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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Workplace Flexibility Benefits Employees

Jan. 13, 2016 — Workers at a Fortune 500 company who participated in a pilot work flexibility program voiced higher levels of job satisfaction and reduced levels of burnout and psychological stress than employees ... read more

Study Strengthens Link Between Stock Market Performance and Employee Health and Safety Programs

Jan. 6, 2016 — A study utilizing investment simulations for 17 publicly held companies with strong health or safety programs for employees suggests that employers that invest significantly in health and safety ... read more

State Workers' Compensation Policies Affect Costs, Disability Time

Dec. 1, 2015 — Certain workers' compensation (WC) policies explain much of the state-level variation in costs and outcomes of claims for low back pain (LBP), reports an American ... read more

Cancer Survivors Less Likely to Receive Callbacks from Potential Employers

Nov. 6, 2015 — Job applicants who are cancer survivors are less likely to receive callbacks from potential retail employers than those who did not disclose their health history, according to a recent ... read more

Examining Contemporary Occupational Carcinogen Exposure, Bladder Cancer

Oct. 8, 2015 — Despite manufacturing and legislative changes to improve workplace hygiene, the risk of occupational bladder cancer appears to be on the rise in some industries, although the profile of at-risk ... read more

Depression Can Lead to Work Disability

Oct. 5, 2015 — In Norway, men suffering from depression are three times more likely to become work disabled than non-sufferers. This risk is only twice as great for women. Now researchers have carried out a study ... read more

Health Hazards of Occupational Exposure to Talc

Sep. 28, 2015 — Talc, a substance commonly used in a number of manufacturing processes, including many in the food processing industry, is a health hazard and exposure to it should be closely monitored, say ... read more

Number of Young Female Anesthesiologists Increases, but Wages Lower Than Male Colleagues

Sep. 24, 2015 — A study has analyzed a 2013 survey of members of the American Society of Anesthesiologists that found 40 percent of anesthesiologists under the age of 36 were female, a substantial increase over 2007 ... read more

Focus on Well-Being Improves Worker Health While Lowering Costs

Sep. 23, 2015 — One company's program to improve employee well-being led to improvements in worker health and productivity while decreasing health care costs, reports a case study on the ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — The effect of workplace anxiety on job performance is closely connected to the quality of relationships between employees, their bosses and their co-workers, according to a new ... read more

Anxious? Depressed? Blame It on Your Middle-Management Position

Aug. 18, 2015 — Individuals near the middle of the social hierarchy suffer higher rates of depression and anxiety than those at the top or bottom, according to researchers. Nearly twice the number of supervisors and ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — By providing workers with a portable pedaling device, researchers have discovered that inspiring office employees to be active at work could be as easy as pedaling a bike -- and they don't have ... read more

Prostate Cancer Not Caused by Shift Work, Experts Say

July 24, 2015 — Shift work is widespread: between approximately one in five and one in six of the working population work shifts. Now new research shows, that in fact, shift workers do not develop prostate cancer ... read more

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

Job Strain Linked to Increased Sick Leave Due to Mental Disorders

July 16, 2015 — Workers with high job demands and job strain are at increased risk of sick leave due to mental disorders, reports a study. Risk was also increased for workers with job strain, defined as high job ... read more

Like Sitting, Standing in the Workplace May Have Long-Term Health Consequences

July 14, 2015 — Recent research has warned of the health detriments associated with sitting for long stretches of time at the office, but what about the nearly half of all employees worldwide who are required to ... read more

Taking the Pain out of Office Work

July 7, 2015 — Treadmill work stations are potentially helpful in reducing the neck and shoulder muscle pain associated with computer work, a researcher ... read more

Key Mechanism That Causes Neuropathic Pain Found

July 7, 2015 — A biological process called endoplasmic reticulum stress appears to play a key role in causing neuropathic pain, according to a new study. The discovery could eventually lead to new therapeutics for ... read more

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia With Psychiatric, Medical Conditions

July 6, 2015 — Cognitive behavioral therapy is a widely used nonpharmacologic treatment for insomnia disorders and an analysis of the medical literature suggests it also can work for patients whose insomnia is ... read more

Many Physicians, Clinicians Work Sick Despite Risk to Patients, Survey Finds

July 6, 2015 — Many physicians and advanced practice clinicians, including registered nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants, reported to work while being sick despite recognizing this could put ... read more

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