Saving Lives the Odd Way

An electric underwear and an anti-rape underwear may sound funny, but in truth, these were thought of as possibly means of saving lives, particularly, the lives of the bed-ridden and of women who may fall victims to rape.

Recently two gears were developed, one in Canada, by Sean Dukelow, a Canadian researcher, and the other in India, by engineering students. Dukelow, whose main concern was to reduce the chances of bed sore development and infection in bed-ridden patients, introduced the electric underpants, also called the Smart-E-Pants. Bed sores or open wounds, according to him, are caused by sustained pressure on the skin of the person who is confined to the bed for a long time. This pressure can slow down the flow of blood in the capillaries or tiny blood vessels, depriving the skin of enough oxygen and tissue nutrients, resulting to damaged or dead tissues. Bed sores can easily lead to infection, even death. In the US, about 60,000 deaths, due to bed sores, are reported every year.

The other gear that was reported to have been introduced in India by three engineering students was the Anti-Rape Underwear, meant to enable women and girls to defend themselves against social, workplace or domestic sexual abuses. The slow move of the Indian government to implement measures that will certainly curb rape crimes was what prompted the three students to come up with the safety gear.

The anti-rape underwear, also called Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE), was reported to be equipped with a GPS and capable of emitting 82 electric shocks, as strong as 3,800 kilovolts, and sending an SMS to the family of the victim and the police.

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Is Gastric Bypass Finally the Cure for Diabetes?

Gastric bypass is a surgical procedure that helps individuals lose weight by altering the way eaten food is handled by the stomach and small intestine. The surgery actually makes your stomach smaller, making you feel already full despite much lesser food intake.

Gastric bypass surgery involves two steps. The first step reduces the size of your stomach by dividing it into two separate sections using staples. The upper section, which is smaller in size, is called the pouch; this is where consumed food is directed. This section is as big as a walnut or an egg and it can take about an ounce of food. This upper section actually removes the whole function of the stomach from the lower section which is bigger in size.

The second step in the surgery is the bypass, wherein a small section of the small intestine, called the jejunum, will be connected to a small opening in the pouch. From the pouch, through the small opening to the small intestine – this will be the new route consumed food will take and since this will make food skip large areas of the intestine and stomach the body will also be absorbing lesser amounts of calorie. Thus, with lower appetite, metabolism is increased and sugar intake, controlled.

But is the surgery really effective in pushing diabetes into remission? To really determine how much gastric surgery can really curb diabetes teams from Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic and the Catholic University of Rome conducted studies involving 200 advanced diabetic patients who are either taking medication of about to undergo weight-loss surgery. The results came as a surprise as the surgical procedure registered between 37 to 95 percent of diabetes remission, a far success compared to drug therapy, which registered a low 0 – 12 percent.

Probably more tests may be required in proving that gastric bypass can really put a hold on diabetes, or maybe not; presently, though, tests confirm that it is an effective solution to diabetic problems, especially in obese patients.

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Health Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning

Keeping your carpet clean does not just make for a nice looking environment, it can also support a healthy environment. Dirt and allergens can get trapped in the fibers of carpet and can trigger allergies that lead to coughing, wheezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes.

Running a vacuum over carpeting can lift surface dirt and dust, but it is not enough to get deep into carpet to remove allergy triggers. Mold, mildew, dirt, and irritants can accumulate deep into your carpet, making your environment a potential allergy hazard, especially for those with asthma and other breathing issues. Professional carpet cleaning expands the life of your carpet and contributes to a healthy environment because commercial grade equipment and detergents removes much deeper than just surface stains and dirt. Carpet cleaners in Austin specialize in deep cleaning, meaning they have the expertise necessary to effectively remove allergens and irritants from your home and workplace.

