Serious Health Threats to Avoid during the California Drought

Serious Health Threats to Avoid during the California Drought
It has already been four years of drought in California. Plenty of solutions are proposed by various concerned entities and, most of all, the government. However, while different suggestions are being addressed constantly to aid the issue, majority of individuals remain oblivious or unaware of the associated problems that such phenomenon or the deficiency of rainfall can eventually prompt. Apart from economic-related drawbacks and negative effects towards the environment, the occurrence of El Niño that has been distressing the state also has a huge impact on one’s health.

Subsequently, several studies were conducted by the most respectable agencies regarding the matter wherein results are found harmonizing with each other declaring that the state is currently exposed to serious public health threats because of drought. So, if you are residing in California, the most common diseases which you may acquire during El Niño, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), are the following:

  • Valley fever. With symptoms such as chest pain, coughing and of course fever, an individual might already been suffering from valley fever. This is possible by simply inhaling airborne fungal spores called coccidioidomycosis. Valley fever occurs during dry weather season.
  • E. coli and Salmonella. These two types of bacteria cause infectious diseases by means of food contamination. Basically, both the E. coli and Salmonella propagates during drought. Abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, fever and vomiting are symptoms worth observing.
  • Acute respiratory illnesses. An individual suffering from an acute respiratory disease experiences problem with oxygen supply which may lead to one’s death. According to CDC, since hand sanitation is compromised during such time, the risk of infection transmission is present.
  • Gastrointestinal infections. Same with the preceding example, gastrointestinal infections or diseases disturbing one’s stomach are prone during drought. The gastrointestinal infections’ common symptoms are dehydration, fever, loss of appetite, dizziness, and vomiting and weight loss.
  • Mosquito-borne ailments. Diseases transmitted by insects are connected to drought mainly because the bodies of waters can shrink resulting for it to become stagnant which is also creates great breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Examples are dengue, malaria and chikungunya virus.

Meanwhile, the presence of El Niño also has effects towards individuals who are venturing on agricultural businesses and other water-dependent industries as confirmed by the CDC. These comprise of anxiety as well as behavioral and mental health. Apart from that, the agency also states that recreational injuries increases as the deficiency of rainfall evidently lowers the water levels of lakes. These are possible during some leisure activities such as boating and diving, to be specific. Obviously, these additional health threats triggered by drought occurrence are enough reasons for every individual to imply precautionary measures and value their health.

On the other hand, whenever an individual experiences one of these drought-related diseases or if some symptoms are manifesting, then it’s important to consult a physician right away taking note that self-medication may cause further troubles. While some conditions necessitate medicine intakes alone, others are calling for medical procedures to effectively cure. However, if the physician failed to diagnose or otherwise committed a misdiagnosis, conducted a surgical error, allowed a premature discharge or gave an improper medication or dosage, the subjected patient has a medical malpractice claim.

Furthermore, misreading of laboratory results, poor aftercare and even a failure to recognize symptoms are some additional practices which declare a medical practitioner’s liability towards any hazardous effects that it may cause against an individual. In such situation, it’s advantageous to hire a Los Angeles personal injury attorney and demand the right compensations for the entire losses of a medical malpractice victim. Still, prevention is better than cure. Proper hygiene, healthy eating habits and a regular exercise will do.

Guitar Legend Carlos Santana Crashes Car into Parked Vehicle

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A few days after John Clark Gable was reportedly charged for hitting six parked cars, here is another incident of a driver hitting a parked car.

Recent reports have it that the guitar legend Carlos Santana drove his car into a vehicle parked near an upscale community in Las Vegas last Friday night.

According to reports, Santana was alone when the incident occurred as he was on his way home. It was not clear whether a sobriety field test was done to the rock guitarist. Nevertheless, police recently confirmed that he was not driving under the influence at the time of the accident.

Fortunately, no one was injured from the accident. So far, details regarding the incident available are only limited. Even the make and the extent of damage of the parked car are still unknown. One thing is for sure, the incident occurred within the area of Summerlin, a well-to-do community in west Las Vegas.

The police further claimed that it was only a minor incident. In fact, it was not even “log worthy”, the police added, referring to the police department’s official record of events.

Based on Santana’s concert schedule, he did not have a concert on Friday.

Santana became well known during the 1960s and early 1970s with his band which performs a blend of rock and Latin American music until present. In 2003, he was listed at number 20 of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time. Also, he has won 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards.

Meanwhile, a Los Angeles personal injury attorney claimed that it is not the first time that a celebrity or a big personality ironically engaged in such incident of hitting parked cars. Aside from Gable, the lawyer herein once featured Ben Affleck in his blog when the latter accidentally struck a parked vehicle in Los Angeles, California. The driver of the other vehicle was not around. Therefore, without having any intention of fleeing away, the actor decided to just leave an apology note with his contact number on it attached at the vehicle’s windshield.


