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January 2016 Archives

Researchers say some colon cancer patients need chemo

Some patients in Maryland who have been diagnosed with colon cancer might need chemotherapy in addition to surgery. Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have conducted a study on colon cancer and found evidence that a genetic marker may be used to identify patients who need more aggressive treatment.

Work risks for trenching and excavation jobs

While construction is one of the most dangerous jobs for Maryland workers, some areas of focus can be more risky than others. One of the most worrisome issues in a trenching job is the potential for a cave-in, but other concerns that could be dangerous or even deadly include the potential for drowning, being asphyxiated, or being exposed to dangerous airborne materials. There are also challenges in dealing with utility lines because of the possibility of an explosion or electrocution. Both employers and workers need to be aware of these risks so that they can effectively guard against dangerous situations.

The dangers of C-sections in Maryland

In 2015, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study saying that a cesarean section rate of 10 to 15 percent may be too low. Although the World Health Organization advocates for this rate, research suggests that the optimal level may be closer to 19 percent. This was determined by analyzing 23 million C-sections that took place in 54 different countries during 2012.

Workplace injury list reveals overexertion's high price tag

Compared to the general working population, Marylanders who specialize in certain fields may be at higher risk of overexertion and related musculoskeletal disorders. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 2014 showed that more than 30 percent of injuries and illnesses were related to MSDs even though the overall rate per 10,000 workers had decreased slightly from the previous year.

Mining deaths continue to decline in 2015

Maryland residents who work in the mining industry may be familiar with the importance of on-the-job safety, but they may wonder how effective safety practices are. Since the Mining Safety and Health Administration was established in 1978, the number of deaths has consistently fallen. That year's deaths totaled 242, and the number in 2015 totaled 28, a decrease of nearly 90 percent over the 37-year period.

Study compares safety of home births and hospital births

Some pregnant women in Maryland opt for a home birth assisted by a midwife rather than a hospital birth. According to a new study, home births are just as safe as hospital births when the pregnancies are uncomplicated and low-risk. The study, led by a doctor from the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University in Canada, was conducted by analyzing data from thousands of home and hospital births in Ontario.

For-hire employee rights in Maryland

It is expected that many ride sharing companies will start treating their contracted workers like employees in the near future. A number of businesses that have started up recently depend on independent contractors. The best known examples are probably Lyft and Uber, which are riding sharing companies that allow individuals who work for them to determine their own hours.

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