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Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu with MoistureLoc Contact Lens Solution Investigated as Cause of Eye Fungus

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Contact lens wearers throughout the United States and around the world are being diagnosed with an extremely painful and potentially detrimental eye fungus, called fusarium keratitis. The FDA and the CDC recently announced an investigation into the occurrence of this rare fungal infection, detected in an alarming number of soft contact lens wearers using Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu contact lens solution. As of April 24, 2006, reports stated that the number of confirmed or suspected cases of the eye fungus had grown to one hundred seventy-six.

In an updated report, the Center for Disease Control listed occurrence of the eye fungus in twenty-eight states. Bausch & Lomb initially stopped shipment of its ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution, and then asked retail stores to completely remove the product from their shelves.

The fungal infection is usually found in plant material and soil in tropical and subtropical regions, and is usually contracted when a person is hit in the eye with infected soil, a plant or tree branch. It is not transmitted from person to person and was never associated with wearers of contact lenses until this point. Its high occurrence in users of Bausch & Lomb’s contact lens solution products is quite unusual, while at the same time extremely troubling.

Due to the uncommon nature of the eye fungus, it has gone undetected in many patients for a prolonged period of time. Without appropriate treatment, the infection can scar the cornea and blind its victims. Symptoms may include blurry vision, pain or redness, excessive discharge and increased sensitivity to light. Treatment may include prolonged anti-fungal therapy and even corneal transplant surgery.

Class action suits have already been filed in both Florida and New York on behalf of users of Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu with MoistureLoc product.

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Accidents in the Workplace – How to Protect Yourself After the Accident

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People tend to get a false sense of security that they will always be safe at work. But each year there are many people who fall victim to accidents at their workplace. Many of these accidents should never have taken place and are directly the fault of someone else’s negligence.  Most people believe that if an accident occurs at work the only legal claim they can make is within the workman’s compensation system. That is not true.

Often work site injuries occur at a construction site and are caused by a sub contractor of the general contractor or the owner of the property.  This type of accident is not limited to the workman’s compensation legal system. If a contractor other than your employer causes the accident, you can bring a claim with that contractor’s insurance company.

Even though there are a number of public agencies and regulations available to try to insure your health, accidents do happen – especially when there are people around.

It is your employer’s duty to provide as much of a risk free environment as possible, but again, even the most attentive employer, with all the risk management policies and practices available, cannot ensure your safety all the time.

If you become injured at work, first notify someone immediately and get yourself or have someone to take you to a doctor or emergency room. Be sure you know in advance where your nearest, authorized medical treatment facility is.

Once you are out of immediate danger, be sure to notify your direct supervisor, or whomever you are supposed to report to.

Whether or not you believe the accident was caused by someone’s negligence or not, it would be a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer. When selecting a personal injury attorney be sure it is someone who actually specializes in person injury cases. Some attorneys try to be all things to all people – remember the old saying, “jack of all trades, master of none.” Personal injury is a highly specialized field, and your case deserves to be handled by a lawyer with the right experience.  The personal injury attorney’s reputation  and credibility within the legal community and within the insurance community is very important to obtaining a fair and satisfactory settlement of your claim.

Once you have found a competent personal injury attorney, tell the attorney everything that happened to you and he or she will tell you whether or not they believe you have a justifiable case or not, and how to proceed with your personal injury claim.

It is important that you speak with an attorney before you speak with any counsel representing your employer, so that your attorney can  give you the proper advice to help you to know what to say and to avoid saying something that could jeopardize your case.

You should understand that if you were the victim of an accident at work, you may be entitled to compensation. There are laws to protect you and you have every right to pursue a claim if you have been physically or emotionally injured in the workplace. 

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Budget Car Insurance – How to Save Some Money

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Before you proceed to obtain car insurance, you may need to consider how much you have on car insurance budget. In the present economic meltdown, I am sure you will not mind saving a couple of dollars on car insurance.

The first place to really start is getting quotes from all the insurance companies in your area. The quotes can be compared to find out which insurance company really charges the lowest. This is where people get pissed off thinking how stressful it will be to call up every insurance company in their area. Well, you do not have to do all that anymore. Right in the comfort of your room, using the internet, you can call up car insurance quotes for all the companies in your area within minutes.

This will really help you in making budgets for your car insurance. You really do not just have to settle for any quote, you will only settle for the cheapest quote and most interestingly, you may be surprised that the difference between the quotes may be as high as $800 to $1000.

Are you getting excited? Wait a bit, you can still lessen the quotes you get from an insurance company much more by putting some things in place.

1. Keep your driving history clean: If you keep your driving history clean, you are telling the insurance company that you are less likely to be involved in any kind of auto crash and the reward is a lower quote, much lower than someone who doesn’t have a clean driving history.