Of course, it is not reasonable to constantly hire a professional carpet cleaning service. You can elect to deep clean your carpets yourself, but you must be careful, especially if your home already has someone with asthma or other allergy issues living within it. If you do it yourself, then you should use a dry foam carpet cleaner because your carpets will usually drying within a couple of hours with this technique. Routine vacuuming between professional cleanings can also help to maintain the integrity of your carpet. It may only lift surface dirt and stains, but that does prevent them from being ground deep into carpet. If you do chose to hire a professional carpet cleaner, you should ask certain questions in order to be aware of the type of techniques and products used. You should also ask the cleaner which stains they are able to remove and how long it will take for your carpet to dry.

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Workplace Accidents include Plumbing Jobs

Workplace accidents can happen to anyone, especially those who work in the construction industry, including those slated to lay pipes and plumbing fixtures. It is essential that safety regulations and precautions are in place to protect workers in construction as well as other work areas. There are many ways a person can get injured in a work place, even something as mundane as plumbing. Plumbers, actually, may be in for more risk than most people think.

Plumbing is something that that is essential in any modern structure, and yet it is the most often overlooked, since plumbing work is usually hidden from sight. Plumbing does not seem like a hazardous occupation, yet the nature of the work exposes the worker to all sorts of dangers. This is because the work often happens in basements, floors, and ceilings before the structure is complete and side by side with electrical wiring. Plumbers often have to contend with electrocution as well as falling objects, falling from height, and scaffolding collapse.

A recent accident that killed a plumber in California while he was working in a trench is suspected to have been due to electrocution. It is fortunate that in the US, employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. The family of the unfortunate plumber is likely to receive at least some assistance in the midst of this tragedy. As stated in the Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® website, monetary compensation can never bring back a departed loved one, nor does it soften the blow, but it can help make the transition a little bit easier.

However, filing a claim for workers’ compensation is not always easy, especially when it is not a clear-cut case. It may be a really good idea to contact an injury law firm in Franklin to discover whether or not the injured worker or family of a deceased worker gets the proper benefits and compensation. If this is the case, make sure that the Riverside, California attorneys representing you have experience in this type of claim. You should also look for an attorney who will work to help you understand where your case is in the process and will keep you up to date with developments that may occur.

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Damages from Hurricane Sandy

What started out as a low pressure area ended up causing so much damage that it was considered a super storm. Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in the US in New Jersey on October 29, 2012, claimed the lives of at least 125 people and caused an estimated $50 Billion in property damages in 24 states, second only to Katrina which devastated New Orleans in 2005. Business establishments, public works, infrastructure, private houses, vehicles, even something in the ground like a swimming pool were all damaged by the wind and rain sucked in by Sandy for three days before it dissipated.

The law firm of Williams Kherkher which handles numerous Hurricane Sandy insurance claims, states that to this date, the full extent of the property damage wreaked by the 2012 super storm has not yet been determined. About $10 Billion may be covered by windstorm insurance, and many are still in the process of claiming. However, it is likely that many will be denied compensation or not be able to get the full benefit of their insurance.

This is unfortunately how insurance companies work. They are in the business of making money, not protecting their clients. A client is only waited on hand on foot when they are paying premiums or can be persuaded to get even more insurance for this is when the insurance company makes money. When it comes to claims, clients are on their own.

Of course, not all insurance companies are created equal, but in general the three Ds prevail: deny coverage, delay payment, or defend their stance, forcing clients to either give up or go to court. Most clients simply give up, and this is what insurance companies count on to protect their profit margin.

This is not right. However, most people feel intimidated about the notion of filing a lawsuit, especially if they are dealing with a large company. They feel they don’t have the resources to pull it off. But if the lawyer retained knows what he or she is doing, most of the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy occurred outside the courthouse.

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Employment Law

The rights of the American worker and employee are nowadays taken for granted, but it took several decades of lobbying by those representing the labor pool to have a voice in the bureaucracy. It was only in 1913 that the Department of Labor was formed as signed into law by outgoing president Taft; prior to that labor issues were handled by the Bureau of Labor which was under the Department of Interior.

