Sunday, 30 December 2012

Increase in California DUI Arrests, Fatalities This Christmas Season


Both arrests for DUI, as well as fatalities and accidents caused by drunk motorists increased this holiday season.  According to information from the California Highway Patrol, between December 21 and December 25, the agency made a total of 1,170 arrests for DUI.  Last year, the number was 980.
This year, there was also an increase in the number of deaths caused in alcohol-related car accidents.  Last year, 14 people died in alcohol-related car accidents over the Christmas holiday season, while in this year, the number of deaths was 39.
These are California Highway Patrol statistics, and information from local police agencies across the state has not yet come in.
The number of people being arrested for DUI is only likely to increase over the New Year's holiday.  This holiday tends to be heavy on drinking, and therefore, the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol spikes during this time, keeping California DUI lawyers busy in the first few days of the new year.
The California Highway Patrol is already planning to help motorists ring in 2013 with a series of sobriety checkpoints and crackdowns as part of the Maximum Enforcement Period.  The Period is expected to begin on December 28 at 6 PM, and continue through midnight of January 1, 2013. 
Additionally, the California Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to report to police when they see any motorists who look as if they're driving under the influence of alcohol.
Start off 2013 on the right note by avoiding driving under the influence this New Year's eve, and hiring a taxi, if you plan on drinking the night away.  If that's not possible, make plans to stay over at your host’s place.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

GAO Recommends States Be Allowed to Invest in New Motorcycle Safety Strategies


Florida, like many other states, receives funding from the federal administration to be used in developing and preventing motorcycle safety strategies.  However, the state is limited in the kind of initiatives that these funds can be used in.  The Government Accountability Office recommends that that situation be allowed to change.
Currently, states that receive federal motorcycle safety funding can only spend this money on certain approved programs, like investments in motorist awareness programs and motorcyclist training.   The Government Accountability Office has reviewed the situation, and recommended that states be allowed to expand the strategies that they use the money on, based on research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 The federal highway safety agency is conducting a number of studies, including one on factors that have increased helmet usage in those states that do not have mandatory helmet laws for all adult motorcyclists.  The Government Accountability Office recommends that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research more issues that affect motorcycle safety, and advises states about spending the federal funds on such strategies. 
For instance, more states would benefit from research that identifies how motorcyclists can make themselves more visible on the roads.  Every Florida motorcycle accident lawyer would agree that a motorcyclist’s chances of being involved in an accident are reduced if he is visible to other motorists.  Increasing visibility for motorcyclists is an important research area, and the Government Accountability Office wants the federal agency to invest in such strategies.
The bottom line is that we need to research more areas in order to develop newer innovative strategies to save lives in motorcycle accidents every year.  Further, states should be allowed to spend federal motorcycle safety funds on new initiatives that can actually help reduce accident rates.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Fois Gras Producer Faces False Advertising Charges


The largest fois gras manufacturer in the country is being named in a new lawsuit that Alabama business dispute lawyers find very interesting.  The lawsuit claims that the company engaged in deceptive advertising by labeling its fois gras production practices as “humane.”
The lawsuit has been filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund against Hudson Valley Fois Gras.  The company claims to be the largest producer of fois gras in the country.  In its advertising, Hudson Valley Fois Gras claims that its fois gras is “humane.”  However, the Animal Legal Defense Fund lawsuit alleges that that claim is completely false, because producing fois gras involves force-feeding ducks, which amounts to torture. The lawsuit claims that the procedures being followed by Hudson Valley Fois Gras are far from humane.
According to the lawsuit, the process of force-feeding ducks at Hudson Valley Fois Gras is painful, traumatic and amounts to torture.  Force-feeding is painful for the ducks, and is physically injurious to them.  Very often, when a bird is force-fed more food than it requires or wants, the result can be fatal.
Force-feeding is common in the fois gras industry, and usually the process begins when the ducks are about 13 weeks old.  This force-feeding causes the ducks’ livers to swell to up to 8 times their natural size.  However, up to 4% of the ducks die from the force-feeding even before they're brought to slaughter. 
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is being joined in the lawsuit by The Regal Vegan, a vegan catering company.  According to Regal Vegan, it produces a fois gras that contains no animal products, and is completely humane.  However, because Hudson Valley Fois Gras promotes its product as humane, consumers flock to buy Hudson Valley products, and not The Regal Vegan’s.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Utah Residents May Be Eligible for Foreclosure Settlement


