May 24, 2018

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An Overview of the Cancer Awareness Months

We all know someone in our lives who has been affected by cancer in some way.  The disease is simply awful, but technological advancements are making cancer more treatable.  Part of the reason technological development has been so successful is because of the increased awareness of cancer.  One of the main reason cancer awareness has increased is because of social media. Through the use of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, society has been able to get the word out about cancer and how it affects so members of our population on a daily basis.

The following is a breakdown of the Calendar of Cancer Awareness Months that have been made public via social media:

  • January: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
  • February: Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month
  • March: Colorectal, Kidney, and Multiple Myeloma Cancer Awareness Month
  • April: Testicular, Esophageal, and Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month
  • May: Brain, Bladder, and Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month
  • June: National Cancer Survivors Day (first Sunday in June)
  • July: Sarcoma Awareness Week
  • August: N/A
  • September: Prostate, Ovarian, Gynecologic, Thyroid, and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Also, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Leukemia, and Lymphoma Awareness Month
  • October: Breast and Liver Cancer Awareness Month
  • November: Lung, Carcinoid, Pancreatic, and Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
  • December: N/A

Each form of cancer is associated with a ribbon color for that month.  For instance, we all know that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is symbolized by a pink ribbon.

During my research, the month of March stood out to me, particularly Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  I was very interested in this specific type of cancer awareness because I came across a thorough article by GastroCare.

The article explained how colorectal cancer is the second deadliest type of cancer.  Each year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with this type of cancer, and of the 140,000, about 50,000 die each year because of the disease.  Even though this type of cancer is especially harmful, the article emphasized that colorectal cancer is treatable if discovered early.  It expressed that 9 out of 10 people who identify colorectal cancer in its early stages are still alive five years later. An excellent way to detect the disease early on is through a colorectal screening.

Before stumbling across this article, I did not know how deadly colorectal cancer could be.  Of course, I knew that cancer, in general, was deadly, but I never thought to consider this specific type of cancer.

Along the same lines, I did not know that such a deadly disease could be so effectively treated if discovered early.   After this, I thought to myself: “What is a good way to spot colorectal cancer early?”  The article suggested getting screened, which is indeed an effective strategy, but people first must be aware of this type of cancer before they seek screening.  A great way to encourage awareness is through the subject of this blog: having a cancer awareness month.  Thanks to my research, I will never forget that march is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

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Sep 28, 2017

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NFL and TBIs

Football has been America’s most beloved sports for decades. The NFL is a multi-billion dollar organization (62.9 billion to be exact, with most teams being worth around 2 billion). A few NCAA football teams are similarly valuable. Throughout the south, high school football is big enough to almost be a religion in itself. No matter where you go, in any city in America, you’ll find people wearing their favorite athlete’s jerseys, arguing about their team in bars, and eagerly looking forward to the next game. Recently, the game has come under scrutiny as more and more research shows the damage it does to player’s bodies and brains. And the most recent game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears has only added to the conversation.

Davante Adams, a wide receiver for the Packers, was going to catch a pass. He had the ball in his hands and was being brought down in a tackle by one of the Bears’ defenders. But even though he was going down, another man charged in. Danny Trevathan struck Adams’ helmet with his own, knocking out the receiver’s mouthpiece and sending him to the ground. Adams lay motionless for several seconds before showing signs of moving but still had to be carried off of the field on a stretcher. The Packers’ offense argued with the defense for several minutes, almost resulting in a fight, before being separated by the refs and resuming play. Adams’ status is still in the air. But a big hit like this is always a cause for concern.

Brain injuries are a serious problem in the US. According to The Benton Law Firm’s website, around 1.7 million Americas suffer from a TBI every year. And the consequences of the can be devastating. A serious brain injury will have lifelong consequences, affecting everything from coordination to memory to language skills. Repeated TBIs, like those that might be suffered by an athlete in a sport such as football, can lead to even more serious consequences- mood swings, permanently impaired memory, drastic personality changes, and much more. And as a result, public perception of football has been slowly shifting.

