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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.

Financial issues couples may want to consider before divorcing

Most New Jersey couples tying the knot aren't too concerned about divorce statistics, such as the fact that about half of all first marriages come to a sooner-than-expected end. The odds of subsequent marriages lasting aren't so good either. Despite all of these facts and figures, it's generally advised that couples considering a split should also consider the possible financial impact of ending a marriage.

A big consideration for most couples is the cost of divorce. In addition to fees for attorneys, spouses looking to transition back to single life may have to hire financial planners, CPAs and real estate agents. If there is emotional trauma associated with a split, there may be additional fees for counselors or therapists.

Objects left in patients after surgery could be a health hazard

New Jersey patients and others throughout the country could be vulnerable to having objects left inside of them after surgery. It is estimated that up to 6,000 patients leave a hospital with an object inside of them each year. This happens despite the fact that it is possible to prevent such an event from happening if proper precautions are in place. Needles and sponges are the two most common items that remain in a patient after a procedure.

Other items that are commonly left inside of a patient inside surgical masks, drain tips and guide wires. Forceps, scopes and tubes are also on the list of the 15 objects a surgeon is most likely to forget to remove after surgery. Objects are often left in a person because of changes made during surgery, fatigue or general human error. Heavier individuals may be more likely to be a victim of this type of mistake.

Dividing credit card debts during divorce

People in New Jersey who are considering divorce may wonder how the end of their marriages will affect their financial situation. While dividing assets is a major part of reaching a divorce settlement, it can be equally important to divide debts, including credit card debt. It can be particularly crucial to eliminate joint debts before finalizing the divorce. This can mean paying off joint credit cards with other assets or transferring the debt to cards in the name of only one person.

Since New Jersey is an equitable distribution state, credit card debt that was incurred during the marriage is not presumed to belong equally to both spouses. However, joint credit card debt specifically belongs to both parties. So long as it remains a joint debt, creditors can go after either or both spouses for the full balance. By canceling and eliminating joint debts, both parties can protect themselves from the threat of future credit defaults or bankruptcies by their former partners. It should be noted that creditors can pursue these debts regardless of the spouses' agreement in the divorce decree as they are not bound by the agreements made during the divorce.

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.

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