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New editorial analyses role of GPs in sickness certification process

New editorial analyses role of GPs in sickness certification process

An editorial by primary care researchers at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and published today, Monday 29 June 2015 in the British Journal of General Practice, analyses the GP role in the sickness certification process and the new Fit for Work scheme and suggests that GPs are key to supporting individuals to maintain the hope and belief that they can work, "rather than adding to the numbers of individuals off work on long term sickness who may have been able to work." [More]
Reducing short breaks between shifts enhances nurses' recovery from work

Reducing short breaks between shifts enhances nurses' recovery from work

Reducing short breaks between shifts helps nurses recover from work, according to a new study from Finland. The study analysed the effects of longer rest and recovery periods between shifts on heart rate variability, which is an indicator of recovery. [More]
Study suggests new strategies to stop spread of Staph infections

Study suggests new strategies to stop spread of Staph infections

Staphylococcus aureus -- better known as Staph -- is a common inhabitant of the human nose, and people who carry it are at increased risk for dangerous Staph infections. [More]

DIR and CDPH awarded NIOSH grant for workers' compensation research project

The Department of Industrial Relations and the California Department of Public Health were this week awarded a grant of nearly $200,000 per year for a workers' compensation research project from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. [More]
Shiftworkers more likely to develop metabolic disorders

Shiftworkers more likely to develop metabolic disorders

Shiftwork is an occupational health risk of growing significance because it is becoming more common and because of its potential influence on health outcomes, possibly increasing health differences between workers of higher vs lower socioeconomic status. [More]
Comprehensive stroke centers reduce mortality risk in patients treated for hemorrhagic stroke

Comprehensive stroke centers reduce mortality risk in patients treated for hemorrhagic stroke

New research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association indicates that patients who are treated for hemorrhagic stroke at a comprehensive stroke center are more likely to receive specialized treatment, reducing the risk of mortality. [More]
Parliamentary Secretary Scott Armstrong encourages health experts to tackle mental health issues in workplaces

Parliamentary Secretary Scott Armstrong encourages health experts to tackle mental health issues in workplaces

On behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour, addressed health and safety experts at the 2015 Light the Way and Chemical Dependency Education and Rehabilitation Program National Conference in Cornwall today. [More]

New dorsaVi device improves safety, prevents injuries in workplace

dorsaVi Pty Limited, today introduced ViSafe, a non-invasive, wearable sensor system that measures movement and muscle activity while on the job, enabling companies to redesign certain workplace activities to improve safety and prevent injuries. [More]
Night shift workers classified as alert insomniacs have highest level of impairment in work productivity

Night shift workers classified as alert insomniacs have highest level of impairment in work productivity

A new study of night shift workers suggests that overnight occupational and cognitive impairment is more strongly correlated to insomnia than it is to sleepiness. [More]
Tumor necrosis factor helps regulate sensitivity to bitter taste

Tumor necrosis factor helps regulate sensitivity to bitter taste

New research from the Monell Center reveals that tumor necrosis factor (TNF), an immune system regulatory protein that promotes inflammation, also helps regulate sensitivity to bitter taste. The finding may provide a mechanism to explain the taste system abnormalities and decreased food intake that can be associated with infections, autoimmune disorders, and chronic inflammatory diseases. [More]
Report: Combined sewer systems can increase risk for gastrointestinal illness

Report: Combined sewer systems can increase risk for gastrointestinal illness

Consumers whose drinking water can be contaminated by the release of untreated wastewater after heavy rains face increased risk for gastrointestinal illness, according to a report in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. [More]
Study can aid in developing patient-centered interventions for seniors with asthma

Study can aid in developing patient-centered interventions for seniors with asthma

Although often considered a childhood health problem, asthma - a chronic inflammatory disease that causes recurrent cough, wheezing and chest tightness or shortness of breath - can cause serious illness for people age 60 and older, and little is known about the triggers of asthma specific to seniors. [More]
TRMC expands use of capnography to monitor patients during moderate sedation

TRMC expands use of capnography to monitor patients during moderate sedation

Tillamook Regional Medical Center recently strengthened patient safety measures by expanding its use of capnography to monitor patients during moderate sedation. Sedation is commonly used during procedures such as colonoscopies and in some instances can suppress breathing. [More]
Nova Medical Centers announces acquisition of Industrial Medicine

Nova Medical Centers announces acquisition of Industrial Medicine

Occupational medicine company, Nova Medical Centers, is excited to announce the acquisition of Industrial Medicine, P.C. in Savannah, GA. [More]
Easy-to-obtain oral swab could be a game changer for TB control

Easy-to-obtain oral swab could be a game changer for TB control

Drawing inspiration from veterinary medicine, researchers at the University of Washington have helped developed a new prospective approach to diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) - easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving on standard diagnostics. [More]
Monell Center to promote Anosmia Awareness Day with new educational outreach initiatives

Monell Center to promote Anosmia Awareness Day with new educational outreach initiatives

The Monell Center announces three new educational outreach initiatives to promote Anosmia Awareness Day, which takes place on February 27. Each was designed to increase awareness and increase the limited information currently available about anosmia, the loss of our sense of smell, which affects over six million Americans and many millions more worldwide. [More]

Government of Canada finalizes new regulations to improve protection for workers

Today, the Government of Canada finalized new regulations related to the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace hazardous chemicals. [More]
ACA offers simple walking tips to improve cardiovascular and muscle health

ACA offers simple walking tips to improve cardiovascular and muscle health

Sedentary lifestyles are the root cause of many obesity-related diseases and neuromuscular conditions. Research shows an inactive lifestyle has a debilitating effect on our cardiovascular and muscle health as we age, therefore exercise is imperative. This is why chiropractic physicians often advise walking more to help relieve low back pain and boost overall wellness. [More]
Alexian Brothers Health System acquires primary care medical group in suburban Chicago

Alexian Brothers Health System acquires primary care medical group in suburban Chicago

Alexian Brothers Health System, a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit health system, is expanding its network of primary care physicians with the acquisition of a long-standing primary care medical group in suburban Chicago. [More]
New book debunks myth that failed potty training is parent or child’s fault

New book debunks myth that failed potty training is parent or child’s fault

Patience is a virtue, unless your child suffers from one of the most common, and frustrating, childhood conditions: bedwetting. [More]
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