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EPA scientists recognized with prestigious honor
The US Environmental Protection Agency presented 55 prestigious Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards to more than 300 scientists in EPA's research centers, laboratories, and program offices. The awards recognize outstanding scientific and technological achievements that have been peer-reviewed and published by EPA employees. (2008-06-09)

New data show patients using AVONEX reported less sick leave and short-term disability costs
Results from an analysis assessing the differences in health benefits costs and lost time among employees suffering from multiple sclerosis being treated with injectable disease modifying therapies were presented and announced by Biogen Idec as poster presentations at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Center annual meeting in Denver, May 28-31, 2008. (2008-06-02)

Highlights from the June 2008 Journal of the American Dietetic Association
The June 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains articles and research studies you may find of interest. Below is a summary of some of this month's articles. (2008-06-01)

Managing computer fraud
Shalini Kesar, a computer scientist at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, has devised an antifraud strategy for business. Writing in the International Journal of Business Information Systems from Inderscience Publishers, he suggests that managers should be made aware of security issues and send out cues to junior staff that they have this knowledge. (2008-05-23)

Economist labors over employment relationships
When it comes to satisfaction at work, workers in different countries find it in different ways, according to studies by UWM labor economist John Heywood. He also probes the ways in which firms interact with their employees to get the most out of them. (2008-05-20)

Greener offices make happier employees
How can employers make office environments more conducive to productivity and employee happiness? Try adding some (2008-05-19)

Taking on Britain's 'sick note culture'
GPs should lend a hand to beat the (2008-05-14)

Office initiative reduces headaches and neck and shoulder pain by more than 40 percent
When office staff took part in a workplace educational and physical initiative, headaches fell by 41 percent, neck and shoulder pain fell by 43 percent and painkiller use fell by 51 percent. Researchers taught staff office and home relaxation techniques and provided red stickers to place around the workplace to avoid excessive contraction of the head and shoulder muscles. 169 staff were in the intervention group with 175 in the control group. All kept daily diaries. (2008-05-14)

Mayo Clinic named 1 of best employers for healthy lifestyles
The National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit organization of large employers, today honored Mayo Clinic for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for its employees and families. (2008-05-13)

Think before you drink, says university research
People are being urged to think before they drink as part of a research project aimed at changing people's binge drinking habits. (2008-05-12)

Productivity rises when companies are facing closure
In companies that are slated to be shut down, productivity increases during the phase-out period itself. When management is busy dealing with matters other than daily operations, employees shoulder a greater responsibility for their work -- and efficiency is enhanced. According to business economist Magnus Hansson at Örebro University in Sweden, this shows that it is possible to boost productivity considerably without investing. (2008-05-09)

FSU researcher: As gas prices climb, employee productivity plummets
Rising gas prices are affecting more than the family budget. More pain at the pump results in more employee stress on the job, says Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran Professor of Management at Florida State University's College of Business. (2008-05-05)

Study shows physician judgement important in reducing RSV-related hospitalizations
MedImmune announced results from a retrospective chart review that evaluated the use of Synagis as a preventative measure against respiratory syncytial virus. (2008-05-05)

$45 billion a year is spent by public on health costs for full-time workers and families
Health insurance coverage and unpaid health care for full-time workers and their family members without employer coverage costs the US public $45 billion a year, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. This includes $33 billion in the cost of public coverage such as Medicaid and SCHIP, and $12 billion in uncompensated care expenses -- which are paid by Federal, state and local governments and shifted to other payers -- provided to uninsured workers and dependents. (2008-05-02)

TAU researchers examine 'great expectations' in the workplace
A new study finds that managers who expect more from their employees get more from them, too. (2008-04-29)

Argonne's Crabtree elected to National Academy of Sciences
George W. Crabtree, a senior scientist and administrator at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences for his excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Crabtree will be inducted into the Academy next April during its 146th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. (2008-04-29)

PNNL reaches goal to change world one light at a time
PNNL has enlisted more than 1,000 employees who have pledged to replace at least one incandescent bulb or fixture in their homes with one that has earned the government's Energy Star label. By meeting this goal, PNNL will collectively conserve more than two million kilowatt-hours of energy per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly three million pounds. (2008-04-22)

Use of ghostwriters, guest authors appears frequent for studies involving rofecoxib
An examination of medical articles about rofecoxib and court documents from litigation related to this product indicates that company employees or other unacknowledged authors were frequently involved in writing clinical trial articles and review articles, but that primary authorship was often attributed to academically affiliated investigators who may have had little to do with the study, or who did not always disclose financial support from the sponsor of the study, according to an article in the April 16 issue of JAMA. (2008-04-15)