As many as 16,000 residents of Utah, who lost their homes to foreclosure, could soon be eligible to receive a check as part of a national mortgage settlement.
According to the Utah Attorney General’s office, about 16,000 residents will begin receiving claim forms soon.  The one-page claim forms must be filled out, and returned by January 18.
The checks that these residents will be eligible for are part of a national mortgage settlement between individual states as well as the 5 main mortgage lenders.  Borrowers around the country, who had their mortgage loans financed by Bank Of America, Citibank, Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan Chase and Ally/GMAC, are eligible for checks under the settlement.  The settlement is for $1.5 billion dollars, and is meant to be distributed to 2 million borrowers.
Individual borrowers in the state of Utah, who had their mortgage loans financed by these companies, could be eligible for checks that run into the hundreds of dollars.  According to the Utah Attorney General’s office, most of these people who had their homes foreclosed between 2008 in 2011, will receive checks for between $800 and $2000.
Mortgage loans that were financed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FHA will not be included in this mortgage settlement.  In order to be eligible for the settlement and receive your check, you must make sure that your claim form is completed by the deadline date of January 18, 2013.  There are risks of scams with this particular settlement too.  Salt Lake City foreclosure attorneys are already warning about scams, in which people approach you to pay them to help in filling out the forms.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Fatality Numbers for Distracted Teens Increase

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Pedestrian accident fatality numbers in almost every category of pedestrians are down, but in one category of pedestrians -teenagers- fatality numbers are actually up.  Safety experts are pointing to increased distractions among teenage pedestrians, as one of the reasons for this increase.
Washington DC-based child safety organization, Safe Kids Worldwide has reported increases in the number of teenagers injured in pedestrian accidents.  Between 2006 and 2011, there was an increase of 25% in these fatalities, compared to the figures the previous 5 years.  An analysis of data shows that much of this increase is due to increasing distractions among teenage pedestrians, especially distractions from the use of electronic communication devices while walking.
Teenagers are also at a much higher risk of distracted driving, with teenage motorists believed to be at the highest risk of texting while driving and using cell phones while driving.  In fact, Las Vegas car accident lawyers find that distracted drivers seem to be responsible not just for causing automobile accidents, but also contributing to pedestrian accidents.
This is not the first time that researchers have pointed to a link between increasing teenage pedestrian fatalities and distracted walking.  In 2009, researchers from the University of Alabama published a study in the Journal Pediatrics.  The researchers put 77 children between 10 and 11 years of age through a study in which the children were made to cross a simulated street.  In approximately 50% of the cases, the children were distracted by a cell phone while walking. 
The researchers found that when the children were talking on a cell phone, they paid less attention to the traffic around them.  These pedestrians were likely to be involved in accidents, and were also involved in more near-miss incidents.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Glaxo in Overtime Case


