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Oklahoma Traffic Rant

What is it with the traffic in Oklahoma these days? I drive the state quite a bit and it seems to me, no matter which direction I turn, I end up hitting traffic. Tulsa is no good. Oklahoma City is almost as bad. I’m even seeing it in Muskogee.

I don’t get it. The state is massive. There’s plenty of room to spread out. What’s convinced everyone to drive the same way I’m going at just the moment I need to get there.

Now, I expect this stuff when I’m heading into Dallas or Fort Worth. That place is famous for its backups, and it’s a massive city besides. But Muskogee? Come on.

It’s accidents of course. Oklahomans just don’t seem to know how to drive anymore. I’m actually glad they’ve passed a no cell phone while driving law recently. I love my phone, but the number of people I see swerving between lanes or slowing down on the interstate just to drive up next to them and see a phone in their hands, it’s maddening. Drive first, scan Tumblr later. I don’t care about the freedom issue here. I need to get somewhere, and you phone people are too busy driving badly and running into each other.

I suppose I ought to be more worried about getting hurt myself with these people on the road. Apparently, car accidents are the leading cause of injury and death in this fine state. Imagine that, right? I guess we could blame Twitter instead though. Or Budweiser.

Check out some of these statistics I found on an Oklahoma motor vehicle accident attorney website: 2015 had 694 accidents with injuries because of driver distraction in Oklahoma. That’s the FaceBook people right there. Of course, that pales in comparison to the something like 2,300 people injured due to alcohol in the same year.

And the biggest stat of all: 650 Oklahomans DIE each year because of car crashes. And something like 30,000 are injured. There are only like 50,000 people here to begin with! How do they get these people back on the road quickly enough to run into someone else?

I joke, of course. It’s serious stuff, I know, but I can’t help but be frustrated. I’m just trying to get to Muskogee for goodness’ sake. I’ve got business to do there. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shown up late for a meeting because of the traffic caused by accidents. More than a couple times in the last month at least. And now that I’ve looked up those statistics, I’ve got a whole new set of things to worry about.

It’s almost enough to make me want to get rid of the car and start taking the bus. But then, what’s the bus going to do? Just sit in the traffic. I guess I’m stuck dealing with Oklahoma drivers no matter what.

Minimizing Signs of Aging with Fractional Rejuvenation

Skin fractional rejuvenation is a skin treatment that uses lasers to treat a number of skin conditions, such as wrinkles and other signs of photoaging. They are performed using a machine that would emit high-intensity light pulses that would penetrate and heat the deep dermis (of skin layer) and stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin. This would result in fresher and younger-looking skin.

Just as with any type of skin treatment, you have to make sure you are a good candidate for fractional rejuvenation. Talking with your dermatologist can help you understand if the procedure or treatment is right for you, but here are some things that can make you unqualified for a fractional rejuvenation skin treatment:

  • You have a history of skin scarring (such as keloid or hypertropic)
  • You are suffering from a bacterial or viral skin infection
  • You are suffering from blood flow, immune, or skin disorders which can cause healing complications
  • If you are suffering from acne and is using isotretinoin, or have used it within the past 6 to 12 months (it can increase chances of scarring after the treatment)
  • If you have earlier fractional rejuvenation treatments that resulted in changes in skin color, scarring, or fibrosis (thickened tissue)

Factors such as skin color can make results of fractional rejuvenation differ – darker skin tones tend to heal differently from lighter skin toned people. In order to get the best results from your fractional skin rejuvenation treatment, consider a combination of other techniques, such as chemical peels or dermabrasion. Your dermatologist would be able to suggest the best option or method for your skin type and condition.

The Importance of Trucking Company Training

Driving a large commercial truck, whether it’s a tractor-trailer, a tanker, or any other similar vehicle, requires substantial training. Trucks handle considerably differently than most other automotive vehicles, and there are a number of unique factors which truck drivers must be made aware of in order to ensure that they can operate safely on the road.

Trucking companies, therefore, have an important responsibility in ensuring that their workers are trained properly before allowing them to start driving. The unfortunate truth, however, is that far too many trucking companies fail to take the necessary precautions when they hire and train new drivers, allowing those who may not be fully prepared to get behind the wheel.

A tragic illustration of this fact can be found in a case out of Texas. In 2011, Daniel Rhodes was struck and killed by a large commercial truck, the driver of which was attempting to return to the road after another vehicle had forced him off. According to arguments made by the attorney Jim Hart, who represented Rhodes’ surviving family in a wrongful death suit against the companies employing the driver, with appropriate training, the driver would have known not to attempt to get back on the road in that type of situation.