So far, there hasn’t been much of an effect on viewership of the sport. But the NFL is still in trouble. Investigations over the past few years revealed that the organization had been conspiring to hide evidence of the damage the sport did to players. And despite taking some steps to try to limit the damage done to players, there’s still much controversy about if they’ve done enough. Take the injury to Adams. Despite what many people are calling a flagrant intentional hit by Trevathan, they have not taken any disciplinary action against them. Many people feel that if the NFL is serious about protecting its players, they need to impose harsher penalties on those responsible for serious injuries. What happens next is unclear. But no matter what, it seems like big changes are in store for the organization.

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Jun 3, 2016

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How To Reinstate A Driver’s License

There are many reasons why your driver’s license can be suspended or your driving privileges revoked. One of the reasons for the suspension of your license is that you have accumulated too many traffic violations or speeding tickets. Another reason is that you have accumulated too many driving record points. In addition, your license can also be suspended for being apprehended for DUI/DWI.

Once your license has been suspended, your state may likely require you to stop driving for a certain period of time. Another option will be to make you enroll in a defensive driving course or traffic school. But don’t you worry because you can still have your license reinstated. You will need to get an SR-22 as it is a requirement for reinstatement of your license.

Reinstating Your License

If your license has been suspended, you can check a copy of your Official Driver Record or ODR to download and print a certified copy of the said document. It will include a letter of recommendation from the Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV). The ODR may also include other reinstatement requirements that needs to be satisfied first before your license is reinstated.

If a court ordered the indefinite suspension of your license, then you must get in touch with that court so you will know who will approve the requirements. The BMV will only accept documentation from the court ordering the lifting of the suspension of your license. If the license suspension is administrative in nature then you should revuew it to determine the procedure on how to meet reinstatement requirements.

It is worth noting that only your insurance provider is authorized to submit proof of financial responsibility to the BMV. Showing a law enforcer your insurance cards is not enough to meet the reinstatement requirement set forth by the BMV. Only your provider can show proof of insurance for you. Make sure that all the necessary reinstatement fees have been paid in full. The cost of the reinstatement is likewise listed on your ODR. To settle the fees, you must log into your myBMV.com account. Payment by phone is also allowed using the access code that is indicated in your notice.

Unless expired, revoked, or invalidated, your license will be reinstated after satisfying all the requirements listed on the ODR. To check the status of your licesne, you can occassional visit myBMV.com. If your license was taken by a law enforcer, you need to visit the nearest BMV branch or apply for a replacement license through your BMV account. For additional help, contact your local Franklin, WI car accident lawyer.

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Jan 25, 2016

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Grief and Loss Therapy

Unfortunately, losing a loved one is an inevitable part of most individual’s lives. When this happens, it is normal to grieve for some amount of time. However, when dealing with such a loss, many can feel overwhelmed and unable to deal with the intense emotions that come with such an event. When an individual becomes unable to cope with their loss on their own, seeking help from a grief counselor can provide immense benefits.

Losing someone close to us is expected to be painful and riddled with grief. Many will go through different emotions depending on their relationship to the deceased and how they have been taught to cope with difficult situations. Many can, however, turn to unhealthy coping techniques such as heavy drinking and become angry or depressed. This can lead to behavior such as social isolation, irritability, anxiety, and have a negative impact on your relationships.

According to the website of The Solace Center, after a loss, people can find healing and self-awareness in therapy leading to healthier ways of coping with such a loss. Dealing with such immense grief is an individual experience that is different for everyone, meaning that “tried and true” ways of dealing with a death might not be the best solution for you. By going to therapy and discussing the grief you feel, you can find personalized ways to reach acceptance of such a loss. While the pain of losing a loved one never goes away entirely, with proper counseling, you can cope with your grief in a healthy way.

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Sep 25, 2015

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Types of EB-1 Visa, the Persons These may be Granted to and the Specific Requirements Under Each Type

The EB-1 visa, which is an Employment-based First Preference Immigration petition, is granted to foreign nationals who can be classified as “priority workers,” that is, individuals who are recognized as the most able and accomplished in their chosen field. As priority workers, they are given the opportunity to continue their work as well as (permanently) reside in the US. There are three types of the EB-1 visa that is granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These types, the specific persons who may be granted it and the specific requirements that will have to be met to be considered eligible for it, are as follows:

