Car Accidents And Other Fatal Injuries Have Been On The Rise
Aug31

Car Accidents And Other Fatal Injuries Have Been On The Rise

According to a study by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Denver Health Medical Center, the number of both violent and unintentional fatal injuries jumped 7.4% between 2014 and 2016. Incidents such as suicide, homicide, and car accidents continue to be the leading causes of death. In the studied time period, fatal, unintentional injuries rose by 8.6%, homicides rose by 9.4%, and fatal car accidents rose by 6.3%. Researchers had conducted this study after trauma surgeons in the Colorado area noticed that they were treating an increasing number of violent incidents in recent years. This study did look at data between 2000 and 2016 but found that the specific two year period between 2014 and 2016 saw the injuries increasing at a faster rate. Across the country, suicide rates have been increasing and this recent study found that about half of deaths caused by suicide involved a firearm. About two-thirds of homicides in the study were also firearm-related. According to The Denver Post, researchers do not know what is causing the increase in fatal injuries. They speculate that social media and civil unrest in 2014 could have led to more violent incidents and car accidents. While the general causes of car wrecks are many, data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicates that the deadliest day of the year on the road is August 2. IIHS looked at fatalities between 2012 and 2016 and in that period a total of 505 people were killed on that day. “In the summer, the weather is nice, sunny, and people just are a little more reckless, they’re a little less careful,” says Becca Weast, a research scientist at IIHS. Weast said that August is one of the deadliest months of the year in terms of car wrecks because of these reasons as well. In the study’s span, there were 15,914 fatalities in August. When the weather is bad or people are driving on a popular day for drinking, like New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July, people tend to be more careful. Warm weather and the lure of vacation lower a driver’s awareness. Even when a driver survives a car wreck, their lack of attention can be costly. In 2010, car accidents cost a total of $76.1 billion in property damage, which is 31% of all economic...

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Hundreds Sick After Reported Outbreaks of Food Contamination At Chipotle And Mcdonald’s
Aug31

Hundreds Sick After Reported Outbreaks of Food Contamination At Chipotle And Mcdonald’s

A man in Ohio is pursuing a lawsuit against Chipotle Mexican Grill over experiencing symptoms of food poisoning after he ate at one of the burrito chain’s restaurants. State officials are investigating a possible outbreak of foodborne illness stemming from one Chipotle restaurant in Powell, Ohio. According to the lawsuit filed in Delaware County, Ohio, plaintiff Filip Syzller experienced nausea, headaches, and hot flashes after purchasing three chicken tacos from the restaurant on July 29th. Syzller is asking for $25,000 in compensation, but he is not alone in his symptoms. Local health officials in Powell have received over 500 calls from people reporting diarrhea, nausea, fever, and other symptoms after eating at Chipotle. “We have been working with local officials to investigate and will continue to do so,” said Chipotle in a statement to CNBC when asked for a comment on the lawsuit. While the restaurant had told CNBC that the health department had received only two illness complaints, the next day the Delaware General Health District told CNBC that they had received 518 inquiries related to the outbreak. At that time, the District had also delivered 33 stool samples kits to people who reported they were ill. Chipotle isn’t the only fast food restaurant in hot water over food contamination. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of August 2nd about 395 people across 15 states had fallen ill with a parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis, which contaminated salads sold at McDonald’s locations. The parasite causes an infection called cyclosporiasis. The symptoms include diarrhea and nausea, and it is considered a less common form of food poisoning. The body rids itself of cyclosporiasis within a few days of exposure in most cases, but sometimes symptoms persist and come in waves for about a month. There are antibiotics that can effectively get rid of the infection faster than the body. In this particular outbreak there have not been any deaths, but 16 people have been hospitalized. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration conducted an investigation that found that shipments of a tainted mix of lettuce and carrots came from Fresh Express, a California-based supplier. The shipments had made their way to about 3,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the Midwest and into customers’ food. McDonald’s has since stopped selling the lettuce from Fresh Express and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a warning about other products that contain their potentially tainted lettuce. Although the U.S. has a comprehensive legal system to incentivize restaurants to make efforts to minimize these outbreaks, they are still fairly common. According to the CDC, one in six Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated...

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New Study Finds Employers Becoming More Accepting of Tattoos
Aug25

