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Studies uncover high and often overlooked costs associated with epilepsy
Employees with epilepsy cost health-care insurers and employers significantly more than those without the condition, according to findings from two studies presented here today at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting. (2009-04-30)

Penn State plays integral role in $35 million stress project
How employees manage stress at work and in their homes is the focus of Penn State's portion of a $35 million National Institutes of Health grant that will also test the efficacy of a workplace intervention designed to reduce employee stress and promote well-being. (2009-04-30)

Working your friendships at work
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When physical and mental health problems co-occur and money gets tight, which prescriptions go unfilled?
A new study from CAMH points to a troubling connection between out-of-pocket expenses for people contending with both physical illnesses and depression, affecting access to antidepressant treatment. (2009-04-07)

Sexual behavior at work still a problem shows new study from U of T's Rotman School
Be careful of that raunchy joke that gets all the laughs. As funny as folks at work may find it, it's probably hurting morale. That's one conclusion of a groundbreaking new paper from the Journal of Applied Psychology co-authored by researchers from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Management. (2009-04-06)

Employee cardiovascular health relates to psychological well-being
A Kansas State University researcher has found a link between physical and mental well-being that employees and employers may be able to capitalize on to improve both the health, and potentially the wealth, of their organization. The researcher reintroduced an efficiency-based measure of cardiovascular health that shows employee well-being is a significant predictor. (2009-03-18)

'Colorblindness' hurts minority employees, but multiculturalism inspires their commitment
A new study by psychologists at the University of Georgia shows for the first time that whites' beliefs about diversity can hurt or help their minority peers. (2009-03-18)

Conflicts of interest in clinical research
Although paying finder's fees to researchers and clinicians to identify study participants could compromise the recruitment process and harm human lives, many medical schools fail to address this conflict of interest in their Institutional Review Board policies. Leslie Wolf, an associate professor of law at Georgia State University, studied the IRB policies posted on the Web sites of 117 medical schools that received National Institutes of Health funding. (2009-03-18)

New study on biethnicity in the workplace
New research carried out at the University of Leicester suggests that Barack Obama has become a (2009-03-17)

Researcher wins $2.6 million grant for depression care study
With the nation's economic crisis contributing to greater workplace stress, providing effective mental health care for employees may be more important than ever. (2009-03-17)

Families are feeling the stress of economic crisis, researcher finds
There is no question that the recent economic crisis has wreaked havoc on companies and on families across the country. Now, a recent study of 300 married, working couples conducted by Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran Professor of Management at Florida State University's College of Business, is revealing just how deeply the crunch is being felt. (2009-03-12)

Wishful betting can contaminate financial markets, study shows
Wishful bettors, those who make overly optimistic investments, will ultimately harm themselves financially, but they can harm entire markets as well, new research shows. (2009-03-11)

SIMONE's e-mail feel-good factor
A computer model called SIMONE, for Simulator for Interruptions and Message Overload in Network Environments described in the latest issue of the International Journal of Simulation and Process Modeling, could help solve e-mail overload in busy organizations and companies. (2009-03-06)

Safeway gives $685,000 to TGen for breast cancer research
Despite a down economy, Safeway Inc. presented a $685,236 check this week for breast cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Dan Valenzuela, President of Safeway's Phoenix Division, which includes 116 stores throughout Arizona, thanked the grocery chain's customers and employees for stepping up for scientific research. (2009-03-04)

Previous work experience not always a positive for a new job
Employees with previous work experience bring valuable knowledge and skills to their new jobs -- but some of what they learned may actually hurt their work performance. A study of telephone call center employees is one of the first to suggest that previous work experience isn't all positive for new employees. Workers may keep some old habits and ways of doing things that hurt performance in their new roles. (2009-02-23)

Health experts urge return of prevention and wellness funding to stimulus
IDSA and HIVMA are surprised and disappointed that the Senate removed one of the most cost-effective provisions -- the Prevention and Wellness Fund -- from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to be voted on today. This $5.8 billion provision -- less than one-tenth of one percent of the total stimulus package -- would have invested in immunizations, health promotion, HIV/AIDS prevention, and other programs now that would have averted much larger health expenditures later. (2009-02-10)

K-State researcher says happy employees are critical for an organization's success
When employees have high levels of psychological well-being and job satisfaction, they perform better and are less likely to leave their job -- making happiness a valuable tool for maximizing organizational outcomes. (2009-02-03)

New form of intravenous iron treats anemia in chronic kidney disease patients on dialysis
Ferumoxytol, a novel intravenous form of iron that permits rapid administration of large doses, has been shown to be effective for treating iron deficiency in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients on dialysis, according to a clinical trial appearing in the February, 2009, issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology. The results indicate that this new agent may become an important treatment option for CKD patients. (2009-01-28)

US experts call for rethink of trend to bar smokers from employment
The increasing trend for employers, particularly in the US, to bar smokers from applying for jobs or staying in post should be stopped, until the appropriateness of such policies has been properly evaluated, argue experts in an essay published in Tobacco Control. (2009-01-21)

AGnES supports general practitioners
General Practitioners can delegate visits to patients and medical work to qualified employees. In this way, they can provide care to more patients. Neeltje van den Berg and coauthors from Greifswald and Neubrandenburg Universities present the (2009-01-13)

