Carpal Tunnel is an insidious syndrome. The reason I say that is because it is such a slow process to reach that syndrome, and yet once you have it, you have to deal with a real struggle that can cost you work and money, all because you did nothing but type away on a keyboard.

Because keyboards are so important to modern work, it’s difficult to avoid many hours damaging your nerves typing away. By typing so often, with your fingers lower than your wrists, you are constantly raising your risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. But what can you do? There are few real options that are effective. You can raise your computer up so that your fingers type upward, but this is not particularly comfortable and often looks ridiculous. I have known some who put boxes under their laptops so the keys are elevated, and it is as silly as you would expect. Otherwise, the best option is simply don’t type. But how far will you get in the modern business world with that?

Now, since you can’t avoid it, once you have developed Carpal Tunnel, you’re in real trouble. You’ll have to rest your hands, no matter what, which means no emails written, no documents typed, no important messages responded to. You have to ice your hands. You may even have to have surgery if the syndrome gets serious enough.

This can obviously lead to a serious loss of income. You may lose your job, or be threatened with it. You may have to hire a lawyer who will defend you and get you placed in long-term disability. Regardless, you are looking as serious expenses for treatment, loss of work, and potential legal issues.

All that, simply because you typed your working hours away like everyone else.

What is most nefarious about this syndrome, though, is simply how slowly it creeps up on you. For me, I was almost sixty when it hit. I’d worked for decades in offices without any complaint from my hands, and then, suddenly, I started getting a numb feeling in my fingers, and when I went to the doctor, sure enough, it was Carpal Tunnel. The diagnosis came when I was the head of my department, in charge of writing up reports on our productivity.

My case was both lucky and unlucky. I was lucky in the fact I had good health insurance and that I could get others to type for me while I recovered. I was unlucky in that I was denied by long-term insurance and had to keep working, keep driving to work (which could be painful) and lose out on needed months of rest to make sure I got completely healthy again.

Nowadays, I’m better, but I’m still constantly wary of any chance that syndrome might return. I take every precaution, including typing as little as possible each day, which certainly affects my productivity.

I can’t be the only one. We need to find a way to change the keyboard or change our communication so that this doesn’t happen so often. The results, once you have Carpal Tunnel, are simply too devastating.


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Colon Cancer

The colon, also known as the large intestine, is the lowest part of the digestive system. Its function is to absorb water and salt from solid wastes (food left over) and then get rid of these after all nutrients have been extracted. A problem that will affect the colon can occur, however, if the growth of the large intestine cells gets out of control. When this happens, the specific resulting problem is colon cancer.

Colon cancers usually start from what is called adenomatous polyps – small, non-cancerous tumors that form on the large intestine’s inner walls. These polyps can become malignant colon cancers over time, though, if these are not removed during a procedure called colonoscopy – when a doctor looks at the intestine’s inner lining.

When malignant tumors grow, it can metastasize, that is travel through the blood and spread to other parts of the body, and invade and destroy other healthy tissues. In 2016, the American Cancer Society estimated 95,270 new cases of colon cancer in the U.S.

Scientists are not certain why cell growth gets out of control and cause the development of colon cancer. They have identified potential factors that can increase the risk of colon cancer, though, including:

  • Damage or mutations to DNA;
  • Genetic predisposition that is inherited from family members;
  • Age, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and tobacco smoking;
  • Diets low in fiber and high in fat, calories, red meat and processed meat; and,
  • Diseases and conditions, including Diabetes, radiation treatment for other cancers, acromegaly (a growth hormone disorder), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Symptoms of cancer usually depend on where the cancer has spread, where it is located and how big the tumor is. Colon cancer patients, specifically, usually feel symptoms only after the cancer has grown. These symptoms are: diarrhea or constipation, changes in stool consistency, rectal bleeding or blood in the stool, pain, cramps, or gas in the abdomen, painful bowel movement, continual urges to defecate, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and iron deficiency (anemia).

The GastroCare LI center, which specializes in GI issues, liver diseases, and nutrition, know that when something is wrong within your body, it can really throw you off and lead to a wide variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms that can all be linked back to some form of internal disorder. Thus, consulting with the right doctors, whether you’ve just started experiencing acute pain and discomfort, or you’ve been dealing with your issues for some time, may help you find relief.


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No one is above the law. This is a saying that has long since been passed down through time as a method of containing chaos and maintaining peace in our time. The law does not discriminate in anything – creed, nationality, skin color, age, or financial class. However much the variables may change, the law and its adjoined consequences are there to be faced by anyone for the appropriate crime.

What, then, are the effects of the justice system to someone on the other side of it – which is to say, on the defending side?

Well, according to the website of the lawyers with Kohler Hart Powell, the consequences of being convicted (or even just accused) of a crime can have extremely detrimental effects on your permanent record. This isn’t a mark that is easily looked over, no matter the nature of the crime or the philosophy that powered the reason why the crime was committed in the first place. Certain opportunities – professional, educational, and even social – will be but a memory from a dream long past. The same may be said for your loved ones or even merely from people who are associated with you or the people who are around you.