1. EB-1A Visa or Extraordinary Ability Category. Thus far the most advantageous immigration visa granted by the US government, this EB-1A or EB 1-1 visa is conferred to aliens with extraordinary ability in the field of science, arts, education, business, or sports. This ability should have been shown and proven through sustained acclaim, nationally or internationally, and the accomplishments, recognized internationally through a major international award (similar to a Pulitzer Prize, a Nobel Prize, or an Olympic Gold Medal). The absence of a major international award can be offset, though, by presenting evidences in at least 3 of the following (10) criteria:

  • Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the chosen field of endeavor
  • Membership in associations that require no less than outstanding achievements from their members (achievements are determined as outstanding or not by respected national or international experts in the same field)
  • Information about the foreign national and his/her work or extraordinary skills that is published in professional or major trade publications or major media
  • Having judged, whether individually or as a member of a panel, the work of others in the same field or similar discipline
  • Contribution of an original (piece of work or idea) that has a major significance in the field of science, education, arts, sports, or business
  • Published scholarly articles(authored by the foreign national) in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  • Original work displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases
  • Performance of a critical or lead role in a distinguished organization
  • Salary or remuneration that is significantly higher compared to others in the same field
  • Commercial successes in the performing arts

Qualifying for an EB-1A visa presents many advantages, including: exemption from labor certification; exemption from having to present a job offer from an American employer; faster time (compared to EB-2 and EB-3 immigration categories) in obtaining a Green Card; the petitioner, or the qualified foreign national, can also immediately provide a green card for his/her spouse and unmarried children (under the age of 21); and, the alien with an extraordinary ability can also petition himself/herself.

2. EB-1B/EB1-OR Visa or Outstanding Professors and Researchers Category. This type of visa is granted to professors or researchers who are recognized as outstanding performers in the academic field and so are offered employment (in the US) by a US employer. For the prospected outstanding professor or researcher to be granted a US visa, the US employer intending to hire him/her should:

A. Accomplish Form I-140, an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. Form I-140 is a request made with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to classify a foreign national as eligible for an employment-based immigrant visa;

B. Attach a permanent job offer letter to Form I-140; and,

C. Submit evidence of foreign national’s (at least three years) teaching or research experience and documents that will prove that at least two of the following criteria are met:

  • Receipt of major prizes/awards for outstanding achievement
  • Membership in associations that require no less than outstanding achievements from
    their members
  • Materials about the alien’s work in the academic field which others wrote and which
    are published in professional publications
  • Participating as judge, either as a member of a panel or alone, in judging the work of
    others in the same or related academic field
  • Contribution of original scientific or scholarly research in his/her chosen field
  • Authorship of scholarly articles or books in his/her field which are printed in
    scholarly journals with international circulation

3. EB-1C or Multinational Manager or Executive Category. The EB-1C visa, which is another type of visa in the First Preference category, may be granted by the USCIS to a foreign national or immigrant who is a multinational executive or manager in a foreign firm that is connected to a company in the US. The petition to the USCIS to classify a foreign national as eligible for an EB-1C employment-based immigrant visa will have to come from the US employer.

Here are some of the specific requirements that the US employer and the immigrant will need to satisfy:

  1. The petitioning company must have been in existence in the US for at least a year and must have a qualifying connection with the foreign firm where the multinational executive or manager immigrant is presently connected (this qualifying connection between the two firms can be like a parent company and a branch, a subsidiary or an affiliate).
  2. The immigrant, as a multinational executive, should prove that he/she: directly manages a major component, function, or group within the firm; creates company goals and policies; has extensive decision-making authority in the company; and, receives general supervision only from top executives, stockholders, or the board of directors.
  3. As a multinational manager, the immigrant must prove that he/she: has direct managerial control over one of the company’s departments, organizations, components or functions; is authorized to fire, hire and make decisions that will affect company personnel; has control and supervision over the work of other supervisors, manager, professional employees; and directs a department’s day-to-day operations, functions and activities.

Despite the seeming assurance of being qualified for a First Preference Category visa, this visa category still requires more than a handful of legal documents that need to be satisfied. And when it comes to the possible further growth of US businesses where the participation of extraordinarily talented foreign nationals are warranted, no law firm would advise a petitioning employer to see to his/her own business concerns since much is at stake. Rather, US companies (as well as individuals), deserve nothing less than fast and professional solutions to all their business-related immigration concerns.

