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  • Eating your feelings? The link between job stress, junk food and sleep
    on June 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Stress during the workday can lead to overeating and unhealthy food choices at dinnertime, but there could be a buffer to this harmful pattern. […]

  • Feeling stressed? Bike to work
    on June 21, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Cycling can help reduce stress and improve your work performance, new research confirms. […]

  • Officers on afternoon shift report being more fatigued
    on June 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Officers who work afternoons are twice as likely to report being tired, which puts them at greater risk for accidents, errors and stress, according to results of a new study. […]

  • Retirement associated with lower stress, but only if you were in a top job
    on May 5, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    A new article suggests that the period around retirement may widen socio-economic inequalities in stress and health. […]

  • Autonomy in the workplace has positive effects on well-being and job satisfaction, study finds
    on April 25, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Employees with higher levels of autonomy in their work reported positive effects on their overall well-being and higher levels of job satisfaction, new research into workplace culture has found. […]

  • Fainting episodes may increase risk of workplace accidents, job loss
    on April 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    People who experience fainting spells have a higher risk of workplace accidents and job loss, compared to adults who do not have fainting episodes. In a Danish study, one in three employed people with syncope were no longer in the workforce within two years of having a first-time fainting spell. […]

  • Overcoming workplace barriers to breastfeeding
    on March 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    For mothers of new infants, going back to work may pose a number of obstacles to continued breastfeeding. Workplace policies affecting the ability to breastfeed -- and the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in helping to overcome those obstacles -- are the topic of a new special article. […]

  • Workers' compensation claims offer insight into seafood processing injuries in Oregon
    on March 16, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    A review of workers' compensation claims indicates that workers in Oregon's seafood processing industry are suffering serious injuries at higher rates than the statewide average, and the rate of injuries appears to be on the rise, researchers have found. […]

  • For surgeons in the OR, a way to fight bad posture
    on March 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Surgeons face psychological stress. Less understood is the physical stress they endure from spending hours in awkward positions in the operating room. This causes shoulder, neck and lower back pain -- ailments that lead to sick days, decreased quality of care and early retirements. Researchers are developing a tool to identify poor posture and, ultimately, correct these awkward positions in the operating room. […]

  • Maintaining an active sex life may lead to improved job satisfaction, engagement in work
    on March 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Maintaining a healthy sex life at home boosts employees' job satisfaction and engagement at the office, underscoring the value of a strong work-life balance. […]

  • US workers without paid sick leave more likely to forego preventive health care
    on March 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    More than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and do not have to pay for 15 preventive screenings recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force. Yet, despite this advantage, many are not utilizing these lifesaving screenings and are contributing to this nation's soaring health care costs, which reached a whopping $3 trillion in 2014. […]

  • 78 percent of hospital workers in Houston are overweight or obese
    on January 27, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Seventy-eight percent of employees at Houston hospitals are overweight or obese, according to a study. […]

  • Prolonged exposure to work-related stress thought to be related to certain cancers
    on January 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    For men, prolonged exposure to work-related stress has been linked to an increased likelihood of lung, colon, rectal, and stomach cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This is the first study to assess the link between cancer and work-related stress perceived by men throughout their working life. […]

  • 'Data-driven' approach may reduce violence to hospital workers
    on January 12, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    A worksite intervention using unit-level data on violent events can lead to lower risks of patient-to-worker violence and injury to hospital staff, suggests a new study. […]

  • Worker-owned cooperatives may help address elder care deficit
    on January 5, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    A growing elder care shortage could be eased by worker-owned cooperatives, a little-used business model that also improves the working conditions and the quality of life for caregivers. […]

  • Shoulder pain linked to increased heart disease risk
    on December 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    After all the lifting, hauling and wrapping, worn out gift givers may blame the season’s physical strain for any shoulder soreness they are feeling. It turns out there could be another reason. A new study finds that individuals with symptoms that put them at increased risk for heart disease could be more likely to have shoulder problems, including joint pain and rotator cuff injury. […]