There are many things that a reputation can gain for you – and there are many more things that you have left to lose should your reputation be tarnished by a record like this.


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The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers in the U.S. is 0.08%; this can result from consuming 4 – 5 regular bottles beer in one hour. This means that anyone who will be caught driving with this BAC level (or higher) can be charged with alcohol-impaired driving or DUI/DWI, driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated. It is alarming that the highest number of drunk-driving cases, as shown in various researches, involve people between 16 and 24 years old.

Impairment is the primary reason why drunk driving is prohibited. It makes a person less sober, and makes his/her reflexes slower. Besides this, impairment also affects a person’s judgment, perception, coordination, reaction time and general ability to focus on the road.

There is no acceptable explanation to driving while intoxicated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not prohibit drivers from drinking anytime they want and as much as they want; what these agencies prohibit is driving afterwards.

Because of the obstinacy of millions of drivers, drunk driving remains to be a major problem. In 2008 alone, 13,838 alcohol-related fatal crashes were reported to the NHTSA; since then, the number of deaths due to this irresponsible road behavior has never gone down to more than 10,000.

A victim of drunk-driving suffers not only physical injuries and trauma resulting from his/her life-threatening experience. It is very likely that his/her family also suffers financial hardship due to his/her costly medical treatment. Situations become worse if the injury leads to disability as this will mean wages lost and higher cost of medical care.

The law firm Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD, says, “The deaths and injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes are simply unacceptable. Most car accidents are preventable with responsible, diligent, and focused driving. By doing away with reckless, dangerous, and negligent driving behaviors, lives can be saved and injuries, prevented. One way to accomplish this is by holding these irresponsible drivers accountable for their actions and making them pay for the damage they cause.

Of course no amount of money can begin to compensate for the loss of a loved one or the permanent destruction of your health, but making those who have harmed you face up to what they’ve done and take responsibility for their wrongdoing can provide a deterrent to unsafe driving behaviors while helping to ease the financial burden you are suffering in the wake of a serious car accident.”


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Individuals working in the industrial and manual sectors face a significant amount of risk when performing the daily tasks required by their jobs. The type of work required in fields like manufacturing, construction, and mining leave workers open to many different hazards, including constant exposure to toxic substances.

Without proper safety protocols, there’s no doubt that workers who are constantly exposed to dangerous chemical substances could end up suffering from a host of long-term medical conditions. This is why workplaces that require such exposure are expected to reinforce several safety regulations in order to protect their employees from harm. The first line of defense for these employees is the use appropriate protective equipment when working with such substances.

Employers are also expected to set up protocols that will limit each employee’s exposure to toxic material. This can be easily done by rotating work assignments and adjusting work shifts to ensure that no one person spends too much time working on a task that requires being exposed to harmful substances. A safer work environment can also be created by isolating the use hazardous materials in just one particular area of the entire workplace.

While these tips may seem simple enough to reinforce, many employers still fail to provide efficient solutions for prolonged toxic exposure. Many workers in high-risk industries continue to suffer from life-threatening diseases due to this oversight.

Fortunately, employees suffering due to the many harmful effects of prolonged toxic exposure have the option to pursue several legal avenues against those responsible for their suffering. Those that find themselves in significant financial burden might want to consider pursuing a workers’ compensation claim to help cover mounting medical bills and other related expenses. Those in North Carolina may contact a Raleigh workmen’s compensation attorney to learn more about their available legal options.


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When it comes to deductibles, drivers are given a wide range of options. Will they increase it or will they opt for a lower one? This is one area where most drivers struggle. The higher the deductible, the lower the monthly premiums will be. But then again increasing the deductibles can result to financial difficulties for policy holders.

The main reason drivers choose higher deductibles is because they want to lower their monthly premiums. At the same time, it will give them substantial savings. But then you also have to consider the impact it will have on your insurance coverage. So make sure that you can still get something out of your policy with higher deductibles.

Let us say that you set your deductible at $1,000 while it can save you as much as $50 a month on your insurance policy, increasing your deductible may mean nothing if you are not able to afford the $1,000 deductible when an accident happens. So to make your deductible reasonable, consider the amount that you can afford in case of an accident. Set your deductible at that amount and you will realize that your premium is affordable as well.

A high deductible can work to your advantage if you have a clean driving record or have not been deemed at-fault, you are a low-risk driver who can benefit from increasing your deductible. There are some drivers who get as much as 15% savings on their premiums.

Choosing to increase or decrease your deductible requires a lot of thought on your part. It involves a combination of calculation and self-reflection. Whichever option will help you maximize your insurance policy is the best deal when it comes to your deductibles? Remember you want your insurance provider to cover your expenses and not the other way around. For more advice on making changes to your deductibles, contact your local Madison, WI car accident lawyer.


