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December 2015 Archives

Workforce is growing older across the U.S.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 25 percent of the workforce is expected to be age 55 or older by 2022. The changing face of the working demographic in Maryland and around the country is largely because baby boomers are choosing to remain in the workforce for longer periods than the generation before them.

Doctors could be missing many cases of asthma

Maryland residents who are experiencing respiratory distress might have asthma, even if they have another diagnosis. Researchers from GlaxoSmithKline in Italy investigated the accuracy of respiratory diagnoses and found that asthma appeared to be missed by general practitioners for as many as one-third of patients who had been diagnosed with another respiratory disease.

Dangers and risks in the health care workplace

Maryland health care workers may be aware that their workplace is hazardous in a number of ways, some of which are better known than others. For example, many medical experts know that pathogens, or infectious microbial life forms, can live on in blood even after it has left the body. Medical workers usually understand that these pathogens can exist on many surfaces and in many substances inside a health care workplace, The response to clean these areas usually revolves around disinfection and sanitization. However, this level of antisepticism contains its own risks.

Tests reveal flaws in law-abiding self-driving cars

Maryland residents who are waiting for self-driving cars to become commonplace may wait a little longer as engineers deal with a conundrum that tests have revealed. By driving as safely as possible and obeying traffic laws, self-driving cars are twice as likely to be involved in accidents than cars driven by humans. The self-driving cars are not at fault. Instead, they are hit by human drivers after failing to make intuitive adjustments in their driving. The crashes have been minor.

Skin cancer and visual screenings

Maryland skin cancer patients should be aware that there is reason to doubt the effectiveness of current visual screening methods, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. On Dec. 1, 2015, the USPSTF released some of its findings on visual skin cancer screening in adults without any symptoms of skin cancer. The task force prioritized melanoma screening outcomes when it generated the report.

Workplace hazards for Maryland workers to look out for

Employers that do not take adequate precautions to guard against winter hazards may experience more workplace injuries. Maintaining workplace safety requires different precautions during the winter, when many retail businesses in Maryland see a sharp increase in their rate of online sales as well as in-store customer traffic. As a result, conditions on store and warehouse floors often deteriorate. Businesses can prevent accidents by investing in basic winter safety equipment and strategies, including the practice of implementing pallet-racking inspections to ensure that proper procedures are being followed.

An overview of nonfatal occupational injuries

Although fatal occupational injuries may garner a high level of attention from Maryland residents, nonfatal issues can be a significant concern for both employers and employees as well. In 2014, state statistics indicated that more than 68,000 cases were recorded for all injuries and illnesses connected with Maryland workplaces. More than 75 percent of these cases occurred in private industries.

Signs that Maryland residents have pneumonia

Although anyone can develop pneumonia, the people who are most at risk are children, older adults and people with existing respiratory problems, such as asthma and COPD. Individuals who smoke, have recently undergone a surgery or have a compromised immune system may also be at greater risk. Pneumonia is commonly a complication of an existing infection, like the flu, but there are dozens of reasons that people may develop this condition.

Negative birth outcomes go up on the weekend

Expectant mothers in Maryland should be aware of a curious statistical anomaly relating directly to their health as they prepare to give birth. Experts and researchers have directed much speculation at this problem, and a British study has found that it is somewhat more dangerous to both the mother and the child if the hospital birth takes place on a weekend rather that during the wek.

Contractor responsibility when workers are injured or killed

Construction work is one of the most dangerous types of jobs people do in Maryland. Because of the potential hazards involved, there are federal and state safety regulations in place to help make construction sites safer for workers and minimize the risk of accidents.

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