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Are you monitoring your older women workers for hand and arm problems?

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As women age, health issues specific to perimenopausal and postmenopausal women, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid and other inflammatory arthritic conditions, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fractures are more common in women than men, according to The Institute for Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation.


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Put your heat illness prevention plan in writing

By Stefanie Williams
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One area of compliance that OSHA inspectors zero in on is the written plan.


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Hydration help for workers

Tips to keep workers safe, healthy and productive
By MELISSA SCHECHTER
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Summertime brings sweltering temperatures outside and dryness inside caused by the constant flow of air conditioning


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Does the oil and gas industry have toxic exposures under control?

By Candace Adrian
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According to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, “fatal work injuries in oil and gas extraction industries rose 23 percent to 138 in 2012.”


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How to withdraw from nasty habits – smoking, drinking and fast food guzzling

By Dave Johnson
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Hey Dave, Name's Joey, a new reader of yours who recently stopped smoking and is trying to take on some healthier habits. This is how I came across your blog while looking for some guidance on leading a better life - I read some of your articles and immediately subscribed. I wanted to send a suggestion for some content I know would be very helpful to me hopefully many others in my situation - a guide or suggestions on coping with "withdrawal" symptoms that smokers or fast food addicts feel.


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How to add core exercises to your workout routine

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Core exercises can improve your posture, make everyday activities such as bending or twisting much easier, reduce low back pain, and even improve your balance and lessen the risk of falling. Core work should be part of a well-rounded workout routine, according to the Harvard Medical School.


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Obesity linked to breast cancer risk

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Being overweight can raise a postmenopausal woman’s risk of breast cancer according to a new study, which finds a link between a higher risk for the disease and a high body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on height and weight.


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Home renovation contractors hired by Lowe’s must follow lead regulations

Company reaches agreement with DOJ, EPA
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Following the discovery that some contractors hired by Lowe’s Home Centers to renovate homes had violated federal regulations regarding lead dust, the company has agreed to a corporate-wide compliance program at its 1,700+ stores.


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What caused errors in those lab tests your doctor ordered for you?

Surprising study finds that most mistakes don’t happen in the laboratory
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Laboratory testing is indispensable to patient care. Although it accounts for only 2% of U.S. healthcare expenditures, laboratory medicine is critical for accurate diagnosis and treatment planning and is the topic of ECRI Institute’s most recent safety study.


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Occupations with high obesity prevalence in Washington State

A NIOSH Science Blog post
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If work and the workplace contribute to poor health behaviors, should employers attempt to improve those behaviors? It likely is in the employer’s best interest to do so.


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