2. Don’t drive cars that are too expensive: Expensive cars are expensive to repair when damaged and much more expensive to replace when stolen. This is why insurance companies will not give lower quotes on expensive cars. The only way to avoid getting hooked is finding out how much insurance is paid on the cars of your choice before purchasing such cars.

By the time you get all the above in place, I am sure you would have cut low on your budget for car insurance, much more than you would ever imagine. If you are ready, all you need is your zip code and the most competitive quotes will be displayed on your screen.

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Alcohol Addiction and Alternative Medicine – New Forms of Treatment That Show Promise

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There are many traditional methods to combat alcohol abuse, such as rehabilitation, medication, psychotherapy, and 12 steps programs. Yet, given the limited success of these options, alternative medicine is receiving newfound attention. Indeed, herbal supplements, also known as botanical medicine or phytotherapy, are the most ancient form of healthcare known to humankind. In fact, herbs have been used in nearly every culture in history as an integral part of the practice of medicine and healing.

The word drug actually derives from the old Dutch word droog meaning ”to dry” — as pharmacists, physicians, and ancient healers often dried plants for use as medicines. Even today, about 25% of all prescription drugs are still derived from trees, shrubs, or herbs. The World Health Organization notes that, of 119 plant-derived pharmaceuticals, about 74% are used in modern medicine in ways which correlate directly with their traditional uses as plant medicines by native cultures.

The earliest known texts, with instructions on how to use herbs as medicines, were written by the Chinese around 2800 BC. It is believed that Shen Nung wrote The Great Herbal (Pen Ts’ao) around this time. In this text he cites some 350 plants, many of which are still being used today. Over in India the first Sanskrit medical texts, Caraka Sambita and Sushrata Sambita, similar in age to the Chinese texts, describe the use of 700 plants. Three primary herbs are listed here as having been studied in relation to alcohol addiction.

Many conventional medicines also are derived from herbs such as aspirin, codeine, ephedrine, morphine and quinine, among others. Even the contraceptive pill was originally derived from the Mexican yam. Altogether, there are an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 plants on earth today but only about 5,000 have been extensively studied for their medicinal applications.

One reason for the lack of herbal medical studies may be that herbs, by their very nature, cannot be patented. Hence, drug companies cannot hold the exclusive right to sell a particular one and as a result are not motivated to invest in testing or promoting them. Yet, herbs are readily available everywhere, and many have been studied for their effectiveness in alcohol addiction.

Kudzu (Pueraria Lobata) is an herb that is cooked with food in China, and is also used in traditional Chinese medicine. Its use dates back to an ancient Chinese text entitled Ben Cho Gang Mu (Li, 1590–1596 AD). It is a naturally growing weed, and its root contains three major isoflavones: puerarin, daidzin, and daidzein. Kudzu was introduced in North America in 1876 in the Southeastern US. It was initially used to prevent soil erosion, and it spread quickly overtaking farms and buildings.

Preliminary research suggests that heavy drinkers who take kudzu extract consume less beer when given an opportunity to drink. So kudzu may minimize the chance that a slip will result in a full relapse by reducing total alcohol intake and binge drinking patterns. Yet, kudzu does not seem to decrease the craving for alcohol.

Women with hormone sensitive conditions should avoid kudzu. Some of these conditions include breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. Kudzu may increase the risk of bleeding when used with other drugs that have antiplatelet or anticoagulant effects.

Another promising herb is milk thistle (Silybum marianum), which has been used for centuries in Europe as a remedy for liver problems. This herb has the remarkable ability to protect the liver from damage resulting from alcohol and other poisonings. Milk thistle safeguards the liver and stimulates secretion of bile. It has been used in the treatment of hepatitis and jaundice, plus in conditions where the liver is under stress from infection, excess alcohol, or chemotherapy.

Milk thistle is also known for its ability to clean and rejuvenate a damaged liver. It is widely used to treat alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, liver poisoning, and viral hepatitis, as well as to protect the liver from the effects of liver-toxic medications.

The active ingredient in milk thistle is silymarin, a substance contained in the seeds. Clinical research suggests that when taken orally, milk thistle may be beneficial for decreasing mortality and improving liver function tests in patients with alcoholic liver disease. Silymarin has successfully opposed alcoholic cirrhosis in baboons and was found to be effective against various liver injuries in rodents. Silymarin was studied under controlled conditions in primates, and was found to oppose the alcohol-induced oxidative stress and to retard the development of alcohol-induced hepatic fibrosis.

In human patients with alcoholic liver disease, controlled trials with silymarin showed beneficial effects such as improved survival. Silymarin has been studied most exhaustively in alcohol-induced liver diseases. Total mortality was lower in silymarin-treated patients compared with those receiving placebo. Therefore it may be useful as an adjuvant in the therapy of alcoholic liver disease.

