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All About Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Aug 24, 2019 in Health | 0 comments

Most of us have heard of Alzheimer’s disease before. The symptoms are often utilized as plot points in our favorite movies and television dramas, and because of how common the condition is — many of us likely have family or friends living with the condition.

But, how many of us are actually familiar with the disease? For how widely discussed the condition is, many of us know little about it besides some of the noteworthy symptoms. Consider this blog post an attempt to better educate myself and others about Alzheimer’s…keep reading to learn more!

What is Alzheimer’s?

It doesn’t hurt to start with the basics. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder in which brain cells and their connections die over time, resulting in the loss of memory and other functions. The disease was first discovered in 1906 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer.

According to the National Institute on Aging, the disease is the sixth leading cause of death of death in the United States. However, experts believe it may be the third leading cause of death among older adults.

Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s.

Symptoms

Because the disease is so common, it is important to keep any notice of any warning signs you may notice in your own behavior or that of your loved ones. Some of the common warning signs to look for include:

  • Significant memory loss that interferes with your daily routine
  • Loss of cognitive function — such as loss of vocabulary when writing or speaking
  • Inability to solve problems
  • Sudden changes in behavior that are dramatic and erratic
  • Inability to keep track of time
  • Frequent misplacement of items and belongings
  • Anti-social behavior

It is important to note that the first warning sign exhibited depends on the person in question. Usually, the symptom that usually appears first is issues related to cognition — such as issues related to remembering vocabulary, spatial awareness, and impaired judgment.

If you notice many of these symptoms among you or your loved one, reach out to a medical professional as soon as possible.

Causes and Prevention

Medical researchers have spent their entire livelihoods investigating exactly what causes Alzheimer’s. There are no definite findings yet, but experts believe that the development of Alzheimer’s disease can be linked to both genetics and lifestyle factors.

Genetics. Researchers have not identified a specific link associated with Alzheimer’s, but a certain form of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene does increase someone’s risk for developing the disease in the future.

In addition to the APOE gene, scientists have also classified certain areas of the genome that may be associated with Alzheimer’s.

Another potential cause of Alzheimer’s is lifestyle factors. Eating a nutritious diet, regularly exercising and keeping the brain stimulated may help you avoid developing Alzheimer’s, though there are no guarantees. A newly discussed cause of Alzheimer’s may be sleep deprivation, due to the high levels of beta-amyloid, a substance produced that creates plaques on the brain, produced while we are awake. As a result, it is always a good idea to invest in services like Silent Night Therapy.

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The Nature of Bicycle Accidents

Posted by on Jun 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bicycles are lightweight, cheap, and accessible modes of transportation that are increasingly important to a world increasingly less dependent upon non-renewable forms of energy. On a grand scale, oil and gas will not be around for much longer. Gears and pedals, however, are here to stay.

Unfortunately, just as car accidents are prevalent in life, so too are bike accidents a common occurrence. Even worse, bicycle accidents are more dangerous than other accidents because bicycles lack the protection and safety mechanisms that are found in modern automobiles. If a bicyclist collides with a pedestrian or a car, the bicyclist can incur severe injuries.

I love bicycles and I am interested in increasing the awareness of safety around the topic, so I did some research and found a really important tip on how to prevent bike accidents, in addition to information about the injuries that can result from them:

Always be seen

One of the biggest predictors of bicycle accidents is the visibility of the person riding the bicycle; if the person is wearing dark colors while riding their bike in the middle of the night, accidents are bound to happen. In the same way that drivers ought to drive defensively and always be on the lookout for others’ mistakes, it is in a cyclist’s best interest to assume that others are not paying close attention to the road and the road’s other inhabitants.

Wearing a reflective vest and indicating lights is also a great idea for increasing visibility and equally, the safety of a cyclist. Another idea to consider to improve safety as a cyclist is solely riding in the main pathways of a road — especially within areas that are the most well-lit. There are two reasons to take this into consideration: first, it is easier for cars to see a bike if the rider is in a lit area. And secondly, if a bicycle accident were to happen (even if it is simply a bike crashing into a stationary object), being in a well-lit area is going to increase the chances of being seen by bystanders who can call medical services.

Sticks and stones…

As the law firm Hare Wynn describes, bicycle accidents are particularly dangerous. If a person riding a bicycle accident is not wearing a helmet, the likelihood of traumatic brain injuries resulting from an accident skyrocket. It is crucial to exercise a surprisingly high amount of caution when riding a bike in order to not crash. A small amount of this caution must go toward the precautionary step of wearing a helmet, even on the shortest of rides.

