Whether we realize it or not, precious stones have a perpetual spot in our hearts and minds. Be it through grandma’s most precious emerald brooch or your dad’s first diamond studded watch, or your dream solitaire. But do we ever realize that there could be so much more to our favorite gemstones than just joyful nostalgia or wishful thinking? From granting invisibility to absorbing all negativity, we give you the special significance of seven of the most famous gems and how you can wear or gift them.
Many cultures believe that Sapphire protects its wearers from accidents and natural calamities. The stone is also said to soothe the harrowed mind. Many people (especially soon-to-be married couples) are choosing sapphire over diamond as it is cheaper, without falling short of beauty and quality. Sapphire is also said to symbolize the eternal fire of love. It seemed to be Princess Diana’s preferred stone too. She wore it as a sapphire-diamond ring. You can do the same, as wedding bands or anniversary or birthday gifts. Sapphire rings look stunning on not just women, but men too!
A cousin to Sapphire, very few things are as mesmerizing as the Ruby. Ruby is as strong as it is beautiful (it is the second hardest natural mineral). Ruby is often considered as the stone of contentment, and is regarded as a symbol of success, passion, loyalty and sincerity. It is also said to offer insight and ward off negativity. This stone looks perfectly elegant on women and just as royal on men. Rubies set in elegantly cast gold earrings or necklaces for women, and heavy set silver rings for men symbolize the very epitome of grandeur.
The Onyx effortlessly exudes simplicity, edge and a dark charisma. Onyx is said to be the separator. It separates the bad from the good, the darkness from the light, grief from happiness. In olden times, Onyx was considered to grant its wearer with sharp senses, stealth and invisibility. Of late, this stone seems to be a growing favorite among many men due to this its perfect balance of boldness and class. For the perfect anniversary or birthday gift for him, look no further than an Onyx ring set in sterling silver.
The rich green color of the Emerald instantly brings to mind prosperity. However in ancient cultures, this stone was considered as a symbol of stability and genuine affection. It is also said to make the brain sharper. The lush color of this stone also greatly represents “eternal spring” and was Queen Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone. The beauty of Emeralds is that they look grand set in anything- be it gold or silver jewelry. An emerald brooch set in silver is the perfect gift to make the lady feel like the perfect queen, while gold and emerald cufflinks or an emerald set in a gold ring makes the man a king to match.
The world’s hardest substance, the purest form of carbon, a girl’s best friend; diamond is the crown prince of all positive superlatives. And it deserves every bit of it all. Because diamonds are so clear and pure, it comes as no surprise that it is believed to be a symbol of purity, thus becoming the symbol for the purest form of emotions- love. This explains why it is the most preferred stone for the holy bond of matrimony. That, and the fact that they can be carried off by both the sexes with equal panache, in almost every form- right from watches to solitaires to even pens! After all, who can resist these sparkly little splinters of stars fallen from up above.
Josh Ferdinand designs fashion jewelry and is extremely good at that. In today’s post, he has shed light on some of the most precious gemstones in the world and has also talked about their significance.
Emergency room misdiagnosis usually occurs when attending physicians do not realize that a patient may have a certain medical problem. Instead, the doctor makes a wrong diagnosis, sending the patient off with an incorrect treatment plan. Sometimes, patients could suffer additional injuries or complications as a result of wrong or inadequate treatment. Some of these instances result in becoming unnecessarily catastrophic situations, such as the loss of a limb or a fatality.
Unfortunately, sometimes rushed emergency room doctors do not take enough time to get differential diagnoses right. They could fail to refer to or rule out particular problems like appendicitis after ignoring symptoms that match with a correct diagnosis. Another way that these emergency room misdiagnoses occur is when intake nurses, doctors and hospital triage units do not make note of all relevant symptoms. They could neglect to ensure that a complete and adequate patient history is taken.
A hospital emergency room may also not be aware of certain types of cognitive or mental problems existing that could signal an impending or ongoing stroke, assuming that a patient could be slow due to other reasons. For example, those suffering from automobile accidents may receive care that only addresses obvious injuries from an accident, as opposed to addressing the more serious yet subtle effects that could also occur. In these cases, a situation involving a traumatic brain injury could pose much more serious threats. Whether you’re filing a malpractice case in San Diego or you need a medical malpractice lawyer in Syracuse NY, you will be informed that when medical circumstances such as these are not addressed quickly enough, there is a good chance that irreversible harm could occur to the patient as a result. There are also times that a misdiagnosis in an emergency room result in the patient being sent home, when monitoring them more fully could have saved their lives.
