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Joe Ley Antiques

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Places

Going antique shopping is becoming a popular pastime for many people around the United States. Going through garage sales, thrift shops, and many other flea markets has lost its stigma of being cheap and for poor people. Thrift shopping has reached a whole new level of popularity due to various television shows that cover many great finds and bargains in flea markets, and there is even a song about it (Macklemore’s Thrift Shop, anyone?)

Thrift shops and flea markets are a great way to find antiques and collectibles. If you are going through Louisville, your thirst for antiques and rare finds can be satisfied by the many antique stores in the city, such as Goss Avenue Antiques and The Crazy Daisy. The most popular, however, and most visited is the Joe Ley Antiques. This store is presently the largest single-owned establishment in the country, founded by Joe Ley himself.

Being an orphan, Joe Ley began his business by going through flea markets and swap meets and selling them in an alley. He tirelessly scoured the neighboring areas for discarded but otherwise reusable or recyclable items that he would then sell. Eventually he became the go-to guy for quirky and unusual items and collectibles. His persistence made his business boom and now he has an entire four-story house that encompasses an array of anything that any architect, builder, collector, or just-your-average-person can find a delight.

The Joe Ley Antiques is home to a variety of curiosities that can give any shopping experience interesting and worthwhile. Another thing that makes the place more entertaining is how the prices are strangely computed. For those who have move time to spare, going to the Louisville’s Joe Ley Antiques can be a fun way to kill time. Even if you have nothing to buy, browsing through the four floors of peculiar items is a must see for those who are into antique shopping or enthusiasts.

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How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in Injury Law

Riding a motorcycle is an efficient way to cut back your commute. Thanks to the size of your vehicle, you can easily move through tight spots and avoid heavy traffic. You’ll be able to reach your destination in probably half the time it would take for a car. However, these advantages also come with serious risks. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the number of motorcycle-related fatalities is 30 times more than deaths involving cars. This is because motorcycles aren’t equipped with the same safety features that protect drivers inside a car. A motorcycle rider does not have the protection of a huge metal chassis, as well as seat belts and air bags. When they’re involved in even a minor collision, there’s risk that they could fall of their vehicle and suffer from broken bones and even brain trauma. Thankfully, there are certain precautions riders can take to avoid motorcycle accidents. Lear some of the common motorcycle-related risks and do your part to avoid accidents and injuries. Collisions involving larger vehicles are one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Because of its size, drivers in cars or trucks will often miss motorcycles in blind spots. If you’re a rider, make sure you take extra care when turning or merging into traffic. Sudden stop collisions or rear-ending another vehicle is something else you should watch for. Always keep a safe distance between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front. This type of collision might not be dangerous for those inside the car, but it can cause whiplash and other similar injuries to motorcycle riders. Aside from these common types of collisions, motorcycle riders can also be injured by crashing into open car doors. This is especially true for busy urban areas where several cars will be parked along the street. Always be mindful of your surroundings if you’re driving down a busy street. It would also be best if you stick to the lane prescribed for bicycles and motorcycles. These safety practices can do a lot to diminish the risks that are typically associated with motorcycles. While such precautions aren’t exactly bullet proof, practicing them while on the road can do a lot to keep accidents and injuries at bay. In case an accident still happens despite your best efforts, you might be able to take legal action and receive just compensation. However, your options will differ depending on where you live. If you find yourself in such a situation, it’s best to seek out experienced legal counsel from around your area.

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Power Morcellator: Clearly not a Safe Device

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Injury Law, Product Liability

Research from the National Institutes of Health has concluded that majority of the women in the United States will need to undergo a hysterectomy before they reach the age of 60. This surgical procedure is performed to remove a part of the whole uterus (or the womb) due to serious health conditions, such as uncontrollable vaginal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, presence of oversized uterine fibroids (or myomas), infections, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, uterine prolapse (a condition wherein the womb or the uterus slips out of the cervix and drops halfway into the vagina or birth canal), endometriosis (which causes pain during or after sex, bleeding between periods, severely painful periods, and so forth), heavy, painful periods due to adenomyosis (this happens when the tissues lining the uterus grow inside the uterus walls instead), and pelvic inflammatory diseases.

There are different ways through which hysterectomy is performed:

  • Abdominal hysterectomy or open surgery: This traditional way of performing the surgical procedure requires an incision (can be vertical or horizontal, which is along the bikini line) on the abdomen that is five to seven inches long. It is a major surgery that is performed under general anesthesia and which necessitates a 6-week recovery period.
  • Vaginal hysterectomy: Instead of making a cut on the abdomen to remove the uterus from there, the incision (a smaller one which is stitched up afterwards) is made on the vagina itself to remove the uterus or the organ that causes the health problem.
  • Laparoscopic (or minimally invasive) surgery: This particular procedure requires about three to four 0.5 – 1cm incisions where instruments, such as a laparoscope and a morcellator need to be inserted. A laparoscope is a thin telescope-like instrument that is used to see inside the woman’s body to guide the cutting, or morcellation, of the uterus and other organs that need to be removed. A morcellator is a device that cuts or minces uterus and other organs into fragments tiny enough to be suctioned outside the body.

