Information for injured persons and Social Security disability claimants in Texas and throughout the United States. By Robert A. Kraft
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As a part of the 2012 Share the Road campaign, the Texas Department of Transportation offers these tips for sharing the road with motorcycles:
Look twice: Watch for motorcyclists at intersections, where they may be making a left turn, and on the highway, where a motorcyclist may be changing lanes. Regularly check rearview and sideview mirrors, and use signals.
Give them space: Don’t follow too closely. A motorcyclist’s riding patterns are different, and reactions may vary for road or weather conditions. Allow a full lane of travel space between you and the motorcycle.
Anticipate next steps: Give motorcyclists plenty of space to react. This will help to make the road a safe place for you and others.
I have no artistic ability. I can barely draw a stick figure. So I'm always impressed by watching people who can draw, paint, or sculpt. This in an interesting video of creating a water color portrait, in high speed:
FamilyDoctor.org is a good Web site for getting general medical information. You can check symptoms, drug interactions, and much more at this great-looking site. Here is the description of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which is responsible for the site:
This Web site is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organization representing more than 100,300 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students. All of the information on this site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP. Visit the AAFP Web site to learn more about the AAFP.
I like my dentist. And one of my best friends is a dentist. But this article in the Dallas Morning News makes me wonder about the degree of oversight exerted by the state agency responsible for licensing and regulating dentists. The bottom line, according to the article, is that oversight is poor at best. Here are the opening paragraphs:
The agency that polices Texas dentists told lawmakers that it doesn’t have enough resources or legal authority to crack down on careless and abusive dentists.
An advocacy group led the charge against the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, telling a legislative panel that the regulatory board doesn’t do enough to discipline bad dentists or alert the public which dentists have been sanctioned.
“We’ve found [the] board to be resistant, abusive, arrogant toward the public and unwilling to make changes needed to protect public safety and health,” said Gwen Mitchell, president of Houston-based Texans for Dental Reform. “The consensus is that it only has one agenda, and that is to protect its own.”
The board, which oversees 15,000 dentists, 32,000 dental assistants and 12,000 hygienists, has long been dogged by complaints of shoddy oversight that leaves patients suffering and dentists unaccountable.
In response at the House Public Health Committee hearing, board leaders said the agency needs more funding and staff to keep up with the demands of approving licenses and reviewing the 500 to 600 cases it gets each year.
They can range from pulling the wrong teeth to injuring a patient, from abusing drugs to sexually assaulting a patient.
Wow — could this be true? The National Safety Council, in a report issued this month, estimates that cell phone use is involved in 24% of all motor vehicle crashes. That is an astounding percentage, and does not bode well for the future, as more and more people are talking or texting on their phones while driving. The report makes interesting reading. Take a look at it.
Consumer watchdog Texas Watch has studied the insurance industry since 1998. Below is an excerpt from a short report on how policies have changed in the last 10 years to the detriment of Texas families.
Home and auto insurers bombard us with slick ads telling us that we’re in good hands and that they’ll be there for us in our time of need- just like a good neighbor. When we are forced to buy insurance to drive legally on the road or to own a home, we think that we’re paying our hard-earned dollars for peace of mind. But the ugly truth is that deregulation has allowed insurance companies to carve up their policies over the last decade. We’re paying sky-high rates for junk policies that do not cover many of the perils you would expect.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive, incurable form of cancer primarily caused by exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. Close to 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with the cancer each year, with veterans accounting for nearly 30 percent of all cases. Although there is no cure for mesothelioma, the symptoms can be treated with varying degrees of success through the use of surgical procedures, chemotherapy and radiation.
Rarely do mesothelioma sufferers hear “take two aspirin and call me in the morning” when fighting the rare cancer. But researchers at The City College of New York report they have developed a new hybrid aspirin that may become the latest potent cancer fighter. So taking an aspirin to treat mesothelioma might be common in the future, if the results of the study hold true.
In a study published in the journal ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, scientists report that they have developed a new aspirin compound that curbed the growth of 11 different types of human cancer cells in culture. Some of the cancers controlled in the lab included pancreatic, lung and leukemia.
“If what we have seen in animals can be translated to humans,” said Associate Professor Khosrow Kashfi, the principal investigator, “it [the aspirin] could be used in conjunction with other drugs to shrink tumors before chemotherapy or surgery.”
Chemotherapy, which is often the primary modality for treatment for mesothelioma patients, is notorious for its side effects, including low blood cell counts, thinning or brittle hair, loss of appetite and weight, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. This new aspirin, however, has been found to be perhaps safer than the current off-the-shelf aspirin and could limit the dosage of chemotherapy needed for treatment.
“There’s a lot of data on aspirin showing that when taken on a regular basis, on average it reduces the risk of development of colon cancer by about 50% compared to nonusers,” said Kashfi.
However, the downside is that prolonged use of aspirin is associated with bleeding ulcers and other severe illnesses due to its toxicity.
Named the “NOSH” aspirin, the drug developed by the City College researchers is a combination of nitric oxide (NO), which helps protect the stomach lining, and hydrogen sulfide (H2S), which has been shown to enhance aspirin’s cancer-fighting ability.
“The key components of this new compound are that it is very, very potent and yet it has minimal toxicity to the cells,” said Kashfi.
The researchers found that the NOSH-aspirin treatment showed promise in shrinking tumors and slowing cancer growth. In fact, the compound shrank human colon cancer tumors by 85 percent in live animals without adverse effects.
The researchers admit the use of the NOSH-aspirin is still years away and it will need to undergo clinical trials and toxicity testing before approval.
For the 3,000 Americans diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, clinical trials are critical to offering the patients an opportunity to receive new, potentially more effective therapies. If this novel treatment continues to prove as successful on humans as on mice, it could be the breakthrough all mesothelioma sufferers and their physicians have been awaiting.
Warning — do not click on MapCrunch if you have any work you need to do today. This is a site that gives you random photos from Google Street View, from all over the world. It is very highly addictive. In fact it's almost impossible not to click to look at "just one more" photo.