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Benefits of Risperdal

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014

Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic drug generally prescribed by doctors for patients suffering from symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (also called manic depression). It is an atypical antipsychotic drug in two ways: first, its chemical composition is not related to earlier antipsychotic drugs and second, aside from affecting dopamine, Risperdal also affect serotonin levels (which are both influential in balancing mental wellbeing).

One advantage of taking Risperdal is that is has lower possibilities of causing side effects similar to Parkinson’s disease. Because these symptoms can cause severe issues for many patients, many often tend to discontinue treatments for their schizophrenia, which could eventually cause the condition to worsen. Additionally, most people have positive response with Risperdal compared to older antipsychotic drugs. Recent studies have shown that Risperdal (and its injectible version Risperdal Consta) have given significant improvements of symptoms for patients suffering from early symptoms of psychosis. Patients have also reported positive effects on their social and work functioning.

Risperdal is prescribed to both adults and children, but it is not a cure to these mental conditions. Rather, Risperdal helps in alleviating and managing the symptoms, along with prevention of possible relapses of the condition. Although Risperdal is also used for many “off-label” conditions, patients should understand that the drug Risperdal is not approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for these conditions. Taking Risperdal can increase your chances of severe side effects and health complications. As a matter of fact, as recent as November 4, 2013, manufacturers of Risperdal have settled a class action lawsuit put against them. This is in connection to health fraud, incorrect branding and marketing, and poor information about possible side effects. Many claimants have reportedly suffered from gynecomastia, a condition where men develop enlarged breasts with milk production. Johnson & Johnson, manufacturer of the Risperdal, has paid $ 2.2 million in settlement.

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How Distracted Driving Can Wreck Your Day

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013

There are three general forms of distracted driving, and each is dangerous in its own right.  These three major categories of distraction are manual distraction, visual distraction, and cognitive distraction.  Manual distraction means that a driver’s hands are not on the wheel, where they should be, when driving.  Visual distraction refers to a situation in which a driver is not looking at the roadway, usually because he or she is looking at something else in the vehicle or near that road.  Cognitive distraction means that a person’s thoughts are on something besides the driving tasks at hand, whether they are lost in thought, talking to another person, or engaging in another task altogether while they are driving, like applying makeup.  Each one of these distracted driving behaviors can cause significant hazards, and they are more commonly seen during the holiday season when people are thinking about a lot of things besides their driving.

Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can lead to some very serious car accidents, and can increase the severity of an accident should one occur. Some of the greatest risks posed by distracted driving include the following:

  • Cars veering into other lanes
  • Drivers suddenly slamming on the brakes or the accelerator when distracted visually
  • Drivers failing to slow down for sharp turns
  • Failure to use turn signals to warn others of your actions
  • Drivers disregarding road signs or warning signs

Each of these dangerous actions can result from distractions behind the wheel, and are often seen in holiday season traffic accidents.  Sadly, a fun, exciting day can quickly become painful, frustrating, and costly if you are involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver.  Many who are involved in this type of accident have to talk with a Champaign accident lawyer in order to learn more about their legal rights and options for pursuing compensation.

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Used Cars: The Advantage of Trading-in Your Vehicle

Posted by on May 27, 2013

Getting yourself a pre-owned, yet, perfectly reliable and affordable vehicle that fits your need and suits your taste is oftentimes easier and much more convenient than you would expect. Used car dealers, which have been in the business for so long and which offer budget-friendly quality cars, SUVs and trucks, would only be glad to help you get what you need, less all the hassles associated with buying a car like credit investigation, duration of loans application and approval.


Established used car sellers prioritize customer satisfaction; that is why they offer just the service needed to enable any customer to have his or her desired vehicle. With your credit not serving as the basis of your purchase, you can be offered in-house financing options that are approved on-site. Sometimes, to really fit in your budget, you can even trade-in your old car, in exchange for the model and brand that you want.


This is because dealers of pre-owned cars know that anyone can be a good customer, despite his or her inability to pay cash or despite his or her bad credit. Thus, with a staff trained to assist customers find the best financing plan for them, customers can be assured not only of getting the car of their dream, but getting it at a financing plan that will work for them too.