The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the pharmaceutical industry in a lawsuit that analyzed whether these companies need to pay sales representatives over time.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4, defeating 2 former sales representatives who had filed a lawsuit against Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC.  The 2 employees, Michael Christopher and Frank Dunn and, had filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming compensation for overtime for approximately 10 to 20 hours that they worked weekly on an average.  Those hours were outside their average business day, and were spent mostly in visits to doctors to promote pharmaceutical products.
According to Glaxo, the sales representatives were eligible for salary as well as commissions that were based on performance, and therefore, overtime requirements do not apply to these people.  A California court ruled in favor of Glaxo, and the 2 men appealed.  Glaxo holds that these 2 men were “outside sales personnel,” and are therefore not eligible for federal overtime pay requirements.  Now the Supreme Court has also agreed with the appeals court. 
The decision comes as a disappointment to California employment lawyers, but not surprisingly, has been welcomed by the pharmaceutical industry.  The industry had been at a heavy risk of losses if the Supreme Court had ruled that sales representatives were eligible for overtime in this case. 
The decision however conflicts with another deposition earlier by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.  In that case, the judge had ruled that pharmaceutical sales representatives did indeed qualify for federal overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The SC decision has been hailed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which says that if the decision had gone the other way, then the industry would have been financially burdened by overtime payments to sales representatives which would have run into the billions of dollars.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Subtle Brain Injuries Expose Veterans to Risk of PTSD


Extremely mild brain injuries that occur during combat can often expose veterans to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.  These brain injuries are so mild, that they can only be detected through an ultrasensitive imaging test.
According to a new study that has been conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center, veterans who have suffered these injuries do not always lose consciousness.  In fact, the researchers believe that such subtle brain injuries can occur even without loss of consciousness.  However, these injuries, even though subtle, have been linked to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans.
The researchers asked each veteran in the study about his PTSD symptoms of, as well as his exposure to blasts, and mild concussions.  In addition, the researchers measured the level of combat stress in each veteran by questioning them about the intensity of their duties during deployment, and severe combat experiences like blasts and vehicle accidents
The researchers found that out of the 52 veterans in the study, 30 had suffered at least one mild traumatic brain injury, and 60% of the veterans had been exposed to multiple blasts.  All 52 veterans in the study showed symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.  Out of these, 15 met the formal criteria for PTSD.  The presence of PTSD symptoms was directly proportional to the amount of injury to the neurons.
California veteran benefits’ lawyers believe that the results of the study will be helpful in differentiating between symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injury, especially when it comes to symptoms that are very similar in both of these conditions.
The US Department Of Veterans Affairs funded the study, and the results of the study have been published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

Inheritance Cash Loans Are Interest Free


There are several advantages to applying for an advance on your inheritance.  One of the biggest advantages is the fact that your inheritance cash advance is entirely free of interest.
When you apply for a traditional loan, you are expected to put up with hefty interest rates.  These rates are not only substantial, but also unstable.  With a conventional loan, there may be fluctuations in interest rates that determine the amount that you have pay every month.  The loan documents also come with lots of fine print, and good luck trying to figure out what most of it means.
On the other hand, an inheritance cash advance is up front, clear and free from complications and hassles.  You know exactly what you're getting, and how much they probate cash advance company will deduct from your inheritance when the money is distributed to you.  When you receive an inheritance cash advance, you will have all details set out in writing, so that there is no confusion at the time of distribution of the estate.  You know exactly how much the company will deduct in expenses and fees from your estate.
If the probate cash advance company’s terms are not suitable to you, you do not have to sign the papers.  That means no interest-rate fluctuations, and no instability. 
There are many other advantages to taking out an advance on your inheritance.  The money can be used to eliminate many high-interest loans, like credit card loans or student loans.  These are the types of loans that pile up, and eventually force a person into bankruptcy.  In fact, credit card debt and student debt are increasingly being cited as factors in personal bankruptcies across the country.  An advance on your inheritance can help you eliminate debt.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Interest Rates, Retirement, and Housing

With interest rates for home loans at some of the lowest points in recent history (the lowest since the aftermath of World War II), many homeowners and people looking to buy homes are seeking mortgage loans. But another effect that is being observed is the delay in people retiring from their careers.
Several reports cite the survey (Wells Fargo/Gallup) that discovered a large percentage of people have decided to work longer to make up for the poor returns on their investments (low bond yields).
This cycle is interesting as it affects both the housing market and growth of jobs (less retiree relocation and hiring of new employees to replace retirees).
In areas such as San Diego, CA, with many colleges and major industries in biotechnology and government  - this is very evident. The real estate market there is very dynamic and looking at the state of refinances/loans from mortgage companies in San Diego, business are ready to help. As lenders loosen restrictions on loans, property values increase, and hiring picks up, the surge in activity will be very evident. The next cycle will cause a  rise in rates and improve the return of bonds and similar investments. The eventual apex from the trough will then start another cycle.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Tips for Motorcycle Safety This Summer