The chance of being granted a First Preference Category visa (and eventually a green card) can either remain to be just that – a chance, or it can be actualize.

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May 10, 2015

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How a Criminal Charge or Conviction Affects a Divorce

Going through a divorce can be extremely difficult. It’s a process that is emotionally tense and easily stressful. No matter how long a couple’s relationship lasted, there’s no way to avoid the devastation that is typically associated with such a situation. Aside from the intense emotions divorcing spouses have to deal with, there’s also a host of different matters they need to come to an agreement about. These matters include making decisions about issues like how properties and assets will be divided and how child custody and child support will be arranged. In some cases, divorcing couples are able to make decisions about these issues through amicable means. However, there are usually a lot of contest regarding these topics. As such, the final decision on is often brought to family court through a lawsuit.

When a lawsuit is filed by a spouse to settle a contested divorce, the power to make decisions regarding all aspects and issues involved in the process will be left in the hands of a judge. As a result, the judge ruling the case will have to take into consideration several specific factors in order to come to a decision that is fair for all parties involved. Aside from considering the point of view and interests of each spouse, he or she will also have to be wary of the needs of any children that may be involved. A judge, for example, will have to look at each spouse’s individual income and earning opportunities in order to decide how properties and assets should be divided. He or she will also have to consider each spouse’s capability to care for their children to determine a suitable custody arrangement.

According to the website of the Cedar Rapids divorce attorneys from Arenson Law Group, PC, another crucial consideration in contested divorce proceedings is a spouse’s criminal record. This can hold a lot of weight in the case. Having a criminal charge or conviction can severely affect one’s chance at being granted a favorable decision in issues like child custody, child support, and property division. A charge or conviction involving illegal substances can point to a drug abuse problem that will determine that a spouse is an unfit parent. In the same light, a charge or conviction involving crimes like fraud and identity theft will tell the court that a spouse is not fit to be given his or her fair share of properties and assets.

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May 3, 2015

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Take Home Killer

Much like some cases of second-hand take-home exposure for certain industrial materials, PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyls piggy-back their way into the home through a worker’s clothing. Studies have shown that the dust in homes of people who work in close proximity to high levels of PCBs have significantly more PCBs than in non-worker homes.

One early case of this secondary exposure involved the wife and child of a Monsanto Industrial Chemical Company employee. Monsanto PCBs were the only locally produced PCBs in North America. The case was reported to the US Public Health Service in 1936. The officer that interviewed the wife and child saw that pustules and blackheads had developed on their skin, and concluded that it was due to the PCBs that the employee brought home with him from the work site.

Other cases prompted the release of papers linking PCBs and adverse health effects. In 1947, in an article by Robert Brown in the journal Chemist-Analyst, he warned about the toxicity of Aroclors. He pointed out exposure could lead to disfiguring skin conditions such as dermatitis. Despite these many warning signs, PCBs continued to be manufactured and used in many products.

It was only in the 1970s when the dangers of PCBs became widely known that pressure was put on legislators to restrict its use. By then, it had been widely disseminated. It is estimated that Monsanto alone produced 1.5 billion tons of PCBs. Between 1935 and 1971, the Anniston plant was dumping anywhere from 16 to 250 pounds of PCBs in Snow Creek daily. There have been efforts to clean up years of waste disposal in Snow Creek, but the contamination levels are still severe. The Environmental Protection Agency continues to prohibit the consumption of fish from Snow Creek.

Anniston is just one site that declared a hazardous area because of PCBs. Several other sites are also problematic because these are where the products using PCB were manufactured.

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Feb 19, 2015

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Cell phone use in Car Accidents

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of dangerous and even fatal car collisions. Cell phone use has long been one of the reasons for distractions while driving. Although it may seem to be offering convenience, the use of mobile phones while driving has been known to make up 26 percent of car accidents in the United States. Despite having state laws banning the use of mobile phones while driving, many motorists still risk their safety (along with the safety of others) by purposely disregarding the laws against it.

