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New Survey Shows That Retirement Includes Work for Many Older Americans

May 10, 2016 — Departing the workforce entirely and entering retirement at age 65 is no longer a reality for many older people in the United States, according to a recent survey. The study finds that there are ... read more

Climate Change May Contribute to Rising Rates of Chronic Kidney Disease

May 5, 2016 — Chronic kidney disease that is not associated with traditional risk factors appears to be increasing in rural hot communities as worldwide temperature progressively rises. The condition has likely ... read more

Are Low Wages an Occupational Health Hazard?

May 3, 2016 — Low wages should be recognized as an occupational health threat, according to a new editorial. The authors believe that low wages should be considered among the psychosocial factors -- such as long ... read more

Reduction in Sitting Time Could Mean a Lower Body Fat Percentage for Office Workers

Apr. 19, 2016 — An intervention to reduce workplace sitting time has shown potential health benefits. Researchers conducted a multicomponent work-based intervention to reduce sitting time and prolonged sitting ... read more

Study Identifies Specific Work Factors That Predict Sleep Problems

Apr. 19, 2016 — Specific psychological and social work factors were associated with sleep problems both concurrently and two years after exposure, indicating prolonged consequences, new research suggests. Results ... read more

Heart Attack Patients More Depressed but Get Fewer Antidepressants

Apr. 16, 2016 — Heart attack patients are more depressed but are less often prescribed antidepressants than people who have not had a heart attack, according to new ... read more

Economic Benefits of Dropping Mental Health Stigma

Apr. 14, 2016 — Does reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness provide economic dividends for a region? A new study finds that a California stigma-reduction campaign may encourage more people ... read more

For Parents of Autistic Children, More Social Support Means Better Health

Apr. 6, 2016 — About one in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their parents consistently report greater stress levels, caregiving burden and depression than parents of ... read more

Standard for a More Protective Crystalline Silica Exposure

Mar. 24, 2016 — While it took nearly three years of waiting, the American Thoracic Society is pleased that OSHA has issued its final rule establishing a more protective standard for occupational silica. The new more ... read more

Work Climate Contributes Significantly to Working Moms' Decision to Breastfeed

Mar. 9, 2016 — Breastfeeding is healthy for baby and for Mom. Research finds there are obstacles to both receiving the full benefits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six ... read more

Risks Less Likely to Be Reported by Public-Health Researchers Paid by Industry or Military

Mar. 9, 2016 — Scientists looking for environmental and occupational health risks are less likely to find them if they have a financial tie to firms that make, use, or dispose of industrial and commercial products, ... read more

New Study Finds Troubling Health Care Outcomes for US Workers Without Paid Sick Leave

Mar. 7, 2016 — There are 49 million US workers without paid sick leave, causing an even greater divide in health care disparities as well as undesirable health care outcomes. A new study is the first to examine the ... read more

State Laws Boost Flu Vaccination Rates in Health Care Workers

Mar. 2, 2016 — State laws mandating influenza immunization for people who work in health care increase their vaccination rates, according to new research. From 2000 to 2005, only Maine and New Hampshire had flu ... read more

Britain Being Overwhelmed by Long-Term Conditions

Feb. 11, 2016 — The rising tide of people with long-term conditions threatens to overwhelm Britain’s economy and the NHS, according to a new ... read more

Blocking Stress Protein Relieves Chronic Pain in Mice

Feb. 10, 2016 — A group of drugs being developed to treat mood disorders could also relieve chronic pain, finds new research. The study reveals how a protein that shapes the body's response to stress also ... read more

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

Unhealthy Choices Cost Company Health Care Plans Billions of Dollars

Dec. 10, 2015 — One out of every four dollars employers pay for health care is tied to unhealthy lifestyle choices or conditions like smoking, stress and obesity, despite the fact that most large employers have ... 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

Workers in UK Are Not Being Protected from Occupational Diseases and Deaths, Argues Expert

Nov. 12, 2015 — British workers are not being protected from occupational diseases and deaths, argues an expert in a new ... read more

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