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How AI can help reduce distracted driving

Distracted driving crashes result in an estimated nine deaths and 100 injuries every day in New Jersey and across the U.S. Some of the contributing factors in this trend are obvious, such as the increased use of dashboard touchscreens and other in-car technology, calling and texting behind the wheel, and rubbernecking at incidents outside the vehicle. Even simple actions like changing the radio channel or talking with passengers in the car can be distracting.

Some say that efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving have not been successful, which is why many are looking to artificial intelligence to monitor and alert drivers to the danger. With the help of deep learning and advances in computer vision technology, AI may be able to effectively deal with distractions of three kinds: cognitive, visual and manual.

Patients face risks at the doctor's office

Patients may expect to receive effective, reliable care when they walk into a New Jersey clinic, doctor's office, or hospital for an appointment or a diagnostic test. Still, there are major concerns about patient safety even when people are well enough to seek treatment on their own. According to a study by the ECRI Institute, there are four primary risks to patients who walk into a professional office or clinic for care, including errors in testing and diagnosis, medication mistakes, patient falls and security issues. The study examined over 4,300 safety problems related to ambulatory care between 2017 and 2018.

Almost half of all patient safety problems related to diagnostic testing errors. These types of medical mistakes can lead people to suffer from delayed diagnoses and delayed treatment. For people with progressive diseases like cancer, early treatment and detection can be critical to a successful outcome. Therefore, a failure to diagnose based on a mistaken laboratory test can have long-range consequences. Around 69% of these errors involved lab tests, while 21% involved imaging tests.

Why some couples are considering a strategic divorce

Some couples in New Jersey have considered a strategic divorce in order to save money on taxes and experience other financial benefits. Of course, before any couple would decide to do this, they would want to look at any long-term financial and social ramifications this may bring.

Couples who are not rich may look at a divorce on paper in order to benefit an ailing spouse who does not currently qualify for Medicaid. The spouse may have an illness or need nursing home care but has to many assets that make them unqualified for Medicaid. Some couples have decided to slowly draw down their assets, pay down their bills and exhaust their retirement accounts to pay these bills while others get a divorce and allow the sick partner to qualify for care.

Breast cancer rises among men, survival rate lower than women's

New Jersey residents should be aware that men can also suffer from breast cancer. In fact, the number of male breast cancer patients in the U.S. has risen from 0.85 per 100,000 men in 1975 to 1.21 per 100,000 men in 2016. An estimated 2,670 men will develop the cancer in 2019 alone. Unfortunately, men with breast cancer have lower survival rates than women do, and there are several factors in this.

First of all, breast cancer treatments are based on data collected from female patients. The FDA has, however, recently been encouraging the inclusion of men in breast cancer trials. Another issue is that fewer men receive endocrine therapy even when they are hormone-receptor positive, meaning their tumors grow in response to estrogen or progesterone.

Teen distracted driving is common and causes personal injury

Distracted driving and personal injury accidents seem to go hand in hand in New Jersey and across the U.S. When this behavior is combined with the inexperience of teen drivers, crashes with injuries and fatalities are common. Researchers seek to analyze the problem to devise strategies to reduce the frequency and make the roads safer for everyone.

According to a study by the University of Michigan, teens who were in a vehicle with a teen friend reported to their parents that the driver lacked focus on the road. An estimated 60 percent of parents said their children informed them that this was the case. The information was accrued through a poll. In it, almost 900 parents who had a teen between 14 and 18 gave information about their worries when the teen rode in vehicles with friends in the same age range. For more than 30 percent, this happened a minimum of once or twice each week.

Floor markings: how they improve facility operations

Many workplaces across New Jersey could use more floor markings. These can not only improve workflow but also protect employees and raise their awareness of safety procedures. Floor tape in particular is inexpensive and versatile: It can be used on floors, walls, pipes and equipment. The first benefit of floor markings is that they can help identify safety hazards that are specific to the facility.

It's all a matter of improving the facility's visual communication. If employers know that certain areas experience high levels of traffic or frequent reports of worker errors, the markings can help improve safety there. The markings can explain safety procedures and remind workers to, for example, wear personal protective equipment or put tools back in the right place.

Sepsis leaves many people with lifelong health issues

Whether you suffered a hospital-acquired infection or contracted an infection after a surgical procedure, you ended up suffering from sepsis. It became so bad that you ended up staying in the hospital even longer in order to receive aggressive treatment.

When doctors released you from the hospital with a clean bill of health, you hoped that your ordeal was finally over. Unfortunately, you started to experience odd symptoms.

The danger of lead exposure on the job

Numerous workers in New Jersey are exposed to inorganic lead on a daily basis. As a pure metal, an alloy or a chemical compound, lead can be used in everything from pipes and building materials to ammunition and the lead-acid batteries in automobiles. It was once found in paint as a corrosion inhibitor and pigment but fell under a ban back in 1977.

Inhaling and ingesting lead, especially through lead-containing dust and fumes, can lead to health problems. The lead will pass through the lungs and into the blood, affecting organs like the kidneys and giving rise to anemia, neurological conditions and gastrointestinal effects like nausea and continual abdominal pain. Workers may accidentally ingest the metal by eating, drinking or smoking with contaminated hands or clothing.

Rheumatologists commonly misdiagnose vasculitis

New Jersey rheumatology doctors should use great caution when diagnosing patients with suspected vasculitis, according to a presentation at the Rheumatology Nurses Society Annual Conference. Apparently, the condition is easy to misdiagnose, leading to improper treatments such as high-dose steroids.

The presenter, who is a doctor and the president of Independent Healthcare Associates, Inc., said that it is important for rheumatology health care providers to treat suspected vasculitis cases with "a high index of suspicion" because several other conditions, such as endocarditis, cholesterol emboli, and certain rare central nervous system conditions, can mimic its symptoms. Meanwhile, patient drug use can also cause drug-induced vasculitis, which is quite different from idiopathic vasculitis syndromes. If doctors don't do enough testing to screen for these conditions, mistakes can be made, leading to serious consequences for the patient.

Protecting a business with a prenuptial agreement

Very few people intend to get a divorce after they first get married. However, couples in New Jersey and other states are becoming increasingly aware that setting up a prenuptial agreement can be a smart move. This is especially true when one or both of the spouses own businesses before getting married. To avoid having a business end up as marital property subject to division and distribution during a divorce, a prenup will clearly state who owns what assets.

The first step in this process is to figure out the value of the business before the marriage begins. This value can be protected with a prenup, but any additional value the company gains during a marriage may be subject to distribution. In addition, the prenup can detail if a spouse will share in the profits or losses of a business. This could depend on how much the spouse plans to directly or indirectly contribute to the business.

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