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People with diabetes could be at risk with SGLT2 inhibitors

When you have a potentially life-threatening illness such as diabetes, the last thing you want is for a medication to upset the delicate balance of your body's internal systems. If there is too much sugar in your blood, you could suffer from hyperglycemia. This could further develop into ketoacidosis.

One of the treatments some patients are given to help with diabetes is an SGLT2 inhibitor. This inhibitor is supposed to help maintain blood sugar levels by causing more of the sugar to be expelled through the urine. Unfortunately, these drugs can have serious side effects and may sometimes lead to ketoacidosis.

Watch carefully for signs of hernia mesh complications

Although hernias are often associated with jobs that involve frequent, heavy lifting, anyone can suffer a hernia. A hernia is the result of pressure forcing an organ or other body tissue through a hole in the nearby muscle or connective tissue. Anything from pregnancy and obesity to constipation can result in hernias in some people. Hernias can get worse over time if not carefully treated.

In minor cases, surgery may not be needed. However, the patient will likely have a lifelong restriction on certain activities, such as heavy lifting. In most cases, the doctor involved in a hernia case will recommend a surgery. Unfortunately, while surgery is the only known treatment for a hernia, it does not have a universal success rate.

4 types of in-school bullying

Are you worried that your child is getting bullied at school? When this happens, it can put your child in very real physical danger. It can also lead to issues like depression, falling grades and isolation.

As common as bullying is, it is important to take it seriously. That starts with understanding the scope of the problem. To get started, take a look at the four main types of bullying:

Some industries suffer from higher levels of discrimination

Any employee in the United States can be subjected to discrimination in some form or another, and there are protections in place to deal with this discrimination. However, some industries are disproportionately affected. The service industry is one of these industries. Many workers in restaurants, bars and coffee shops, unfortunately, face different types of discrimination on levels that tend to be higher than workers in other industries.

If you are a service industry worker in Missouri, you have certain rights and protections when it comes to workplace harassment and discrimination. It is important that you are able to recognize a situation that is discriminatory and that you know how to take action.

What can I do if I'm being harassed by a customer at work?

When people talk about workplace harassment, employee to employee harassment is what they tend to think about. Employees in corporate environments often deal solely with other employees, and peer to peer harassment tends to be the most common form in these scenarios.

However, employees who hold customer-facing positions are much more likely to be harassed by these customers as they are by co-workers. Employees in restaurants, bars, hospitals and retail stores have the right to work in environments free of all forms of harassment. Unfortunately, much of the time, not enough is done to protect workers from customer harassment.

Invokana can lead to amputations in diabetic patients

Patients turn to their doctor to find ways to manage medical conditions. The treatment plan is based on determining what conditions the person has and weighing the options for addressing them. For some patients, the treatment plan isn't without risks. There are some instances in which treating the underlying issues can put the patient in danger due to the side effects of drugs or procedures.

For people living with diabetes, trying to find a management program that helps keep their A1C at a suitable level, medications are necessary. One drug, Invokana, is a fairly common option that many doctors use. But are they putting patients at risk?

Both age and gender discrimination are issues in service jobs

The service industry is one of the biggest sectors of the United States economy. In fact, many people find that working in a service position is the best way to make a livable income. However, service industry jobs, especially tipped positions where a customer provides a gratuity, are often subject to discrimination by employers.

Appearance discrimination, especially weight discrimination, remains common in the service industry. Employers will seek the best-looking people they can and prioritize the most attractive staff members over others when it comes to scheduling. Unfortunately, while it can be difficult to prove this kind of discrimination, there is no question that it can have a serious financial impact on employees.

Racial discrimination in the workplace is surprisingly common

All workers in the state of Missouri are protected by discrimination laws. This means that they can take legal action if they have been illegally discriminated against in the workplace. Discrimination can take different forms, and the law seeks to protect workers from all occurrences of unfair treatment.

While the most common form of discrimination in the United States workplace involves workplace retaliation, racial discrimination is the second most reported type of discrimination. In 2017, 34 percent of all discrimination complaints were related to race. Racial discrimination is defined as any type of unfair action made against an employee because of their race, perceived race or skin color.

Documenting discrimination in the workplace

Many people experience discrimination in the workplace every day. Often, these victims do not have the tools to stand up to mistreatment. While the public focus on workplace discrimination and harassment in recent years has shed light on this issue, there is still a great deal of work to do before workers can depend on fair, equitable treatment in the workplace.

If you believe that you have experienced workplace discrimination, you may have an important role to play in steering your own work environment in a more just, respectful direction with a strong discrimination claim.

Do teachers have a responsibility to address abuse?

When you send your child to school, you are putting them into the care of their teachers. Therefore, you must have faith in the teachers' abilities to care for your child and keep them safe. If your child is being bullied by other students or treated abusively by other teachers, this needs to be taken very seriously.

When you learn that your son or daughter is being treated badly while at school, it is likely that you will want to know more about the teachers' responsibilities when it comes to protecting your child from harm — as well as their responsibilities to report such abuse.