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For workers who job involved in a serious workplace accident that resulted in severe njuries, it is very common to develop complex regional pain (CPRS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSP). This is a chronic and progressive complication is marked by severe or burning pain, inflammation, and skin changes. It can affect the arms, feet, legs, and hands. The actual cause of CPRS is still up for debate, and researchers consider injury or surgery before the symptoms show, although there are many cases where there is no injury and no indication of physical or neurological damage to the afflicted area.

There are two classifications of CPRS – Type 1 where there is no damage that occurred and the trigger is often probable minor injury, and Type 2 (also known as causalgia) triggered by serious injuries that often include severe infection which shows clear damage to the nerves. The treatment for CPRS involves a mix of physical therapy and medication, and would be more effective when done during the onset of symptoms. Although difficult to diagnose, those who are affected should not hesitate in contacting their doctor if they believe that they are suffering from CPRS. Diagnosis, treatment, and medication is vital in handling CPRS.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, workplace accidents are common, and despite worker’s compensation providing financial help, there are times where the injury is too much to bear or the accident was caused by negligence that filing a case is necessary. This is very important if the injury lead you to a loss of enjoyment of life or disabled you to continue your work. Compensation can help in rehabilitation and re-training to help you go on and enjoy your life.


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Everyone experiences inconvenient injuries in their lives that disrupt their daily routines. However, in some cases injuries can be so intensive or disruptive that the victim is unable to work either temporarily or permanently. Luckily, certain benefits are available from the government to help alleviate the cost of not being able to continue employment for this period of time. This can be extremely helpful in these trying times. It is important to know your options in this situation so that you can receive the benefits you are owed.

According to the website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm, there are two main types of disability social security benefits: long term and short term. These benefits are used under different circumstances but both aim to serve the same purpose- to alleviate the financial difficulties associated with a life altering injury.

Short term disability benefits help to restore a portion of you salary once you have used up all of your sick leave. Benefits will restore most of your salary for a short period of time but will be gradual reduced after a period of time. The implication is that the employee will eventually be able to return to work, once they have recovered from their injury.

Long term disability benefits are generally for more serious injury’s that could result in a permanent disability the alters a persons ability to work. These benefits are meant to alleviate the financial burden associated with such an injury and continue for as long as the injury afflicts the victim.

Everyone deserves assistance in times of great personal difficulty or tragedy. When in a situation in which you experience a life altering injury, it may be advisable to seek legal counsel so that you can be sure you are aware of all of the benefits available to you that can help alleviate the financial burden of your injury.


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Nursing Home Abuse

At a certain point in life, our loved ones may reach an age where they can no longer care for themselves independently. At this stage, we often entrust them into the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility. We trust the facilities to properly care for those we love, and to let them lead happy, healthy, lives. Unfortunately, there are cases in which this trust is violated. Occurrences of nursing home abuse are some of the most unsettling tragedies a family can experience. It is important to be wary of these dangers and ensure that your loved ones are receiving the proper care.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, some of the tragic occurrences that can happen under these circumstances include: dehydration, malnutrition, medication errors, negligence, bed sores, falls, sexual abuse, and physical abuse. Far too many people and their loved ones have already fallen victims to their horrible conditions and systemic abuse. Your loved ones deserve kind, experienced professional to care for them and assist them at this phase of their lives. These care takers should be attentive and familiar with your loved ones individual health conditions. At an age where the victims health could be in a variety of precarious conditions, and in which the victims are unable to defend themselves in the place they now call home, these crimes are particularly unforgivable and must be addressed immediately. Look for signs that your loved one isn’t receiving proper care- if they seem listless or distant or if the staff does not seem attentive and appears uncaring.

Instances of nursing home abuse is a traumatic experience for a family to undergo and cannot go on without consequences. If a loved one in a nursing home was injured by another party, it is vital that you seek legal representation for them, as they are owed certain damages for the traumatizing experience.


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Natural aging of the skin is a part of life. Many women strive to maintain their healthy, youthful glow. While there are many options available to achieve this, many women are unaware to some healthy and simple processes that can help with this pursuit. There are many tried and true processes that can help to achieve these goals, which have proven themselves to be very affective over the years. Additionally, new advancements of technology are being made every day in this ares that are creating skin care techniques that were not possible before. One of the newest advancements in anti aging techniques is Clear and Brilliant Laser Treatment.

Laser treatments use lasers to refresh your skin, without the use of chemicals. This process is gentle on the skin and can be used to treat sun damage, wrinkles, age spots and other imperfections of someones complexion. This procedures is done over the course 4-6 treatments. This is one of the most recent technological developments in the pursuit of younger, healthier skin that is changing the way people view modern skin care.

This process differs from traditional Des Moines botox treatments. Botox is another safe option for cosmetic skin care, that involves a series of injectables which help train muscles to relax, preventing the creation of wrinkles, while also allowing some muscle to contract and create natural facial expressions. Botox can also prevent the creation of wrinkles.

Both of the process can be viable options in a woman’s pursuit of younger, healthier looking skin. If you desire to purse your youthful glow, research new and old technology to add to your skin care techniques, and make sure you consult a safe and experienced physician.


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