Many arguments have been made regarding cell phone use and safe driving. There are those who believe that cell phone cause fatal accidents and should be banned from being used while driving while there are others that advocate that the cell phones themselves are not a threat, but their use while driving is what causes the distraction. Many safety specialists believe that cell phone use provides two basic risks, the first being cell phone use pose as a distraction while driving, and secondly that cell phones add conversation into the driving equation.

According to recent studies, only 5 percent of cell phone-related car accidents happened due to the driver texting; a great majority of these car crashes are due to the driver having a conversation on their hand-held or wireless cell phones. The National Safety Council reports that talking on the phone can be more distracting that texting; and this applies even to those using hands-free devices. Furthermore, NSC states that a likely 245, 358 car accidents occurred last year which involved the use of cell phones, with data showing that 350 crashes that occurred were fatal. The problem with these car accident reports related to cell phone use are mostly underreported simply because the drivers themselves do not report or admit using their phones when the accident happened.

The debate regarding cell phone use and distracted driving may be a long one. What can be the best way to prevent car crashes due to distracted driving caused by cell phone use is by modifying the behaviors of drivers and having additionally cell phone features that would help lower statistics related to distracted driving.

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Oct 21, 2014

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Lack of Site Inspectors Slowing Down Construction

The New York Department of Buildings have alluded time and again to the improvements in the construction industry in terms of safety, indicating that this is partly because of the 25 new safety regulations it has implemented since the two 2008 crane collapses in New York City which killed a total of 9 people. However, the improvement could be because many construction projects have been put on hold due to these new regulations and the lack of site inspectors to sign off on new projects.

The construction industry is urging the city committee to modify these regulations to release hundreds of jobs for multimillion-dollar projects which are currently on hold because of the lack of a signature. It isn’t because site inspectors are too lazy to do their jobs; there simply aren’t enough of them to go around.

The city had reduced the number of site inspectors when the budget was cut, but city officials are promising to hire more to cover more ground. However, getting approval to hire more may not even be the big problem; there may not be enough with the proper qualifications to do the job even if the budget is in place. With more stringent regulations and no inspectors to sign off on compliance, many construction companies are feeling the pressure of missed deadlines, investment capital lying idle, and a restless labor force.

It is understandable why the city government of New York feels the need to pay tough guy; too many preventable construction accidents happen that result in serious injuries or death. However, without the manpower to facilitate the inspection process and to enforce regulations, the new laws are counterproductive. They are costing construction companies a lot of money and denying workers and local industries the chance to make money.

Nevertheless, if you have been seriously injured because of negligence on a construction site, there may be a way to get compensation. Find out more from a qualified New York construction accident attorney.

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Aug 26, 2014

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Hiring A Lawyer – Tips To Make It Easy

Though nobody likes to entertain the thought of needing an attorney, it is an unfortunate fact that most people will need the services of a legal professional at least once in their lifetime. As the world gets more complicated, this possibility increases. Rather than waiting until an emergency arises, establish a relationship with an attorney now. Read some tips here on how to do that.

Do not make the mistake of believing that an older lawyer automatically knows more than a lawyer that is a bit younger. Someone may have been in practice longer, but that does not mean that they automatically have experience in the area of law that pertains to your case.

Before you hire your lawyer, check their record for complaints. If there are complaints, research them to see whether you should consider hiring a different attorney.

When seeking a lawyer, look for one who specializes in the sort of case you present. Lawyers specialize in everything from criminal law to real estate law and everything in between. Check in advance, to save you a lot of time and money. Their website should tell you what kind of law they are adept at practicing. For example, the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma does personal injury law related to things like nursing home abuse and general injuries.

Finding an attorney that you get along with makes the process easier. If you do not feel comfortable with the lawyer during your first few meetings, you will never have an ideal client-lawyer relationship no matter how experienced the lawyer is. Be certain you trust your own instincts and choose an attorney whose personality works well with your personality.

Do not allow yourself to judge an attorney based on how good their advertisements are. The reality is that an attorney that is reputable doesn’t have to advertise to get new clients. Look into your attorney’s background and use what you find to help you make the decision about whether or not to hire them.

You are now aware of the need to protect yourself with legal council way before there is an urgency that leaves you vulnerable. Use the insights here to wisely choose an attorney who will have your back when the chips are down. Then relax and know that your are covered.

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