Another large share of injuries that occur from bike accidents are cuts and bruises. While this may seem like a small deal, it must be remembered that even small cuts can result in dangerously large amounts of blood loss. And while bruises are not usually dangerous, if they are deep enough they can cause uncomfortable swelling to the point of cutting off blood flow to tissues.

As you can see, there is no such thing as a small accident when it comes to bicycles. Wear bright colors, keep your eyes on the road, put on a helmet, and know the risks before you step on your pedals!

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More Couples Should Consider Prenuptial Agreements

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Divorce | 0 comments

We all know the story behind the prenuptial agreement. A very rich celebrity couple sign a prenuptial agreement despite claiming they plan to stay together forever. Six months later, they get divorced and somehow, they end up fighting things out in court despite the prenup.

For most of us, this story is full of assumptions about the prenuptial agreement. First, it only applies to the very rich. Second, it’s for flaky people who can’t stay married and never really have an intention to do so. Third, the prenuptial agreement is easily broken and really just leads to more legal headaches. And fourth, the prenup is really just a means of getting attention.

The thing is, all of these assumptions are wrong. The idea that the prenuptial agreement exists solely to help fuel the gossip magazine and reality TV market is ridiculous, when you think about it. The prenup wouldn’t exist if it is was so useless and made life so dramatic for everyone.

It’s time to disabuse ourselves of just what a prenuptial agreement is and what its purpose is. In fact, this agreement can make life a lot easier for many of us, and not just if we’re rich. With such a high percentage of marriages ending in divorce in America, more of us would benefit from the simple, straightforward process a prenuptial agreement allows. To make this a more popular option, though, we need to demystify it and focus more attention on the benefits instead of the negative assumptions.

With that in mind, we need to reestablish, first and foremost, what a prenuptial agreement is. According to Adams Law Firm in Houston, Texas, a prenup is nothing more than “a written agreement drawn up before the marriage. This document can be used to prevent disputes later down the line, should a divorce occur.”

In other words, all a prenuptial agreement does is streamline a potential divorce if it should ever occur. There’s not a word in there about having millions in assets that need protection. So, the first assumption can be done away with. Anyone can have a prenuptial agreement, no matter how much they’re worth. It just avoids future arguments over property and assets.

The above definition also takes care of assumption number 3. Prenuptial agreements aren’t easy to fight. In fact, they almost always lead to a simpler, less expensive, shorter, and less stressful divorce. That obviously makes this a fairly worthwhile thing to consider, since we know about the high divorce rate, meaning this isn’t really about getting attention, it’s just good common sense.

That leaves the second assumption, that only flaky people who expect a divorce draw up a prenuptial agreement. Here’s the thing. We are always told to prepare for the worst-case scenario in every aspect of our lives – except marriage. We should have money saved in case of an accident or in case we suddenly lose our job. We should be prepared for bad luck and misfortune around every corner. Yet, somehow, we’re told not to prepare for that in our own love lives. Why should marriage be any different?

It’s time to move past this prejudice and do the smart thing before we jump into a marriage. It’s time to give the prenup a new reputation, so it can really do its job.

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Easing your Mind When it Comes to Bankruptcy

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

The worst feeling in the world is when you owe money that you don’t have. Your mind is racing trying to think of ways to make ends meet, pay your bills, and avoid the creditors while still living a healthy life. It’s a mentally draining feeling, that can extend into physical exhaustion when times are hectic, and money is scarce. Bankruptcy can occur for many reasons. Anyone who has faced steep healthcare bills, high mortgage payments, or been displaced from work for a while can find themselves dealing with substantial monetary issues and considering bankruptcy.

I found some reading about bankruptcy law, and what exactly the whole process entails. I know the general stigma of bankruptcy; it’s never a good thing to have on your record, and you can’t loan money from anywhere, which leaves you economically crippled. Many people are scared to find out the details concerning how and when to file for bankruptcy. However, when you find the courage to look into it, you’ll see that bankruptcy is a viable option that can relieve a lot of pressure. 

With an attorney’s help, bankruptcy can be filed for a plethora of reasons. Anyone facing issues with medical bills, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance coverage, can get help from an attorney filing for bankruptcy. Retired and active members of the military can use the advice of an attorney to present their case and file for bankruptcy as well. There are many reasons and avenues by which to file for bankruptcy, all of which can be made more accessible and more transparent with the help of reliable legal counsel.

There are many reasons why someone could file for bankruptcy; it could be for healthcare, credit card, mortgage, or bills. The list is long, and sometimes it can feel like there are multiple commas in the total dollar amount owed. Exploring the option of bankruptcy can give you the feeling of and an actual second chance.

