Study of hospitals puts price tag on California's dirty air
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California's dirty air led to nearly $200 million in hospital spending over a three-year period, including $9 million in Sacramento County, because of asthma, pneumonia and other pollution-triggered ailments, according to a recent study. More
Malaria acquired in Haiti
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On Jan. 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, which borders the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola. The earthquake's epicenter was 10 miles west of the Haiti capital city of Port-au-Prince. According to the Haitian government, approximately 200,000 persons were killed, and 500,000 were left homeless. Malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum infection is endemic in Haiti, and the principal mosquito vector is Anopheles albimanus, which frequently bites outdoors. More
Outdoor work protects men from kidney cancer
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Men who work in the sun are less likely to contract kidney cancer than men who work indoors, a study of more than 2,500 people has found. Men whose occupations exposed them to the greatest amount of sunlight were at between 24 percent and 38 percent lower risk of renal cell carcinoma than men whose jobs exposed them to the least amount of light, according to the study, published online in Cancer.
Study of cancer among United States firefighters
NIOSH researchers have begun a multi-year study to examine the relationship between firefighting exposures and risk of cancer. This records-based study will include approximately 18,000 current and retired career firefighters from suburban and large city fire departments. More
Study examines employer benefits, drawbacks of blood-drawing methods
A new, free white paper "draws" upon 10 years of experience with more than 3 million blood tests to help employers choose the best method for their wellness strategy and workplace culture when it comes to taking blood from their employees or potential hires. More
Is it time to end concerns over the estrogenic effects of Bisphenol A?
Toxicological Sciences Share
For more than a decade, there has been a heated controversy over whether or not the environmental chemical, bisphenol A, exerts adverse estrogenic effects in animal studies, and by extrapolation, in humans. In the present issue of Toxicological Sciences, Ryan et al. publish a detailed study that throws cold water on this controversy by showing complete absence of effect of a range of bisphenol A exposures perinatally on reproductive development, function, and behavior in female rats. Will this help to resolve the controversy? More
Workplace wellness programs work
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Workplace wellness programs help employees lose weight and reduce their risk of heart disease, a new study shows. U.S. researchers followed 757 hospital workers who took part in a voluntary 12-week, team-based wellness program that focused on diet and exercise. Data on the participants' weight, lifestyle behavior and heart disease risk factors were collected at the start of the study, at the end of the wellness program and a year after the program ended. More
Study, conference highlight risks associated with migrant workers' limited access to health services
The Medical News Share
Despite being at high-risk for HIV infection, migrant workers in Southern Africa have a challenging time accessing HIV prevention and treatment services, according to a new study by the International Office of Migration (IOM), PANA/Afrique en ligne reports.
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