Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Diabetes Drug Actos Linked to Bladder Cancer

An analysis of the Food and Drug Administration database indicates that people who take the anti-type II diabetes drug Actos may be at a higher risk of suffering bladder cancer.

According to the analysis, between 2004 and 2009, more than 500,000 adverse reactions were recorded among people who took the anti-diabetes drug. Out of these reports, there were at least 138 instances of bladder cancer. However, more than 1/5th of the cancer patients were on Actos. This suggests that patients who take Actos to contain their diabetes may have a disproportionately high risk of developing bladder cancer, compared to patients who take one of the other 15 different anti-diabetes drugs.

However, the researchers caution against reading too much into the study. Persons who are on certain medications may develop conditions as a result of the medication, but that does not necessarily mean that they are at a high risk of that condition. In other words, the statistics are not an authoritative indicator that Actos increases the risk of bladder cancer among users. However, the analysis does indicate the need for further research. While there is no confirmed link between an increased risk of bladder cancer and Actos, the disproportionate risk of developing cancer indicates a possible risk.

The Food and Drug Administration has been aware of this possible risk of developing cancer from Actos for a while now. Last year, the agency began a review of the drug after it received results from a study conducted by the manufacturer of Actos, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. The manufacturer’s study indicated that patients with the longest exposure to Actos, and those with who took cumulative dosages of the drug had an increased risk of developing bladder cancer.

California pharmaceutical liability attorneys would advise patients on Actos not to stop taking the medicine immediately. Instead, consult with your doctor to evaluate the risks of taking the medication, compared to the benefits before making a decision.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Los Angeles Cop Awarded $1.1 Million in Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department has been awarded $1.1 million by a jury in his gay bias lawsuit. Sgt. Ronald Crump alleged in his lawsuit that he was transferred from the Los Angeles Department Media Relations Section in 2009 after he complained about the way he was treated by his boss over his sexual orientation. The lawsuit alleged that this mistreatment left Sgt. Crump with the short end of the stick as far as pay increases and promotions were concerned.

The Los Angeles Police Department denied that there was any mistreatment of Sgt. Crump, and said that he had worked for several months in the Media Relations section before he complained about the ill-treatment. Further, according to the lawyers for the LAPD, Sgt. Crump did not lose any pay when he was transferred to the Media Relations Section, where he currently earns more than $100,000 annually.

Sgt. Crump, who has worked for the Los Angeles Police Department for over 16 years, said he needed to file the sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit to help other employees in the same position who may be treated badly because of their sexual orientation. According to Crump, he never made it a point to publicize his sexual orientation in the workplace.

California’s laws strongly protect persons from being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. There are currently no federal laws that protect gays and lesbians from sexual orientation discrimination. However, California's laws under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act ban discrimination against persons based on their sexual orientation.

These laws are not just for gays and lesbians. These laws protect heterosexuals, homosexuals, gay and lesbian individuals as well as transgender persons and transsexuals. Employees who find that they are discriminated against in the workplace should contact a California employment discrimination lawyer who can bring a claim for sexual harassment or even gender discrimination. Employers who pay a gay or lesbian employee less than their straight coworkers, or refuse to hire a gay or lesbian employee, or fail to promote an employee because of sexual orientation may all be guilty of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Feds Revise Motorcycle Helmet Labeling Requirements to Reduce Accident Deaths

While California motorcycle accident lawyers stress that wearing helmets can reduce a motorcyclist’s risk of being injured in an accident, the fact is that thousands of motorcyclists are injured in accidents every year even though they were wearing helmets at the time. Many of these injuries are caused because the helmets were less than effective in protecting the motorcyclist. The federal government is now targeting manufacturers of counterfeit helmets that come with labels that look similar to Department of Transportation-approved motorcycle helmets.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is targeting the makers of so-called novelty helmets. These helmets have become increasing popular over the past few years, and pose a huge risk to motorcycle riders who may be unaware that the helmets do little to protect them from injuries in an accident. These helmets do not meet safety standards for motorcycle helmets set by the Department of Transportation.

