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How do you treat a broken rib?

Imagine you were involved in a catastrophic auto collision that was so severe you feel lucky to have survived. As you were exiting the wreckage of your vehicle, however, you noticed a sharp pain in your side while breathing. Thinking back, you even remember feeling a distinctive "crack" in your rib when the accident took place. You may be suffering from a broken rib, so it's important to seek medical attention and treatment immediately.

A broken rib isn't exactly like other types of breaks because there's not always a lot that a doctor can do. In most cases of a broken rib, here are your best treatment options:

What symptoms of mesothelima should I look out for?

If you've spent any amount of time working in a shipyard, automotive brake shop, construction industry or any other industry that comes with the risk of asbestos exposure, you should stay alert to the signs and symptoms mesothelioma.

Unfortunately, doctors and scientists definitively agree that there is no safe exposure level for asbestos. Therefore, anyone who had even a minimal level of asbestos exposure should immediately seek a medical evaluation if the following mesothelioma symptoms develop:

  • Chest or lower back pain
  • Pain in the side of the torso
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing that doesn't improve
  • Persistent fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Weight loss for no identifiable reason
  • Hoarse voice
  • Swollen arms and face
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fluid in the abdomen
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chronic constipation

Well-known examples of product liability cases

Manufacturing companies are responsible for building and selling safe products that do not present unnecessary dangers to consumers. However, these companies are not perfect, and sometimes, they are prone to negligence. When this negligence results in design errors, construction errors or the use of dangerous materials that cause injury to consumers, those who are injured may be able to pursue financial damages in court.

Among the many types and varieties of consumer product liability cases, here are some of the most common examples:

  • Negligently designed and built vehicles and vehicle parts
  • Negligently designed bicycles, motorcycles, recreational vehicles and sporting equipment
  • Unsafe appliances, power tools and machinery
  • Unsafe and contaminated food products that cause sickness and illness to those who consume them
  • Dangerous children's toys, children's clothing and other children's accessories like cribs, furniture, car seats and more
  • Potentially deadly and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs that result in hazardous side effects
  • Inadequately labeled dangerous products that do not warn consumers of known dangers

132,000 pounds of ground beef recalled after E. coli scare

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service has released information pertaining to the recall of 132,000 pounds of ground beef after an E. coli scare. According to the USDA, Cargill Meat Solutions recalled the beef after 17 people contracted E. coli bacterial infections.

The E. coli illness cases began surfacing on Aug. 16, and investigators eventually traced the contamination to ground chuck beef produced by Cargill. The contaminated beef was produced and packaged on June 21 and sent to merchants throughout the United States to be included in 12 different meat products.

Asbestos: Always dangerous, but sometimes the risk increases

Nowadays, more and more people are coming forward to talk about asbestos-related injuries they suffered while working Pennsylvania coal mines, steel mills or other factories. If you work in an old school building or lived near one of these businesses when they were in their prime, you and your family may be at risk for asbestos-caused illnesses as well.  

Asbestos is difficult to detect because it is microscopic. You must do special tests to determine if it is present. If you are exposed to asbestos even a single time, you are at risk. Although, studies show that certain situations pose more of a danger than others. If you have an incurable illness, there is nothing you can do to restore your health, but you can take steps to seek justice if someone's negligence was a causal factor in your injury.  

University of Maryland student dead in tragic Pennsylvania crash

A student from the University of Maryland died in a Pennsylvania car accident last Sunday. The 21-year-old man was riding as a passenger in an out-of-control vehicle that flipped upside down onto its roof.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the young man died at the accident scene. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, but unfortunately, the safety restraint was not enough to save him. He was the only fatality in the collision, which resulted in the injury of several others who were also in the car.

Car accident injuries: How do doctors heal a broken femur?

A broken femur bone is rare because it's the largest and strongest bone in the body, but in a catastrophic motor vehicle accident, the crushing forces are strong enough to break any human bone – including the femur. Unfortunately, injuries like this usually require a painful, months-long road to recovery, that includes surgery, physical rehabilitation and a certain degree of suffering.

Taking as long as six months to heal, the mending of a fractured femur could be a slow, arduous – and expensive – process. Therefore, car accident victims with this kind of break need to be patient as their bodies go through the following healing steps:

  1. Inflammation: The swelling and inflammation of the broken bone area are normal and part of the healing process.
  2. Regeneration: The bone will begin to regenerate through the growth of new bone structures.
  3. Remodeling: The bone goes through a "remodeling" process as the new bone structures mature and solidify.

Salads and sandwich wraps recalled due to cyclospora parasite

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is advising consumers to avoid buying salad and sandwich wrap products sold in major grocery stores due to the risk of parasite contamination. According to the federal agency, the contamination relates to the parasite cyclospora, which can cause serious intestinal illnesses.

Potentially-contaminated salad and sandwich wraps include products that contain pork, chicken and beef. Until the recent recall, the contaminated products were being sold at Trader Joe's, Kroger and Walgreens.

Consumers should not blindly trust every pharmaceutical drug

The life-saving and pain-reducing benefits of prescribed drugs have helped millions throughout the world. However, these medicines are not always completely safe and free from risks. In each case, a doctor must evaluate a particular medication to determine if its potential benefits outweigh the risks involved with taking it.

Some drugs are poisonous to the human system and no one should ever take them. Through the efforts of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as soon as these drugs are identified, they are immediately removed from the market. The Fen-Phen diet pill is just one such dangerous medication that was linked to heart problems, strokes and death in some people who took it. This was a clear case of a medicine that did not achieve a benefit that came close to the risk of death involved with taking it.

Asbestos has a counterpart that could also make you sick: Silica

Like asbestos, crystalline silica is a naturally occurring mineral contained in ores, sand, stone and soil. Numerous products such as concrete, pottery and ceramics, among other things, contain silica. It, too, can lead to serious and even fatal health consequences to those who inhale it, which happens more often than anyone would like to admit.

Like asbestos, silica becomes dangerous as a dust, and you may be surprised just how many people working in industrial settings and on construction sites suffer exposure. Metalwork, hydraulic fracking and abrasive blasting all create an environment in which respirable silica dust exists.

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