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July 28, 2009
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Pandemic Survey Finds 1 in 6 Public Health Workers Unlikely to Respond
from Occupational Health & Safety Magazine
Approximately 1 in 6 public health workers said they would not report to work during a pandemic flu emergency regardless of its severity, according to a survey led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. More

6.6-Hour Inhalation of Ozone Concentrations from 60 to 87 Parts per Billion in Healthy Humans
from American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Identification of the minimal ozone (O3) concentration and/or dose that induces measurable lung function decrements in humans is considered in the risk assessment leading to establishing an appropriate National Ambient Air Quality Standard for O3 that protects public health. More

FDA and Public Health Experts Warn About Electronic Cigarettes
from the FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that a laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples has found that they contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze. More

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MSHA Reissues Warning on Pumps' Explosive Potential
from Occupational Health & Safety Magazine
The Mine Safety and Health Administration recently reissued a program information bulletin alerting enforcement personnel, mine operators, independent contractors and equipment manufacturers of the potential safety hazards related to the explosion of pumps and/or associated components. More

Emphysema Severity Directly Linked to Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust
from The Medical News
Coal dust exposure is directly linked to severity of emphysema in smokers and nonsmokers alike, according to new research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). More

In today's fragile economic climate, organizations can't afford to have runaway health care costs, let alone a sick workplace. In his landmark book, Dee Edington, PhD., Director of the U-M Health Management Research Center, draws on his 30-plus years of experience and research to show how organizations can manage escalating health care costs while keeping their workforces healthy and productive. More

Employee Wellness Programs Demonstrate Positive ROI for Businesses
from EHA Today
Many executives and business owners are realizing that employee wellness programs that help workers lose weight or quit smoking also create robust return-on-investments, according to two experts schedules to speak at the upcoming Illinois Human Resources Conference and Exposition. More

Study Estimates Medical Cost of Obesity May Be As High as $147 Billion Annually
from the CDC
The health cost of obesity in the United States is as high as $147 billion annually, based on a new study from RTI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study which appears online today in the journal Health Affairs, was released at CDC’s Weight of the Nation conference in Washington, DC. More

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Novel H1N1 Flu Activity Continues at Unusual Levels
from CIDRAP
Pandemic H1N1 influenza activity decreased for the fourth consecutive week, though the percentage of deaths from pneumonia and influenza rose a bit above the epidemic threshold, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. More

“Brainbeat” – Estimating Brain Load from the EEG
from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
The research group at the Brain and Work Research Centre of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has developed an index, based on two-channel electroencephalography (EEG) that can be used as a measure for objective overall brain load estimation. More





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