In most cases, those who owe money aren’t irresponsible or bad with money; they’re often just plain unlucky. Those who file for bankruptcy often find themselves working diligently to secure a stable lifestyle for themselves and their families, and to see success at it too. My recommendation is this: keep your mind open, and options will appear, many of which will be astronomically better than you ever thought they would. Many people have changed their lives for the better as soon as they opened their minds up to other possibilities, and their mind, spirit, and family have all thank them for it. With competent legal counsel who cares about you and your loved ones, you can find your second chance.

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Most People Need a Lesson in Boating Safety

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It was a beautiful Fourth of July day to be out on the lake with friends, in our rented boat, at least that was how it started.  We were just a bunch of dumb 20 something-year-olds, dancing and drinking without a care in the world.  Then, out of nowhere, some dumb teenage kids, racing jet skis, must have decided to try and see if they could, one-by-one, launch themselves and their jet skis over our above average size vessel.  It should not have taken a genius to realize that this was a horrible idea with quite possibly disastrous outcomes in its future.

We, on the boat, did not realize what they about to do, let alone what they had planned to do, until the first brave, yet also stupid, soul tried to launch himself over our boat, but missed and landed in my sister’s lap.  His jet ski slammed into the water and sent a huge wave our way that almost capsized our boat, at least it felt like it would.

Once we realized that this was just the first of four idiots out there with the same plan, and after we got over the shock of a surprisingly not drunk or half-baked teenager landing in our boat, we next tried to wave off, frantically, by the way, the next wave of teenage stupidity.  There is no way in heaven or hell that the next one could have possibly thought that our waves and yelling were signs of encouragement.  But, bless his probably big heart because he did it anyway.  It all happened way too fast, and they’re way too many other boats around, for us to try and move our boat and avoid all of this chicanery.

I don’t know if he forgot to lift the jet ski, or did get as good of a running start as his other friend over here, but this guy never even left the ground.  He plowed right into us, causing a jet ski sized hole to form right in the middle of our boat.

We didn’t really even bother to look to see if he was alive.  That was his friends’ job.  Instead, we, the boating party, scrambled around for the life jackets, which we learned too late were non-existent on this vessel.

While fully acknowledging that we were about to sink, we all jumped overboard.  Fortunately, we can all swim because we’re all not morons and know basic life skills.

Nearby boats help us into their boats, and gave us towels.

The kids that still had their jet skis picked up their friends and scurried away.  Fortunately, other boat owners out here saw what was happening and called the coastguard, who was waiting for them amidst the crown of party boats.

Needless to say, both this set of juveniles and the people who rented us the boat, who did not give us enough life jackets and recommended this particular spot to park our boat, will be hearing from our parents’ very powerful and very expensive attorneys.

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Everything You Need to Know About Hypnosis and Addiction

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Hypnosis | 0 comments

Addiction Explained

Addiction is a compulsive need and use of substances such as alcohol, nicotine, or drugs. When you are addicted to something, your tolerance for that substance or activity (gambling and porn can be characterized as addictive activities) increases and going without that produces definite physiological changes, and this is known as withdrawal.

Addiction can’t be outsmarted. It is not a defect of character, and it is more than a bad habit. At the root of addiction is often a desire to escape physical and/or psychological pain or uncomfortable emotions. As an addict, It is common to think you are alone in your suffering, but approximately 20.6 million people suffer from some form of addiction in the United States.

How does hypnosis get rid of an addiction?

Hypnosis can help individuals get rid of their addiction in a non-intrusive way. AA and 12-step programs, while effective, are not for everyone. Hypnosis may be a preferable alternative for those who are uncomfortable speaking in groups. Hypnosis can also be a powerful supplement to those who are 12-step participants but want to supplement meetings with more than just focusing on abstinence.

Hypnosis addresses the emotional and psychological issues surrounding the addiction. The philosophy behind hypnosis is not just to encourage a person to stop drinking or using drugs, but to address why they use drugs or drink in the first place. Hypnosis gets to the core of the illness rather than just treating the symptoms. Instead of teaching someone they are powerless against their addiction, hypnosis helps people fix their coping mechanisms by solving their underlying issues.

What are benefits/what can you expect from hypnosis addiction therapy?

The hypnotherapy process puts someone into a deeply relaxed state, a place where you are somewhere between being asleep and awake. You are aware of your surroundings, yet unable to direct your focus which opens your unconscious mind consciously. This allows you to receive suggestions more willingly. Hypnotherapy techniques are created to change brain triggers, stop self-sabotage issues, release trauma and redirect the neural networks in the brain. During work with a hypnotherapist, he/she will explain your behavior to you, create a strategy for change, help you change via hypnosis and/or visualization, and then evaluate your progress. Unlike what is portrayed in movies and TV, hypnosis can’t force you to do anything you don’t want to do. Hypnosis is not magic or party trick. It is a respected, scientific process that helps beat addiction.