Milk thistle may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, and daisies. Women with hormone sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids should avoid it. Milk thistle should not be taken with glucuronidated drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), atorvastatin (Lipitor), diazepam (Valium), digoxin, entacapone (Comtan), irinotecan (Camptosar), lamotrigine (Lamictal), lorazepam (Ativan), lovastatin (Mevacor), meprobamate, morphine and oxazepam (Serax).

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a woody, hairy, climbing vine. The European world did not learn about it till after the Spanish conquest of America. In 1569, Spanish explorers discovered passionflowers in Peru and called them granadillas (small pomegranates). They believed the flowers symbolized Christ’s passion. Native Americans used them primarily as a mild sedative, and knew these plants by various names¬ such as maracock. The sedative and sleep-inducing effects of passionflower were described as early as the 17th century. The first reports of the analgesic effects of passionflower came from North America in 1867.

Although several species have been used for its sedative effect, including Passiflora quadrangularis, only Passiflora incarnata is processed into medications and teas on a broad, economic scale. It is typically used for insomnia, gastrointestinal upset related to anxiety or nervousness, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and symptoms of opiate withdrawal. GAD is the most common anxiety disorder. Its primary symptoms are anxiety, motor tension, autonomic hyperactivity, and cognitive vigilance.

In a study on passionflower and anxiety, the medication Oxazepam showed significantly more problems related to job performance impairment than passionflower. Results suggest passionflower is an effective agent for the management of GAD, and its low incidence of job performance impairment, compared to Oxazepam, is a distinct advantage. Hence passionflower shows promise as an aid for anxiety associated with alcohol recovery.

More than 500 species of passionflower have been identified, and more than 400 artificial hybrids have been created. In 1995, Germany’s Commission E approved passionflower as an over-the-counter drug for states of nervous unrest. Its worldwide clinical applications are evident in that Passiflora incarnata is cited as an official plant drug in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1983, the United States Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia 1981, the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India 1974, and in the pharmacopoeias of Egypt, France, Germany, and Switzerland. In the US, passionflower is listed on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (CFSAN) Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) list.

Another therapy clonidine medication has been utilized as the main protocol for opiate detoxification for several years. Yet, clonidine has its limitations, including lack of efficacy for mental symptoms. However, recent studies have shown clonidine and passionflower together are significantly superior to clonidine alone in the management of mental symptoms. These findings suggest passionflower can be an effective agent in the management of opiate withdrawal.

Altogether, the recent findings on the effectiveness of herbal supplements in treating alcohol addiction are promising. Ultimately, a comprehensive approach to recovery — including traditional medicine and nontraditional techniques — offers the greatest chance for a complete recovery. When you consider the lack of successful alcohol recovery programs available, all viable options must be utilized in order to help millions who are suffering worldwide.

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How Car Accident Lawyers Protect Your Rights After an Accident

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Car accident lawyers in Albuquerque are often called out in the middle of the night to help clients who are involved in a car accident and accused of being intoxicated. The arresting officer may request you to take the field sobriety test, but this test is not always conclusive, and some people cannot pass it even if they are not drinking. Residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico and visitors alike are all wondering what their rights are when they are involved in an auto accident and the police have charged them with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Albuquerque Attorneys Protect Your Rights

Albuquerque attorneys may advise you that refusing the field sobriety test is ok, but you should make it plain that you are not refusing to take the a breath or blood test. The officer will possibly take you to jail and you should immediately request to call your choice of Albuquerque attorneys. The attorney will make sure that you are tested properly and not charged with DWI if you are not drinking. This is very important when you are involved in a car accident where someone has been hurt.

The attorneys may advise you that after your arrest, you will need to submit a request for an administrative hearing regarding the revocation of your driver’s license to the Motor Vehicle Division of New Mexico. In Albuquerque this procedure must be done immediately in order to save your driver’s license from being revoked by the state of New Mexico. This is a necessary step even if you are not guilty of DWI in order to save your New Mexico driver’s license.

Penalty for DWI in New Mexico You will find that the penalty can be rather stiff if convicted of DWI in New Mexico. That is why it is necessary to contact lawyers immediately from the Albuquerque area to represent you. If this is your first offense you could spend up to 90 days in jail with a fine of about $500. Then there is an additional Bernalillo county court cost of $200. This means that you could end up spending around $700 in fines and penalty costs and losing ninety days of freedom. In some cases the Bernalillo county judge will order you to attend a first offender class, do community service, and serve your time in the form of probation. When you select from car accident attorneys in the Albuquerque area to defend you, then it is more likely that you will get the lesser of punishments. Car accident attorneys in Albuquerque know the judges of Bernalillo County and this will go a long way towards helping settle your case. This is true especially if this is your first time and if you are innocent the attorney will get the DWI charges dropped.