In 2007, the mileage accident fatality ratefor motorcyclists was approximately 37 times higher than for occupants of passenger vehicles.  Those staggering numbers underscore the severe risk that motorcyclists face in California and around the country.  This summer, the National Safety Council wants both motorists and motorcyclists to take steps to prevent these devastating accidents.
Tips for Motorists
It’s very important that you maintain a good following distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle.
Look out especially carefully for motorcyclists when you near intersections, where a majority of motorcycle accidents occur.
Always check your mirrors before you make lane changes or make turns, and especially when you're backing out of parking lots and driveways.  Remember, a motorcycle is much easier to miss than a passenger vehicle.
Tips for motorcyclists
Never ride without wearing a helmet.  Avoid wearing fancy or novelty helmets, and choose one that is compliant with federal DOT standards.
Avoid distractions while riding.  Motorists have a high risk of being involved in an accident when they're using a cell phone while driving, and those risks are simply magnified for a person riding a motorcycle with little protection from impact.
Avoid lane sharing as much as possible.  This practice is legal in California, but California personal injury lawyers have concerns about motorcyclists who recklessly change lanes, increasing their risks of accidents.  If you must split lanes, stick to safe speed limits, and avoid sudden weaving between lanes.
Use your turn signals properly every time you make a turn, or make a lane change.  Use the signals even if you do not see any passenger vehicles nearby.
The trick to avoiding accidents for motorcyclists is to be as visible to motorists as possible.  Wear brightly colored or fluorescent clothing in the daytime and reflective gear at night.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Decline in Superbug Infections Linked to Hand Hygiene Compliance


It’s not just in the United States that Arizona medical malpractice attorneys have noted a decline in the number of hospital-acquired infections caused by so-called superbugs.  Across the pond too, hospitals have been reporting substantial reductions in the number of these infections after staff began to stress on hand hygiene compliance.
According to the results of a new study that have been published in the British Medical Journal website, a campaign across England and Wales to increase hand washing compliance rates led to a dramatic decline in the number of superbug infections.  The campaign was kicked off in June 2005, at a time when the British public was becoming wary of the high number of hospital-acquired infections. 
The campaign was called Clean Your Hands, and as part of the campaign, staffs at hospitals were frequently exposed to posters that reminded them to wash their hands before and after checking patients.  There were also regular checks to ensure that staff members were complying with hand hygiene rules.  In order to make it easier for staff members to comply with these rules, alcohol gels were placed by bedsides. 
The results were dramatic.  By 2008, there was a dramatic increase in the number of alcohol and soap being purchased by hospitals.  The total volume increased by 3 times, from 22 ML per patient per day to 60 ML per patient per day.
The increasing use of soap and alcohol translated into lower rates of hospital-acquired infections.  The rates of deadly MRSA infections, which are some of the deadliest infections actually dropped by more than 50% while rates of C. diff infections fell by more than 40%.
According to the study's authors, as many as 10,000 lives could have been saved as a result of the increased hand hygiene compliance.

