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November 2015 Archives

Prostate cancer screenings, detection on the decline

Some men in Maryland may be among those who are choosing to not be screened for Prostate cancer based on new guidelines. These new guidelines advise that screening should only be done for men in high-risk categories and for those with a family history of cancer.

Cardiac patients may be misdiagnosed with an aspirin allergy

Some Maryland patients who suffer from cardiac disease may be told that they have an allergy to aspirin if they have a reaction. In many of these cases, the patients are told to stop taking the effective medication. However, a study by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology showed that about one-third of these patients had gastrointestinal symptoms, not an allergy to aspirin.

Protecting workers from hand-arm vibration syndrome

According to a Maryland occupational vibration consultant, approximately 2 million U.S. workers are exposed to hand-arm vibration hazards on the job each year. As many as 50 percent of them will develop a condition known as hand-arm vibration syndrome, or HAVS.

How drowsy driving impacts Maryland drivers

Speaking at a recently-held forum in Washington, D.C., a representative of the NHTSA said that 5,000 to 7,000 deaths occur each year because of drowsy driving. The forum was part of National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which aims to educate drivers in Maryland and around the country about the dangers of getting behind the wheel while tired. The NHTSA representative was a former National Transportation Safety Board member who shared data collected by that agency over the past several years at the forum.

Workplace injuries to temporary workers

Many Maryland employers rely on temporary workers to fill important roles during employee vacations, family leave periods, and seasons of heavy activity. However, workplace injuries involving these temporary employees can be confusing due to the fact that both the employer and the temporary agency are involved with an individual's work activities. OSHA has provided recent clarification on the issue to assist those responsible for reporting injuries and recording details.

OSHA targets workers safety at health care facilities

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration focused its attention on the conditions found in inpatient health care facilities when it recently issued a compliance memo to OSHA regional offices and state plans. Titled 'Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings," the June 2015 memo requires compliance staff in Maryland and around the country to make targeted inspections of this industry's employers that have high incident rates of work-related illnesses and injuries.

The new NHTSA drunk driving campaign

Maryland parents may have seen the October 2015 campaign on 'party fouls," aimed at reducing the prevalence of teenagers getting behind the wheel while drunk. The campaign is a partnership between the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that has continued since the 1980s. Between the debut of the famous 'Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving" campaign in 2005 and 2013, the number of young male drivers who said they would seek transportation as opposed to driving while buzzed increased from 38 to 47 percent.

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