The helmets often come with labels that are very similar to the labels that appear on helmets approved by the Department of Transportation. The Department of Transportation issues safety labels for helmets that meet the safety standards set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218. This label indicates that the helmet has been tested for impact absorption, strap strength, resistance to penetration and other markers of safety. Often, manufacturers of novelty helmets simply stick on a label that claims that the helmet meets these standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found during testing that novelty motorcycle helmets fail almost all of the testing standards set down in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new rules will include the wording “DOT FMVSS 218 Certified,” the name of the manufacturer and model number on the label. The agency believes this will reduce the incidences of counterfeiting of helmets, protecting motorcyclists.

Many Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys would support the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's latest moves towards protecting motorcyclists. We would also like to see more initiatives aimed at cracking down on motorists who fail to look out for motorcyclists and indulge in other behaviors that are dangerous to motorcyclists.

Friday, 20 May 2011

How an Illegal Search and Seizure can Impact your Criminal Case

The solid defense of a criminal case in California can often depend on your San Diego criminal defense lawyer proving the illegality of the search and seizure that was conducted prior to an arrest.

A search warrant can be used by a law enforcement officer to search your property, including your home, your car, or your office. The search warrant has to be signed by a judge, and gives permission to law enforcement officers to enter a property to look for certain specific items. A search warrant cannot be issued unless there is probable cause, or reason to believe, that the person person committed a crime. A search warrant will be issued if a judge is convinced that it's likely that a crime has taken place, and that evidence connected with the crime is likely to be found on the property. The information that a judge uses to issue a search warrant must be reliable.

A search warrant is also addressed to the person whose house is being searched and informs him that a judge has given permission for his property to be searched for evidence of illegal activity. A search warrant is quite different from an arrest warrant.

The search warrant must specify the exact areas to be searched. However, in some cases, the search may be extended throughout the property in other areas that are not mentioned in the warrant. Police will also retain evidence discovered during the search.

However, there are very strict legal procedures that must be followed during every search and seizure. If the search and seizure is illegal, then any evidence that has been obtained during the search must be suppressed, even if it involves illegal activity. If you're facing criminal charges based on evidence that was obtained during an illegal search and seizure, then a California criminal defense lawyer can help prove that the search of the property and seizure of any items was illegal.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Can Better Early Education Programs Lower Crime Rates?

San Diego criminal defense attorneys are not surprised by a new study which found a link between better early childhood education and lower crime rates. The study, based on the results of an analysis conducted by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, is being used by prominent California lawmakers to promote early childhood education programs.

The results of the study were discussed by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego’s police chief, and several other local law enforcement officers. According to the study report, investments in better early education can help authorities save time and money later down the line in reduced criminal justice costs.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has a novel approach to crime fighting. According to the bipartisan organization, which consists of police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and attorney generals, policymakers need to support the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which encourages states to incorporate early learning into the educational structure. According to the promoters of the act, with preschool funding, state and local schools can have high quality early child education programs in place.

Investing in early childhood education is more important for this generation of Americans than ever before. The family continues to remain a child's number one bastion against future crime, but there are more single parent families in America now than there have ever been in the past. In a situation like this, schools must take over as guardians for growing children. With stronger funding for preschool systems, schools can implement developed and targeted early education programs that pay off. These programs can help children to be ready to learn by the time they reach kindergarten. Children can learn social skills, and develop the strong literacy skills they need to avoid turning to criminal activities later.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

CHP DUI Warrant Task Force in Solano County

The California Highway Patrol is getting tougher on persons with outstanding DUI warrants in Solano County. The agency has announced a DUI warrant crackdown in the form of a task force. According to the California Highway Patrol, the taskforce will target those persons who did not complete necessary actions when charged with a DUI, such as failing violating parole or failure to appear in court.