Preventing Medical Malpractice
The most important way to prevent medical errors is for you or a loved one to become an active participant in the health care team. This means being aware of how every decision is made about your health care. Patients involved in their own care always tend to get better overall results. For example, ensure that every doctor is aware of all of the prescription and over the counter medications and dietary supplements you are taking. Keep a list of these items and their doses with you at all times – perhaps in your wallet. In this way, you can either easily produce them or they could be found and submitted to emergency room doctors. This information could be critical in determining how doctors will render your care. Also ensure that the doctor is informed of any allergies or adverse reactions you may have had to any form of medicine. Keep this information along with doses of medications and vitamin supplements.
It is always unfortunate to receive a misdiagnosis in any scenario. The results can cause more complications since the illness or injury will not get the proper attention in time. This can also create much more complicated medical issues to resolve. Sometimes, these medical errors can cause medical conditions that can never be reversed, including fatalities.
If you suspect that you or a loved one received a misdiagnosis, contact a personal injury lawyer specializing in medical malpractice as soon as possible. They will evaluate the case and offer guidance on how to proceed. In these cases, should it be found that malpractice occurred, patients can receive compensation for pain, suffering, medical bills and other expenses.
Being aggressively involved in her elderly parents’ care gives freelance writer, Nadine Swayne, the insight to contribute this article. Bottar Leone, PLLC is a medical malpractice lawyer in Syracuse NY that has, for almost 30 years, limited its practice to prosecuting complex personal injury cases for injured or disabled patients. They will be able to help you and your loved one receive the compensation deserved after an unfortunate medical misdiagnosis.
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There’s no doubt that law enforcement steps up their DUI enforcement efforts over the holidays, but what many drivers don’t realize is that a great number of DUI arrests are actually made at DUI checkpoints as opposed to roadside traffic stops. DUI checkpoints can be placed almost anywhere, and if you run into one, there will be no place to hide.
What is a DUI Checkpoint?
A DUI checkpoint is essentially a roadblock that is set up by law enforcement agencies to look for intoxicated drivers. At such checkpoints, officers will stop each vehicle as it passes through to look for signs of impairment, including slurred speech, glassy eyes, the odor of alcohol and open containers. In most cases, officers will also ask drivers for identification in the form of a driver’s license, and they may also check for proper insurance and vehicle registration information.
What are Your Rights at a DUI Checkpoint?
There are a number of rights you have upon entering a DUI checkpoint, but what many drivers don’t realize is that they actually have the right to turn away before entering a checkpoint as long as proper road laws are obeyed.
If you choose to enter the checkpoint, you need to know that law enforcement may not conduct a search of your vehicle without probable cause. Essentially, as long as there is no proof that a crime has been committed, your vehicle can not be searched. If you are asked to take a chemical breath test at the checkpoint, you also have the right to refuse, but this may result in the immediate loss of your driver’s license and an arrest.
Another important right that drivers have at DUI checkpoints and during any other interactions with law enforcement is the right to remain silent. For instance, if you look at local DUI site such as http://www.orlandocriminalteam.com/dui-defense-attorney/, the information listed suggests to not answer any questions and that you do not have to incriminate yourself. If an officer is asking you whether you have had anything to drink, you do not need to answer the question, even if you have. Keep in mind that refusing to answer questions may cause officers to use intimidating tactics that are designed to get you to speak, but if you choose not to respond, then you do not have to.
If You’ve Been Arrested
If you’ve been arrested at a DUI checkpoint during the holidays or during any other time of the year, you should seek out the services of a DUI attorney as soon as possible. Additionally, you should make a mental note of everything that took place during your arrest, including the officers involved, the time, the location and whether any witnesses were present. This will help your lawyer to offer you defense strategies to help you beat your charges in court.
Finally, always remember that while you have rights when interacting with law enforcement, they also have a job to do. If you’ve been drinking and you’ve chosen to drive, you will eventually get caught, and as mentioned, DUI checkpoints can be found virtually anywhere. In order to avoid the possibility of being arrested for a DUI, always drink responsibly, and if you have to get somewhere after you’ve been drinking, find a sober driver or take public transportation – whatever you do, don’t drive drunk.
