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August 2, 2015

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August 2, 2015

Acupuncture Impacts Same Biologic Pathways in Rats That Pain Drugs Target in Humans

July 21, 2015 — In animal models, acupuncture appears to impact the same biologic pathways ramped up by pain and stress, analogous to what drugs do in humans. The researchers say their animal study provides the ... read more

Sexual Harassment at Work Not Just Men Against Women

July 1, 2015 — More than one in 10 complaints of sexual harassment at work are reported by ... read more

Patient-Initiated Workplace Violence Affects Counselors, Treatment and Outcomes

June 23, 2015 — More than four out of five counselors who treat patients for substance abuse have experienced some form of patient-initiated workplace violence according to the first national study to examine the ... read more

Novel Population Health Management Program Yields Major Health Improvement

June 16, 2015 — The Aging Brain Care Medical Home, a novel population health management program implemented in the homes of older adults achieves significant health improvement for individuals with depression and ... read more

Increasing Regulation of Care Services Is Making the Sector Less Attractive for Workers

June 16, 2015 — Over 1.5 million people currently work in the care sector in the UK and as the population ages, the demands for care and employees will increase. However, the health and social care sector has ... read more

Restraining Health Care Prices Requires Workforce Productivity Gains, Not Wage Cuts Alone

June 8, 2015 — Cost containment will require not wage reductions alone, but broad productivity gains derived from the use of fewer or less-skilled employees to produce any given service, a new study ... read more

You’re Driving Yourself to Burnout, Literally

May 26, 2015 — Commuting length, distance, and means are stress factors that can lead to burnout, reports a new study. The research offers no surprises: the bigger the city, the more stressful the commute, at least ... read more

Workplace Intervention Improves Sleep of Employees' Children

May 21, 2015 — A workplace intervention designed to reduce employees' work-family conflict and increase schedule flexibility also has a positive influence on the sleep patterns of the employees' children, ... read more

Occupational Sun-Safety Policies Examined for Local Government Workers in Colorado

May 20, 2015 — Few local government organizations in Colorado had policies on environmental controls, such as the provision of outdoor shade, or administrative procedures, including training and resource ... read more

Shiftwork Can Affect Your Health

May 18, 2015 — Workers with nontraditional schedules are burdened by sleep-related health problems and poor metabolic health, according to a new report. Shiftworkers in the study were significantly more likely than ... read more

Recommended Levels of Activity Rarely Achieved in Busy Workplace Environment

May 14, 2015 — Even a busy job may not provide enough exercise to meet current activity recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, according to a study. The study examined the activity patterns ... read more

May 11, 2015 — It's estimated that one million people a day miss work in the United States because they're too stressed out. To help lower stress in the workplace, researchers conducted a study with staff ... read more

Employers and Workers Can Join Forces to Keep Diabetes Under Control

May 6, 2015 — People with diabetes who enroll in a health plan tailored to their medical condition are more likely to stick to their medication and actively take charge of their own health care, research into the ... read more

New Framework for Integrating and Measuring Health and Safety Programs in the Workplace

May 5, 2015 — The overall well-being of American workers could be significantly improved through adoption of a new framework for integrating health and safety strategies in the workplace -- including use of a ... read more

Alberta's Older Injured Workers at Disadvantage in Returning to Jobs

Apr. 30, 2015 — Workers over age of 65 are less likely to be offered rehabilitation, modified work duties despite greater risk for severe injury than younger employees, a new study from Alberta, Canada, ... read more

Study Links Insomnia to Impaired Work Performance in Night Shift Workers

Apr. 27, 2015 — A new study of night shift workers suggests that overnight occupational and cognitive impairment is more strongly correlated to insomnia than it is to ... read more

9/11 Leaves Legacy of Chronic Ill Health Among Emergency Medical Services Workers

Apr. 16, 2015 — The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001 have left a legacy of chronic ill health among emergency medical services workers who came to the rescue of the victims, reveals ... read more

Major Occupational Health Groups Publish Guidance for Employers on the Impact of Marijuana in the Workplace

Apr. 13, 2015 — Experts have published guidance for employers aimed at helping them better understand the implications of marijuana use on the workforce as attitudes toward marijuana and laws restricting it continue ... read more

New Recommendations for Designing, Measuring and Recognizing Comprehensive Workplace Wellness Programs

Apr. 13, 2015 — New recommendations have been released by experts to address gaps in common standards around comprehensive workplace wellness programs. The recommendations improve the design, measurement and ... read more

When Health Risks Go Down, Worker Productivity Goes Up

Apr. 8, 2015 — Changes in employee health risk factors have a significant impact on work productivity, reports a new study. The productivity benefits of improved health are "cumulative over time," ... read more

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