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Obesity Linked to Neck, Back, Shoulder Pain

Obesity Linked to Neck, Back, Shoulder Pain

Sources: Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Summary: Get moving, America. A recent Norwegian study shows that people with a high body mass index (BMI) are at significantly higher risk of developing neck and back pain. A study conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology looked…

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Workplace Design Effective for Weight Management

Workplace Design Effective for Weight Management

Sources: Dow Chemical study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2010;33(3):245-52

Summary: Employers are looking for more ways to help encourage their workers to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. A healthy weight is one such factor in the quest for healthy employees. The encouragement of healthy weight is not only a…

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Business Travel Linked to Obesity and Health Issues

Business Travel Linked to Obesity and Health Issues

Sources: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2011; 53 (4): 358 DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182143e77

Summary: According to researchers at Columbia University workers that travel for more than two weeks per month have a higher rate of obesity, a higher body mass index number, and worse self-rated health scores than those that travel less. The results,…

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The Psychology of Safety

The Psychology of Safety

Sources: Association for Psychological Science (2011, April 28). Taking safety personally. ScienceDaily.

Summary: Workplace injuries are costly and often devastating occurrences that all companies must address. All too often, injuries are dealt with after they take place. Truly though, it is much more effective and fruiful to address issues before they occur, with…

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Study Finds Link Between Stress and Long-term Disability

Study Finds Link Between Stress and Long-term Disability

Sources: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2011; DOI: 10.1136/jech.2010.119644

Summary: According to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (online), even mild stress might cause inability to work and long term disability. For many years it has been accepted and understood that mental illness has a…

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Study Shows Interactive Training Reduces Risk

Study Shows Interactive Training Reduces Risk

Sources: Journal of Applied Psychology, 2011; 96 (1): 46 DOI: 10.1037/a0021838

Summary: A recent study demonstrates that highly interactive training has been found to be more effective at reducing risk within jobs that are of higher risk. However, lower risk jobs do not seem to be as affected by the interactive methods.…

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Work Injuries Compounded by Obesity

Work Injuries Compounded by Obesity

Sources: National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI)

Summary: More than a half billion men and women worldwide are now dangerously overweight, with global obesity rates now topping the 10% mark, according to new research published Thursday in the medical journal, The Lancet. In the United States over 30%…

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Hearing Loss, Not Just about “Noise”

Hearing Loss, Not Just about “Noise”

Sources: FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (2010, October 4)

Summary: A study published in Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra, has shown that the presence of chemical contaminants can interact with noise and modify, for good or for bad, the way in which work-related “deafness” manifests itself, especially among younger…

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Shift Work May Increase Risk of Work Injury

Shift Work May Increase Risk of Work Injury

Sources: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 2010

Summary: A recent study by researchers at the University of British Columbia looks at the effect that shift work has on the risk of injury. The study demonstrated that employees working night and rotating shifts are nearly twice as likely to…

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Study Demonstrates Link Between Sleep Disturbances and Work Disability

Study Demonstrates Link Between Sleep Disturbances and Work Disability

Sources: Sleep, 2010;33(10):1323-1331

Summary: In a study conducted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Heath in collaboration with the University of Turku and London, a direct link was demonstrated in relation to sleep disturbances and work disability. It was found that sleep disturbances increase…

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