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Oregon was the first state to decriminalize cannabis in 1973.  However, since then, legalization of marijuana has become increasingly more prominent throughout the United States in some form or another.  As of November 2018, marijuana has been completely legalized in 10 states and Washington DC.  Yet, it remains illegal for medicinal or recreational purposes in approximately 34% of the United States.

States that have Completely Legalized Marijuana Include:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington

What is CBD?

The naturally occurring compound, cannabidiol (CBD) can be found in the flower of cannabis. The CBD molecule has been known for its therapeutic properties throughout history.  Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is not psychoactive and is not responsible for the “high” sensation that is associated with marijuana use.

CBD Oil and Products

CBD oil is made when the CBD molecule is extracted from the cannabis plant and then diluted with a carrier oil such as hemp seed or coconut.  CBD can be used in multiple forms.  Whether applying it directly to the skin, placing it under the tongue, taking it in capsule form or cooking with it, CBD products have many medicinal features.

Extensive scientific research has proven that CBD oil and other products can treat the following:

  • Depression
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety
  • And much more

CBD Oil and Seizures

Most recently, CBD oil has been found to reduce seizures in epilepsy patients significantly.  On June 25, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first purified drug derived from cannabis to treat patients who suffer from seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut or Dravet syndromes.  It has been proven, CBD oil and other CBD products possess anticonvulsant properties.  These anticonvulsant properties affect the neurotransmitters responsible for sending messages throughout the body, therefore offering an alternative solution for the nearly 30% of patients who do not respond to current seizure medication options. Patients with intractable seizures can now consider CBD products as an alternative to traditional seizure medications. For more information contact a licensed medical professional.

Have you recently found yourself in need of child support due to divorce or separation?  If so, it is best to educate yourself and learn about your legal rights.  During any divorce or separation, child support is mandatory if minor children are involved.  In order to speed up your child support order, it is best to know the necessary steps in filing a child support case.

Steps to Receiving Child Support:

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  • Open a child support case
    Either parent can reach out to their local Child Support Division office to receive information on how to open a case and file a child support application form.
  • Locate the noncustodial parent (NCP)
    In order to obtain a support order, establish paternity, or enforce the order, the noncustodial parent must be located.  Either a home or work address is needed.
  • Establish paternity
    Before a child support order can be created, paternity must be established.  To establish paternity the father must admit or be proven to be the father.
  • File a support order
    During this process, a court will consider the income of both parents, the number of children, and medical insurance availability in determining the support amount.
  • Set-up payment
    Depending on your state requirements will determine if the child support payment must be deducted from the noncustodial parent’s paycheck or if another way is deemed acceptable.  Either way, it is essential to keep records of the payments made to prevent issues.
  • Enforce the support order
    Anytime the full child support amount is not paid, enforcement action is necessary.  When a noncustodial parent does not follow the child support order, he or she can be found in contempt of court.  If this were to occur the custodial parent could sue the noncustodial parent resulting in wages garnished or driver license blocked.
  • Review the order
    A review of the child support order will be completed per the requirements of your state.  However, both parents have the right to request an early review if substantial changes have occurred.

*It is important to remember these steps can vary from state to state and should only be used a basic guide*

Requesting a Legal Paternity Test

To obtain child support or custody, legal paternity testing is required.   The following people may request a legal paternity test:

  • Alleged mother
  • Alleged father
  • Legally recognized mother
  • Legally recognized father
  • An adult child
  • A minor child’s representative
  • Legal guardian or custodian
  • Government social services worker
  • Prosecuting attorney

Legal Paternity Testing Requirements

When a paternity test is needed it is imperative to know the differences between a legal paternity test and a home paternity test.   Courts in the United States will not accept the results from a home paternity test in a child support or custody case.  A home paternity test is generally for personal information only or to give you peace of mind.  Whereas, legal paternity test results can be used in court for child support, child custody, adoption, and inheritance rights cases.

Do you need a legal paternity test?

Mednovations offers legal paternity testing and works only with American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) accredited labs.  When legal paternity DNA testing is completed by an accredited lab, DNA results are 100% accurate.   Contact us or schedule an appointment online today.

Whether you are seeking help caring for your aging parents or yourself, Mednovations offers many benefits of physician house calls and may be the solution for you!  Our highly skilled medical team is here to support you and your family as you age gracefully.  Here at Mednovations, we understand that not all patients have the ability to make it to scheduled doctor appointments.  Whether you are homebound due to injury, illness, or age, our physician house calls can make seeing your medical team easier for you.

Benefits of Physician House CallsAccording to a study by AARP, one of three baby boomers is currently unmarried.  This number has increased by 50% since 1980. Additionally, it is estimated that by 2020, the baby boomers will make up a large part of 1.2 million people ages 65 or older who are currently living alone with no children or siblings.  Here at Mednovations, we understand the risks of not seeking medical care when needed and aim to make doctor appointments easier for this aging population.

In the 1930s, physician house calls were a regular part of medicine, but over time, these types of services have slowly disappeared until recently. A 2014 study, by the American Geriatrics Society, found that home health visits to Medicare patients saved 17 percent by reducing the patients need to go to the hospital or nursing home for medical treatments.  Over the past few years, these types of home healthcare models have been effectively used and tested.

Benefits of Physician House Calls

  • Cost Savings
  • Reduced need to seek emergency room treatment
  • Fewer hospital admissions
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Reduction in readmission rates
  • Reduction in long-term care facilities
  • And overall a more personalized visit

For more information regarding Mednovations physician house calls contact us today or visit our frequently asked questions page for more details.  Let us help reduce the stress and worry of making it to the doctor’s office while providing you with the best quality care from the comfort of your own home.