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Amputations: Life-altering changes to the body

Amputations are serious, and they can impact your life in many ways. From losing the ability to use a limb to the physical pain and trauma of the amputation, there are many factors that impact your future quality of life.

Amputation, or the surgical removal of part of or all of a limb, is a medical procedure usually saved only for emergencies. Although that's the case, around 1.8 million people in America live with them. The most common amputation is above or below the knee, which means that those with this amputation may need assistance walking with a prosthesis or by other means.

Talcum powder: A potential cause of cancers

One thing that is always true is that science makes advances over time. With advances in science and medicine, there often comes a time when people discover things that they once thought were safe are not.

Talcum powder has been used for many years to powder people's faces, shoes, hands and even babies' bottoms. Known as baby powder, the naturally occurring mixture is made up of silicon, oxygen, magnesium and hydrogen. It's been in use in the cosmetics industry for over 100 years.

What is a pulmonary contusion?

A pulmonary contusion is a potentially serious injury. It occurs when the lung's parenchyma is injured. This leads to swelling and the collection of fluids, which is known as edema. Blood and fluids collect in the alveolar spaces, which makes it hard for the lungs to function correctly. As a result, those with a pulmonary contusion may need breathing assistance with a ventilator.

Approximately 40 to 60 percent of patients who develop significant pulmonary contusions will need to use a ventilator until the contusion, which is a bruise, resolves. If a patient is not identified as having Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a complication of bilateral contusions, he or she may pass away. The data shows a mortality rate of approximately 10 to 25 percent.

These signs of nursing home abuse could help you avoid trouble

If you put a loved one in a nursing home, you need to know that he or she will be in a safe environment with people who care about his or her well-being. There are many nursing facilities that aren't up to the task, and you want to know that you don't end up working with a sub-par agency.

How can you make sure you choose the right nursing home and avoid placing your loved one in harm's way? Check off a list of abuse you need to look for when you visit the homes.

NBTA Certification

The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is pleased to announce that James E. Yavorcik and Stuart F. Cubbon have successfully achieved recertification as civil trial advocates.  Both have been NBTA members in good standing since 2005.

What can you do if you're hurt while shopping?

Some people enjoy shopping as a hobby. Others do it because they have to. Regardless of the reason, it's a part of everyone's life.

The problem with shopping is that even though it should be relatively safe, you can still get hurt. Lifting something heavy could throw out your back, or you could slip and fall when you're entering a store.

Getting hit by a car in Toledo and the devastation of injuries

Heading to Toledo was a goal of yours. You wanted to go to the college and make your mark. You knew that other students said some parts of the city were dangerous for pedestrians, but you didn't take them very seriously. Today, you regret having that attitude.

In several parts of the city, there are areas where pedestrians are more likely to be injured. There are hills and curves where drivers can't see well, making the area dangerous for everyone. Regardless, the drivers should have been paying attention and accounted for the dangers. If they had slowed down, you may not be struggling with your current injuries.

Amusement parks: Know what to look for before you ride

The list of accidents that has occurred at amusement parks is on the rise, and that's a concern for many singles, parents and children. A report on July 17 talks about the most recent tragedy, a roller coaster collision that happened in Spain. That collision resulted in 33 people suffering injuries.

In New York, a teen fell 25 feet out of a gondola ride in June. In May, a 10-year-old child went over the side of a waterslide in California. Fortunately, neither was seriously hurt, but it does point out the issue with safety at amusement parks. Between falls, scrapes, shocks and lacerations, roller coasters and other rides can be hazardous. Hospital data from 1990 through 2010 shows that around 12 children are treated in the emergency room every day as a result of injuries they suffered at local amusement parks.

Dehydration is a threat to the elderly nursing home patient

Dehydration is a serious problem among nursing home patients. When someone becomes dehydrated, the body simply does not work as well as it could if it was properly hydrated. In severe cases, fainting and even death are possible.

People in nursing homes are more likely to be dehydrated than the elders living in a typical community, according to research. One doctor admitted that dehydration is a significant problem among various countries including the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

A home fireworks display is not legal in Ohio

Every year, there's bound to be at least one neighbor who puts on an amazing fireworks show for the community. No, that neighbor doesn't have a permit, and it's unlikely that anyone will shut down the fireworks display.

Despite the popularity of shooting off fireworks, they are still illegal in personal shows. Home firework displays are illegal for a reason; they put people at risk of suffering serious injuries and causing significant damage to property

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