John Eddie Williams and Baylor University

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Schools | 0 comments

The self made image of John Eddie Williams began before he graduated college. Starting at a young age, he had his sights set on athletics and education. His early accomplishments through the university impacted him to set a path of giving back.

Williams attended Pasadena High School, whereafter he set off to Baylor University on a football scholarship. Recruited by then-head coach Grant Teaff, Williams played football for two years. This inspired Williams to set up an athletic scholarship in his name, and contribute to the construction of a new football field. Supporting the Division 1 football team has enabled the program to link the Baylor Community. With the new stadium featuring an event center, Stadium Club, and 45,000 seats, all segments of the Baylor community are connected.

After graduating cum laude with his business degree, Williams pursued a law degree. Succeeding as first in his class and editor-in-chief of the Baylor Law Review, Williams was a stand out. Before even graduating, he had passed the Texas State Bar Exam. Considering the impact Baylor Law School had on him, Williams made a decision to give back to the program. Contributing to the law school’s capital and endowment fund, Law Center, and Legal and Research Technology Center have been focuses to show his appreciation. All of these programs enable students to make new discoveries while expanding their legal education.

As a private Christian university, Baylor educates 15,000 students yearly. It has 19 varsity sports teams, participates in the Big 12 Conference, and emphasizes research in its educational platform. Williams’ efforts have supported encompassing aspects of Baylor life, and benefit the school in accordance with their vision as a university.

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Experience History at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Photography | 0 comments

There is, perhaps, no other history or mythology on Earth that is as incredible as that of Egypt. From the Great Pyramids of Giza, to the Sphinx, and to the (literally) hundreds of gods and goddesses and their own unique pictographic documentation known as hieroglyphics, there is almost no other historical culture that can even come close to its magnificent.

Now, you might be thinking – there is only so much that photos and books can get you. It truly is a culture meant to be experienced on a more personal level and yet time, money, and effort for an authentic Egyptian expedition is quite difficult. Luckily enough, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum comes close as the next best thing.

Detailed to a science, care to make the museum as authentic as it can be has been made, from the littlest details in the architecture to the exhibits showed, it is almost as if going through a magic portal that takes you from San Jose – all the way to Ancient Egypt. A guided tour will take you through the numerous pieces offered for viewing in the collection.

Ancient scrolls and statues from thousands of years ago are available for display, offering educational opportunities for kids to know more about world history. An experience just as this could even spark curiosity about what else could be out there, buried beneath earth and sand, that could tell the people of today about its past in order to better its future, inspiring future scholars and possible archaeologists with a thirst for knowledge? There is also a planetarium show offered that allows for people to learn more about the cosmos beyond!

There is so much to know and discover and learn and the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum makes all of that available for you!

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Diabetes and Dental Health

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

Diabetes has become a widespread condition in the United States, with Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2014 reports stating that about 29 million Americans suffering from it. Diabetes is one of the 10 leading factors in deaths in the United States and around the world, as stated by the World Health Organization. Diabetes is also has a direct linked to heart disease and stroke, along with a factor in serious health complications such as kidney failure, loss of sight, amputation, and many others. People know that in order to avoid diabetes or prevent further complications that it might cause, it is important to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and take prescribed medications. However, one more simple way to avert or manage diabetes is through proper dental care.

Diabetes and dental care are interconnected. Diabetes increases the risk of gum disease, and this could lead to a number of complications. As explained by Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., diabetes increases people’s risks of gum disease because it makes is harder for the body to combat bacterial infection. Likewise, gum disease could influence the blood glucose levels that can make diabetes advance faster as compared to people who don’t have diabetes. Aside from gum disease, diabetes also increases the risk of dry mouth (a condition where there is little or not enough saliva in the mouth) and thrush (an infection of fungal origin and affects the tongue and mouth), although this is not exclusive to those who suffer from diabetes.

To make dental health a preventive measure against diabetes, you must practice proper dental hygiene. With people suffering from diabetes having two or three times more prone to having gum disease, proper dental hygiene and routine dental check-ups can lower their medical expenses and have a 40 percent lower hospitalization than those who neglected their dental appointments. Aside from protecting your health from complication brought about by diabetes and dental health, you can save yourself some expenses from medications and hospitalizations though simple but regular dental care regime.

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ISMP Reports on Xarelto Adverse Events

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Drugs and their Effects | 0 comments

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a nonprofit organization that serves as a consumer watchdog for the safety of drugs and other medication, provides quarterly reports on whatever pharmaceutical products are currently in the spotlight in the medical community. In the first quarter of 2013, it reported on the apparent rising number of adverse events associated with Xarelto, also known generically as rivaroxaban. It stated that the number of adverse events reported in that quarter was 680, significantly higher than that for its older cousin Pradaxa, known generically as dabigatran, with 528.

The report went on to speculate that this higher incidence may be due to the fact that Xarelto, which was introduced to the market later than Pradaxa, has been rapidly gaining popularity, outstripping Pradaxa in terms of prescriptions 2 to 1. Because more people are using the product, the statistical possibility of an adverse event is correspondingly higher.