Morcellators were introduced in the early 1990s; but these gained immediate acceptance in the medical field as these allowed doctors to perform hysterectomies and myomectomies (the removal of uterine fibroids) faster, safer, more accurately, and with lesser pain and blood loss. Johnson & Johnson, particularly, was one of the giant companies that released its own models of power morcellators – the Gynecare X-Tract, the Gynecare Morcellex and the Morcellex Sigma. Despite the benefits offered by these devices, in general, and the even better benefits provided by the J&J models, in particular, a notice that discouraged doctors from the further use of these devices in laparoscopic surgeries was still issued by the US Food and Drug Administration after reports were made about the devices causing the spread of uterine sarcoma, an undetected deadly cancer tissue, beyond the uterus.

In the safety communication notice it released on April 17, 2014, the FDA also advised doctors not to use the power morcellator in women suffering from uterine cancer, besides persuading them against the use of the device on those with uterine fibroids as this can likely threaten a woman’s long-term survival.

Private morcellator lawsuits have already been filed in different courts in the US and the many women who had been treated with a power morcellator in the past and who might now be suffering from cancer are encouraged to seek legal counsel to know what options they have.

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Sertraline – The Most Prescribed Anti-depressant Drug in the US

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Product Liability

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, a certain class of drugs that have earned high recognition due to their effectivity and safety, has been the most frequent content of prescriptions issued to treat problems of depression and various forms of disorders.

SSRIs increase the performance of serotonin or neurotransmitters, the chemical that enables the nerves within the brain to communicate with one another. Neurotransmitters are produced, released and re-absorbed by the brain; SSRI drugs are developed to prevent the brain from re-absorbing neurotransmitters, allowing more of them to stimulate the nerves of the brain to enable changes and improvement in the mood state of the patient.

Besides treating depression, SSRI drugs have also been used to treat major depressive disorders, panic disorders, anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorders, eating disorders, obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain.

One of the drugs in the SSRI class is the generic drug called Sertraline (the brand name of which is Zoloft). In 2011, exactly 20 years after the medicine was introduced by Pfizer and approved for distribution in 1991, Sertraline became the number two most prescribed medicine to treat depression, with more than 37million prescriptions. Furthermore, a comprehensive study involving Sertraline and 11 other anti-depressants gave results that Sertraline is one of the most effective and accepted medicines in treating unipolar major depressions in adults.

The many SSRIs have known side effects, including muscle rigidity, confusion, high fever, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, dizziness, nervousness, insomnia, nausea, skin rash, headache, diarrhea, loss of appetite, abnormal ejaculation, loss of coordination and shallow breathing. Males, who use the drug, sometimes experience prolonged erection that lasts for four hours or more. Experiencing any of these symptoms would be an indication that you will have to inform and talk to your doctor about the possibility of either stopping or still continuing with the intake of this medication.

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Enjoying The Woodlands

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Living

The Woodlands, Texas is a diverse community of people, businesses, beliefs, and activities. These differences come together to form a distinct society that has become a great haven for those who want to experience the suburban lifestyle. But what makes The Woodlands alluring is its geography, its location, and its sights.

The Woodlands is situated 32 miles away from Houston, up north. It is within Montgomery and Harris counties, nestled between the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland metropolitan area. As further developments and progress come in, population has also been growing. Diverse cultures have paved the way to the booming food scenes as restaurants that cater to various cuisines come about. It has also become a family-friendly place with numerous activities for indoor activities (such as shopping malls) and outdoor activities (several parks and recreational venues).

True to its word, The Woodlands is surrounded with tall trees and lush greenery, adjusting perfectly to the humid sub-tropical climate that it has. It has a total area of 43.9 square miles, located in a heavily forested site, although the terrain is generally flat with variations of small hills and elevations. Because of this, The Woodlands is known for its gold courses and clubs. It has The Woodlands Country Club and The Carlton Woods that have both championship and signature courses.

Aside from the commercial buildings, parks and recreation sites, the residential areas also cater to anyone of any type of lifestyle. Because it is home to various corporations and even corporate campuses, students and professionals are making their homes at The Woodlands. It is also a very convenient place to live in, because the paths and trails are connected, making commute and transportation very easy and hassle-free.

The Woodlands community also has facilities that cater to any type of activity, from indoor and outdoor courts, a wide stretch Market and shopping destination, an enjoyable boat ride from the Waterway Taxis, and arts and sports classes. Any interests and hobbies will be entertained and there will always be place where you can relax and unwind.

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