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  • Tree care workers need better training to handle dangers on the job
    on March 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    A new study calls attention to post-storm hazards posed to tree care workers and provides safety recommendations. […]

  • Supportive colleagues could be the key to health and fairness at work
    on March 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    The attitudes and behaviors of colleagues towards people returning to work from sick leave can have a big impact on whether or not a worker feels they are fairly treated by their organization. […]

  • Number of paid sick days directly impacts how Americans use preventive care like flu shots
    on March 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    In the first study to measure the link between an employee's number of paid sick leave days and the use of vital preventive health care services like getting a flu shot, researchers found a 26 to 85 percent increase in preventive health care use among those with at least 10 or more paid sick leave days. For the female-focused preventive services, they showed a 55 percent increase in the use of preventive mammography. […]

  • Health staff 'too stressed' to deal with disasters
    on February 26, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Increasing stress and a lack of motivation among healthcare staff could result in hospitals having to shut down in the wake of a major incident such as flooding or an earthquake. […]

  • Improving quality of life for people with chronic heart failure
    on February 26, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Patients with chronic heart failure face related problems, such as depression and fatigue, that could be relieved by an expanded model of care, according to a recently published study. […]

  • Cardiac arrest survival greatly increases when bystanders use an automated external defibrillator
    on February 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Survival from cardiac arrest doubled when bystanders stepped in to use a publicly-available automated external defibrillator rather than wait until emergency responders arrived. The study showed that the longer it takes emergency personnel to arrive, the greater the benefit of a bystander using an AED to shock the victim. Victims who received a defibrillator shock from a bystander had far greater chances at survival and being discharged from the hospital than those who did not. […]

  • There may be a better way to reduce hospital readmission rates
    on February 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    A recent study suggests that lay-health workers may be able to significantly reduce readmissions rates to hospitals for high risk patients following surgery. […]

  • Depression and fatigue increase women's risk of work-related injuries
    on February 13, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Women who suffer from depression, anxiety, and fatigue are more likely to be injured at work, according to a new study. The study found that these health factors significantly affected women's risk of injury but not men's risk. […]

  • Standing room only at work
    on February 12, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    The promotion of active work stations, such as standing desks and even treadmills in the office has been promoted by manufacturers recently with claims of better physical health, improved posture, even reduced mental stress, and a general boost to wellbeing. A new study suggests that many of the proposed benefits and claims are little more than marketing hyperbole. […]

  • Sleepless in Japan: How insomnia kills
    on February 9, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Lay people tend to think that insomnia is usually a symptom of something else, like stress, a bad diet or a sedentary lifestyle, but this may not be true at all. It is possible that insomnia itself causes many of the conditions that it is seen as a symptom of. Using previous research that shows that insomnia causes a decrease in blood flow in the front dorsal lobe of the brain, which correlates with depression, the authors seek to establish a link between insomnia and depression. […]

  • Risk factors for mysterious kidney disease in farm workers
    on January 31, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Previous studies have identified an illness called 'Mesoamerican Nephropathy,' also referred to as Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu). Notably, this new study shows that when a workforce has access to water, rest, and shade, the rates of CKDu onset and kidney injury are lower, and the injury is less severe than that seen in previous studies. […]

  • Emotionally demanding workload and confrontational patients key stressors for GPs
    on January 12, 2018 at 3:40 am

    The emotional impact of their daily workload and confrontational patients are among the key stressors for family doctors in England, reveals an analysis of feedback from general practitioners. […]

  • Feel anxious? Have trouble sleeping? You may be traveling for business too often
    on January 8, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    People who travel for business two weeks or more a month report more symptoms of anxiety and depression and are more likely to smoke, be sedentary and report trouble sleeping than those who travel one to six nights a month.  Among those who consume alcohol, extensive business travel is associated with symptoms of alcohol dependence.  Poor behavioral and mental health outcomes significantly increased as the number of nights away from home for business travel rose.&nbs […]

  • Female night shift workers may have increased risk of common cancers
    on January 8, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Night shift work was associated with women having an increased risk of breast, skin, and gastrointestinal cancer, according to a meta-analysis. […]