Today, employment law is a highly complex field of practice which is in general pro-labor. Among the more important, and indeed one of the first provisions in employment law is the minimum wage and overtime pay aspects. Originally, the regular work week was pegged at 44 hours, and was later reduced to 40 hours a week, but some employers still try to circumvent the law and neglect to pay the time-and-half required by law for work done in excess of 40 weeks. An article on the website of Wisconsin-based labor law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. point out that employees are often not aware when they are owed overtime pay, and this may constitute a substantial amount if accumulated over time.

Another protection enforced by the Department of Labor is workplace discrimination. According to the website of Ross Law Group located in Houston, Texas, this is something that persists to this very day, and may be based on sex, age, race, ethnicity, disability, and so on. Under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), workplace discrimination carries significant sanctions for the employer and his or her agents.

When employment law is involved, the biggest mistake someone who seeks redress for some complaint is to try to do it on their own. The layman would not have the knowledge or experience to prepare and present a case to the EEOC properly, and may end up losing the case even if the claim is legitimate and with a sound basis in law. That would be a waste. Most labor lawyers work on a contingent fee basis, so it is in the firm’s interest to win all their cases and will invest heavily into that.

If you believe that your employer has treated you unfairly, contact an employment lawyer today to learn more about your options.

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Defective Hip Implants and Personal Injury

Most people take their health for granted until something goes wrong. There is nothing worse than a tooth ache or a Charley horse that will not go away. It can make your whole body and ruin your whole day. Imagine if such pain is yours on a permanent basis as a result of an accident, for instance. The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can be difficult coping with such pain for any length of time, which is why non-economic damages are usually larger than economic ones.

Many people have hip implants to alleviate just such excruciating pain. People suffering from the effects of a hip fracture or arthritis can experience extreme discomfort or pain. In many cases it can get so bad that their mobility is severely compromised. Hip implants are designed to remove the cause of the pain and make the situation more manageable. Replacing damaged body parts with functional synthetic ones is an exciting technological development and many advances will be made in the future as improvements are found.

But sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease. There have been cases where the hip implants were defective, causing complications that seriously compromise the health and wealth of the patient. An article on the website of these Franklin personal injury lawyers mentions metallosis as one of these complications, caused by the metal-on-metal components in certain brands of hip implants. Metallosis is the build-up of metal debris in the soft tissue, which may lead to necrosis, tumors and localized pain.

Defective hip implants will require additional to first remove the device, and another one to replace it. The healing process can be lengthy, and the costs high. What makes it worse is that it should not have been necessary if the manufacturer had done the requisite research to ensure the safety of their product. In such cases, the assistance of an Orange County lawyer would be invaluable to recover damages for both medical costs, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

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The Effects of the BP Oil Spill

It is no secret that the continued health of the world’s ecology depends on a delicate balance of multiple factors. The slightest change is one of these factors can upset it and create environmental problems such as changes in the weather patterns, extinction of a species, or destruction of a habitat.

This is why the BP oil spill is such a big deal; the effects on the ecology is long-term and, without exaggeration, incalculable. Even now, three years down the road, dolphins and other sea flora and fauna are still dying. Experts expect this to get worse. They are still waiting for the effects that are not yet apparent, similar to the catastrophic decimation of the herring population which only became apparent four years after the Exxon Valdez oil disaster in 1989, and that was only 10.8 million gallons. The BP oil spill is estimated at 172 million gallons.

And because the health of most of the people, businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Gulf of Mexico are closely linked to the health of the water, its continued and extensive contamination will radically change the situation in that area, particularly from a financial standpoint. According to the website of the oil spill claim attorneys at Williams Kherkher, BP promised to compensate all those affected by the incident but actually 75% of claims are denied. This can be devastating for those who have a legitimate claim.

For a better chance of success, it is really necessary to get the right legal representation. Some non-profits may also need assistance to recover from the BP oil spill, such as those involved in wildlife preservation, education or disease research. As with individual and for-profit business claims, non-profits may also benefit from the knowledge and experience of lawyers who know the ins and outs of BP claims and the appeals process.

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