Man Rushing on His Way to Date Arrested for speeding


A 21-year-old motorist, who was pulled over by police for speeding tried to get out of the situation, telling officers that he was on his way to a possibly sexual interlude with a girl he liked.
The man was driving at 111 mph in a 45-mile zone.  Officers quickly caught on to him, and pulled the man over.  He had been speeding for several miles and at some point, he also ran a red light.  When officers questioned him, however, he informed them that he was on his way to have sex with a girl he knew, and hence, the speeding
The excuses did nothing to minimize the charges against him.  He was arrested, and charged with speeding 40-mph over the limit, disobeying traffic rules, and disobeying stop signs.  He was found to be in possession of 2.5 g of marijuana in his car, and was charged with those crimes as well.
He was released on a bond of $200.  The only date that he now has is the one with a judge in a few days’ time. 
Police officers don't usually get this excuse for speeding.  An answer like the one this young man offered might get you a few laughs, but it is hardly likely to make a difference to the charges against you.
When you are pulled over for driving under the influence, or for speeding, or any traffic violations, it is best not to say too much to police officers at the scene.   A San Diego criminal defense attorney has more experience dealing with law enforcement officers than you have, and knows how your rights can be protected.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Videogame Could Help Reduce Symptoms of PTSD

The latest breakthrough in treatment for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is not a group activity or an enhanced counseling technique. Researchers believe that playing a simple video game can be a simple, but effective way to reduce symptoms of this highly debilitating disorder.

The researchers presented their findings recently at the British Psychology Society Annual Conference. They were looking at whether patients, who focused on a visual spatial task that requires high concentration, like playing a video game, could experience a reduction in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

  California veterans benefits lawyers are very concerned about the high incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder among soldiers returning from combat. What makes the problem even more challenging for our veterans is that they're returning to an environment that is unable to provide them with adequate mental health care services. Symptoms of post-post-traumatic stress disorder could include panic or anxiety attacks, flashbacks and depression.

The researchers tested the videogame, by exposing the subjects to a traumatic movie. Granted, a movie does not sufficiently simulate the kind of trauma that a veteran is exposed to in combat. However, the researchers believe that the movie was a sufficient simulation of trauma for the purpose of the study.

The subjects were then asked to perform one of 3 different types of activities within 6 hours after watching the movie. Some subjects were asked to do nothing, while others were given the videogame. The 3rd group of subjects was asked trivia.

The researchers found that the subjects who were asked to play the video game suffered fewer flashbacks compared to the subjects who played trivia or did nothing.

It's far too early to tell whether the game can really be used as a tool to reduce symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, like flashbacks

Friday, 13 April 2012

Burbank Residents Must Take Care to Avoid Accidents on Tax Day

Here’s just another reason why Burbank citizens must avoid waiting until the very last possible minute to pay your taxes. Your risk of an accident increases substantially on Tax Day, which this year falls on April 17.

According to a study that has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Tax Day is associated with a much higher risk of accidents. Most of these accidents involve stressed motorists who are distracted while on their way to the post office to pay taxes, or are in a hurry to make it to the post office before the deadline.

The researchers don’t know why there is an increase in auto accidents on Tax Day, but they do have a few theories. One of these theories is that many people are likely spending sleepless nights just before Tax Day. This possibly increases their risk of being involved in a drowsy driving accident.

Additionally, stress levels are higher during this period of time. Many motorists are distracted by the stress, and may not be able to concentrate on the road. Stress also means increased impatience levels, and more reckless driving. Much of the stress during tax time is due to the fact that the American Tax Code is so complicated, and so challenging for taxpayers to work out. The researchers theorize that many taxpayers worried about their tax payments, are also driving under the influence of alcohol.

The high accident rate on Tax Day is surprising to Burbank car accident lawyers, since the Internal Revenue Service also allows Americans to file their tax returns electronically. The e-filing option, however, doesn't seem to impact the rate of accidents on this day.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Focus on Veteran Brain Injury Awareness in March

The U.S. Army is increasing steps to boost awareness about the prevalence of brain injury among veterans in the month of March, which is being marked as Brain Injury Awareness Month across the country. The Army's efforts are aimed at not just the prevention of injuries during combat, but also the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of brain injury. The campaign will also include efforts to lower the stigma linked to brain injuries.

