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What do stay-at-home mothers deserve in a divorce?

When a couple decides to divorce, they will have to divide their property equally. However, a 50/50 split is not always “equal.” Many factors can determine how property should be distributed when a marriage ends.

Equitable division can be important for stay-at-home mothers who either never worked or left work to care for the family. While they may not be adding to the family’s wealth via an income, their contributions still matter.

Study looks at property division for stay-at-home mothers

When people in New Hampshire get a divorce, their property is supposed to be divided equitably. Equitable division is the standard in most states. A study conducted by Vanderbilt University researchers examined how men and women interpret "equitable" when it comes to divorce and stay-at-home mothers.

Around 10 percent of American mothers whose level of education is at least a master's degree stay home with their children, and more than 25 percent of all mothers do. This is compared to just 7 percent of fathers. For the study, researchers created a scenario in which a couple was married for 17 years before the husband filed for divorce. Once they had children, five years into the marriage, the mother stayed at home to raise them. The participants were given six variations on the educational level, property and profession of each spouse and were told to divide property.

Hazards workers commonly experience on the job

People in New Hampshire and everywhere else face a certain level of risk while on the job. The 2019 Liberty Mutual index has ranked the most common types of injuries based on data collected in 2016. The most common injury on the list was overexertion caused by outside sources. However, the most common injury in the construction and professional services industries was falls from the same level.

Nationally, overexertion injuries involving outside sources resulted in $13.11 billion in losses while falls from the same level resulted in $10.38 billion in losses. Combined, the top 10 injuries from the 2019 index cost employers $46.93 billion and accounted for 84.66% of all disabling injuries. Other types of injuries on the top 10 list included falls from different levels, being struck by an object and slipping and tripping without any warning. Those types of accidents accounted for 8.99%, 9.42% and 3.93% of injuries.

IIHS tests reveal pickup truck safety vulnerabilities

Medium and full-sized pickup trucks have become familiar sights on New Hampshire roads because they offer an attractive combination of practicality and rugged durability. However, the results of a recent series of accident simulations conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggest that some trucks may not provide passengers with adequate protection in a crash. The road safety nonprofit group found passenger-side vulnerabilities in vehicles produced by Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Toyota and Nissan.

The IIHS overlap tests involved propelling the front-right and front-left sides of pickup trucks into an immovable obstacle at a speed of 40 mph. The test is designed to replicate what happens when vehicles strike objects like trees or utility poles. Only the Ford F-150, Nissan Titan and Dodge Ram 1500 provide good protection to passengers in such crashes according to the IIHS. However, all of the pickup trucks tested except the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tundra earned a good rating for driver protection.

Study shows fibromyalgia often misdiagnosed

There are two ways of diagnosing fibromyalgia -- criteria-based diagnosis and clinician-based diagnosis. However, New Hampshire residents should know that a recent study found that there is only a fair amount of agreement between the two ways. This means that many patients are either being incorrectly diagnosed with fibromyalgia or having their fibromyalgia labeled as something else.

The study involved 497 patients at a university clinic. First, investigators had the patients take two tests -- the Multidimensional Health Assessment Questionnaire and a questionnaire with the preliminary diagnostic criteria that the American College of Rheumatology had created in 2010. Patients were then set up with rheumatology staff for evaluation.

Study finds patients misdiagnosed with MS

Doctors in New Hampshire and throughout the country often have difficulty diagnosing patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). There is no single test that can determine if a person has the condition. Instead, medical professionals must review a person's medical history, conduct an MRI and perform other evaluations. According to a study published in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, roughly 20 percent of patients sent to a pair of MS centers were misdiagnosed.

One of the centers was MS at Cedars-Sinai while the other was located at UCLA. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center analyzed 241 patients who were referred to these clinics between July 2016 and June 2017. A total of 43 patients had been misdiagnosed, and these patients received care for the condition for an average of four years. Many of these patients actually had conditions such as migraine headaches, neuropathy and spondylopathy.

Study identifies most common reasons for divorce

Most people walking down the aisle in New Hampshire aren't thinking that divorce may be a possibility at some point. Statistically, however, it's not uncommon for marriages to come to an unexpected end. The National Center for Biotechnology Information recently participated in a study conducted to help identify common reasons for divorce. For the study, 52 people who had divorced after initially participating in a communication and conflict resolution course were questioned to pinpoint factors that contributed to their marital problems.

Surprisingly, a significant amount of divorced individuals questioned felt that they didn't receive enough premarital education even though they all had participated in a post-marital program. Religious differences were significant for just over 13 percent of the respondents questioned about their divorce factors. A book on this topic found that couples in same-faith marriages tend to be happier. Nearly 20 percent of former spouses who were questioned felt a lack of support from family was a major factor. In some instances, illnesses can take a toll on a marriage; more than 18 percent of divorced respondents cited health problems as a factor.

Why are grocery stores investing so heavily in robots?

Most people are familiar with the image where a person steps on a banana peel and falls down, often with a bucket landing on their hand in pure slapstick imagery. While it’s a classic comic strip image, slip and fall accidents in real life are no laughing matter. Falls result in more than 8 million emergency room visits each year, and more than 20 percent of emergency visits overall.

Manufacturing workers face a wide range of injuries

Every seven seconds, someone is injured on the job. If you are working in manufacturing, it is likely to happen to you at some point in your career. Whether you work in assembling, fabricating, welding or machining, the threat of a serious injury is always present.

While some manufacturing injuries are relatively minor and may require little to no accommodation, others can have devastating effects on a person's work and personal life.

Every workplace injury has the potential to be serious and requires medical assessment.

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