However, this does not mean that Xarelto is not more dangerous than Pradaxa. In fact, the first lawsuit brought against the drug’s manufacturer (Bayer Corp) and US distributor (Janssen Ortho LLC) alleged in its lawsuit filed with the Pennsylvania state court that Xarelto posed too high a risk to patients to have been sold in the first place. This is in the wake of a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that indicated drug makers or distributors who sold products they knew or should have known posed a significant risk to consumers may be held liable for any harm or injury that resulted from their use.

This is a precedent that effectively raises the bar on the duty of care these drug makers and distributors have towards the consumer, and has the potential to broaden the number of cases for past and present drug-related injuries that may still qualify for civil litigation. As pointed out on the website of Williams Kherkher, those seriously injured from using dangerous drugs should not have to bear the consequences on their own. At the very least, they should be able to get compensation for their medical expenses which can be great enough in the more serious cases to lead to bankruptcy.

If you have suffered serious injury that has been identified as having been caused by Xarelto or any other drug, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. Find out more about by consulting with a Xarelto lawyer experienced in handling dangerous drug cases.

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Your Camera’s Aperture

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Photography | 0 comments

Fancy cameras have numerous complicated settings to fiddle with on them. Even minor changes in some of these settings can have a huge impacts on the resulting photographs, so it is wise to have at least a small understanding of what’s happening when you change them.

One of the most important settings on nice cameras is the ability for the photographer to adjust the lens’s aperture. The aperture controls how large of a hole the camera is allowing light to pass through. Light is what makes photography possible, so changes in the area of light the camera is allowing into its sensors translate into changes in the photograph.

The aperture is designated by the letter f and a number, as in f/22. The larger the number below the f, the smaller the aperture. Most people will tell you this is counter-intuitive at first, but they are wrong as this notation is clearly fractional. When you look at it that way, it’s clear that an f/1.4 is larger than f/8.

Photos taken with larger apertures have less depth of field. This means that less of the photograph will be in focus. This can be useful when you really want to focus on a specific aspect of your subject. Smaller apertures create wider depths of field, meaning more of the image is in focus. Here is a picture to help illustrate the relationship between depth of field, aperture, and distance from the subject.


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Paxil Birth Defects

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Drugs and their Effects | 0 comments

Paxil (paroxetine) is a brand-name antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class associated with a number of side effects. Paxil birth defects have been the focus of some concern following claims of causation as well as indications in a cohort study of 958 women who took the drug in their first trimester of pregnancy.

In the study, it is suggested that there is a 1 in 25 chance that women taking Paxil in early pregnancy will give birth to a child with a birth defect, and a 1 in 50 chance that the child will have a heart-related malformation. These numbers represent a significant increase in the risk for birth defects for women who are not on the antidepressant.

The most common heart defect observed in the study was a ventricular septal defect, which is a hole in the heart that may resolve on its own or corrected surgically. Cleft lip and cleft palate (malformation of the mouth) as well as digestive system malformations were also observed in the study group. An example of the digestive problems that developed is pyloric stenosis, the thickening of the pylorus (valve connecting the stomach to the small intestines) muscles, making it difficult for food to enter the small intestines.

It is also suggested that pregnant women who take Paxil in the latter stages of pregnancy give birth to babies that exhibit withdrawal syndrome symptoms such as irritability, difficulty in breathing, and incessant crying. Paxil may also be passed through in breast milk in small amounts.

While there are indications that Paxil may increase the risk of birth defect, it is not considered conclusive fact that there is a causative relationship. The risk of these birth defects is always present even if the mothers do not take any kind of medication. However, because manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline continues to deny any causation for Paxil birth defects, it is the focus of much controversy. The drug is currently under fire from many patients claiming compensation for the injury to their affected offspring.

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Joint and Several Liability in New Hampshire

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Hospital Mistakes | 0 comments

Legalese can be frustration to the average person because few people what the law is actually saying. Whether the use of obfuscating language is deliberate or not, when making a claim for medical malpractice in New Hampshire, for example, you will definitely need a New Hampshire medical malpractice attorney not only to help you understand the law, but also protect your rights under that law.

It may happen that upon assessment, the lawyer will tell you that there are two or more parties who may be held liable for the medical malpractice injury you or a family member sustained. Depending on the case, the lawyer may recommend that you file against all or just one of the possible defendants. This is because New Hampshire uses a modified form of the joint and several liability doctrine. That is a concept that is as complicated as it sounds.

In its pure form, joint and several liability means that in cases where there is more than one defendant, each and every one of those so named are liable for the entire amount of the damages awarded regardless of the degree of fault of each defendant. The plaintiff does not have to establish how much each defendant is to be blamed for the injury, or how the payment will be divided among the defendants. In general, solvent defendants become liable for the payments that should have accrued to insolvent defendants.

Under modified joint and several liability, a defendant is only liable for the entire amount awarded if they are found to be 50% or more at fault. Currently, there are 27 other states aside from New Hampshire which practice modified joint and several liability. This is embodied in New Hampshire law under the revised statutes under Section 507:7-e. If a case involves such a defendant, it would be easier although riskier to name only that majority defendant in a lawsuit because the amount of work involved can be narrowed to that one defendant, although if the court finds for the defendant, the plaintiff may end up with nothing.

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