The experts at the Orlando Hypnosis clinic say that many people find that hypnosis calms the mind, body, and releases stress and anxiety. For those who averse to taking pills, hypnosis can be a helpful alternative for them. Hypnosis is quick, easy, safe, effective. Those who undergo hypnosis experience fewer, less painful withdrawal symptoms. Hypnotherapy is not just about getting you sober but keeping you sober.  It is important to note that while hypnotherapy is effective, it shouldn’t be used as one’s primary therapy. Do not agree to undergo hypnotherapy treatment with anyone who is not a licensed mental health professional.

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Civil suit strikes West Sacramento

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Kentaro Inoue, a professor at The University of California, Davis, met a cruel death last summer after he was dragged 45 feet by a Waste Management garbage truck. Inoue’s lawyer is now filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Waste Management for damages related to the incident. An article in The West Sacramento News Ledger highlighted the details of Inoue’s gruesome experience.

The professor, a 48-year-old man, was commuting to UC Davis on his bicycle from his home in Sacramento on August 31st, 2016. As reported by the West Sacramento police, Inoue was wearing a helmet and riding in a bike lane as he headed westbound on West Capitol Avenue. Craig Michael Tivey, a driver for Waste Management, was driving a large trash truck in the same area. At the time of the accident, Tivey was at a stop on Poplar Avenue waiting to turn right on red a light. Inoue rode through the intersection and in front of Tivey’s truck just before Tivey turned right onto West Capitol Avenue. At this point, Inoue was in the bike lane directly to the right of the truck and Tivey sped up to pass the bicyclist.

Upon arriving at the El Rancho Mobile Park in West Sacramento, Tivey took a sudden right turn and caused a collision. Inoue crashed into the truck on the right side when the garbage truck abruptly passed in front of his path. After the incident, Tivey told the police “he had heard and felt something” at the time of the accident. However, he assumed he was experiencing engine problems because his truck was in need of repair. A janitor tried to get Tivey’s attention so he would stop his vehicle, but it was too late. Tivey killed Inoue by dragging him 45 feet into the driveway of the mobile park.

Agnew & Brusavich is representing Amy Brown, Inoue’s wife, in a lawsuit against Tivey and Waste Management. They claim Tivey was negligent for mistaking the accident for engine issues. Tivey is also facing vehicular manslaughter charges brought by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. He says his truck’s mechanical problems caused his failure to recognize that he hit Inoue. According to Bruce Brusavich, “Waste Management was grossly negligent in the maintenance of its truck, and it cost Kentaro his life. Tivey had written up engine problems, but if they had been promptly resolved, Kentaro might be alive today.” Tivey will face a separate criminal jury trial on September 25, 2017.

The attorneys at Amerio Law Firm hope this lawsuit will hold Waste Management accountable for their gross negligence. When reckless drivers cause accidents, they should be held responsible for the damages they cause. Losing a loved one is a painful experience that is made worse when their death was preventable. We hope this Sacramento personal injury lawsuit offers community awareness and helps to prevent future risk of serious injury or death caused by negligent drivers.

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Breast Surgery

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Breasts come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes, but no matter what the shape or size, they can create problems. People can find their breasts too big, too small, too low, too different from each other, or just not the shape they desire. Changing the source of an insecurity leads to a happier and healthier life, so cosmetic breast surgeons have spent years perfecting techniques to improve their skills to give people the confidence that comes with the removal of their source of insecurity. These surgeons, such as the cosmetic breast surgeons with Bergman & Folkers Plastic Surgery, can perform:

  • Breast implant removals
  • Breast augmentations
  • Breast reconstructions
  • Breast reductions
  • Breast lifts
  • Breast lift and implant combination
  • Breast implant exchange

Large breasts are not always the goal, they can also be the problem. Large breasts can create back problems from the burden of their weight on a person, severely affect posture, and pose a significant financial burden from the cost of buying specially made brassieres and tailoring clothing to fit over the breasts. A breast reduction can improve all these problems large breasts impose.

Besides augmentations and reductions, the surgeons can also perform reconstructions, which can help recreate the shape and size of a breast after a mastectomy performed on a cancer survivor. One of the most common treatments for breast cancer is a mastectomy, a procedure in which doctors remove the breast. Breast reconstruction is now at the stage in which cosmetic breast surgeons can closely recreate the exact size and shape of the survivor’s breast.

