June 2018 Archives

Dangerous toys: How safe will your child be this summer?

While their children's safety is a primary concern for most Missouri parents, they may unwittingly put the children in harm's way when they buy certain toys advertised as essentials for summer fun. A group of consumer watchdogs says almost half of the child fatalities from injuries each year nationwide occur during the months of summer.

New cancer treatment may be more effective than previous ones

Research indicates that pancreatic cancer patients may live longer if they're treated with a particular four-drug combination treatment called folfirinox rather than the standard single cancer drug. According to medical professionals not involved with the research, folfirinox is likely to become the expected standard of care in Missouri and across the country for people with early-diagnosed pancreatic cancer.

CDC: insect-borne illness cases more than triple

From 2004 to 2016, there were more than 640,000 cases of insect-borne illnesses, including Zika fever, dengue fever, plague and Lyme disease. Between those two years, the number of such cases more than tripled. This is according to a report published in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents should be of interests to outdoor workers in Missouri.

Claims of defective EpiPens skyrocketed over recent years

When administered in a timely manner, epinephrine is a life-saving drug for people experiencing a deadly allergic reaction. You may be like many Missouri patients who have life-threatening allergies and who carry epinephrine delivery devices at all times. Unfortunately, many of those devices might be defective.

Computer vision syndrome a common job-related problem

No matter what line of work they are in, many Missouri employees are required to use a computer or digital device as part of their job. Unfortunately, frequent use of a computer screen can cause a medical condition known as computer vision syndrome, or CVS.

New wearable device could protect workers from accidents

Workplace accidents claim the lives of over 1,000 people and injure over 500 every day around the world. They also put a burden on companies and insurers, costing hundreds of billions of dollars every year in the U.S. alone. Employers and workplace safety managers alike in Missouri may be wondering, then, what they can do to protect their employees. This is where a software startup in Iowa comes in.

New software could help address trucker fatigue

Missouri residents should know how commercial truck drivers are at a high risk for drowsy driving. The average trucker is on the road for as much as 70 hours over the course of an eight-day workweek, so this is to be expected. Nevertheless, it can be a shock to hear that an estimated 100,000 or more truck crashes occur each year because of drowsy driving.

How new tech may prevent distracted driving

Drivers in Missouri are likely aware of the perennial danger that distractions pose. The organization Zendrive, after an analysis of 100 billion roadway miles, released a study showing that 60 percent of drivers use their phones while behind the wheel at least once a day. About 69 million drivers use their phones every day; this is a far cry from current government data, which states that every day there are 660,000 distracted drivers.

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