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  • 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. […]

  • In terms of health, having any job is not necessarily better than not having a job
    on August 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    People employed in low paying or highly stressful jobs may not actually enjoy better health than those who remain unemployed. […]

  • Managers can help prevent employees from working while sick
    on August 9, 2017 at 11:32 am

    A new study indicates that managerial support can help prevent employees who work extremely hard out of an obsessive drive ('workaholics') from forcing themselves to attend work when feeling sick. […]

  • Increasing productivity by one day each month
    on August 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Corporate wellness programs have been shown to save companies money by reducing absenteeism and health insurance costs. Researchers have now quantified an additional benefit to companies' bottom line, showing that a wellness program they studied resulted in higher productivity for all participating employees. This improvement was dramatic: approximately equal to an additional productive work day per month for the average worker. […]

  • Feeling stressed during the workday? Playing video games may help
    on July 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Human factors/ergonomics researchers found that engaging in casual video game play during rest breaks can help restore mood in response to workplace stress. […]

  • A prescription of activities shown to improve health and well-being
    on July 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Gyms, walking groups, gardening, cooking clubs and volunteering have all been shown to work in improving the health and well-being reported by a group of people with long-term conditions. Key to the success was a 'Link Worker' who helped participants select their activity and supported them throughout the program. […]

  • 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. […]