Rap Mogul Diddy Shaken up in Beverly Hills Car Accident

American rapper Sean Combs, who is best known as Diddy, was reportedly injured following a car accident in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

According to reports, Diddy was shaken up after his driver hit a Lexus Sedan which at that time was turning left in front of the multi-talented mogul’s black Escalade in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel in Sunset Boulevard.

Reports claimed that TMZ was able to obtain photos of Diddy’s wrecked car while the latter was a little bit shaken up lying down on the grass.

Police were called to the scene and according to them, everyone involved in the accident was injured. However, it is still unclear how serious were the injuries sustained by the victims but police told the media that no one was transported to a hospital although a responding ambulance was present at the scene.

Accordingly, Diddy got his own medical attention thereafter.

On the other hand, although a police report was taken following the incident, no citations were issued. Most probably, Diddy’s party and the other driver had already settled the issues outright regarding who is at fault and who will be held liable for the damages incurred.

Diddy is an American rapper, singer, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He worked as a talent director and profited from the success of the artists he signed. His released albums also brought even greater success to him. Moreover, he has won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards.

In addition to his success in the music industry, Diddy’s non-music businesses, including a clothing line and two restaurants, have made him the richest figure in the hip-hop industry this year, according to Forbes.

Further reports claimed that after the incident, the 42-year-old artist mogul posted in his Twitter account: “Woah … that was a close one!”

Diddy is a good guy. Therefore, it is far possible that his life would just end in a simple car accident. In fact, a Los Angeles personal injury attorney here has witnessed how Diddy exerted efforts in founding a charity to help the youth. Also, he, together with fellow hip-hop royalty Jay-Z, donated a generous amount to the victims of Hurricane Katrina way back in 2005.

Nationwide Peanut Butter Recall Recently Includes Raw and Roasted Nuts

raw and roasted nutsIn a recent update regarding the massive peanut butter recall which affected all leading grocery stores nationwide, reports claimed that the recall now includes raw and roasted nuts.

So far, more that 400 different products have been added to the growing list of recalled items from the grocery store. Products recalled include Moonpies and ice creams based on a long list released by Sunland Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

As a safety precaution as well as to avoid injuries or further product liability claims, Sunland had previously recalled peanut butter brands sold at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Target, Kroeger, Cosco, and Stop and Shop.

Meanwhile, the total number of reported illnesses linked to peanut butter has now reached 35. Initially, there were only 28 reported illnesses across the country when the news about salmonella contamination in peanut butter products surfaced by the end of September.

Upon discovering that a certain number of people who got ill with salmonella apparently shopped at Trader Joe’s, the FDA had since warned consumers not to eat peanut butter products manufactured by Sunland. Also, the agency conducted a test of salmonella bacteria in the affected products and different surfaces in the manufacturing plant.

Subsequently, the agency confirmed the presence of salmonella in an opened jar of Trader Joe’s peanut butter and in the environmental samples taken from the plant.

Also, previous reports claimed that the products affected by the recall are those that were manufactured between May and September. Now, it turns out that peanut butter products packed at Sunland’s Mexico plant as far back as March 2010 are likewise contaminated with salmonella.

Meanwhile, some leading brands of peanut butter like Skippy, Jiff, and Peter Pan are not made by Sunland and are therefore not affected by the recall nor do they contain salmonella bacteria.

As a concerned citizen, a Los Angeles personal injury attorney said that it is important to be always updated with such news update for safety purposes. Therefore, spreading public awareness is very significant at this time.

Another Former NFL Player Wishes to Donate Brain for Brain Injury Study

The former NFL player, Junior Seau, was found dead last May 3 with a gunshot on his chest. According to authorities, apparently, it was a self-inflicted shot. Therefore, suicide was seen as a factor to the incident.

The 43-year-old former football player had a standout career as a Pro Bowl linebacker during his 20 seasons in NFL. He played for San Diego Chargers and exited the league in 2010.

Seau’s suicide served as a reminder of last year’s incident when another former NFL player, Dave Duerson, committed suicide due to his unbearable sufferings caused by brain injury. Duerson left a suicide note, saying that he wanted his brain to be donated to science.

Many speculated that the same reason provoked Seau to end his own life, since the legendary linebacker during his football career suffered a number of hits to the head.

The only difference with Seau’s death from Duerson’s was that Saeu did not leave a suicide note. However, San Diego Chargers’ chaplain, Shawn Mitchell, said that Seau’s decision in shooting himself in his chest led the team, as well as Seau’s family, to a conclusion that the former player definitely wanted his brain to be donated to science for brain injury study.

In an interview, Mitchell said that Seau’s family will allow researchers to study the former NFL player’s brain for possible brain injury and damages.

Aside from the former players who committed suicide, other living players publicly declared that that they also want their brains to be donated for further study to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University once they died.

Last Thursday, at least 100 more players added their names to the growing list of former and current NFL players who filed a brain injury lawsuit against the league.