Hart, along with other counsel from his firm Williams Kherkher, was able to recover damages of approximately $11 million for his clients in their suit. However, if the companies had simply made the choice to ensure that their drivers were properly instructed, this tragic situation could likely have been avoided entirely.

Nursing Home Abuse Reports

A report released by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee revealed that abuse occurs regularly in one in three nursing facilities. In addition to verbal and physical abuse, some incidents of sexual abuse occurred. A woman on the board of a nursing home mentioned that grand-scale studies can drum up inflated, and thus, problematic statistics. She mentioned that stringent protocol requires facilities to report extremely trivial incidents, like two residents shoving one another, as abuse.

However problematic the method of cataloging is, the Special Investigations Division reviewed numerous abuse cases much more consequential than patient disagreements. The report showed that of the 9,000 incidents reported within a two-year period, nearly 2,000 of the cases involved serious, possibly fatal, negligence in nursing homes.

Staffing is a major concern in reforming nursing facilities. Many nursing homes hire under-qualified candidates that work double to triple shifts. Additionally, the training that new candidates receive often fails to teach workers practical skills in interacting with high-needs patients. These poor working conditions lead to poor quality of care for elderly residents.

The report also found that the quality of care in not-for-profit facilities exceeded that of for-profit nursing facilities. Many not-for-profit nursing facilities are community-based or religious-based initiatives. The Special Investigations Division posits that since the people working for these organizations tend to be working for more personal reasons, the residents are in a more attentive and compassionate setting.

This leaves the climate surrounding the for-profit facility grim. Of the 17,000 nursing homes in the United States nearly 11,000 are for-profit businesses. In an interview, a certified nurse mentioned that qualified nurses often don’t want to work in nursing facilities because of the low pay and poor working conditions. Qualified nurses can just as easily find employment for better pay and benefits in hospitals or other out-patient care centers.

Actos and Bladder Cancer: A Case of Cause and Effect

Type 2 diabetes, which is also called adult-onset diabetes and non-insulin-dependent diabetes, is a serious illness suffered by many individuals around the globe. This persistent disease influences the body’s behavior in processing sugar/glucose, which is the body’s main source of energy. There are ways to prevent this type of diabetes; however, if unchecked and allowed to develop, it would result to lifetime suffering.

Though anyone can be susceptible to Type 2 diabetes, those who are 45 years old or above and most often inactive, have low HDL cholesterol or a high triglycerides level, hypertensive, overweight and have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or gestational diabetes, are more prone to developing it.

A person will start suffering from the dreaded diabetes when he/she begins to have high blood sugar. This happens when his/her pancreas (the gland near our stomach which secretes the hormone insulin and controls the amount of sugar in the bloodstream) stops to produce, or begins to produce, very little insulin or when it no longer responds to insulin. This sugar or glucose comes from all the food and beverages a person consumes; it is also the cell’s source of energy – the energy the body needs to be able to perform daily activities normally.

In 1999 the oral diabetes medicine Actos (also called Pioglitazone), from Takeda Pharmaceuticals, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for market release. The drug was intended to help Type 2 diabetics control their blood sugar level by increasing their sensitivity to insulin. Actos also helped decrease the amount of glucose that the liver releases and it was claimed safe even if taken without food.

It should be noted, though, that Actos is not a cure to Type 2 diabetes, to which there is no known cure; it only helps the body to manage glucose level and absorption of insulin. In 2008 Actos became the 10th most prescribed drug in the US. Its efficacy was, likewise, recognized in a number of European countries, like France and Germany.

Studies that showed Actos’ effect in increasing the risk of bladder cancer surfaced in 2010, though, and despite the fact that an earlier study, conducted in 2005, already arrived at this same conclusion, this finding was never brought to the attention of the FDA. Cases of adverse effects and deaths due to Actos piled one on top of another. Despite this, Takeda kept denying that Actos increased the risk in the development of bladder cancer. Besides bladder cancer, the drug was also found to cause severe, permanent damage to vital internal organs.

As early as 2011 at least 10,000 lawsuits were filed against Actos’ manufacturer Takeda. The company’s continuous denial of the adverse effects of Actos, despite knowledge of it and the obvious evidences render it much more liable as it openly violated patients’ trust.

Symptoms of bladder cancer include: presence of blood in urine, constant urgency and straining to empty bladder, frequent urination and feeling of pain when urinating.

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