What is Lexapro?

Lexapro (generic name Escitalopram) is one of the many SSRI’s (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor/ serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitor) that is used to treat people with depression and anxiety. It is usually prescribed for adults and children (under 12 years old) who are suffering from major depression, and for adults who are experiencing anxiety disorder.

Being an SSRI, Lexapro works by restricting the reuptake of serotonin in the presynaptic cells, causing an increase of serotonin in the synaptic cleft accessible for binding on the postsynaptic receptor. These changes can cause a lift in the moods of the patients.

Lexapro, just as with other SSRI’s, has its side effects. These side effects vary from person to person, and can be mild to severe. Some of the milder side effects of Lexapro include dizziness, insomnia, changes in weight, nausea, and decreased sex drive. Getting any symptoms of allergic reactions (skin rashes, swelling of lips/face/tongue/throat, breathing problems) requires immediate medical help. This is why it is vital for you to inform your doctor and pharmacist about your allergies. Taking other medications, whether they are prescription, over-the-counter, or all-natural medications, can have varying interactions with Lexapro, and could either make it ineffective or cause further complications. Those who are taking Lexapro are advised not to take any monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI); you should stop taking any of the two and wait for at least 2 weeks before taking the other.

Similar to other SSRI’s, Lexapro can threaten the health of a newborn baby. Mothers who have taken Lexapro during pregnancy increase the risk of their new-born babies developing lung problems. However, doctors advice mothers not to immediately stop taking Lexapro if they are planning to conceive or have found out they are pregnant; they should first consult with their doctor regarding alternatives or different doses. Suddenly stopping your Lexapro medication can cause withdrawal symptom. Additionally, breastfeeding mothers should not take Lexapro since it can pass into the breast milk and potentially endangering the health of the baby.

Reasons Women Seek Breast Augmentation

Body image is something every human is very familiar of, and with society seeking only perfection, especially in the physical state, a lot of medical procedures have focused on helping achieve this perfection. The female body has always gathered much attention throughout human history, and the breast’s role as being both maternal and sexual has become more pronounced in recent years. Despite breasts being highly sexualized, society’s interest in the female form has pushed women to view big breasts as a necessity in order to gain the upper hand.

Breast augmentation is the most requested cosmetic surgery performed nowadays, and what most people don’t know is that there are other reasons for breast augmentation (or breast implant surgery) than women wanting bigger breasts. There are cases where women suffer from micromastia, a medical condition where women have underdeveloped breast tissues, while other women have asymmetrical breasts. There are also cases of breast cancer survivors who choose to have breast implants for normalcy. Although it does necessarily mean deformity, many women suffer negative body image and self esteem issues because of small breasts.

Women who consider getting breast augmentation are required to have physical and psychological screenings. The risks involved in breast augmentation can affect the women throughout their life; this is also a reason why, as Bergman & Folkers of Des Moines points out, the importance of seeking licensed surgeons to perform the surgery – to avoid permanently damaging the breast or have health complications. Furthermore, Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery of Des Moines specifies that breast augmentation surgery is different from breast mastopexy, a surgery meant to lift sagging breast or correcting the position of the breast and nipple.

To ensure the success of breast augmentation surgery, it would be best to consult with a licensed surgeon. Researching about augmentation could be confusing and a bit overwhelming, but it helps to know and understand the risks, ask questions about what worries you, and know how to properly take care of the implants to ensure they last long. Because there are options in breast implants and this surgery is highly individualized, there are a lot of things to be considered in order to get the desired results.

Business Loss Claims

After the historical disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the BP Deepwater Oil Spill, many non-profit organizations have also been affected by the accident. What most non-profit organizations don’t know is that they have the right to file for a claim against BP Deepwater Horizon for their losses. The BP Deepwater Horizon knows the fact they the damage has affected a great number or organizations and businesses around the Gulf area and has allocated billions of dollar to help rebuild the affected areas.

Because non-profit organizations are connected with the local economy and will always be influenced by losses sustained by others, these organizations can file for non-profit oil spill claim to cover for the losses in their projected and actual revenues. Although eligibility for claims initially was limited to the coastal area directly affected by the oil spill, recent settlement (which is overseen by the Federal Courts) establishes the eligibility on the location. Therefore, those who are in the surrounding area of the Gulf can have a legitimate non-profit oil spill claim.

