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Insurance company releases worrying distracted driving study

The results of a recent automobile insurance company study suggest that drivers in South Carolina and the country find it extremely difficult to look away from their cellphones even when doing so could avoid a ticket and a fine. After surveying drivers from across the country, Root Insurance found that motorists spend about 91 minutes each week mesmerized by their phones instead of paying attention to what is going on around them. A worrying 38 percent of the respondents admitted that not even the sight of a law enforcement vehicle in their rearview mirrors was enough to make them stop.

The distracted driving study also reveals that an alarming number of motorists use their cellphones to do much more than making or answering calls. More than half of the drivers polled said that they regularly engage in text message or email exchanges with multiple people, and about a third admitted to using their smartphones to access social media while behind the wheel.

Volvo Cars vows to help prevent drunk, distracted driving

By utilizing modern safety technology, Volvo Cars plans to help prevent drunk and distracted driving crashes in South Carolina and across the U.S. Future models from the automaker are expected to have in-car sensors and cameras that can monitor drivers. The innovative technology will allow vehicles to take any necessary actions to thwart motor vehicle accidents from taking place.

If a driver is inebriated or distracted, the sensor can slow down the car's speed and park. Volvo Cars will start installing the sensors and in-car cameras in 2020. The automobile manufacturer's recent announcement represents the company's current effort to make vehicles safer. In March 2019, Volvo announced that it will soon start capping maximum speeds on new vehicles at 112 mph. The goal is to prevent motor vehicle accidents instead of merely limiting the impact of inevitable collisions.

What happens if you get notice of a denied workers' comp claim?

When a South Carolina employee suffers an injury in the workplace, it can leave him or her with much more than just a painful physical reminder of the accident. Workplace accidents often lead to issues such as expensive medical treatment and financial struggles related to missing time from work. In order to alleviate the stress of a workplace accident, an injured employee may seek benefits through a workers' compensation claim.

If you were hurt at work, you understand how important it is to seek benefits through an insurance claim after a work accident. It is vital for your family to get financial support during this difficult time, and it can be devastating to learn that your claim came back denied. While frustrating, this is not the end of the road for you.

Travelers: employer pressure among reasons for driver distraction

There are many reasons why drivers in South Carolina and across the U.S. get distracted while behind the wheel. The Travelers Companies has revealed some of these reasons in its 2019 Travelers Risk Index. The results were compiled after a survey of more than 2,000 consumers and individuals.

While smartphones have "do not disturb" settings, only 12 percent of respondents use it. Forty-one percent actively choose not to use the setting while 35 percent find it inconvenient and usually forget to use it. Among businesses, only 18 percent advise their employees to use the "do not disturb" setting. However, two-thirds of companies have employee education programs that address distracted driving. Nearly three-quarter of executives feel that distracted driving is not a major concern, and 12 percent are not worried about the liability associated with a crash caused by a distracted employee. Eighty-seven percent expect their employees to be always connected, even outside the office. To that end, 20 percent of employees said they respond to work-related messages on the road for fear of upsetting their bosses if they do otherwise.

Study shows fibromyalgia misdiagnosis is common

A study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research has found that there is a disparity between the clinician-based diagnosis and criteria-based diagnosis of fibromyalgia. South Carolina should know that there may be a diagnostic misclassification of the disease.

The study involved 497 patients in a university clinic who completed the Multidimensional Health Assessment Questionnaire and a questionnaire listing the preliminary diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia that the American College of Rheumatology had developed in 2010. Patients then went through an evaluation by rheumatology staff.

Young colorectal cancer patients often misdiagnosed

Patients in South Carolina who have colorectal cancer may face the danger of misdiagnosis, especially if they develop the cancer at a younger age. According to a survey conducted by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, the majority of patients who were diagnosed with the cancer before the age of 50 were initially misdiagnosed with another illness. Colorectal cancer has been on the decline among older Americans, but the cancer has become more common among younger people, researchers said. They said that it was unclear why this trend is taking place.

When doctors fail to diagnose cancer early on, the disease may progress forward to the point of significantly worsened health or even a terminal condition. Many of the younger patients were eventually diagnosed with colorectal cancer only after their disease reached an advanced stage. This means that their treatment regimen is even more aggressive, and their survival rates are significantly poorer. The survey involved 1,195 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a younger age. While 57 percent were diagnosed between ages 40 and 49, 33 percent were diagnosed in their 30s, and 10 percent received a diagnosis before age 30.

Carbon monoxide in the workplace

OSHA has submitted a reminder to employers in South Carolina and the rest of the United States to do what is needed to protect workers from the effects of carbon monoxide exposure. This reminder follows a number of occurrences that indicate there is a need for both workers and employers to be educated on the hazards of the gas, especially in regard to portable generators and other tools inside of enclosed areas.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that's odorless and colorless, which is why it's important to be familiar with overexposure symptoms. Typical signs of overexposure may include drowsiness, vomiting, headaches, tightness across the chest, nausea and dizziness. In cases of severe overexposure, the affected individuals may suffer neurological damage, fall into a coma or die.

Help after accidental needlesticks is possible

As a healthcare worker, you play a vital role in the health and well-being of your South Carolina community. While this can be an incredibly rewarding career path, it can also be dangerous. You face serious on-the-job dangers every time that you clock in at work, including lifting injuries and accidental needlesticks.

You already know that your workplace conditions are different from the average person's. From nurses to doctors, everyone in the healthcare industry works long hours under already stressful conditions. You deal with patients who are sick, injured, agitated and even in desperate need of life-saving medical care. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that hospitals let worker safety fall to the side.

Speed limiters could combat the rise in large truck deaths

Large truck crash deaths in the U.S. went up significantly between the years 2009 and 2017. In all, 35,882 people died in these collisions. At the same time, the eight-year period saw a decline in the number of miles driven by commercial truckers. South Carolina residents should know that some solutions to the increase are available.

Road Safe America is a highway safety non-profit organization that has analyzed data on large truck crashes. It found that most of the states that saw the greatest increase either in large truck crash deaths or in the percentage of such deaths have a 70 mph speed limit in place. This speed is unsafe for large trucks since they take longer to brake than ordinary cars.

Why migraine sufferers often face misdiagnoses

South Carolina residents who suffer migraines may wind up being misdiagnosed by their doctors. One study shows that only one in 20 get an accurate headache or migraine diagnosis. This is because migraine symptoms mimic those of other conditions. The following are seven such conditions.

Most migraine sufferers start out thinking they have sinus headaches. Doctors may think so, too, but these are actually rare and caused by a viral or bacterial sinus infection. Another common condition that doctors will mistake a migraine for is an anxiety or panic attack. The issue is compounded by the fact that patients, amid the stress of living with migraines, may indeed develop anxiety.

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