Nadine Swayne is a freelance writer who contributes this DUI information and advice to stress to think of your family and not to drink and drive over the Holidays. The law offices of Katz and Phillips, P.A. strongly suggest if you do partake in the Holiday celebrations, be responsible. If you need tips on safe driving, http://www.orlandocriminalteam.com/dui-defense-attorney/ will have some good points to keep your Holidays accident free.
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Pradaxa (dabigatran) is a relatively new blood thinning medication that is commonly prescribed to prevent stroke in people that have arterial fibrillation (a-fib) that is not associated with a heart valve leak. Pradaxa first became available to the American public in October 2010. It was previously approved for use in Europe in 2008.
What is Pradaxa?
At first, Pradaxa was seen as having better results that Warafin, the most commonly used blood thinner on the market. Initial testing of the product seemed to show that there was low incidence of side effects when used.
However, less than six months after the medication went into full sales to the public, reports began to surface of bleeding issues related to the use of the product. By December of 2011, a full investigation was underway by the FDA for “serious bleeding events” related to the medication and would start a flood of Pradaxa lawsuit filings by the public.
Pradaxa has been associated with the following negative side effects:
• Spontaneous internal bleeding
• Gastrointestinal bleeding
• Excessive bruising
• Bleeding from the brain
• Renal failure
These adverse effects are more common in patients over 75 years of age. Sadly, this group of people is also in the largest percentage of people who use this medication.
The FDA has stated that Pradaxa, in the first year of its availability to the public, had more reports of problems than any other medication in history. These events included:
• 2367 hemorrhaging events
• 644 Strokes attributed to the medication itself
• 542 deaths
• 291 cases of acute renal failure
• 200 cerebral bleeding events
It should also be taken into account that many doctors fail to report adverse effects of a medication to the FDA.
Additionally, it was discovered that medications and techniques used to stop bleeding events in patients that took other blood thinning medications had absolutely no effect on Pradaxa. Once any type of bleeding event starts on patients taking Pradaxa, it cannot be stopped. This inability to stop any reaction to the medication is what is leading to such high incidence of death and other injuries.
Talking To Your Doctor
If you are being treated for arterial fibrillation and your doctor recommends Pradaxa, it is in your best interest to request more information prior to beginning this type of medication regiment. Discuss with your doctor if the side effects of this medication outweigh the benefits, and ask if there are alternative medications that may be more beneficial to your condition.
Legal Issues and Pradaxa
In August 2012, a U.S. Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) was formed to handle the amount of cases being filed against the makers of Pradaxa. Recently, the court announced that an initial trial date was set for August 2014. This court date surprised many since it was less than two years from the establishment of the MDL. In most cases, a trial date can take five or more years before it is heard by the judge.
Many people will need some medication at one point in their lives. Always talk to your doctor regarding the medication, possible side effects and interactions with any other of your prescriptions. It is also important to do your own research so you can be the educated patient and consumer.
Nadine Swayne, a freelance writer on business and legal topics contributes this article in the interest of patient health. Exposure to health damages or death from a prescription medicine can be devastating but, with an experienced and empathetic attorney from the firm of Doyle Raizner LLP, they will help you handle your Pradaxa lawsuit to ensure your family and loved one gets the proper compensation to begin the healing process.
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Epstein-Barr virus aka EBV, is a member of the Herpesvirus family, together with Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster and is one of the most common human viruses. Usually infection with EBV occurs during adolescence or young adulthood. Later can cause infectious mononucleosis. Like with other herpes family viruses, it is not exactly known what activates the virus. Sometimes is this virus known as so called “kissing disease”. Infectious Mononucleosis is a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and can nest in any body organ. It is a DNA herpes-type virus that infects B lymphocytes in a first phase. Persons with infectious mononucleosis may be able to spread the infection to others for a period of weeks. However, no special precautions or isolation procedures are recommended, since the virus is also found frequently in the saliva of healthy people. In fact, many healthy people can carry and spread the virus intermittently for life.
Symptoms of infectious mononucleosis are fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands. Sometimes, a swollen spleen or liver involvement may develop. Heart problems or involvement of the central nervous system occurs only rarely, and infectious mononucleosis is almost never fatal.
