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Posts made in October, 2013

What You Need to Know when Seeking a Nonimmigrant Visa

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Immigration Laws | 0 comments

Obtaining a nonimmigrant visa is a confusing process for the majority of people looking to work or study in the United States. In order to move the process along quickly many people seeking visa status hire a lawyer. Nonimmigrant visas are classified under two categories, those based on employment, and those based on factors not dealing with employment.

Typically work-related visas are available to people who only plan on working temporarily in the United States. Many of the visas, like the H-1b, H-2b, and L-1a allow people to work up to three years before their visa is up for renewal. According to the website of the Law Office of William Jang PLLC, there are derivative visas for children or family members of people seeking temporary work visas. Most times derivative visas for children under the age of 21 allow (even require) them to attend school.

Some of the nonimmigrant visas based on employment are available to specialty professionals, transferees from international companies, religious workers, temporary business visitors, and treaty traders. In some cases, people looking to obtain an employment visa must have worked in their native country for multiple years before they are eligible to receive a visa.

In addition to employment-based visas, nonimmigrant visas can also be for people not seeking employment, like the spouse or fiancé of a United States citizen, a student, or a long-term visitor. Additionally, the Visa Waver Program (VWP) allows temporary visitors to forgo the process of trying to get a visa. In order to qualify for the VWP program, the visitor must be able to prove that they have sufficient funds and that the duration of their trip will be 90 days or less. Currently, 35 countries participate in the VWP program.

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Skin Care Tips

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Health & Beauty | 5 comments

Beautiful skin is sought after by almost every woman in America. We are exposed to flawless-looking women in the media and attempt to emulate their skin through all sorts of (useful and crazy) remedies. Below is a list of simple, non-crazy, steps to take in order to improve the overall look and feel of your skin:

  1. Avoid Sun Damage. Using sunscreen and avoiding the sun between 10am and 4pm, which is when the suns rays are their strongest, helps reduce your chances of skin cancer and also slows your skin’s aging.
  2. Stay Away From Cigarettes. Not only does smoking make you look older, it also is a major producer of wrinkles.
  3. Cleanse Carefully. Choose mild cleansers, shave carefully, and moisturize with a moisturizer that contains SPF. All these things help retain moisture in your skin, adding to its healthy glow.
  4. Eat Healthy. Having a healthy, mostly natural, diet can help your skin look its finest. Eating processed foods can cause acne and oiliness.
  5. Exercise. Exercising releases oxygen and nutrients to your skin, while also burning calories!

Keeping these tips in mind during your daily life will help your skin look amazing not only now, but in the long run as well.

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Actos’ Adverse Effects are Obvious Acts of Negligence

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Defective Pharmaceuticals, Personal Injury | 1 comment

For a number of years after 1999, Type II diabetes patients benefitted from an oral drug that helped them manage their blood sugar level and reduced the quantity of glucose released by the liver. With no known cure to their illness and fully confident of their doctor’s capabilities, Type II diabetics accepted whatever drug was prescribed to them.

One oral drug that was recognized as very promising was Actos. Produced by Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., and certified by the US Food and Drug Administration, Actos, or Pioglitazone, was released to the market in 1999. A year after its release, the drug was approved by the French Medicines Agency for distribution in France and then eight years later, it became one of the 10 most prescribed oral diabetes drugs in the US.

Since its release millions of people around the globe have been prescribed with the drug Actos. Thus, in 2010 many were taken aback by with the findings of a group of researches that studied Actos. The study brought into the open the many adverse effects caused by the drug, which Takeda maintained to be totally safe.

The effects ranged from mild to life-threatening; some patients have even suffered death due to Actos. Some of the mild effects caused by Actos include urinary tract infection, hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, upper respiratory infection, fever, dizziness, muscle pain, chills, limb pain and diarrhea. The severe ones are bladder cancer, lactic acidosis, heart and liver failure and macular edema.

In 2011 France and Germany banned the distribution of Actos in their countries. During this same year too the estimated number of lawsuits that seemed would be filed against the drug’s manufacturer Takeda reached more than 10,000.

Many more are expected to come to the open and seek justice from Takeda’s great act of irresponsibility and negligence. Type II diabetes is serious and hard enough for anyone to suffer from; adding bladder cancer to one’s suffering would redound to a major unjust offense.

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