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Portable cooling reduces fatigue, increases productivity
By Clark Michel
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Protecting workers from excessive heat — whether due to hot processes and/or hot weather — is an issue for many industrial plants.


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Mobile devices could help you lose weight, get fit

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A new study suggests that a combination of mobile technology and remote coaching can be effective in encouraging healthier eating and physical activity behavior in adults.


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Odds of quitting smoking affected by genes

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Genetics can help determine whether a person is likely to quit smoking on his or her own or need medication to improve the chances of success, according to a report published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.


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Ag workers forced to live in unsanitary, windowless housing

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A Washington state agricultural employer has agreed to pay $11,100 in penalties following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division that found multiple violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act's provisions regarding housing safety and health.


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Groups protest plan to generate electricity from chicken manure

Activists say power plant would pollute, be subsidized by taxpayers
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National consumer group Food & Water Watch is criticizing plans by Perdue Agribusiness and Fibrowatt LLC to build a power plant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that will generate electricity from chicken manure.


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Colorado Moms protest proposed fracking next to elementary school

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Outraged by a plan to conduct fracking next to an elementary school, families in Erie, Colorado are conducting a well-orchestrated campaign aimed at stopping it.


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Doctors resist new prostate cancer screening guidelines

PSA tests on healthy men continue, despite questionable benefits
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Recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advising elimination of routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for prostate cancer in healthy men are likely to encounter serious pushback from primary care physicians, according to results of a survey by Johns Hopkins investigators.


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AIHA kicks off summer with safety tips

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With summer officially underway, The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) is providing some helpful tips to keep your summer both safe and fun.


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CDC: Work-related asthma a significant problem

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About nine percent of all asthma cases in the United States are caused or made worse by work-related exposures, a new federal study says.


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Nerve damage to my hands: How can I tell?

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According to the Mayo Clinic, peripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, often causes numbness and pain in your hands and feet. People typically describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.


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