Besides in-house financing, another totally advantageous option offered by dealers is vehicle trade-in. Under this offer, the dealer assesses the value of your used car and makes that as the down-payment to the vehicle of your choice. Another good thing about trade-in is that you will never have to worry in case your used vehicle is not fully paid yet as your new dealer will be the one to work with your lien holder in taking care of your outstanding debt.

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Dangers of Riding at Night

Posted by on May 23, 2013

Riding at night can be unavoidable for many who have a motorcycle as their transportation. Although it is not really advisable to ride at night, a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts still do it; maybe because it gives a more different type of experience. Riding at night can make the rider more attentive and focused on driving, having to not only rely on their sight, but also to their smell and hearing. Riders at night need to be more observant, more responsive and quick to anticipate any danger that can happen suddenly.


The biggest danger of riding at night is being unseen and not able to see. This is one of the main reasons for a motorcycle accident. To avoid such problems and other concerns for riding at night, here are some tips that can help keep you safe:


  1. Visibility – staying visible while riding at night can be difficult; this is why it is important to have reflective jackets and pants while riding at night. It also helps to have an extra taillights and dual-running set of headlights that can make you more visible to the other motorist and makes you see the road ahead of your more clearly. Putting reflective tapes on your bike and helmet will also enhance your visibility at night. Also, make sure your helmet’s visor is equipped for night ride – clean it before using and change cracked visors.
  2. Defensive driving – give yourself enough space to respond to any trouble that you can encounter on the road, and don’t stay on another motorists’ blind spot. Avoid riding on the edge of the road where there may be lots of rocks, potholes and animals that can suddenly jump in your way. Take note of your speed; follow the speed limit and don’t drive too fast. Driving close to the middle of the road whenever possible.
  3. Be proactive – don’t give in to other motorist who are challenging you into a race, taunt you or are showing off. Don’t give in to road rage – you are more vulnerable to accidents than other motorists. Rest if you feel you are tired while driving, and wear clothing that is appropriate for night riding.


Riding your motorcycle at daytime if very different from riding it on night, there are certain situations that you need to be more attentive to and consider. For a motorcycle rider, safety comes in increased presence in the road I order to avoid being involved in a motorcycle accident.

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Benefits of Riding a Motorcycle

Posted by on May 18, 2013

Despite the rising statistics of motorcycle accidents, there are still a lot of people who prefer to ride their bikes than to drive a car. Why, you ask? Because they believe that motorcycles are a lot safer. Here are some reasons why people believe two-wheeled motorcycles are a safer vehicle than their four-wheeled counterparts:


  1. Better view of the road – with the rider’s position, they have a wider and fuller view of the road. They don’t have anything around them that can create blind spots, and turning their heads can give them a clear, all-around view. With the bike’s size, they can move from lane to lane if another vehicle blocks their view. Seeing the road better, especially other motorists around, can give you a better chance of adjusting yourself to drive safely and avoid accidents.
  2. Quicker evasion and response – Once you see something gone awry you can have quicker response to avoid it. Being smaller than other vehicles on the road also make motorcycles swerve to other lanes to avoid collisions, and can pull to off shoulders safely if necessary. Motorcycles can also accelerate faster from a dangerous scene, and clearly has more evasion maneuvers than a car.
  3. More focused on driving – distractions are the leading cause of road accidents, and being inside the car makes a person be tempted to multitask. With the convenience of being able to drive with only one hand and doing another thing, people who drive cars can get distracted very easily, making them prone to accidents. Motorcycle riders, on the other hand, need both hands to drive, and put their attention to driving. They can’t afford to get distracted by doing another thing while on their bikes, thus they pay more attention to their driving and to other motorists.
  4. Better understanding of safety – motorcycle riders have very little protection, which explains why they are more attuned to driving safely than most motorists. Even with the protection offered by the car if the driver is careless, then accidents can still occur. Because riders understand their vulnerability when driving on the roads, they take a stance of defensive driving to protect themselves, making them a more responsible driver than most motorists.


Driving motorcycles definitely have their risks, as with driving cars. Everything we do comes with risks, we need to learn to recognize and understand these risks and do our best to minimize them to avoid accidents. Motorcycle accidents can definitely lead to serious injuries, but being a responsible motorist can greatly prevent these injuries.

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