WPI receives key sponsorship, $100,000 pledge for new fire sciences laboratory from RJA
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Mass., has received a $100,000 pledge from Chicago-based Rolf Jensen & Associates to help fund a new, state-of-the-art fire sciences laboratory. RJA has committed to a five-year endowment to support the project and has volunteered to spearhead fundraising. The new facility will be used to support teaching and research programs in fire protection engineering. WPI is home to the world's leading graduate program in this field. (2008-12-17)

Iowa State Biobased Industry Center studies carbon emissions, other industry issues
Iowa State University's new Biobased Industry Center will support interdisciplinary research of the biorenewables industry and its economic, policy, business, social and workforce issues. The center is now sponsoring four studies, including three studies related to carbon emissions. (2008-12-12)

Work/life balance blurred for some employees
Employees with high levels of job autonomy and control over their schedules are more likely to bring their work home with them, according to surprising new research out of the University of Toronto. (2008-12-10)

Secret to workplace happiness? Remember what you love about the job, study urges
Urging employees to rethink their jobs was enough to drop absenteeism by 60 percent and turnover by 75 percent, a new University of Alberta study shows. (2008-11-26)

K-State psychologist studies ways to improve soldiers' work-life relationship
The US military provides its members with policies to help balance their work and family commitments. But a researcher at Kansas State University has found that simply providing programs might not be enough to maintain a supreme equilibrium. Satoris Culbertson, assistant professor of psychology at K-State, and colleagues have been studying how soldiers' perceptions of a family-friendly environment relates to their physical fitness, confidence in task performance and intentions to remain in the military. (2008-11-25)

Expert says layoffs could worsen economic woes
Widespread layoffs that stem corporate financial losses but leave workers out in the cold would deepen the looming recession that sparked them, a University of Illinois labor expert warns. (2008-11-24)

Employee engagement dependent upon conditions created by employer
Employees will feel -- and act -- engaged when their employer creates conditions that permit them to do so. (2008-11-20)

Employees who are sexually harassed experience less job satisfaction and lower job performance
Employees who were harassed report lower levels of job satisfaction, organizational commitment and job performance (2008-11-20)

Workplace obesity program shows modest effects after just 1 year
Environmental changes implemented at 12 Dow Chemical Company worksites helped employees' there achieve modest improvements in health risks, including weight management, decreasing tobacco use and blood pressure, says Emory University public health researcher Ron Goetzel, Ph.D. (2008-10-29)

How was work today? A major study begins into work-related health and well-being
A study that could improve our health and well-being at work is about to start at the University of Nottingham. (2008-10-13)

Science survey ranks top biopharma employers
Science's annual survey of Top Employers polls employees in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and related industries. Respondents to the web-based survey are asked to rate companies based on 23 driving characteristics, including financial strength, easy adaptation to change, and a research-driven environment. (2008-10-09)

Reason for sickness absence can predict employee deaths
Employees who take long spells of sick leave more than once in three years are at a higher risk of death than their colleagues who take no such absence, particularly if their absence is due to circulatory or psychiatric problems or for surgery, concludes a study on bmj.com today. (2008-10-02)

Study finds few parents of chronically ill children use California paid family leave program
California's pioneering paid family leave program has largely failed to reach one of its major target groups. A new RAND Corporation study found that few parents of children with serious chronic illnesses have used the program, despite having paid into the program through payroll withholdings, and the vast majority of these parents aren't even aware that the program exists. (2008-09-02)

Many parents of chronically ill children in California are unaware of paid family leave program
Parents of children with special health needs in California often are not aware that there is a paid family leave insurance program available for their use, with only 5 percent of those surveyed having used the program, according to a study in the Sept. 3 issue of JAMA. (2008-09-02)

'Industrial relations' employee satisfaction dependent on more than relative pay
A new study in the journal Industrial Relations reveals that employee well-being is dependent upon the rank of an individual's wage within a comparison group, as opposed to the individual's absolute pay. (2008-08-27)

Highlights from the August 2008 Journal of the American Dietetic Association
The August 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains articles and research studies you may find of interest. (2008-08-01)

Study outlines measures to limit effects of pandemic flu on nursing homes
The greatest danger in a pandemic flu outbreak is that it could spread quickly and devastate a broad swath of people across the United States before there is much of a chance to react. Now, a team of researchers, including one from Arizona State University, has taken a major step in determining what nonpharmaceutical interventions will work by developing mathematical models and testing scenarios that show which NPIs are appropriate for which levels of pandemic flu. (2008-07-21)

Decisions under pressure: it's all in the heartbeat
A person's heart rate can reveal a lot about how they make decisions when feeling stressed, a Queensland University of Technology academic says. (2008-07-16)

Older workforce requires variety of recruitment strategies
Employers globally are facing challenges and needs posed by baby-boom generation employees. A new Penn State study of 208 US employers found a wide range of strategies used to recruit and retain older workers, rather than a single approach. (2008-07-08)

Reliance on unverifiable observations hinders successful conservation of wildlife species
Researchers from the US Forest Service's Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Research Stations examined three cases of biological misunderstandings in which unverifiable, anecdotal observations were accepted as empirical evidence. Ultimately, they found that this acceptance adversely affected conservation goals for the fisher in the Pacific states, the wolverine in California, and the ivory-billed woodpecker in the southeast by vastly overestimating their range and abundance. The researchers' findings appear in the current issue of the journal BioScience. (2008-06-20)

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