Give the Gift of Year-Round Wellness

  A gift of wellness has year-round benefits. Wellness refers to overall quality of life. Factors that influence wellness include physical fitness, nutrition and behavioral health choices. When you have a strong sense of well-being, you are more likely to be positive, productive and resilient at work and at home. Wellness-oriented gifts are thoughtful and […]

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Antibiotic Awareness Week: When Do You Need Medication?

World Antibiotic Awareness Week begins today to promote responsible use of antibiotic medications and fight drug-resistant strains of bacteria that cause serious illness and death. Campaign partners include the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Organization for Animal Health. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. For […]

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Preventing Eye Strain in the Digital World

Posted by Alexis Lupo It seems as if I’m constantly staring at a screen, whether it is the computer monitor at work, TV at home or my cell phone. Despite prolonged screen time, when I started to develop debilitating sinus headaches I assumed they were caused by allergies or stress. After trying remedies ranging from […]

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New! White Paper: Assessing Physical and Mental Fitness for Work

WorkCare has published Assessing Physical and Mental Fitness for Work, a white paper by Peter P. Greaney, M.D., president, CEO and medical director. With guidance, environment, health and safety (EH&S) professionals who lack medical training can confidently engage the fitness-for-work assessment process. The paper features best practices for determining whether a job applicant or employee […]

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Is Loperamide the New Black?

Posted by Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H. While I was attending the American Occupational Health Conference in Denver, Colo., last week, I learned about another sad consequence of opioid over-prescribing in our country. Some addicts have been taking large quantities of loperamide, an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication, to relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms. A related article in the January […]

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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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