According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, there have been 229,106 cases of brain injury affecting American military personnel across the world since 2000 alone. An overwhelming majority of those brain injury cases were diagnosed as mild. More than 76% of the cases were thought to be mild, while just over 16% were considered moderate. About 1.6% of brain injuries were considered penetrating or severe.

Even injuries that are considered mild, or concussions, may have long-term repercussions like inattention, loss of concentration, depression, mood swings, and other symptoms that affect the quality of a veteran’s life. That's why it’s so important that veterans and their families be aware about the various degrees of brain injury, treatments and therapies that are available for these.

For instance, California veterans benefits lawyers find that many veterans who suffer a brain injury have little awareness about their injury, because there are no external signs of the injury. The soldier may not have suffered a lack of consciousness, and even if there is a loss of consciousness, this may last for just a few seconds. Soldiers may disregard the symptoms, and fail to receive treatment for these injuries.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Cost of a Probate in California

A probate process can take anywhere from 10 months to years to be completed. During this period of time, heirs have no access to their inheritance. Not only can they not access the money, but they may also have to deal with probate costs.

Under the California Probate Code Section 10810, there is a maximum set probate fee that probate attorneys can charge. However, these fees can be flexible, and the court may order you to pay more in probate costs in some situations.

The probate court fees that are applied in the state of California are standard. For instance, you may have to pay a 4% fee on the first $100,000 of the state, a 3% fee on the next $100,000, a 2% fee on the next $800,000 and so on. The probate costs that you are required to pay will not vary depending on whether loans are involved. That means that even if there is a mortgage on a house that is part of the estate, the attorneys’ fees are calculated not on the mortgage amount, but the total appraised value of the home.

Also, probate costs in California can increase, when the probate becomes complicated. Probates can become more complex when there are unknown creditors who arrive on the scene, or when there's a dispute over inheritance.

Besides attorneys’ fees, there may be other costs involved, including the executive/administrative fees, miscellaneous fees including fees for probate petition, publication fees and the fee for the probate appraiser.

A California probate is not only long, but also expensive. Fortunately, you can tide over some these costs by applying to an inheritance cash company for an advance on your inheritance.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Popular Tax Scams of 2012

From sophisticated identity theft to ‘free money’ fliers in local churches, the Internal Revenue Service is warning against a wide variety of tax-related scams.

The agency is specifically warning about the increasing number of cases involving the use of stolen identification to file tax returns and claim refunds. Persons, who receive a notice from the Internal Revenue Service informing them that there has been more than one tax return filed in their names, must be alerted to possible identity theft. If you have received a notice from the IRS informing you that you have received wages from an unknown employer you have never heard of, that should be another indication that you may have possibly become the victim of identity theft. In such cases, you must get in touch with the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit immediately.

Another low-cost, but highly popular scam that the Internal Revenue Service is warning about is the free-money scams that are perpetrated at local community organizations, like churches. The scams involve the distribution of flyers advertising money from the Internal Revenue Service in churches and other localities. Because churches are tight knit communities, such scams can be allowed to spread unchecked, mainly through word-of-mouth. For instance, unsuspecting taxpayers may be lured in by the promise of Social Security rebates or refunds, which needless to say, do not exist at all.

California tax attorneys are also often called in to undo the damage caused by ‘consultants’ who encourage taxpayers to transfer their assets into trusts, in order to avoid taxes. An offshore trust has its own purposes, and these are always legit and valid. However, to establish an offshore trust for the sole purpose of avoiding taxes is never recommended, and often backfires.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

How does the Location of the Probate Affect Your Cash Advance?

Sometimes, persons who want to apply for a cash loan on their inheritance want to know if they can apply for a loan, even if the estate is located in another state. The answer to that question is ‘yes.’

In fact, it's quite common for persons to be named in a will, when the decedent resided in another state. In such cases, the probate laws of the decedent’s state will kick in, and the probate will be settled according to the laws that apply. Probate laws can vary from state to state, and as a result, the probate process may be either delayed or quick depending on the state. However, that should not make a difference to whether you can apply for an inheritance cash loan in another state.

