Fear of Firing: A Predictive Factor in Return to Work

Posted by Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H. Employees who are afraid they will get fired appear to be less likely than non-fearful employees to return to work after reporting a work-related injury, according to data presented last week at the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute’s Annual Issues and Research Conference in Boston. In a 15-state study, the institute found […]

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Screening to Head Obstructive Sleep Apnea Off at the Pass

  If you wonder whether you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you are not alone. An estimated 22 million Americans have a form of sleep apnea, and 80 percent of moderate-to-severe cases of OSA are undiagnosed, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Symptoms of OSA include: • Snoring, gasping, breathing pauses and fitfulness while sleeping […]

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The Dark Side of Transformational Leadership

The spring edition of WorkCare’s quarterly newsletter, Vitality Atlas, examines the employee health and business benefits of volunteerism. Volunteering time and expertise to help others is connected to an improved sense of personal autonomy and well-being. Conversely, employees who feel pressured by others to do more or have limited control over their work environment are linked to lower […]

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Desk Job Got You Down? Try Moving Around

I’ve been feeling self-conscious since doing research on the health effects of sedentary jobs for an article we published in the fall edition of WorkCare’s quarterly newsletter, Vitality Atlas.  It’s discouraging to be reminded it takes more than a lifelong commitment to exercise to compensate for a career that weds me to a keyboard and […]

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NSAIDs Remain a Good Choice to Relieve Minor Complaints

Posted by Kevin F. Smith, M.D., M.P.H. In case you are wondering about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plans to strengthen fact label warnings on prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Use of these medications on a limited basis remains sound clinical practice. Commonly used OTC NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and […]

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Root-cause analysis not a blame game

The summer edition of Vitality Atlas, WorkCare’s quarterly newsletter, features two articles with juxtaposing ideas about the root causes of workplace accidents and injuries. In the cover story on OSHA’s new severe injury reporting rule, the agency places the weight of responsibility for work-related injuries on employers. In a speech in which he explains the […]

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Say What? Preventable Occupational Hearing Loss Remains a Risk

Compared to other occupations, workers in mining, construction, health care and social assistance have greater risk for hearing loss, but there is no industry in which the workforce is considered risk free. Occupational hearing loss is still one of the most common – and preventable – work-related illnesses. Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed […]

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