to get compensation for their injuries and attendant costs. It is important to engage an attorney experienced in dealing with falling hazards injury cases in construction accidents.