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Children's makeup contains asbestos

Asbestos contaminates products used to manufacture makeup. Manufacturers can use asbestos fibers in talc, a powder added to some makeup brands to bind makeup particles together. Claire's, a nation-wide retailer that markets cosmetics to children and teens, as well as to young adults, recalled nine of their cosmetics in December 2017 for asbestos contamination.

The FDA tests for mercury, lead and other chemicals in the cosmetics production industry, but it does not test for asbestos. Today, in spite of the known dangers of asbestos-contaminated talc, there is currently no United States regulatory agency responsible for asbestos-testing for talc used in any makeup manufactured and sold in this country or imported from foreign countries. 

Why should you bring a family member with you to the doctor?

When you have an important doctor's visit to attend in Louisiana, one of the first things you may consider doing is bringing a family member with you for moral support and comfort. However, are there more benefits to this decision than those? If you go about the appointment in the right way and disclose your expectations to your family member ahead of time, having his or her accompaniment can be highly beneficial. 

One of the most important things you can do to make sure the visit is still productive and focused is to speak with your family member ahead of the actual appointment. Let them know why you would like the company. Suggest scenarios in which their intervention would be appropriate and appreciated. As such, you can prevent the awkward circumstance where your family member takes too bold of an approach and essentially distracts from the reason you are at the doctor at all. 

Reducing the mental health side effects of mesothelioma

Many Louisiana residents are familiar with the threat of mesothelioma, a type of cancer that may come from exposure to asbestos. While there are many physical symptoms of the disease, a mesothelioma diagnosis may also take a toll on a patient's mental and emotional health. Along with following a medical professional's recommended treatment course, patients may want to address emotional and mental challenges.

Many patients experience some level of fear following a mesothelioma diagnosis. Some patients feel more hopeful or confident when they have more information. Asking medical professionals questions about the disease, symptoms, treatment options and potential side effects may help reduce some of the fear. The American Cancer Society has a long list of helpful questions patients may use to gather knowledge about their conditions. There are numerous topics patients may address with their health care providers, including cancer stages, second opinions, treatment options, recommended lifestyle changes and follow-up care.

Patient education can provide empowerment, reduce errors

Despite the fact that people would like to think that their doctor is invincible and will never make a mistake, medical providers in Louisiana are at risk of human error just like everyone else. As such, it is critical that patients recognize those risks and how to actively mitigate them in order to better protect themselves and their well-being. When patients are educated and equipped with the information, they need to provide support to their doctor, they can feel more confident about their doctor's ability to provide the highest level of care. 

Americannursetoday.com suggests that patients who are empowered and have been educated about their role in protecting their well-being may be able to more effectively protect themselves from the dangers of medical malpractice. One of the most effective ways of educating patients that doctors can participate in is to encourage their patients to communicate with them. They should provide opportunities for open discussion about the patient's health history, questions about any medications they are taking and whether or not they have any concerns about upcoming treatments. 

Examining some reasons for aggressive driving

A driver's behavior may be negatively influenced by their mental state, whether they experience a panic attack behind the wheel or decide to get in their car even though they are too drunk to drive safely. Moreover, some drivers are aggressive on the road, and this can increase the chances of a crash in many different ways. For example, an aggressive driver may have very little control over their emotions, which could cause them to become distracted from driving or even make abrupt moves on the road in an attempt to threaten someone driving another vehicle.

Drivers may become aggressive because they are upset with someone who is riding in their vehicle or talking to them on the phone. Or, another driver's behavior may cause them to become very frustrated and aggressive. Other stressors, such as the recent loss of a job or a spouse's affair, may also lead to aggressive behavior on the road. Moreover, some people are simply more aggressive than others in general.

Unexpected places you may find asbestos

Most people in Louisiana are familiar with the risks of asbestos. It substantially increases your chances of developing mesothelioma and lung cancer. Many locals know to get their houses inspected for asbestos before purchasing. However, asbestos hides in plenty of other places around New Orleans. 

Unfortunately, construction teams used asbestos in numerous buildings decades ago. Many buildings in the state still have asbestos lurking. Therefore, you need to be aware of where you go on a regular basis and whether there is a chance the building could contain asbestos. 

What should you know about traumatic brain injuries?

When you incur an injury in Louisiana, you may worry most about broken bones and sprains. However, sometimes the most dangerous wounds are the ones you cannot see, and it is important for you to recognize the signs of a traumatic brain injury so you can take action if you incur this wound.

You might sustain a traumatic brain injury in many ways. According to the Mayo Clinic, many people incur this wound after getting involved in a motor vehicle collision. You might also receive this wound as you play sports or if you fall down. People of all ages can incur this injury. However, you may be more likely to receive a brain injury if you are over the age of 60. People who are between 15 and 24 years old may also have an increased chance of incurring a brain injury if they hit their head. 

A properly restrained load can prevent an accident

Before many trucking companies in Louisiana agree to hire a new driver, they do a background check to verify that their driving record supports their ability to safely and responsibly operate a big truck. Truckers are required to test before they receive their CDL license which allows them to legally drive a truck. They are also required to undergo extensive training and instruction before they are allowed to drive independently. 

One of the tasks that truckers receive training on is how to properly secure their load to be able to transport it safely. According to insurancehub.com, a poorly loaded truck can cause the vehicle to tip over or roll over if an imbalance is too great. As such, it is imperative that truckers learn how to secure their load and check for signs that it needs a readjustment in order to continue their journey without putting their life or the lives of other motorists at risk. 

What are the risk factors for mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for the condition, only ways to manage it. Chest and/or abdominal pain, shortness of breath, bloating, wheezing, fever, night sweats, weight loss, fatigue, difficulty swallowing, body aches, coughing up blood and other uncomfortable and painful symptoms characterize mesothelioma. Most people do not know they have mesothelioma until 15 to 70 years after exposure. That said, you can help your Louisiana doctor make an informed diagnosis by understanding the risk factors of mesothelioma and knowing to which you have been exposed.  

According to Cancer.Net, there are four main risk factors for mesothelioma. The first and greatest risk factor is exposure to asbestos. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of individuals who receive a mesothelioma diagnosis have exposed themselves to asbestos at one point or another. Durable, flexible fibers and fire-proof properties make up the harmful chemical. 

How to know if you have mesothelioma

Over the years, many Americans have developed mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos. Some reports estimate that approximately 3,000 people receive a mesothelioma diagnosis annually

It is vital to know whether you can file a lawsuit for a disease a doctor could have prevented. Everyone in Louisiana needs to be aware of mesothelioma symptoms, so they know if they can pursue further legal action. 

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