People with viral diseases like herpes is can benefit from a diet high in lysine and low in arginine ratio. The following table is a good start-up point for what you should eat. The higher the ratio than the food is more suitable.
|Weight (gm)||Lys (mg)||Arg (mg)||Ratio Lys/Arg|
|Fruit Yogurt, lowfat||227||810||272||2.978|
|Plain Yogurt, skim||227||1160||391||2.967|
|Plain Yogurt, lowfat||227||1060||359||2.953|
|American Cheese Spread||28||427||155||2.755|
|Whey, dry, sweet||7.5||77||28||2.750|
|Parmesan Cheese, grated||5||192||77||2.494|
|Port du salut Cheese||28||563||235||2.396|
|Processed Swiss Cheese||28||696||293||2.375|
|Mozzarella Cheese, part s||28||699||295||2.369|
|Processed American Cheese||28||623||263||2.369|
|Monterey Jack Cheese||28||578||262||2.206|
|Half and Half Cream||242||568||259||2.193|
|Condensed Milk, sweetened||306||1920||876||2.192|
|Nonfat Milk, dry||120||3440||1570||2.191|
|Lowfat Milk, 2%||244||644||294||2.190|
|Whole Milk, dry||128||2670||1220||2.189|
|Nonfat Milk, dry, instant||68||1890||864||2.188|
|Whipping Cream, heavy||238||387||177||2.186|
|Evaporated Milk, skim||128||763||349||2.186|
|Whipping Cream, light||239||411||188||2.186|
|Ice Cream, rich||148||327||150||2.180|
|Whipped Cream, pressurize||60||152||70||2.171|
|Ricotta Cheese, part skim||246||3320||1570||2.115|
|Cottage Cheese, creamed||210||2120||1190||1.782|
|Cottage Cheese, Lowfat 2%||226||2510||1410||1.780|
|Cottage Cheese, dry||145||2020||1140||1.772|
|Anchovy, in oit, drained||20||531||346||1.535|
|Tuna, in water||165||4480||2920||1.534|
|Flat fish, flounder and s||85||1470||959||1.533|
|Sardines, in oil, drained||24||542||354||1.531|
|Canadian Style Bacon||454||7370||5100||1.445|
|Chicken, dark meat, w/o s||109||1860||1320||1.409|
|Chicken, light meat w/o s||88||1730||1230||1.407|
|Pork loin chop||151||1950||1430||1.364|
|Cream of Mushroom soup||244||127||95||1.337|
|Turkey noodle soup||244||212||159||1.333|
|Beef Flank steak||454||7270||5500||1.322|
|Chicken noodle soup||241||219||166||1.319|
|Beef Round steak||454||7320||5550||1.319|
|Beef noodle soup||244||261||198||1.318|
|Vegetable w/beef soup||244||344||261||1.318|
|Cream of Asparagus soup||244||112||85||1.318|
|Beef T-bone steak||454||6330||4810||1.316|
|Beef Sirloin steak||454||6880||5230||1.315|
|Beef Rib roast||454||6050||4600||1.315|
|Beef Short ribs||454||5430||4130||1.315|
|Beef Chuck roast||454||6900||5250||1.314|
|Chicken, light meat||116||1920||1470||1.306|
|Chicken canned, boned||142||2500||1920||1.302|
|Turkey, dark meat||152||2620||2020||1.297|
|Cream of chicken soup||244||215||166||1.295|
|Turkey, light meat||180||3540||2740||1.292|
|Turkey, canned boned||142||3040||2360||1.288|
|Italian sausage, ckd||67||1020||792||1.288|
|Chicken, dark meat||160||2150||1680||1.280|
|Pork and beef sausage||13||141||111||1.270|
|Bologna, beef and pork||28||250||198||1.263|
|Black bean soup||247||415||331||1.254|
|Bean w/ frankfurters soup||250||415||331||1.254|
|Corned Beef, brisket||454||5100||4100||1.244|
|Ground beef, regular||113||1560||1260||1.238|
|Cream of celery soup||244||73||59||1.237|
|Ground beef, lean||113||1670||1350||1.237|
|Beef smoked, chopped||28||467||386||1.210|
|Caviar, black and red||16||293||254||1.154|
|New England Clam Chowder||244||251||229||1.096|
|Cream of potato soup||244||83||76||1.092|
|Chicken rice soup||241||251||234||1.073|
|Frankfurter, beef and por||45||407||382||1.065|
|Whole Egg, dried||5||155||147||1.054|
|Vegetarian vegetable soup||241||99||99||1.000|
|pea soup w/ham||253||696||703||0.990|
|Lima beans, cooked||170||765||775||0.987|
|Cream of wheat||251||98||166||0.590|
|Pumpkin seeds & squash||140||2530||5570||0.454|
|Grapes, slip skin||153||13||42||0.310|
|Grapes, adherent skin||160||24||78||0.308|