Monday, 26 August 2013

School Holiday Stress Can Increase the Risk of Divorce


The long summer vacation can increase parental stress to the extent that they actually end up considering divorce.
According to a new study that was conducted in the United Kingdom, as many as 1/5th of British parents consider divorce after the long summer break. According to the survey that was conducted by an UK-based-divorce law firm, the holidays for many British parents are not just about having fun with their children. They are also a stressed time of the year.
The survey was based on a questionnaire that was given to more than 2000 adults, and found that as many as 1/5th of parents, actually consider divorce or separation just before the children are due to return to school after the summer. There are several reasons for this. For one thing, holidays can mean great financial stress parents.
One of the more common reasons why parents end up economically stressed is the need to take expensive vacations with the family. Most of the people in the survey admitted that they did feel high financial pressure during the summer holidays, and it wasn't just the vacations that contributed to this. Expensive childcare also contributed to the expenses for working parents.
Another reason why parents often postpone their divorce or separation plans till after the children's summer vacation, is timing. Many parents don't want to spoil the summer vacations with news of an impending divorce, and therefore postpone those plans till just before their children are due to return back to school.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Feds Focus on Drowsy Driving Risks from Prescription Drugs


The number of motorists who drive in an impaired state after taking medications is high across the country. However, it has been a challenge for the federal administration to deal with this very pressing highway safety issue, because many of these motorists are driving under the influence of prescription drugs, like sleep medication.
However, Orlando car accident lawyers now see signs that the federal administration is taking these challenges very seriously. For instance, the Food and Drug Administration recently decided to reject a petition filed by pharmaceutical giant Merck for a new sleep drug. Tests showed that the sleep drug affected people’s driving abilities the next day.
Earlier this year, the agency also warned persons who took common anti-allergy and cough and cold medications like Benadryl, to avoid driving the next day, saying that many of the sedative effects of such medications are likely to carry on into the next day as well. In January, the Food and Drug Administration required manufacturers of Ambien and other sedatives to cut down dosage requirements for women by half.
The Food andDrug Administration also intends to more closely examine all sleep medications that are currently available in the market, and plans to ask companies to conduct more extensive driving tests using these drugs. The main   concern has been the person’s driving abilities, not just a few hours after he takes medication, but the morning after the person has taken the medication. The effect of many sleep medications can continue into the next morning, leaving the person feeling very drowsy and increasing his risk of being involved in an accident.
While everyone agrees on the impairing effects of many sleep medications and other medications, there are no one-shot solutions.   Medications affect different people in different ways, creating a challenge in restricting driving under the influence of these drugs.