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September 26, 2016

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September 26, 2016

Employees of Medical Centers Report High Stress, Negative Health Behaviors

Sep. 8, 2016 — Approximately 15 to 20 percent of adults in the U.S. will report high levels of stress, several American surveys have found. A new study has identified stress and burnout as a major problem employees ... read more

Study Finds Changes to Retirement Savings System May Exacerbate Economic Inequality

Aug. 23, 2016 — A shift to defined-contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, has led to an income and education gap in pension savings that could exacerbate future economic inequality, according to a ... read more

Avoiding the High Calorie Office Snacks

Aug. 2, 2016 — The culture of grabbing something quick to eat amid a mounting pile of to-dos at work often leads to making the wrong decisions when searching for something to eat in the workplace. Unplanned cake ... read more

Workplace Well-Being Linked to Senior Leadership Support, New Survey Finds

June 1, 2016 — Despite the prevalence of workplace wellness efforts, only one-third of American workers say they regularly participate in the health promotion programs provided by their employer, according to a new ... read more

Boosting Productivity at Work May Be Simple: Stand Up

May 25, 2016 — Most people have heard the argument that standing desks are good for the body. They can help burn more calories and fight obesity. Standing can even help improve students' attention and ... read more

Fathers' Long Commute to Work Is Linked to Children's Social, Emotional Problems

May 23, 2016 — Fathers’ commuting to work has multiple negative impacts on children’s behavior. Children whose fathers commute to work over a long distance tend to have more emotional and social problems. While ... read more

Fairness at Work Can Affect Employees' Health

May 10, 2016 — Employees' experiences of fairness at work can impact on their health, according to a new study. The researchers investigated whether perceptions of what they call 'procedural ... read more

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

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