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Drowsy driving is a persistent road safety issue

A worrying number of drivers in New Jersey and around the country admit to regularly getting behind the wheel despite being dangerously fatigued even though they know that behaving in this way can be extremely dangerous. After analyzing video footage of drivers filmed just before they were involved in serious accidents, the American Automobile Association determined that almost 10% of them crashed because they were drowsy. Another study from the National Sleep Foundation concluded that 24 hours without sleep impairs motorists as much as having a blood alcohol concentration of .10%. That would be enough to result in a drunk driving charge in every state.

One of the problems facing police departments and road safety advocacy groups is that drowsy driving is surrounded by myths and misunderstandings. Many motorists become fatigued toward the end of long journeys and think that opening a window, drinking a cup of coffee or turning up the stereo will help them to remain alert until they reach their destinations. Doctors know that this is not true.

NIOSH releases fact sheet to boost fall protection

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has discovered something that should alarm construction workers in New Jersey, which is the fact that falls are the main cause of death in their industry. On average, 310 construction workers die every year in falls, and 10,350 are seriously injured. The majority of falls from scaffolds (86%), roofs (81%) and ladders (57%) are in construction.

To help employers and workers be safer on the job, NIOSH has released a fact sheet that provides several crucial recommendations. NIOSH, OSHA and the CPWR are also offering online resources to help prepare for the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.

Considerations courts make when determining child support

New Jersey couples who have gone through a divorce know that separation can take a major emotional toll. Things become even more complicated when there are children involved. That's why parents should understand some of the considerations that are made when it comes to child support.

Courts typically require one ex-spouse to pay the other child support. Judges want to make sure that the children are able to maintain their same standard of living after the divorce. Guidelines are set out in each state that courts must follow as they determine who pays child support and how much will be paid. However, judges are allowed to deviate from the guidelines if it is appropriate to do so. In some cases, the court will allow the parents to make their own arrangements.

Risk Institute provides new research on distracted driving

The National Safety Council has designated every April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the reason is clear. According to the NSC, distracted driving crashes kill around nine people and injure 100 more every day. The proliferation of smartphones and in-vehicle technology, such as dashboard touchscreens and voice command features, is making many drivers in New Jersey and across the U.S. more distracted behind the wheel.

For April 2019, the Risk Institute at The Ohio State University has put forward some new research that sheds light on the factors behind distracted driving. One study focused on driver behaviors and how to dissuade drivers from developing bad habits. For example, offering insurance discounts for safe drivers could be an effective method. However, the study found that the more confident drivers are, the more likely they are to drive distracted.

Make these tech changes during a divorce

People in New Jersey increasingly rely on their digital devices for all aspects of life, from choosing a meal to watching an entertainment program. As a result, these devices are hubs for highly personal information and communication. During a divorce, people may use email or chat programs to communicate with their divorce lawyer or to share their concerns with friends and family. As a result, people may want to think about ways that they can protect their tech security during and after a divorce.

Married couples often share tech devices and digital accounts. They may know each other's email passwords, smartphone passcodes and online logins. In many cases, they share joint accounts for online banking, a home mortgage or credit cards. In some cases, they may even share joint email or social media accounts. Divorce comes with separating many intertwined relationships, and this can include online accounts. While people may need to keep online banking access to joint accounts in place throughout the divorce, people should act quickly to change the passwords for their personal accounts. Online privacy is important during even the most amicable divorce, and a password change can be an easy task with major benefits.

Many patients under 50 experience colorectal cancer misdiagnoses

A study conducted by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance suggests that younger patients in New Jersey and across the country are more likely to be misdiagnosed than older patients. Specifically, the study showed that 71 percent of patients with colorectal cancer under the age of 50 have stage 3 or stage 4 cancer. However, patients over the age of 50 are more often being treated for cancers at stage 1 or stage 2. One reason for this disparity may be that younger people are more likely to be misdiagnosed.

Colorectal cancer sometimes presents diagnosis problems for doctors and health care facilities because of its equivocal symptomatology. Symptoms of colorectal cancer might include fatigue, constipation or weight loss. In younger patients, health care professionals are more likely to associate these symptoms with conditions like inflammatory bowel syndrome or hemorrhoids. Sixty-three percent of the 1,195 study respondents said they had to wait between three and 12 months before a colorectal cancer screening was ordered.

Doctors may practice in other states even after license surrender

People place a lot of trust in their doctors. Their extensive medical training means that they have spent a great deal of time and effort learning how to treat people. In most cases, we can rely on their expertise and knowledge.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case with every doctor. There are those who make numerous medical errors and perhaps never should have obtained licenses to practice medicine in the first place. What's worse is that many physicians who surrender their licenses in one state can often move to another state and continue to treat patients.

Rare disease patients face frequent misdiagnosis

People in New Jersey with rare diseases may face an especially high risk of misdiagnosis and incorrect, sometimes dangerous, treatment. There are around 400 million people around the world affected by so-called rare diseases. In the United States, when 200,000 people or less are affected by a condition each year, it is considered "rare." As a result, these uncommon illnesses may have relatively little funds invested in research or pharmaceutical development. Furthermore, doctors may be unlikely to consider these illnesses when making a diagnosis.

One rare disease that is commonly misdiagnosed is mesothelioma. This form of cancer is usually related to asbestos exposure. While 50 percent of rare disease patients are minor children, mesothelioma usually affects people later in life, often decades after the original exposure to asbestos. Every year, there are around 3,000 new cases discovered across the country. In many cases, people with mesothelioma are originally diagnosed with asthma, pneumonia or even a common respiratory virus. Of course, the failure to diagnose cancer can be especially serious. Because it is a progressive disease, even a correct diagnosis later on may not allow time for adequate treatment.

Ways to avoid emotional outbursts during divorce negotiations

Going through a divorce requires people to make difficult financial and child custody decisions after they have already become unhappy with each other. Dividing the marital estate and sharing access to children naturally produce strong emotions for parents in New Jersey. Feelings of anger and resentment might undermine negotiations meant to decide the details of the split, but people can make a strategic effort to avoid hostile encounters that ultimately prolong the process.

A person could consider how conflicts played out during the marriage. If hostile arguments and demeaning comments were frequent in the past, then these behaviors could likely emerge during divorce talks. Reflection about past arguments could reveal topics that especially upset the other party, like parenting or money. Thinking about the past could help someone know when or how the other person might become triggered and react in an unproductive manner.

Cold stress while working

Some New Jerseyworkers should take extra care to protect themselves from the effects of extremely cold temperatures. They should be particularly aware of cold stress and other potential dangers that can result from these types of weather conditions.

Cold stress can take place when the human body is unable to warm itself. This can result in numbness, frostbite, dehydration and hypothermia. High-velocity air movement, freezing air temperatures, having contact with cold surfaces or water and the humidity in the air are all factors that can help create cold stress.

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