The California Highway Patrol DUI task force will be after persons in Solano County who failed to appear before a judge or violated probation after being charged with DUI. The task force has quite a task ahead of it. It currently has more than 330,000 misdemeanor and felony warrants related to DUI to work on. The funding is courtesy a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The task force will continue working through September 30.

This is an aggressive approach to DUI, and Pasadena DUI defense attorneys believe that there will be more than a few persons in Solano County with pending DUI warrants on their record, who may a have nasty surprise when they're driving over the next few weeks.

However, it's not too late to set things right. The California Highway Patrol warns persons who have outstanding DUI warrants to turn themselves in at their local CHP office.

A DUI conviction in California is no laughing matter. The state has some of the toughest laws in the country against driving under the influence, and without an expert DUI lawyer on your side, you may end up being convicted for DUI. Punishment can include penalties, fines, and even a prison term. A DUI conviction on your record can interfere with your employment and future education prospects, as well as your social and professional lives.

Friday, 13 May 2011

New Version of Trucker Safety Bill Introduced in Congress

A new version of Jason’s Law, which would target the shortage of safe rest areas and truck stops for truck drivers, has been introduced in Congress. Representatives Paul Tonko, Democrat-New York and Erik Paulsen, Republican-Minnesota have introduced the revised version of the bill. The bill would enhance trucker access to rest areas and help truckers have a safe place to park when they need to rest.

Jason’s Law is named after Jason Rivenburg, a truck driver who was killed during an attempted robbery as he parked his tractor trailer at an abandoned gas station. He had found no other place to park his truck safely that night. His widow has spearheaded efforts to pass Jason’s Law, which would provide for the establishment of safe rest areas and truck stops for truck drivers.

Under the law, the federal government would provide $20 million annually for six years, and the money would be used for initiatives to improve the current network of truck stops around the country.

The funds would be used for:
  • Construction of new rest areas including safe parking areas
  • Construction of new parking facilities for commercial motor vehicles next to existing rest areas
  • Promoting the availability of safe truck parking on the National Highway System
  • Construction of turnouts along the National Highway System
  • Improving the state commercial motor vehicle parking facilities currently in existence
  • Enhancing the design of interchanges on the National Highway System so as to facilitate greater access to rest areas
  • Maintenance of existing rest areas and parking facilities for truckers

The bill has been supported not just by trucking industry groups, but also Los Angeles truck accident lawyers. The American Trucking Associations and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association have both voiced their support for the bill.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Darvocet and the Risk of Cardiac Injuries

It was only last November that Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals recalled the painkiller Darvocet from the American market. Side effects associated with the use of the drug had been evident for a while, but the Food and Drug Administration for unknown reasons, chose to wait until 2010 before pressuring Xanodyne to recall the painkiller.

The most common side effects associated with the use of the drug are cardiac injuries. These injuries involve not just heart failure and heart attacks, but also other types of cardiac injuries, including
• Congestive heart failure
• Cardiac arrhythmia
• Cardiac depression
• Bradycardia
• Tachycardia

Besides cardiac injuries, Darvocet has also been linked to other kinds of side effects. For instance, there have been allegations that the use of the painkiller has caused gastrointestinal dysfunction and psychiatric disorders in patients, including suicidal tendencies and suicidal fantasies. Besides, Darvocet is also among a group of opiate drugs that has come under scrutiny for their addition risks. The Food and Drug Administration is currently involved in measures to reduce the risk of injury from the use of prescription drugs, including addiction and overdose risks.

Considering the popularity of Darvocet since the 1950s when it was first released on the American market, there may be people in the country who are at risk of Darvocet injuries, and don't even know it.

Considering the wide range of side effects and injuries that Darvocet is associated with, a patient who has been on Darvocet or Darvon painkillers for an extended period of time, would do well to consult with a Darvocet injury lawyer. Connecting your symptoms to the use of the medication can be difficult unless you have legal expertise on your side.