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Archive for October, 2009

Musical Commute

In a previous post, we’ve mentioned studies associating overtime work and extended work shifts with health outcomes. According to NIOSH, 35% of workplace fatalities are associated with motor vehicle accidents (approximately 2,000/yr.).  To mitigate this risk and curb these rush-hour calamities, many metropolitan areas have employed rails to convey its citizenry from home to work. In a creative intersection of occupational epidemiology in the interest of public health, a Swedish team demonstrates a novel approach to making the morning commute fun and safe.

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A little treat to lift your spirits on a Monday:  The always fabulous Dolly Parton singin’ about workplace blues

As the title of this blog implies, work can have negative implications for our health.  A recent CNN online article discusses a more literal implication for workplace stress:  since early 2008, 24 French Telecom employees have committed suicide and 13 have attempted suicide.  In the most recent case, the victim cited the ‘atmosphere’ at work as leading to his decision.  While in Japan, the term ‘karoshi’ has been evolved to indicate ‘death from overwork.’

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