The location of the estate of the decedent very rarely makes any difference on whether you are eligible for a cash inheritance loan in California. All that is required for you to be eligible for an inheritance cash loan is that you should be included in the decedent’s will. Your inheritance cash advance company will also have questions about your share of the estate, and certain other issues. If the answers to these questions are to the satisfaction of the probate cash company, you may be eligible for a loan.

Typically, when you apply for an inheritance cash advance, there will be no credit check performed on you, and no background screening to find out if you are positioned to handle any liability arising out of non-repayment. If the size of your inheritance is later found to be insufficient to cover the cost of the advance, you will not be held liable, provided that you have been forthcoming and completely honest about all matters related to the estate.

Monday, 13 February 2012

New Institute for Treatment of From Brain Injury in Veterans Opens

The Department of Defense has officially announced the opening of the new Traumatic Brain Injury section of the $1.03 billion hospital at Fort Belvoir.

The state-of-the-art new Traumatic Brain Injury Department was officially launched last week. Brain injury TBI services for veterans will now be consolidated between Fort Belvoir and Walter Reed-Bethesda in Maryland.

The new Traumatic Brain Injury Department combines extensive medical, psychological, physical and educational resources into a single centralized unit to enhance patient care. The center also includes state-of-the-art testing tools for traumatic brain injury, and cutting edge equipment for treatment of veterans who have suffered a brain injury.

According to representatives of the Fort Belvoir Hospital, the Traumatic Brain Injury Department will focus on developing treatment plans are tailored for each patient. The point is not to have one-size-fits-all cures for veterans who have suffered a brain injury, but to look for out-of-the-box strategies designed for individual patients who have suffered these injuries.

The military continues to invest heavily in traumatic brain injury research. Additionally, around the country, California veterans benefits lawyers have been encouraged to see other initiatives to find ways to prevent or reduce the impact of brain injuries affecting veterans. The Cleveland Clinic recently announced a partnership with Case Western Reserve University. The two centers have established an institute dedicated solely to develop prevention strategies for brain injuries. The new initiative will attack not just brain injuries affecting service members, but also those that are caused as a result of automobile accidents and sports injuries.

The Cleveland Clinic is also involved in cutting edge TBI research on its own. The Clinic is currently developing biomarker TBI diagnostic tests and is conducting experiments on an i-Pad app to detect sports-related concussions.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

C.diff Infections Can Be Treated by Enema Transplants

According to a new study, patients who have contracted a deadly hospital-acquired infection caused by the C. diff microorganism may benefit greatly from fecal transplant procedures. It's a gruesome-sounding procedure, but Arizona medical malpractice lawyers are intrigued by the high 9 out of 10 success rate of the procedure.

The infection is caused by the bacterium clostridium difficile, which can cause a dramatic loss of weight, and chronic diarrhea. In severe cases, C. diff infections can lead to other complications, like kidney failure and even a hole in the colon. Treatment is typically a course of antibiotic therapy, and most patients will recover after taking antibiotics. However, in some cases, a patient who has contracted C. diff infection may find that the infection does not respond to treatment, or may recur. In such cases, doctors believe that a fecal transplant could help.

Fecal transplant as the name suggests, is the transplant of fecal matter from a healthy patient into one who suffers from C. diff. A study was conducted by researchers in Canada, who asked healthy volunteers to donate their fecal matter. The fecal matter was then diluted in water, and transplanted into 27 patients who suffered from C. diff infections and did not recover in spite of antibiotic therapy. The transplants were done via enema.

The researchers found that, out of the 27 patients, almost everybody, except 2 patients, recovered from symptoms after the procedure. Most of the patients recovered as quickly as within a day of the procedure.

The higher healing rate with this therapy is good news, especially considering the high rate of serious C. diff infections in recent months. According to researchers, the rate of C. diff infections increased by three times between 1996 and 2005.