Health

Where you live doesn’t affect whether or not you get allergies – just which ones

Study counters notion of allergy-free zones in U.S.
April 2, 2014

In the largest, most comprehensive, nationwide study to examine the prevalence of allergies from early childhood to old age, scientists from the National Institutes of Health report that allergy prevalence is the same across different regions of the United States, except in children 5 years and younger.


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AEDs and liability risks

April 1, 2014
Workplaces yet to implement AED programs may point to liability risks associated with a potential failed rescue. However, a case now in the California Supreme Court points to what can happen if an organization doesn’t have AEDs.


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De-stress from heat stress: Train your team on hazards and prevention

April 1, 2014
In the workplace, heat exposure can quickly become your number one enemy, leading to dangerous stress disorders.


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Stick it to skin disease: Tips for protection against hazards

April 1, 2014
Skin diseases are one of the most common forms of occupational diseases in the U.S.


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CDC wants more state Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation programs

Few states provide comprehensive coverage
March 31, 2014

More smokers would quit if state Medicaid programs covered more cessation treatments and removed barriers to coverage, according to a CDC study published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. All 50 states and the District of Columbia cover cessation treatments for at least some Medicaid enrollees.


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Screening would-be immigrants for TB saves U.S. millions

CDC recommendations mean detection, treatment prior to arrival
March 28, 2014

U.S. health departments are saving an estimated $15 million in treating TB among immigrants to the U.S., thanks to CDC recommendations that people be screened for the disease prior to their arrival in the country.


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Too close to the TV

Myth: Watching TV for too long or sitting too close can damage your eyes
March 27, 2014

Fact: There is no evidence to suggest that watching television for too long or sitting too close can damage your eyes. Young children often sit close to the television screen because they have a greater ability to focus on objects closer to their eyes than adults do. Due to this, children hold their reading material close as well.


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EPA chief testifies about 2015 budget request

March 26, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today at a hearing to discuss EPA’s proposed FY 2015 budget.
 


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What you need to prove your wellness program’s ROI

March 26, 2014

You don't have to be told that workplace wellness managers are responsible for developing program offerings that result in lasting behavior change. Without behavior change that ‘sticks’ and becomes a habit for your participant, you can’t adequately prove the return-on-investment (ROI) of your organization’s wellness program.


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Seven startling facts about prescription painkillers

March 25, 2014

Our nation’s most abused drug is legal and sitting in the medicine cabinet. Fatal drug overdoses are an epidemic, with opioid prescription painkiller overdoses accounting for the majority of these deaths, says the National Safety Council in a press release.


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