Lead: The Equal Opportunity Toxin

By | May 29, 2007

What is Lead Poisoning?Lead poisoning, also known as saturnism, plumbism or painter’s colic, is caused by increased blood lead levels as a result of exposure to lead in the environment. Lead is a neurotoxic metallic element that can be absorbed by the body, usually through the lungs and stomach. When too much lead accumulates in the body, lead… Read More »

Ephedra: Chinese Medicine or International Killer?

By | May 29, 2007

What is Ephedra Ephedra (Chinese: ma huang) is an alkaloid chemical compound traditionally obtained from the plant Ephedra sinica, an Asian evergreen shrub. Its principal derivative, ephedrine, has many of the characteristics of an amphetamine and has been used as a decongestant and for temporary relief of shortness of breath caused by asthma, nasal decongestant, and minor eye… Read More »

Paxil: The Depressing Antidepressant?

By | May 29, 2007

What is Paxil?Paxil, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, is one of several selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market. Paxil is prescribed for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder. The idea behind Paxil is that it increases levels of serotonin in the spaces between brain cells thereby allowing… Read More »

Vioxx: From the Shelf to the Senate Floor

By | May 29, 2007

What is Vioxx?Vioxx, generic name rofecoxib, is a COX-2 selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Vioxx is a prescription medicine prescribed primarily to reduce acute pain in adults, inflammation and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis, painful menstrual cycles, rheumatoid arthritis and certain forms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and to treat migraines. What are the dangers of Vioxx?On October 1, 2004… Read More »

Mesothelioma – Your Risks & Rights

By | April 12, 2007

What is Mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. There are various types of mesothelioma, all of which are fatal and for which there is no cure. Some of the symptoms include: shortness of breath, coughing/wheezing, chest pain, weight loss, abdominal swelling, jaundice, cachexia, bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities,… Read More »

Pennsylvania Automobile Insurance Laws

By | June 29, 2006

Here are the important highlights of the Pennsylvania automobile insurance law, more formally called, the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law: 1) When purchasing a new policy after 1990, your insurance company must notify you, in writing, of two very important coverage options which you are to consider. The options are regarding “limited tort” and “full tort” coverage.… Read More »

New Requirements for Tax-Exempt Entities

The Internal Revenue Service has recently announced new requirements for tax-exempt organizations. These new regulations became effective June 8, 1999 and apply to all exempt organizations other than private foundations. Basic Requirements for Tax Exempt Entities Most people have a basic understanding that non-profit entities can obtain exemptions so that the entity does not have to pay any… Read More »

Restructured IRS Helps Businesses

SMALL BUSINESS CAN CELEBRATE IRS RESTRUCTURING. With the recent passage of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, many new taxpayer rights provisions now allow businesses to function more smoothly despite IRS audit or collection efforts. The new law expands, clarifies, and fine-tunes many of the most significant small-business oriented provisions in the Taxpayer Relief Act of… Read More »

Several Crucial 2004 “Crash Facts”

By | January 14, 2005

UNINTENTIONAL DEATHS: The leading cause of “Unintentional Deaths“ (which were caused by motor vehicle in the United States in the year 2004) will be over 50,000. As the clock ticked away the death caused by such a crash took place almost every 13 minutes! Recently published statistics prove that there was a disabling injury every 14 seconds and… Read More »

President Bush Signs the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005

By | January 14, 2005

In our recent e-mail magazine (which can be viewed at www.visaserve.com) it was reported that Congress passed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005. On December 8th, 2004, President Bush signed the consolidated spending package containing numerous business immigration-related measures. The most salient of the provisions of the Bill make significant changes to the present H-1B and… Read More »