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May 24, 2015

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May 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

Worked-Based Wellness Programs Reduce Weight

Mar. 30, 2015 — Workplace wellness programs can be effective in helping people lose weight by providing healthier food choices and increasing opportunities for physical activity, particularly if these efforts are ... read more

New Study of Freelance Workers Examines Link Between Their Well-Being and Hours Worked

Mar. 30, 2015 — A new study of freelance workers has discovered key factors that affect their well-being – either making them happier or increasing anxiety and risking ... read more

Workplace Lifestyle Intervention Program Improves Health

Mar. 6, 2015 — A healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a new ... read more

Sleep in America Poll Finds Pain a Significant Challenge When It Comes to Americans' Sleep

Mar. 2, 2015 — A new poll in the United States finds that pain is a key factor in the gap between the amount of sleep Americans say they need and the amount they're getting -- an average 42 minute sleep debt ... read more

Income Inequality – Not Just Low Wages – Is Taking a Toll on the Health of American Workers

Mar. 2, 2015 — The degree of income inequality can lead to a long list of health issues, new evidence suggests. "It's clear that income inequality and working conditions affect the health of the U.S. ... read more

Workplace Negativity Can Hurt Productivity

Feb. 25, 2015 — Employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, but could be hurting themselves in the process. Such negative-minded workers are more likely to become mentally fatigued ... read more

Meditation Can Reduce Chronic Neck Pain, Study Shows

Feb. 25, 2015 — Meditation might be an effective treatment for reducing chronic neck pain, according to research. Chronic neck pain can lead to serious comorbidities like depression. Patients with chronic neck pain ... read more

Working in an Interventional Laboratory May Lead to Health Problems

Feb. 23, 2015 — Frequent use of lead aprons to protect medical professionals in the interventional lab and radiology departments from radiation exposure is associated with increased musculoskeletal pain, according ... read more

UK 'Fit Note' Linked to Fewer People Taking Long-Term Sick Leave

Feb. 24, 2015 — There is some evidence that the UK 'fit note,' which replaced the 'sick note' in 2010 in the UK, is linked to fewer people taking long term sick leave of 12 or more weeks, reveals ... read more

Treadmill Desks Offer Limited Benefits, Pose Challenges in the Workplace, Study Shows

Feb. 9, 2015 — Treadmill desks can help overweight or obese office workers get out of their chairs and get moving, but a 12-week study found that the increase in physical activity was small and did not help workers ... read more

Workplace Bullying a Vicious Circle

Feb. 17, 2015 — Bullying at work grinds victims down and makes them an 'easy target' for further abuse according to new research. The research suggests that employers should not only crack down on ... read more

Which Conditions Show Reduced Costs With Disease Management?

Feb. 6, 2015 — Asthma, back pain, and congestive heart failure are among the conditions showing reductions in health care costs in one large employer's disease management (DM) program, reports a ... read more

How Mindfulness Training Affects Health

Feb. 12, 2015 — Over the past decade, there have been many encouraging findings suggesting that mindfulness training can improve a broad range of mental and physical health problems. Yet, exactly how mindfulness ... read more

Acute Psychological Stress Reduces Ability to Withstand Physical Pain

Feb. 5, 2015 — A new study finds that acute psychosocial stress has a dramatically deleterious effect on the body's ability to modulate pain. The researchers found that although pain thresholds and pain ... read more

Parenting and Depression Study: Fathers Are at Risk, Too

Feb. 5, 2015 — A national study of parents found that parents with multiple parenting roles -- such as those in blended families -- are at higher risk of depression. Specifically, parents with three roles were 57 ... read more

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