Health

Is air pollution making you fat?

Higher exposure to one measure of traffic-related air pollution is associated with higher levels of a hormone linked to increased rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes, reports a study in the September Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
 


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EPA wants public’s feedback on labels for safer products

The EPA is redesigning its Design for the Environment Safer Product Label to better convey to consumers that products bearing the label meet the program’s rigorous standard to be safer for people and the environment.


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California standards board proposes more specific Cal/OSHA heat illness prevention standard requirements

California standards board proposes more specific Cal/OSHA heat illness prevention standard requirements


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Public health

How fat is your state?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a visual, state-by-state illustration of the obesity level in the United States.


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CDC director: Ebola close to becoming a global threat for years to come

CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. reported on his visits last week to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and called for immediate steps across nations to accelerate response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, according to a press release issued September 2 by the CDC.


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Preventing hostile behavior

Are you familiar with key stressors in your workplace?
Curtis” had been fraying at the edges for weeks — grueling hours and problems at home. Sullen and irritable with co-workers at the trucking company for which he worked, he finally unloaded on “Cecil.”


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Paint stripping chemical IDd as health risk to workers, others

DCM among three final chemical risk assessments issued by EPA

More than 230,000 workers in the U.S. are directly exposed to Dichloromethane (DCM), which is widely used in paint stripping products and poses health risks to those who use the products and even bystanders in workplaces and residences where DCM is used.


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Relieved your kids aren’t smoking cigarettes?

They may be using the e-version instead

More than a quarter of a million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used electronic cigarettes in 2013, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. This number reflects a three-fold increase, from about 79,000 in 2011, to more than 263,000 in 2013.


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Employees benefit from natural light, study finds

Sunshine helps with alertness, mood, metabolism

Natural light during the work day may benefit employees by improving their sleep and quality of life, according to a new study. "There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day -- particularly in the morning -- is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism," study senior author Dr. Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said in a university news release.


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CDC launches blood pressure control challenge

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a challenge designed to identify practices, clinicians and health systems that have successfully worked with patients to reduce high blood pressure and improve heart health. 


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By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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