February 2018 Archives

OOIDA petitions for service hours overhaul for truckers

Under current guidelines from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truckers in Missouri and across the nation work according to a 14-hour daily clock that runs nonstop. Another guideline stipulates that all truckers must take a 30-minute rest break within the first eight of those service hours. According to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, these rules are limiting as well as dangerous as they do not consider truck drivers' physical limitations.

Study looks at drowsy driving and car accidents

Missouri motorists who drive when they are drowsy may be a bigger danger than some statistics have reported according to a study released on Feb. 8. The study, conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety between October 2010 and December 2013, found that out of 701 crashes examined, around 9 percent of them were due at least in part to drowsy driving. This is considerably higher than the 1 to 2 percent that is the government estimate. Of crashes that resulted in injury, significant property damage or airbag deployment, drowsy driving was a factor in more than 10 percent.

The types of cold stress and how to prevent them

Cold stress is a condition that outdoor workers are at risk for developing in wintertime. It occurs when the skin temperature and, eventually, internal temperature reach such a low level that the body can no longer warm itself. In Missouri and across the U.S., cold and wet conditions can lead to three main types of cold stress: trench foot, hypothermia, and frostbite.

It's not the flu, it's flesh-eating bacteria

It sounds like a Missouri patient's worst nightmare -- being diagnosed with the flu while actually suffering devastating, life-threatening infection by so-called "flesh-eating" bacteria. However, this has been a reality for some patients who have sought medical help, according to some reports. One woman who went to a health care professional complaining of flu-like symptoms was diagnosed with the flu in January 2018. As the pain beneath her arm worsened, however, she was returned to the hospital two days later in an emergency condition.

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