Furthermore, non-profit organizations that have coverage on their insurance can file for an insurance claim. Although the oil spill did not directly affect their properties, but if they have their revenues are included in their coverage, they can file for loss of revenues. According to the website of Smith Kendall PLLC, when insurance companies deny these claims, the non-profit organization can then have an insurance bad faith claim, since the agreement between the client and insurance company has been violated. Insurance claims are often complicated, especially those that are connected with the BP oil spill. It helps to have legal help, finding lawyers who know how insurance claims work and could represent the non-profit organization in court.

Non-profit organizations have just about the same rights for claims as other businesses after being affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Non-profit organizations should make sure that they get what they are given what is due to them as compensation from companies whose negligent behaviors has upset not only local but regional economies and ecologies.

Considerations for Continued Business Ownership

Businesses and business owners have a lot of things to think about, especially when hiring people to work for their company. Hiring the wrong person for the wrong positions can be detrimental to the company, as it could cause internal rifts between employees and even cost the company money if a workplace accident occurs. When accidents do occur and an employee goes on a long leave due to injuries, companies should be ready to conduct a functional capacity evaluation to determine if the employee is able to return to work and if they have suffered significant injuries that resulted in not being able to return to the same job the employee once had before the accident.

Functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is used to check the ability of the employee to function in a number of circumstances. It is a series of examinations, observations, and practices that evaluate an employee’s fitness to work after a long medical leave. FCE provides the necessary information regarding an employee’s prognosis and possible occupational rehabilitation measures required to return to the job. Through thorough FCE, the company will be understand and prepare for any changes to the employee’s workload, as well as any modifications for his or her working conditions that employers should tackle in order to adjust to the employee’s disability or medical condition. It is also necessary for companies to perform FCE on their employee in order to determine if he or she has the capacity to come back to work in the condition that is “comparable to their abilities” before the injury or disability occurred.

The company can be held liable for further injuries or complications that could occur should they refuse to accommodate the needs of the employee and just simply hired them back to work. A company who is facing a lawsuit can put the business in a bad light and could be financially damaging to the company. This, along with other issues like unpaid overtime and negligent hiring could be detrimental to the company. These are the things that business owners should always keep in mind when handling employees and workplace matters.

Exposure to Asbestos: Where and Why

Asbestos is not a single element or mineral, it is actually a name that is given to a naturally-occurring group of minerals that was used in many industrial products, mainly due to their resistance to heat and corrosion.  Asbestos has been known as a serious health hazard that is highly monitored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Because they are hardly visible to the naked eye and are really fine, breathing asbestos or being exposed to asbestos could result to its build-up in the lungs that lead to various lung-related diseases. These diseases and lung complications can cause long-term disability or even death to the patient.

People who work with asbestos, or those who are exposed to asbestos as part of their work, are the one that are at high-risk of getting asbestos-related health complications and injury, however, even those who are not working with asbestos can develop these complications. Many old buildings have used paints that contain asbestos, and these can put the people living there at risk of developing asbestos-related injuries. When a tenant suffers an injury due to asbestos exposure, then the tenant can file a personal injury lawsuit against the landlord. This is because, according to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, it is the landlord’s responsibility to inform the tenant of the potential danger of asbestos exposure. The landlord is responsible for removing the rent or risk losing rent.

In accordance to the federal OSHA rules which applies to all states, all landlords of residential properties are essentially required to have their property checked for asbestos and other dangerous substances. The law, aside from the OSHA regulations, compels the landlord to inform the tenants about the dangers of asbestos (and other dangerous substances) present in the property; if the landlord avoided the building inspections, they should acknowledge to their tenants that they are not sure if asbestos is present in the building or not.

Tenants should also know that presence of asbestos does not necessarily mean that the landowner is compelled to remove it; asbestos is deemed dangerous when it is airborne. When the asbestos is present in dangerous conditions (peeling or airborne), the tenant can take legal actions against the landowner, especially in an injury or accidents occurred because of the presence of asbestos. The tenant can demand to have the asbestos removed or break lease (even withhold a portion of the rent) because the landlord has violated the “warranty of habitability,” which ensures that the tenant can live in the place safely.