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Volvo's new car to detect for drunk driving, texting

Almost 30,000 drivers were detained in 2018 in New Jersey on suspicion of drunk driving. An automobile manufacturer is trying to lower these numbers. Volvo is set to be the first car manufacturer to develop a vehicle with a driver monitoring and intervention system to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.

Volvo's new system uses cameras, rather than a breath analyzer, to check for drivers too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. While other vehicle manufacturers offer vehicles that use cameras to watch for unsafe drivers on the road, Volvo's will be the first to use this technology to look at the driver of the vehicle.

Reducing drunk driving collisions with technology

Despite stiff penalties and widespread public awareness campaigns, drunk driving continues to present a serious threat to roadway safety in New Jersey. For over 100 years, drunk driving has been the major cause of fatal car crashes, while thousands of people are injured every year in motor vehicle collisions linked to driving under the influence. Some technologies provide possibilities for stopping drunk drivers before they cause a crash. For example, some people convicted of drunk driving may be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles, essentially requiring them to take a breath test before they start driving.

However, automakers also see possibilities to reduce car accidents with autonomous vehicle technologies. Volvo plans to introduce systems in all of its cars in the next five years that could stop a drunk driver. These systems make use of existing autonomous technologies as well as an array of cameras and sensors, without relying on a breath test. Cameras would use algorithms to detect signs linked to drunk driving, such as a driver's eyes repeatedly closing behind the wheel.

Why January is being called Divorce Month

Individuals in legal circles have started to call the month of January "Divorce Month." Statistics reveal that divorce filings go up during the first part of the month of January. Even queries in search engines and online platforms reveal that more people are searching for things related to divorce during this time of the year. Individuals in New Jersey and other places may wonder why this is the case.

One reason behind why January is starting to be called "Divorce Month" may have to do with the fact that people want to make positive changes in their life at the beginning of the year. If they feel unsatisfied with their marriage and their life, part of making positive changes may include a divorce.

Warehouse workers risk injury on the job

An increasing number of people in New Jersey are working in the warehouse industry, especially as online shopping fuels ever more expansion of warehouse space. Amazon alone controls over 150 million square feet of warehouse area around the world, and a growing number of businesses are depending more on sales made online rather than those made in brick-and-mortar stores. Those goods are still stored somewhere and shipped, however, which means that warehouses are playing an increasing role in retail goods reaching customers. As a result, warehouse workers are under significant pressure to process massive numbers of orders quickly and correctly.

All of this means that workplace injuries are also increasingly common in warehouses. Workers are under pressure to meet heavy quotas and may rush through their tasks, especially if they are forced to make a choice between following workplace safety procedures and keeping their jobs or earning a bonus. Managers may be tasked with productivity goals as well as safety management, and safety can easily fall by the wayside in favor of increased output. Companies are also developing more automated, robotic technologies. This can lead to fewer workers on the job to handle a large amount of work as well as the potential for injury from difficult or malfunctioning equipment.

What patients should know about the health care system

According to the World Health Organization, roughly 40% of global adverse patient outcomes occur in primary or outpatient settings. This generally goes against the idea that people in New Jersey and elsewhere may have that medical errors take place in dirty or unorganized emergency rooms. However, the WHO report did indicate that there was a higher risk of getting an infection while being treated in lower-income nations.

Each year, about 7 million patients experience significant complications after a surgical procedure, and of those patients, 1 million die during a procedure or soon after it takes place. Roughly 25% of patients who are harmed in surgery will be harmed because of unsafe practices. Research indicates that 10% of patient deaths in the United States are caused by a diagnosis that was missed or delayed. Up to 17% of harmful events in hospitals are caused by diagnostic errors.

Signs a loved one is receiving subpar care in a nursing home

When you place a loved one in a nursing home in New Jersey, it is with the assumption that he or she will receive quality care and whatever support he or she needs. If you are no longer able to provide the type of care a loved one needs, you probably spent significant time researching facilities and trying to make the right choice on his or her behalf. It can be devastating to learn that the nursing home you chose is not providing the care you assumed it would.

There are certain things you may notice that could indicate that your loved one is experiencing abuse or neglect in his or her nursing home. If you think this is happening, you can take action on his or her behalf. There are certain steps you can take to put an end to inappropriate and unacceptable treatment and hold liable parties accountable for what your family member experienced.

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.

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