During his lifetime, Seau never participated in any of the pending lawsuit against the NFL but no one can ever tell if his family in would never raise a claim, particularly if researchers prove that there was evidence of concussion in Seau’s brain.

Football players and boxers are the not the only athletes at risk of brain injury, but hockey players as well. In fact, in the previous years, 28-year-old professional hockey player Derek Boogaard and 45-year-old former NHL player Bob Probert were found to have a trace of brain injury in their autopsies following their death.

Brain injury can actually ruin one’s life, causing paralysis and sometimes death. The condition may be treated, but will take a long period of time and a lot of money. Therefore, victims have to first mount a claim in order to get the right compensation that they need to remedy their illness. Definitely, victims have to make sure that they have the best legal representative, like a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, in raising a claim so that all their efforts would not be wasted.

9–vehicle Collision in Monterey Killed 3

multiple car accidentThree people were killed in a vehicle accident involving nine cars last February 22 in Monterey County, California.

According to initial investigations, a suspected drunken driver who was trying to reach for her cell phone caused the 9-vehicle collision.

The three fatalities were identified as Maria Ochoa, 35, from Pleasanton, Rafael Zambrano Llamas, 37, Graciela Hernandez Llamas, 39. The victims were riding in one of the nine cars involved at the accident. The fourth occupant, who was taken to the hospital due to serious injuries sustained, remained unidentified.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Zoltan Treiner said that the victims came from a funeral in King City and were heading home when the tragic accident occurred.
The said multiple car crash happened just north of the Jolod Road exit of Highway 101 in King City at around the 8:45 in the evening. A Ford Explorer driven by Vivian Ramirez, 42, from Gonzales, crossed at the center divider and crashed against the Volkswagen driven by Llamas, who was on the opposite lane. Treiner said that the suspected drunken driver was reaching for her cell phone, and then  lost control of her car and crashed straight on to the other motorists. As a result of her negligence, she created a multiple vehicle mishap and left several injured people.

Ramirez also sustained serious injuries, but it doesn’t make her excused from all her liabilities resulting from the collision. She was arrested for driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, according to the CHP.

On January 1, 2009, a Wireless Communication Device Law has been implemented in California. The law prohibits California motorists from using or handling mobile phones while driving. Nevertheless, motorists still keep on disobeying the traffic rules and regulations. Therefore, such fatal vehicle accidents due to other people’s negligence often happen.

Victims from such accidents may file for a claim for the injuries and damages they sustained. The victims may seek help from an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney to guide them through the claim process and to make sure that they would get what they deserve for their compensation.

Suspected Drug Dealer/Buyer Arrested after Crashing into LA County Jail

A suspected drug buyer or dealer may have been destined to spend time in prison after crashing into the Central Jail while being chased by authorities in Los Angeles.

According to reports, the driver was being watched by undercover narcotics police officers during an alleged drug transaction. When authorities trailed behind the man, the latter began to move the wrong way.

He kept on moving though authorities have already stopped chasing him.

Preliminary reports show that the driver struck parked vehicles. He then slammed into Los Angeles County Central Jail, which is located along Bauchet Street in Chinatown, said police.

Authorities arrested the man after the incident.

In this case, the man may be found guilty of various offenses including negligent driving and drug trafficking.

For more information about vehicle accidents, you are advised to call a skilled Los Angeles personal injury attorney.

2 Boys Injured in Intersection Collision near Tulare

The risk of an accident is greater when you are along an intersection because you will likely encounter vehicles coming from various directions.

At least two boys were injured after a 2000 Nissan sedan and a 2002 Toyota sedan collided along an intersection near Tulare.

According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers, both Angel and Diego, who are aged 11 and 12, were not wearing their seatbelt when the accident occurred. They were ejected from the vehicle due to the impact.

Fortunately, the boys landed on a pasture which was near the corner of Road 132 and Avenue 228.

This accident shows the importance of being cautious with your actions while on the road, especially while passing along an intersection. In addition, it also tells you how important it is to wear your seatbelt because this tool can save your life and protect you from serious injuries when an accident happened.

You can learn more about car accidents by consulting with a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.

Speeding Elderly Driver Dies after Plunging into Creek in Sonoma

Speeding is one of the most common causes of auto accidents. A driver who speeds up has a high chance of losing control of his or her vehicle. In addition, he or she will have a reduced time when reacting to situations around him or her.

An 81-year-old speeding driver has recently died in a solo car accident in Sonoma County.

According to reports, the driver identified as Carolyn Dusharme, from Sonoma, was driving along Fifth Street West at high speeds. Her 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant then swerved off the roadway while passing along the Leveroni Road intersection, said police.

The vehicle crashed into a guardrail, moved through a field, and plunged into Sonoma Creek before it stopped on its side.

The elderly driver died at the accident area. Authorities have not yet determined whether she suffered from any medical condition before the accident occurred.

For more information about car accidents, you can seek legal advice from a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.