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There are times when a C-section is the best birthing option

Whether you would prefer natural birth or a C-section, you may not have a choice ultimately. Even after a relatively uneventful pregnancy, the final weeks and the labor process could require you to undergo a C-section in order to save you and/or your baby from harm.

If you do end up having a C-section, you are in good company. Roughly 32 percent of all births here in the United States happen this way. Sometimes, the procedure is planned for one reason or another, but in other cases, it's done as an emergency surgery when supposedly unforeseen issues arise during labor.

Retail worker safety during the holiday season

Whether it's selling merchandise, packing boxes, stocking shelves or delivering products, retail workers in New Jersey have a lot on their plates during the holiday season. This is why OSHA is reminding retail employers to pay attention to workplace safety and be mindful of employee payments, especially during a time when it's common to rack up overtime hours.

While extra hours can mean a much-appreciated boost in earnings, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that lost sleep and family time can significantly impact an employee's health and well-being. In fact, nearly a quarter of all employees surveyed in 2016 reported that work obligations interfered with personal and family responsibilities. Workplace stress also increases the risk of experiencing the type of injuries that may result in workers' compensation claims and days missed from work.

Trucking deaths go up, some place blame on inflexible HOS rules

Large-truck crash fatalities have reached their highest number in 29 years with 4,761 people (including about 1,300 truckers) killed in 2017. Many truckers and truck fleet owners in New Jersey and across the U.S. have formed their ideas about what has caused the rise, and these are summarized below.

A top concern among truckers is the perceived inflexibility of a federal guideline that requires them to take a 30-minute break after driving for eight consecutive hours. Because the break can cause delays, many truckers speed, endangering themselves and others in order to make up for lost time. The break can also accelerate the onset of fatigue during one's shift.

Financial mistakes and divorce

One financial mistake divorcing couples in New Jersey should take steps to avoid is fighting to maintain ownership of the family home despite the financial burden it may represent. There are many costs associated with homeownership, which can put a financial strain on the persons who own the home after the divorce, particularly if those persons have to deal with those costs with an income that is significantly lower than what they had before.

Before making a final decision about the family home, divorcing couples should consider all of their options. If they have owned the home for several years, it may be wise for one party to retain ownership of the home, particularly if it has a low tax base.

Diagnostic errors and medical malpractice

Health care diagnostic errors cause injuries and death every year in New Jersey. According to one study, diagnostic errors were the largest cause for medical malpractice claims between 2013 to 2017.

The study, which was published by malpractice services provider Coverys, found that over 33 percent of malpractice claims examined were related to misdiagnosis. Surgical or procedural errors ranked second at 24 percent and medical management errors were third at 14 percent.

OSHA enforces trenching and excavation safety standards

New Jersey residents who work in construction should know that trenching and excavation operations are resulting in more and more fatalities. OSHA recorded 130 trenching/excavation-related fatalities between 2011 and 2016, with 49 percent of them occurring between 2015 and 2016. Roughly 80 percent of these fatalities occurred within the private construction industry. OSHA has stated that trench collapsing is a risk in virtually all operations.

To increase enforcement of trenching and excavation safety standards, OSHA updated its National Emphasis Program. The revised NEP went into effect Oct. 1. For the first 90 days from that date, OSHA's regional and area offices will be providing outreach to employers to assist with compliance.

Gray divorce and health implications

New Jersey divorcees of all ages may experience some negative impact on their health from their divorce. However, divorcees who are at least 50 years old may begin to suffer from a range of physical and psychological issues; this is especially true if they have existing medical issues.

Gray divorce is a phenomenon that was identified in a 2012 study by two researchers at Bowling Green State University. According to one of the researchers, the majority of the divorces that are occurring among older adults are occurring among those who are 50 to 64 years old.

The impact of divorce on finances for older adults

Divorce may be twice as likely for people 50 and older in New Jersey and throughout the country compared to previous decades, and since 1990, divorce among the 65 and older age group has tripled. Researchers have wondered whether this could be attributed to major transitions that occur in this age group, including retirement and the empty nest syndrome, but studies do not support this hypothesis.

Instead, what they have found is that the most common reason for divorce among older adults is similar to the reason younger adults end their marriages. They do so because they are dissatisfied with their marriages and do not enjoy spending time with their spouse. Statistically, first marriages are less vulnerable to divorce than second marriages, and the longer a marriage lasts, the less likely it is to end in divorce. Divorce is also more likely for people whose parents were divorced. Women who are the children of divorced parents are 60 percent more likely to get a divorce and men are 60 percent more likely.

Consumers pay a heavy price for dangerous products

Whenever you order something online or buy a product in a brick and mortar store, you have the right to reasonably expect that the item you purchase will serve the purpose it is designed to fulfill in a safe and effective manner. Sometimes, things go wrong and a piece of a product might malfunction or some other issue arises that affects the product's usability. Many companies will replace your product for you; in fact, some products come with warranties to ensure that you get replacements.

It's a whole other story, however, if you suffer an injury or illness because a product you purchased was defective. Manufacturers, distributors and storeowners are responsible for making sure they do not knowingly place defective products into consumers' hands. Whether a product causing you or your loved one injury happens to be a food item, clothing or a child's toy, you can seek recovery for your losses if you can show that a defect existed.

Safety tips for nurses

There are a number of steps nurses at New Jersey health care facilities can take to reduce the likelihood that they will be injured on the job. Hand washing is one of most basic and importance practices for avoiding infection.

Nurses should also use lift and transfer equipment both for moving patients and lifting heavy items. It can be cumbersome to use this equipment every time, but it is also easy for a nurse to be injured without it. Wearing good shoes, paying attention to the environment and practicing good ergonomics can also help prevent these types of injuries. Nurses should not hesitate to ask for help or help one another when dealing with a potentially violent patient.

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