Breast cosmetic surgery can vastly improve a person’s outlook on life by giving them the confidence they deserve, whether it be by reducing breast size to take a weight off their shoulders or by recreating what an illness took away from them.

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Factors That May Influence Child Custody Decisions

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Child Custody, Divorce | 0 comments

Divorce is a legal nightmare. You have to navigate through laws concerning alimony, division of assets, and division of liabilities. But it gets worse if there are children involved, because you have additional laws to navigate through, such as those relating to child custody and child support.

A child custody lawsuit is always the most emotional in the family court. This is because either parent wants to get custody. Whether the child goes to the mother or father, it doesn’t change the fact that there will be major changes in their lives.

But how is child custody decided? There are certain factors that need to be considered.

Earning Capacity

There may be a lot of factors that may influence child custody, but they boil down on the same core idea – it is for the best interest of the child. To determine best interest, each parent’s ability to provide for the child is considered, and this generally means each parent’s financial stability to give the child food, shelter, education, healthcare, and security.

Medical Condition

The physical and mental conditioning of each parent is also considered, because these things can negatively affect the child. Those with physical and mental conditions, such as illnesses and anger management issues, may have a harder time fulfilling parental obligations and may even hurt the child in the long run, so they are less likely to get custody.

Relationship with Child

It is not always about money and health. Sometimes, it is about who is closer to the child and who is doing more for the child, such as on the following domestic aspects:

  • Bonding with the child, like participating in recreational activities
  • Handling the hygiene needs of the child, like giving him a bath and changing his diaper
  • Handling the medical needs of the child, like taking him to the dentist and doctor
  • Handling the nutritional needs of the child, like preparing him meals and packing him lunches for school

Child’s Choice

A child, especially one that is already rational enough, may have a voice regarding custody. However, his choice does not top the other entries in this list, because the best interest of the child is still the absolute criteria for child custody. But in the right conditions, the child’s choice is definitely considered in the decision process in child custody.

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Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage can be a Financial Safety Net in Accidents Caused by Uninsured/Under-insured Drivers

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Drivers and car owners are required to show proof that they have auto liability insurance whenever they register their car and renew their driver’s license; besides these, carrying auto insurance will also save them from having their license and driving privileges suspended, and from being issued a traffic ticket for violation of the insurance law which exists in all U.S. state. However, if they get involved in a car accident which is the fault of another driver who happens to be uninsured, then they end up facing financial problems because the auto insurance coverage that they carry is not for their own sake (unless they reside in a “no-fault” state), but for the sake of the person/s they hurt in an accident.

The results of car accidents often include medical treatment and hospitalization, lost wages due to absence from work, and pain and suffering. To cover these cost and losses, a victim is legally allowed to claim compensation from the at-fault driver (this compensation is supposed to be paid by the at-fault driver’s insurance provider). However, if the liable driver is uninsured, then the victim has no other choice but to file a civil lawsuit against him/her for the purpose of seeking compensation (unless the at-fault driver makes an out-of-court settlement). Meanwhile, as the court case or settlement progresses, payment for all expenses resulting from the accident will have to come from the victim’s own pocket first.

With more than 29 million drivers who freely drive on US roads and highways without carrying insurance, however, filing a civil lawsuit against at-fault drivers is a common incidence. So many drivers who comply with the insurance law are being made to suffer more because of other’s non-compliance with this same law. However, instead of solving the issue by punishing only the guilty and making them pay for the damages they have caused, aside from making sure that they purchase insurance coverage, the solution is passed back to law abiding citizens – by requiring them to get additional insurance coverage, namely, the Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage and Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage.

Uninsured motorist coverage is designed to pay for all economic losses and damages suffered by victims of accidents that are blamable on uninsured drivers; this coverage can serves as a financial safety net in accidents involving stolen vehicles or hit-and-run accidents. Underinsured motorist coverage, on the other hand, is designed to supplement any insufficiency in the policy limit of the driver at fault. A policy may be insufficient to cover all damages if it amounts only to the minimum liability coverage required by a state.

The law firm Mazin & Associates, PC, says that a car accident can most likely result to a grave injury, permanent disability or death for drivers and their passengers, bystanders, motorcyclists, and cyclists. Often, however, despite the obvious harm suffered by victims, at-fault drivers and even auto insurance firms finds ways that will save them from paying victims the amount they are legally allowed to claim. Battling against at-fault drivers and auto insurance firms is the last thing injured victims should be concerned with. It would be wise for victims to let seasoned personal injury lawyers handle this legal battle for them.

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