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Is asbestos the key ingredient in your child's makeup?

We have all heard the proverb, "all that glitters is not gold," but in the recent case involving pre-teen accessories boutique Claire's Store, all that sparkles might actually be asbestos. In late December there was a recall which led to almost ten items being pulled from the shelves. All of the compromised products were reported to have traces of the fibrous mineral present. From glitter palettes to bedazzled makeup sets, the cosmetics were marketed almost exclusively to young children. Many families had to learn the hard way that just because something is labeled as a product for kids, doesn't mean it is safe.

Workplace accidents hurt Pennsylvania families

Accidents happen everywhere and practically every day. They occur on the roads and highways that Pittsburgh residents drive and they happen in homes, stores and restaurants across the state. Accidents also happen when Pennsylvanians are at their places of work. When on-the-job incidents result in personal injuries and deaths, victims and their families should know and understand that they have legal rights.

A victim who is hurt at work may be able to recover workers' compensation benefits, but he or she may also be able to seek compensation due to the negligence of another. These recoverable damages may include, but are not limited to, their lost wages, medical bills and their pain and suffering.

Might bed sores be a sign of nursing home neglect or abuse?

Pressure sores, known more commonly as "bed sores," are sores that form when a part of the body is not moved for a long time. For example, an ailing Pittsburgh resident who cannot get out of bed for many days may develop a bed sore if they are left in the same position for much of their convalescence. The weight of the person's body causes blood to be cut off from the location of the sore and the sore forms due to this deficiency.

Bed sores can be a sign of nursing home neglect because they indicate that those who suffers from them have not been moved in a long time. A lack of attention to a nursing home resident and the development of bed sores may rise to the level of abuse if that individual requires assistance and monitoring and those services are not being provided to them. Nursing home residents who are left without care and attention can develop serious medical issues in addition to significant bed sore complications.

Use of anesthesia during labor and delivery poses risks

Every expectant mother should be able to choose the type of labor and delivery experience that best suits her needs and the anticipated medical needs of her baby. For example, many Pittsburgh mothers choose to have their children in alternative birthing locations, such as at home or at a birthing facility, as opposed to giving birth in hospitals. In addition to having a say as to where she will give birth, an expectant mother should have the ability to choose what, if any, medications she will take as she works to bring her baby into the world.

Some mothers wish to experience childbirth at its most intense and forego all numbing medications. Others choose to do everything they can to eliminate pain so that they can enjoy the process of meeting their new children. However, all mothers who elect to use anesthesia during labor and delivery may face complications and birth process problems of their medical professionals do not properly monitor them.

Do you need a biopsy to determine if you have mesothelioma?

After feeling unwell for some time and noticing signs in relation to your body that gave you concerns, you may have finally decided to go to a doctor. You may already have some fears about what any test results may reveal as you worked for years in an asbestos-filled environment and know that you could have considerable risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.

If your doctor suspects that you may have mesothelioma or another illness that could cause similar signs, you may need to undergo additional testing. These tests may include x-rays and scans that help medical professionals get a better view of the potentially affected areas. If the concern for mesothelioma exists, a biopsy will likely need to take place.

Medication mistakes are a big problem for Americans

According to a study undertaken by Johns Hopkins University, the two leading causes of death for Americans are heart disease and cancer. These conditions can be devastating and in some cases affect individuals at random. Worse still is that not all cases of heart disease and cancer are preventable. However, the third leading cause of death according to this study is something that no Pennsylvanian should ever have to suffer: medication error.

Medication errors are preventable mistakes committed by health care professionals such as pharmacists, doctors and nurses. They can include giving a patient too much or too little of the correct drug, giving a patient the wrong drug, and not giving a patient a medication that they need. Lack of training and understaffing can cause patients to be subjected to medication errors, but there are steps that patients can take to avoid suffering harm due to these preventable mistakes.

Driver killed by falling metal conduit in Pennsylvania tunnel

A 70-year-old man who was driving a vehicle for his employer was killed in a tragic accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike recently. The driver, who was from out of state, was operating his rig in one of the turnpike's tunnels when a span of metal conduit fell from the ceiling of the tunnel and crashed into his vehicle. The impact of the conduit hitting the vehicle caused the conduit to break through the vehicle's windshield and hit the driver in the head.

The driver was pronounced dead when law enforcement officials caught up with his vehicle, which traveled about a mile down the turnpike after the incident occurred. It is unknown why the conduit fell from the ceiling of the tunnel and an investigation into the matter is underway.

Can you tell products containing asbestos from those that don't?

Do you live in one of the many beautiful, older homes in Pittsburgh? Perhaps you live in a newer development but work downtown or in one of the cities many old buildings or schools. You may already be aware that there can be health risks working or living in such areas. If you are a proactive type of person, you might have already researched such topics and learned that asbestos presents significant dangers to workers or residents of Pennsylvania who reside or carry out duties in older housing or structures.

Would you be able to recognize an asbestos-laden item if you saw it? Don't be shy about saying no, because most people would answer the same way. You typically can't tell if something contains asbestos merely by looking at it. There are ways, however, to determine whether you are at risk, along with available resources to assist you if you suffer an asbestos-related illness.

Mistakes during delivery may cause cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a potentially life-altering condition that may affect newborns from the moment they enter the world. No parent in Pennsylvania wants to imagine that their unborn child may be afflicted with a serious medical condition in infancy, but cerebral palsy is a medical issue that can manifest at the time of birth. While in some cases a child's inter utero development and exposure to illness may result in a cerebral palsy diagnosis, this condition can also occur when mistakes and problems happen during labor and delivery.

Cerebral palsy is caused by problems with the brain that translate into problems with the body and muscles. A child who is deprived of oxygen during the labor and delivery process may suffer cerebral palsy. While the symptoms of cerebral palsy can be mild in some, for others the condition can impact their abilities of independent locomotion, communication and cognitive power.

Know your rights before entering a nursing home

A Pennsylvania resident has to give up a lot when they decide that it is time to move into a residential care facility or nursing home. They may have to stop driving and may have to rely on others to fix their meals and help them take their medications. They may also need support bathing, using the restroom, and even getting dressed. Entering a nursing home can mean giving up a great deal of independence in exchange for getting help with important everyday tasks.

However, entering a nursing home does not and should not require a person to give up their human rights of respect, dignity and safety. Nursing home residents should expect to be treated fairly and have their legal rights honored when issues arise with their care.