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Systematic review of the prevalence of suicide in veterinary surgeons
Oxford Journal of Occupational Medicine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An accumulating body of research demonstrates that risk of suicide varies between occupational groups. Identification of the occupations at risk, and the factors that contribute to the increased risk of suicide in these groups is essential for the development of effective suicide prevention strategies. There is preliminary evidence to suggest that veterinary surgeons are a group at risk. More

Health effects of the Gulf Oil Spill
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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico poses direct threats to human health from inhalation or dermal contact with the oil and dispersant chemicals, and indirect threats to seafood safety and mental health. Physicians should be familiar with health effects from oil spills to appropriately advise, diagnose, and treat patients who live and work along the Gulf Coast or wherever a major oil spill occurs. More

Joint Commission Resources reports success in flu vaccination program
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Joint Commission Resources (JCR) reported a 13 percent increase in participation in its second-annual Flu Vaccination Challenge. The program, geared toward increasing flu immunization rates among health care workers, was started in 2008, when the national average of health care worker immunization was 49 percent. More

ADHD risk with prenatal exposure to bug sprays
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Maternal exposure to organophosphate pesticides such as diazinon during pregnancy was correlated with ADHD symptoms in their children five years later, researchers said. Led by Brenda Eskenazi, PhD, of the University of California in Berkeley, the researchers also identified genetic variants that may make children more susceptible to neurodevelopmental abnormalities from exposure to organophosphates. More

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Attitudes and barriers to employment in HIV-positive patients
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Unemployment in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) population remains a major issue. Recent changes in the benefits system have triggered concerns about (re)integration into work for adults with HIV. More

Protecting your back, neck and arms from "Laptop-itis"
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The symptoms are familiar to any employee working on the go or any student who has ever spent hours pounding out a paper on a laptop computer: an aching neck, throbbing head and tingling fingers. More

Study reports exercise outcomes for war vets' muscle pain
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Since returning home, some 100,000 veterans from the first Gulf War have reported chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) similar to fibromyalgia, and a new study in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society, shows that acute exercise can exacerbate the pain but long-term exercise has the opposite outcome and reduces it. More

From good intentions to proven interventions: Effectiveness of actions to reduce the health impacts of air pollution
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Associations between air pollution and a multitude of health effects are now well established. Given ubiquitous exposure to some level of air pollution, the attributable health burden can be high, particularly for susceptible populations. More


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