When dangerous occupations are discussed, most people think of those involving construction, working in factories and various types of manual labor. In those industries, workers are often poorly paid and perhaps don't have the language skills or immigration status to feel comfortable reporting dangerous working conditions or even injuries.
Many of our readers may be surprised to learn that the most-frequently-performed type of major surgery in our country is a cesarean section. About one in every three babies are delivered via C-section. There are some circumstances in which a C-section is necessary or at least preferable for the safety of the mother and/or child. Women who are older, overweight, diabetic or have high blood pressure, for example, may be safer having a C-section. There are other situations, such as when the baby isn't positioned properly for a vaginal birth, where a C-section is necessary.
This last weekend, we celebrated the service and sacrifice of our military members. For some the sacrifice continues years later. We want to draw attention to lingering health effects caused by asbestos exposure.