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Even Minor Head Injuries Should Not be Ignored

Even Minor Head Injuries Should Not be Ignored

Most of us have suffered from injuries which we may just try to shrug off. However, Greg Monforton & Partners clients should be aware that even apparently minor head injuries should not be ignored. According to the CDC, an estimated 1.4 million Americans each year suffer from some form of brain trauma, ranging from fall injuries and auto accidents to intentional assault.

The Potential Dangers of Head Injuries:

Head injuries can be a major health concern as the injury may be left untreated if it is misdiagnosed or it has not been diagnosed at all. However, the main risk is that the individual may not realize there is any cause for alarm, thereby delaying vital medical treatment.

There are many forms of head injuries that if left untreated could be extremely serious. A well-publicized case was that of the actress Natasha Richardson. In 2009, she had an accident during a skiing lesson. Richardson appeared fine and was walking, talking and acting normally after the accident, even giving an interview. The paramedics who were at the scene were dismissed as they appeared not to be needed. Unfortunately, just three hours later, Richardson was taken to the hospital with a severe headache and seven hours after the accident, she was in critical condition. The actress died as a result of her injuries two days later, with an official cause of death of “epidural hematoma” resulting from the blunt head trauma from the accident.

“Talk and Die” Syndrome:

This is the term used to describe individuals who have suffered from what appears a mild head trauma. As with the case of Natasha Richardson, the injured person does not exhibit the typical symptoms of severe head injuries such as confusion, headaches, slurred speech or unconsciousness. While the person may appear to be fine, there could be bleeding in the brain, which will worsen and without immediate medical treatment could lead to death.

 

Taking Statins to Lower Cholesterol Is Not Good For Everyone

Taking Statins to Lower Cholesterol Is Not Good For Everyone

If you have any interest in the subject of high cholesterol, you will have heard of statins. These are drugs that lower cholesterol, providing life-saving benefits to millions of users around the world. However, scientists have now proven that despite the advice given, statins are not a good fit for everyone.

Some of the Symptoms

Many users of statins have reported a number of nasty side effects while trying to lower cholesterol levels with these drugs. Some patients, are now seeking advice from an experienced personal injury law firm, that is well versed in medical malpractice. Patients have reported side effects, such as an inability to walk, swollen legs, pancreatic attacks and severe muscle pains. In some cases, patients using a statin called Baycol have experienced a side effect called rhabdomyolysis, which causes the affected muscles to be literally eaten away. This particular statin was marketed by Bayer, and they had to withdraw it from the market.

The Clinical Trials

A major problem that has been encountered, by the pharmaceutical companies exploring the use of statins, has been the clinical trials. Much of the demographic that needs to lower cholesterol levels is middle aged people. As any middle aged person can attest, they occasionally experience the aches and pains that accompany aging. When scientists apply a placebo to a control group, the results are skewed as the data doesn’t reflect these natural aches and pains. One study carried out with 6,600 patients, that could not take a statin, showed that if they were offered an alternative drug, 92% of them could tolerate it. This study, was carried out after the fact, by using a patient database and 4,400 of those patients didn’t use statins again.

Some People Can’t Take Statins to Lower Cholesterol

Scientists have now proven, that some people simply cannot and indeed should not take statins. A recent study was carried out on 409 patients that had been failed by at least two statins already. They were randomly assigned Lipitor or a placebo and then later they were switched. Of the study group, 209 patients or 42.6% had muscular side effects on the Lipitor statin. The placebo results showed no such effects, proving that the statin was indeed causing the muscle pains.

A New Study Shows Using Genital Talc Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk

A New Study Shows Using Genital Talc Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk

A recent study has shown that the ovarian cancer risk for women powdering their genitals with talc is a third higher. The researchers questioned 2,041 women that have ovarian cancer and 2,100 women that did not have ovarian cancer. The questioning was designed to find out which women applied talc to their crotches, feminine hygiene products, and underwear. The results were surprising, the women that used talc routinely in these ways had a 33% higher chance of developing ovarian cancer.

The Ovarian Cancer Risk Study

For women seeking a Windsor personal injury lawyer, the following information may be useful. This study was carried out at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Epidemiology Center in Boston. The lead author is Dr. Daniel W. Cramer, and he stated that it is an easily modified ovarian cancer risk factor. He said that although talc is a considered a good drying agent women should be aware that if it’s repeatedly used, the talc can get into the vagina and their upper genital tract. He finished by saying that if women knew that, “they wouldn’t use it.”

The Ramifications

In fact, Dr. Cramer reported a link between using talc on women’s genitals and a heightened ovarian cancer risk back in 1982 However; this current study was the first to confirm the connection to premenopausal and postmenopausal women that have used hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Cramer has been in demand as an expert in lawsuits against talcum powder manufacturers. In a recent trial in St. Louis, a jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who died at age 62 from ovarian cancer after using the brand’s talcum powder products for over 35 years. Johnson and Johnson maintain that their products are safe and continue to market them as being safe after 100 years of use.