  • National study documents value of family-provided medical care for children
    on December 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    About half of US children with special health care needs -- 5.6 million children -- receive medical care from uncompensated family members worth billions of dollars, finds a large national study. The study is the first to systematically track parents' unpaid time providing care, as well as lost income due to parents taking time off from work. […]

  • Lack of sleep costing US economy up to $411 billion per year
    on November 30, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Lower productivity levels and the higher risk of mortality resulting from sleep deprivation have a significant effect on a nation's economy. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of mortality by 13 per cent and leads to the U.S. losing around 1.2 million working days a year. Increasing nightly sleep from under six hours to between six and seven hours could add $226.4 billion to the U.S. economy. […]

  • Repeatedly thinking about work-family conflict linked to health problems
    on November 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Thinking over and over again about conflicts between your job and personal life is likely to damage both your mental and physical health, research suggests. The study included more than 200 people, with results showing that "repetitive thought" was a pathway between work-family conflict and negative outcomes in six different health categories. […]

  • Genetic cause for shift work fatigue discovered
    on November 4, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Some people adapt easily to shift work, but not everyone can handle constant disruptions to their daily rhythm. Researchers have now found that a melatonin receptor gene influences tolerance to shift work. […]

  • Being fit protects against health risks caused by stress at work
    on November 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    It is a well-known fact that fitness and well-being go hand in hand. But being in good shape also protects against the health problems that arise when we feel particularly stressed at work. As reported by sports scientists, it therefore pays to stay physically active, especially during periods of high stress. […]

  • Workplace weight management lowers costs, improves quality of life
    on October 20, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Employees who participate in a workplace weight management program—even those without significant weight loss—have reduced health care costs and improved quality of life (QOL), reports a new study. […]

  • More support needed for nurses facing mistreatment at work
    on October 19, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Nurses need more help dealing with disrespectful behavior from colleagues if patient care is to be maintained, new research concludes. […]

  • Worked to death? Study says lack of control over high-stress jobs can lead to early grave
    on October 17, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Those in high-stress jobs with little control over their workflow die younger or are less healthy than those who have more flexibility and discretion in their jobs and are able to set their own goals as part of their employment, a new study concludes. […]

  • Health determined by social relationships at work
    on October 4, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Whether you're an engineer, a nurse, or a call center worker, you are likely to spend an average of one third of your day on the job. In a new meta-analysis covering 58 studies and more than 19,000 people across the globe, psychologists have shown that how strongly we identify with the people or organization where we work is associated with better health and lower burnout. […]

  • Overweight and obesity linked to high workers' compensation costs
    on September 28, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Obese and overweight workers are more likely to incur high costs related to workers' compensation claims for major injuries, reports a new study. […]

  • Rural employers failing to meet needs of working breastfeeding mothers
    on September 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers of more than 50 employees to provide sufficient space and time for mothers to breastfeed during the first year of their babies’ lives. Researchers conducted an analysis of ACA’s requirement to determine if any barriers exist for women living in rural areas; they found a lack of compliance with the law, inadequate breastfeeding information for mothers and lack of support from co-workers and supervisors. […]

  • High status job means you are less likely to respond to treatment for depression
    on September 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    A high status job means that you are less likely to respond to standard treatment with medications for depression, an international study has found. These results may have implications for clinicians and their patients, employers and public policy. […]

  • How workplace stress contributes to cardiovascular disease
    on September 15, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    A model has been created that illustrates how economic globalization may create stressful employment factors in high-income countries contributing to the worldwide epidemic of cardiovascular disease. […]

  • Employees of medical centers report high stress, negative health behaviors
    on September 8, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Approximately 15 to 20 percent of adults in the U.S. will report high levels of stress, several American surveys have found. A new study has identified stress and burnout as a major problem employees face within the medical industry, leading to negative health behaviors. With rising stress levels in the workplace for employees, many companies are looking to integrate, engage and enroll employees into wellness programs. […]