New Study Finds Employers Becoming More Accepting of Tattoos

In the past, having visible tattoos in the workplace was a big no-no. But as tattoos have become less taboo in today’s society, employer views on employees with ink have changed as well. In fact, a new study found that having tattoos could actually help your chance of getting a job. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Miami Business School and the University of Western Australia Business School. Published in the journal Human Resources, the research shows that unlike previous times, tattoos are no longer related to employment factors or wage discrimination. This is great news for the 45 million Americans who have at least one piece of permanent body art, who may have experienced adverse results in the past when it comes to finding jobs accepting of tattoos. But the study shows that not only were tattooed candidates offered fair chances of getting a job, but they were more likely to be hired in some instances. Study co-author Andrew Timming, associate professor of human resource management at the University of Western Australia Business School, explained, “This may be explained by the fact that many young people have gotten tattoos in the last couple decades, and as they age, they become managers and decision-makers. They are therefore more accepting of body art than their older colleagues.” Furthermore, previous studies may have had inaccurate data based on small sample sizes and direct interviews. But this new research looked at a sample size of 2,058 people in all 50 states. The online survey asked regarding things like employment status, number and visibility of tattoos, income range, and level of education. Of course, there are limitations with an online survey. The survey didn’t explore different industries and 64% of respondents were women. But regardless, the responses provided some insightful feedback. So while it is still up to individual employers whether they decide to have a dress code that allows tattoos to be shown or not, people with tattoos can feel a little more relaxed knowing the workforce is slowly but surely becoming more accepting of tattoos. In the past, employees have had to keep their ink covered and about 11% of people with tattoos have gone through the process of tattoo removal. But more and more employers seem to care less about whether or not their employees have tattoos. The researchers plan to continue down this path and look further into how tattoos can impact the perception a person has of someone else. But for now, people with tattoos can find some comfort in knowing their ink is becoming more...

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For This School Year Nearly 3 Million Young Parents in California Face Long Preschool Waiting Lists
Aug24

For This School Year Nearly 3 Million Young Parents in California Face Long Preschool Waiting Lists

The month before the school year begins is crucial, but only one in two preschoolers will find a space in pre-k classrooms this year. According to a UC Berkeley study, those odds dip even lower in middle-class parts of the Bay Area and suburbs located farther out. Early childhood education and care options for children as young as one or two are also becoming more competitive, as only one in eight parents will be able to find an opening at a center or licensed childcare home. With about 60% of these mothers working outside of the home, it becomes a tough choice between continuing to search for alternative care or leaving a job to stay home full time. Making the same decision for preschool-aged children is not as simple. Even if a parent is able to become a full-time mom or dad, studies have shown that pre-k sets up children for a bright future. According to the HighScope Perry Preschool Study, children who attend preschool are 17% more likely to graduate from high school than those who skip the year and go straight to kindergarten. In a 25-year-long study of about 1,400 public school students, researchers found that students who had attended preschool had higher incomes, socioeconomic status, and rates of health insurance coverage. Outside of the monetary benefits, pre-k socializes children from an early age and encourages them to be lifelong learners. Families who are fortunate enough to find one of these intellectually-important pre-k spots, pay up to $2,000 per month on average. For many parents, this amount is out of their price range, yet they make too much to enroll their child in a public preschool or care center. Despite these prices, early childhood education options are in high demand and so are teachers for the schools. Between 2016 and 2026, the employment of preschool teachers has been projected to grow by 10%, which is faster than the average for all occupations. While the demand grows, the average pre-K staffer in California was paid just over $12 an hour last year. According to one statewide poll, over half of all Californians want a bold policy fix to make early childhood education more affordable and more accessible to...

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Not Your Average School, Wonderschool Aims To Shake Up Early Education
Aug22

Not Your Average School, Wonderschool Aims To Shake Up Early Education

Education will always be a central discussion. The future of young people is incredibly important, yet the obstacles in the education system are numerous and difficult. Each stage of education is another checkpoint passed, then a completely different set of hurdles to jump. What’s really important is establishing a good foundation. Children, for the first eight years of life, are naturally acquiring language skills, social skills, everything that foundationally helps them develop as miniature human beings. But, developmentally sufficient childcare and early education programs are growing scarcer by the day. Naturally, in our there’s an app for that society, Arrel Gray and Chris Bennett banded together to create Wonderschool. Both centering on the reality that finding affordable, quality early childhood education and educators have become increasingly difficult, they blazed their own trail. “We wanted to deliver a solution for parents that also had the potential to create jobs and empower the caregiver — that’s Wonderschool,” said Bennett. So, that’s what they did. Researching preschool and daycare workers wages, they discovered the need to provide not only more places for quality education and childcare but better platforms for educators to work and thrive. “When we had the idea we thought, ‘what’s the best way to test this? Why don’t we start a preschool ourselves?’ So we rented a home in the Berkeley Hills, hired an amazing educator, set up a school and started one,” Bennett remarked on their initial foray into the education realm. It turned out to be wildly successful, with happy students, parents, and teachers. The Wonderschool idea turned some heads then, raising an initial $4.1 million in funding to make it a reality. Wonderschool’s platform provides ways for existing teachers and caregivers to start their own in-home schools and also works with people outside of the education sphere to help get them licensed. They have a preparatory bootcamp type thing for fledgling caregivers and each individual school is free to use whatever curriculum and school formats they want. Truly tailored learning. Where most people hire professionals for everything from outdoor projects to education, they thought to bring the profession into the home and build it from there. Why buy when you can build? It’s being addressed as the Airbnb of schools. In this sense, the software application can be accessed and people can choose in-home schools tailored to their children, schedules, price points, and any other factors they wish. Bennett summarizes their goal succinctly: “The challenge is that there aren’t enough programs for the number of children needing public or private schooling…and our goal is to provide enough supply for every child.” With $20 million more in...

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