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August 14, 2020

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Study Highlights Mental Health Risks Facing Healthcare Workers During Pandemic

A new study finds healthcare workers in the United States are struggling with a suite of mental-health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study reports healthcare workers are at greater ...

Ergonomics Expert Says Work Smarter at Home

Millions of office workers have been sent home to work remotely in the midst of COVID-19. But how many of them have gotten in guidance or equipment to support good ergonomics. Static posture or ...

Why Governments Have the Right to Require Masks in Public

Requirements for consumers to wear masks at public places like retail stores and restaurants are very similar to smoking bans, according to a group of experts who argue that mask requirements to stop ...

Troubling Connection Between Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination and Health of Mothers, Babies

Perceived pregnancy discrimination indirectly relates to increased levels of postpartum depressive symptoms for mothers and lower birth weights, lower gestational ages and increased numbers of doctor ...

Three-Quarters of US Workers Can't Work Exclusively from Home, Face Greater Risks During Pandemic

About three-quarters of US workers, or 108 million people, are in jobs that cannot be done from home during a pandemic, putting these workers at increased risk of exposure to disease. This majority ...

Is Your Job Killing You? Stress, Lack of Autonomy, Ability Can Lead to Depression, Death

A new study finds that our mental health and mortality have a strong correlation with the amount of autonomy we have at our job, our workload and job demands, and our cognitive ability to deal with ...

Infecting the Mind: Burnout in Health Care Workers During COVID-19

Doctors and nurses across the country are experiencing occupational burnout and fatigue from the increased stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A team of researchers and medical professionals are ...

Already Vulnerable, Gig Economy Workers in San Francisco Suffer During Pandemic, Survey Finds

A new survey of app-based workers in San Francisco underscores the financial vulnerability of workers in the gig economy -- and the coronavirus has made their plight much ...

Low-Income Workers Disproportionally Affected by COVID-19

Low-income workers in developing countries face a higher risk of income loss during the COVID-19 lockdown as it is less possible to conduct their jobs from home, suggests a new ...

COVID-19 Crisis: Millions of US Workers at Risk of Infections on the Job

New research shows that 14.4 million workers face exposure to infection once a week and 26.7 million at least once a month in the workplace, pointing to an important population needing protection as ...

Work-Related Stress Linked to Increased Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease

People who reported work-related stress were more likely to be hospitalized for treatment of peripheral artery disease compared to those who did not report work-related stress. Work-related stress, ...

Women Still Face Barriers to Breastfeed at Work

Despite the protections in place to support breastfeeding for employees, the burden still falls on working mothers to advocate for the resources they need, according to a new ...

Long Work Hours at the Office Linked to Both Regular and Hidden High Blood Pressure

Office workers who logged 49-plus hours on the job weekly were 70% more likely to have a hidden form of high blood pressure called masked hypertension, compared to people who work less than 35 hours ...

Why Stress Doesn't Always Cause Depression

Rats susceptible to anhedonia, a core symptom of depression, possess more serotonin neurons after being exposed to chronic stress, but the effect can be reversed through amygdala activation, ...

Firefighters Can Ease One Another's Job Stress, but Loving Spouses May Increase It

Strong same-sex friendships among male firefighters can help cut down on their stress -- but loving relationships with their wives may increase anxiety for those who constantly face danger, according ...

Of All Professions, Construction Workers Most Likely to Use Opioids and Cocaine

Construction workers are more likely to use drugs than workers in other professions, finds a new ...

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way for Worker Performance and Health

Small gestures of kindness by employers can have big impacts on employees' health and work performance, according to an international team of researchers. The team specifically examined the ...

Personal Protective Equipment Most Critical to Safety of Seafarers

New research investigates the causes of seafaring injuries and accidents and finds that injury reduction campaigns focused on personal protective equipment (PPE) would be most effective at reducing ...

Health Care Workers Unprepared for Magnitude of Climate Change

An epidemic of chronic kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers worldwide, is just one of many ailments poised to strike as a result of climate change, according to ...

Poor Fit Between Job Demands, Reasoning Abilities Associated With Health Conditions

Older workers whose reasoning abilities no longer allow them to meet the demands of their jobs may be more likely to develop chronic health conditions and retire early, which may not be ideal for the ...

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