Car Accident attorneys are available for you most any time day, or night and you should not hesitate to call one if ever involved in an accident where someone has been hurt. You will find that in order to prevent unnecessary charges against you, the car accident attorneys will work very hard to make sure that you are treated properly. Your lawyers can work to help you if you have a personal injury and also to make your claim with your insurance company for damages against your vehicle. It is very important to have car accident lawyers help you whenever you are involved in an auto accident.

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Cheap Car Insurance and How to Lower Your Auto Insurance Costs

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Car insurance is required in most of the states of the U.S. The reason for this is that driving can prove to be very costly in case of an accident, so what companies decided to do is to charge premiums that meet a yearly rate in order for a driver to be covered if anything bad was to happen. The cost of having car insurance however, keeps rising and with the premiums as expensive as they are we wonder if there is ever a way of getting low-cost car insurance.

The cost of having car insurance can depend on many things. The thing is that with every car insurance company advertising their lower rates it’s hard for Americans to see the differences between them. Phrases like “GEICO can save you a bunch of money on your car insurance” or “with Progressive you can see the rates of all the other companies, and you will pick us” have gotten to our head, and the honest truth is that the public cannot decide what cheap car insurance is to them.

As said before automobile insurance has different factors in order to be cheap. One is the type of coverage that you have. You can purchase the basic coverage (for most states is Bodily Injury and Property Liability), full coverage (which included everything from paying the damage of your vehicle and sometimes even giving you a rented car in order for you to keep driving after an accident) or somewhere in between.

Most Americans tend to buy their cars through credit that is given to them by the car dealerships. If you have a vehicle that you are still making monthly payments it’s important to know that more than likely you will be required to have full coverage (in case of an accident). For those people that have their cars paid already, they can go with any coverage they want, which would make it less expensive.

Another factor in car insurance is the year, make and model of the vehicle. SUV’s have a better safety rating that sport cars and for this reason insurance on SUV’s would be less expensive. However, SUV’s like Cadillac Escalade’s are stolen more often than any other vehicle and this might make the price a little higher. If you have a family compact car, a mini-van or a pick-up truck, expect to pay less money on automobile insurance than those who have luxury cars, nice looking SUV’s and fast sports cars.

There are many ways of looking for the low-cost car insurance that you need. Before even thinking about getting car insurance you must first do your homework. This requires finding out your state’s auto insurance requirements which include types of coverage required and if your state is a “no fault” state. You can also write your auto insurance profile specifying what kind of car you have, who else will be in your policy, where you drive, what your driver record is and what optional safety features your automobile has.

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Personal Injury Lawsuits: Getting Justice Against Burn Injuries

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According to an estimate by American Burn Association, there are about 1 million burn injury cases in USA every year. Moreover, 45000 of such injury patients require hospitalization. There are burn centers in hospitals specializing in treating patients with burn injuries.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005 stated that burn related injuries are the 5th most common cause of unintentional death in USA. Here, in USA in the year 2005 there were about 1602000 reported fire cases resulting in death and injuries. Everyday people sustain minor burn injuries from hot oil and handling cooking related utensils. But they hardly make it to a court of law.

However, negligence on the part of a manufacturer, employer, etc. resulting in injury or death will surely cause personal injury lawsuit. This is the jurisdiction of a Personal injury attorney. The cause and other related factors will give rise to a strong case of personal injury. The causes of fire may also vary as well as the magnitude of injury-

  • Building fires especially in tall buildings can be catastrophic. Strategies tend to fail as the height of the building increases. However, lawsuit can be filed if the builder or property owner hasn’t complied with government safety standards.
  • Chemical burns can take place in a school laboratory as well as a factory environment. Certain chemical burns are not obvious but can cause deep tissue damage. In case of workplace related burns the plaintiff needs to prove that the employer has failed to provide safety gear, etc. The process of injury can also determine the fate of the case. In case the chemical was inhaled or consumed the defense can say that the plaintiff tried to commit suicide. In case of negligence on the part of plaintiff will weaken his/her case.
  • Negligence is not always necessary to get harmed by a defective product. In case of defective product (design, manufacturing defect or inappropriate marketing) fire injuries, the plaintiff has to prove the product was defective. Injuries can be result of electrocution too. As per US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 400 electrocution related victims every year.
  • Flammable Fabrics Act (1953) regulates the production of flammable clothes. Presence of flammable material in clothing can be proved as mark of negligence.
  • National Fire Protection Association estimated majority of fire related cases occurs in homes without fire alarms.

There are several other types of fires. In any case a legal evaluation is required before claiming compensation from an offender. Denver residents approach a local Denver Personal Injury Attorney who specializes in fire related lawsuits. The lawsuit will be initially filed in the lowest court under the jurisdiction of which the accident occurred.

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