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Identifying Lead Poisoning in Children

Lead poisoning is one of the many dangers to pregnancies and children. Lead, a toxic metal and a very strong poison, is found in many products that we use daily. Once swallowed or inhaled, lead can stay and accumulate in the body, causing severe health complications in the long run.

Lead can be found in many items, such as paint (generally paints made before 1978), gasoline, dust and dirt, and even new toys. The worse thing is that lead is very difficult to see, smell, and taste, therefore making it even harder to detect. Symptoms for lead poisoning are not always apparent: it can affect different parts of the body. Some of the more common symptoms are:

  • Anemia, or low counts of healthy red blood cells
  • Sleep problems, such as insomnia
  • Poor appetite, weight loss, and low energy
  • Learning and behavior problems
  • Abdominal cramping and pain
  • Aggressive, irritable or grouchy behavior
  • Headaches or dizziness

High levels of lead cause seizures, vomiting, weakness of the muscles, or coma. Lead poisoning is very dangerous especially to children because they can disturb the development of the brain and nerves. The younger the child, the more dangerous is lead. Unborn children are most vulnerable, as well as pregnant mothers. Complications from lead build-up are slowed body growth, hearing problems, kidney problems, behavior and attention issues, and reduced IQ.

Lead poisoning is very common, affecting one in 20 preschoolers. It is preventable, and the best way to do that is to prevent children from being exposed to lead firsthand. Because of the dangers that lead exposes children into, personal injury lawsuits are being filed in order to get compensation for those who have been badly affected by lead poisoning. Personal injury attorneys specializing in product liability are the best to represent those who have been harmed because of lead poisoning.

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Understanding Yaz and Yasmin

The latest buzzwords in oral contraceptives is what is called 4th generation COCs (combined oral contraceptives) of which Yaz and Yasmin are part of. These are the newer formulas for contraception and considered to be generally safer and more effective than older oral contraceptives. However, 12,000 women waiting to have their voices heard in civil court would disagree.

Few people accept at face value that Yaz and Yasmin are bad, and should be avoided completely without knowing what the studies actually say. There are a couple of basic facts about Yaz and Yasmin which, as with most things, are doubled-edged swords which can slice either way.

Fact one: The active ingredients of Yaz and Yasmin are drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. These two components work in tandem to prevent ovulation and regulate the menstrual cycle. This is good news for women who want to avoid pregnancy, suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder, are plagued by moderate acne, or any combination of the three.

However, drospirenone retains potassium, is a problem for women with a history of liver or kidney disorder, or who are already on drugs which also retain or supplement potassium. An excess of potassium in the blood can lead to hyperkalemia, which can in turn result in cardiac and a host of other health problems. Ethinyl estradiol on the other hand increases the ability of the body to coagulate blood, which can be a problem with women with high blood pressure, who smoke, or older than 35 because of the increased risk of spontaneous bleeding and abnormal formation of blood clots. This can lead to stroke, heart attack or deep vein thrombosis.

Fact two: Yaz and Yasmin are highly effective as oral contraceptives even with less than perfect use, and are often recommended for new users. It also reduces the risk for developing ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer, and lower blood loss.
However, Yaz and Yasmin side effects are believed to be more likely and more severe in the first year of use, so new users are at a higher risk. While serious side effects are rare with proper use, it can still happen and at any time.

The bottom line is this: Yaz and Yasmin are both useful and harmful, depending on how it is used. Bayer HealthCare, the defendant in thousands of personal injury cases concerning Yaz and Yasmin, neglected to inform the public about how the products can be used safely. Women who have experienced these side effects may be able to file a defective pharmaceutical lawsuit in search of compensation for the medical costs associated with their side effects.

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Dangerous Side Effects of Yasmin Birth Control

Family planning is an important part of every family, therefore there are many women who prefer to use birth control pills in helping them prepare until the right time they think they are ready to have a baby. One of the most famous and commonly used birth control pill is Yasmin, and it’s newer version Yaz. Yasmin is a low-dose pill that contains ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone, providing a better alternative for other women who experience negative effects from other birth control pills.

Yasmin is an FDA-approved contraceptive, but it can also be used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD, or severe premenstrual syndrome) and acne (acne vulgaris). Even with these benefits, it is still advised to consult your health care provider to ensure that adverse side effects will not affect the women’s health, such as:

  • Jaundice, loss of appetite, or stomach pains
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Pain in the chest or a heavy feeling Ill-feeling in general (nausea, pain spreading to the arm and shoulder, sweating)
  • Migraine headaches which changes in pattern and severity
  • Blood clots (venous thromboembolisms)

There are less serious Yasmin side effects such as breast tenderness, vaginal irritation or discharge, changes in the menstrual cycle, bloating and abdominal cramps. These, however, can be treated with other medications or easily handled by the woman. If severe Yasmin side effects are felt, then it should be stopped and consulting a health care professional should be done as soon as possible.

To ensure that a woman does not have any negative reactions to taking Yasmin, there are some things to consider before doctors recommend this birth control pill to their patients. Smoking, high blood pressure, kidney/liver/adrenal disease, stroke or already existing blood clots, vaginal bleeding or other factors are and should be considered first before being prescribed Yasmin. Because Yasmin can have some reactions to other medications, it is advisable for women over the age of 35 and those who believe they are pregnant to stop taking Yasmin to avoid complicating their health and the health of their possible baby.