  • Toxic chemicals in salons, lack of education lead to adverse health effects
    on December 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Clients who frequent hair and nail salons exhibit more skin and fungal diseases than those who visit less often and nail salon technicians are receiving inadequate training in the use of chemicals, suggest two recent studies. […]

  • Being treated unfairly at work increases risk of long-term sick leave
    on December 8, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Staff who feel they are treated unfairly at work are at increased risk of being off sick more frequently and for longer, according to new research. […]

  • Duration of sleep increases and sleeping difficulties decrease after retirement
    on December 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    When people retire from work life, they sleep approximately 20 minutes longer than before retirement. The quality of sleep also improves, as retired people experience less early morning awakenings or nonrestorative sleep, unlike in their last working years. […]

  • Sexual harassment on the job still carries large impact, study shows
    on December 5, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Researchers have revisited workplace sexual harassment issues after the initial study was done nearly 20 years ago. […]

  • Employees want to sit down less and walk more during work days
    on November 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Desk-based workers would like to spend less time sitting down and more time walking or doing physical activity as part of their working day, research suggests. […]

  • Workplace sexual harassment 'a chronic problem,' says expert
    on November 16, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Sexual harassment in the workplace is a pervasive, chronic problem that can cause enduring psychological harm, according to an expert. […]

  • If sitting is the new smoking, should employers be held liable?
    on November 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time to a number of health issues, including increased high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat and cholesterol. They also warn that prolonged sitting increases the risk of cardiovascular problems and cancer. What does this mean for organizations whose employees end up sitting for at least eight hours a day? Should they be held liable for harms caused to employees in sedentary workplaces? […]

  • Workplace bullying, violence are risk factors for type 2 diabetes, new research reveals
    on November 14, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Workplace bullying and violence may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, for both men and women, according to new research. […]

  • How well do we perceive other people's stress levels in the workplace
    on November 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    A new study finds that people often project their own experiences with stress onto their colleagues and employees, causing miscommunication and, often, missed opportunities. […]

  • Four in ten healthcare professionals work while sick
    on November 1, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    A new study suggests that healthcare professionals (HCPs) should heed to their own advice: stay home when sick. Some four in 10 HCPs work while experiencing influenza-like illness. […]

  • Childhood cancer survivors commonly stay at jobs to keep health insurance, new study finds
    on October 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    A significant number of childhood cancer survivors are worried about keeping their health insurance, to the point of letting it affect their career decisions, the results of a national cancer survey find. […]

  • Night shift work linked to an increased risk of obesity
    on October 4, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    In an analysis of 28 published studies, night shift work was associated with a 29 percent increased risk of becoming obese or overweight. […]

  • Sexual harassment by colleagues may be associated with more severe depression
    on September 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Employees who experience sexual harassment by supervisors, colleagues or subordinates in the workplace may develop more severe symptoms of depression than employees who experience harassment by clients or customers, according to a study in Denmark. […]

  • Insult to injury: US workers without paid sick leave suffer from mental distress
    on September 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Only seven states in the US have mandatory paid sick leave laws, yet, 15 states have passed preemptive legislation prohibiting localities from passing sick leave. Paid sick leave is gaining momentum as a social justice issue with important implications for health and wellness. But what are the implications for the mental well-being of Americans without paid sick leave? A new study is the first to show the link between mental distress and paid sick leave among US workers. […]

  • Chronic pain common in people living with HIV
    on September 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    All people living with HIV should be screened for chronic pain, which affects 39 to 85 percent of people with the condition, recommend new HIVMA guidelines. Those who have chronic pain should be treated using a multidisciplinary approach focused on non-drug options ranging from yoga to physical therapy, note the guidelines. Opioids should never be a first-line treatment. […]

  • Largest study to date evaluates occupational health risks to hardmetal workers
    on August 30, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Workers in the hardmetal industry are not at increased risk for lung cancer or any of 63 other potential causes of death, concluded the largest and most definitive study on this population to date. The study of more than 32,000 workers in five countries was performed after smaller French and Swedish studies indicated that tungsten carbide with a cobalt binder – the primary ingredients in hardmetal – may be linked to an increased risk of lung cancer. […]