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December 2019 Archives

Spinal cord injuries require additional winter safety protocol

Having a spinal cord injury leads to challenges in various aspects of your life. Many people don't realize just how far-reaching these can be. During the winter months, New Jersey residents who have spinal cord injuries need to be extra careful so they don't suffer from injuries, including frostbite.

Heart attack misdiagnosis: Common symptoms for women

A type of medical bias may be placing New Jersey women at risk of increased damage and death following a heart attack or stroke. Emergency medical personnel and researchers alike tend to focus on the classic symptomology, which turns out to be the most common symptoms experienced by men. According to the Daily Nurse, women more commonly present from a set of symptoms that medical practitioners associate with anxiety and other conditions.

NSC calls on employers to do more to prevent workplace deaths

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has determined that there were 5,250 work-related fatalities in 2018: a 2% rise from the previous year's total of 5,147. Residents of New Jersey should know that the truck drivers and sales workers saw the highest number of fatalities with 40% of all work-related incidents being transportation incidents.

Law calls for mandatory car alcohol detection systems

New cars sold in New Jersey and around the country will one day come equipped with technology designed to prevent drunk driving if bills recently submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate reach President Trump's desk. The proposed legislation has received bipartisan support from lawmakers who hope that it could save as many as 7,000 lives each year. Drunk driving remains a thorny road safety issue in the United States, and accidents caused by intoxicated motorists claim about 30 lives each day.

Warehouse workers face increased safety risks

New Jersey warehouse workers may face serious dangers on the job. While brick-and-mortar retail may face challenges, the warehouse sector continues to grow, change and expand. One company, Amazon, runs over 150 million square feet of warehouses internationally, and it has been criticized for health and safety practices. However, Amazon is not alone. As more companies focus on shipping and fulfilling digital orders, warehouses are becoming central to the e-commerce economy. At the same time that warehouses are central to successful online sales, they are also being targeted for technical changes themselves. Workers interact with more robots, computers and tracking devices throughout their shifts in a warehouse or fulfillment center.

Health care is one of the nation's leading killers

Preventable mistakes made by doctors and hospitals kill as many as 440,000 people each year in New Jersey and around the country, which makes health care the third most common cause of death in the United States. A recent report from the World Health Organization suggests that visiting a doctor or being admitted to a hospital is just as perilous in other countries. WHO researchers assessed the quality of the health care services available in 36 nations, and they concluded that about 40% of the patients treated in hospitals and as outpatients each year suffer harm at the hands of their doctors and nurses.

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