Study finds economic burden of health insurance increasing for small employers
The economic burden of providing health insurance for workers increased more for small businesses than for large ones from 2000 to 2005, but the spike did not cause a significant number of small employers to abandon the benefit, according to a study issued today by the RAND Corp. Small businesses (those with 25 or fewer employees) saw the expense of providing health insurance rise by nearly 30 percent during the study period. (2008-04-04)

NIST shows on-card fingerprint match is secure, speedy
A fingerprint identification technology for use in Personal Identification Verification cards that offers improved protection from identity theft meets the standardized accuracy criteria for federal identification cards according to NIST researchers. (2008-04-02)

Boosting self-esteem can backfire in decision-making
Smart business leaders understand that confidence affects decision-making and ultimately a company's earnings. But giving employees positive feedback in the hopes of promoting better decisions sometimes can backfire, suggests new research from the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the London Business School. Positive feedback actually can escalate perceived threats to the ego and increase the need to prove that a questionable decision was the right one. (2008-03-31)

3-D imaging -- first insights into magnetic fields
Researchers from the Hahn-Meitner-Institute in Berlin in cooperation with University of Applied Sciences in Berlin have succeeded, for the first time, in a direct, 3-D visualization of magnetic fields inside solid, non-transparent materials. (2008-03-30)

Hospitality tops list of industries with highest rates of alcohol problems
According to a new report by Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems at the George Washington University Medical Center, alcohol-related problems are disproportionately represented in American business, with employees in the hospitality, construction and wholesale industries significantly more likely to be dependent on or abuse alcohol. (2008-03-25)

Money buys happiness when you spend on others: UBC and Harvard research
Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Harvard Business School have found that it's possible to buy happiness after all: when you spend money on others. (2008-03-20)

Home workers fear being 'out of sight, out of mind'
Working from home reduces stress in office workers but leads to fears about career progression, according to new research announced Tuesday, March 18. (2008-03-17)

Bullying more harmful than sexual harassment on the job, say researchers
Workplace bullying, such as belittling comments, persistent criticism of work and withholding resources, appears to inflict more harm on employees than sexual harassment, say researchers who presented their findings at a conference today. (2008-03-08)

New study reveals profound impact of our unconscious on reaching goals
Whether you are a habitual list maker, or you prefer to keep your tasks in your head, everyone pursues their goals in this ever changing, chaotic environment. We are often aware of our conscious decisions that bring us closer to reaching our goals, however to what extent can we count on our unconscious processes to pilot us toward our destined future? (2008-03-07)

Helping back pain sufferers to stay in work
New research to be carried out at the University of Nottingham could have a major impact on the way that people struggling with low back pain are helped to stay in work. (2008-02-22)

Sniffing out insider threats
A rapid way to spot insider threats from individuals within an organization such as a multinational company or military installation is reported in the International Journal of Security and Networks. The technology uses data mining techniques to scour email and build up a picture of social network interactions. The technology could prevent serious security breaches, sabotage, and even terrorist activity. (2008-02-19)

Stevens' survey finds global companies lack strong leadership
Stevens' survey finds global companies lack strong leadership. (2008-02-12)

Case links death to environmental tobacco smoke
A young asthmatic woman who collapsed and died shortly after arriving for her shift as a waitress at a bar may be the first reported death to be reported nationally from acute asthma associated with environmental tobacco smoke. (2008-02-08)

Women take almost 50 percent more short-term sick leave than men
Women take almost 50 percent more short term sick leave than men, finds research published ahead of print in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (2008-02-04)

Study raises questions over Investors in People Award
Minority groups lose out on training in workplaces that have won the Investors in People training award, new research shows. (2008-01-22)

Extended work hours should factor into return to job after injury
Rehabilitation specialists guiding injured workers back to full-time employment should factor unconventional work schedules into their assessments and planning, new research suggests. Workers who are injured on the job have a harder time returning to employment if their schedules routinely require them to work extended hours. (2008-01-16)

Study proves the co-pay connection in chronic disease
As 2008 begins, millions of Americans are facing higher insurance co-pays for drugs and doctor appointments. But a new study finds that instead of going up, co-pays should go down -- at least for some people taking some drugs. For people with chronic diseases, a few dollars can make all the difference when deciding to buy key preventive medicines. (2008-01-08)

Workplace opportunities and stresses are both increasing
Teamworking and other modern employment practices can put as much strain on a woman's family relationships as working an extra 120 hours a year, an extensive study of the British workforce funded by the Economic and Social Research Council suggests. (2007-12-14)

USDA Forest Service research scientists share in Nobel Prize
The October announcement that several PNW Research Station scientists shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, came as a surprise to many employees. Even to the winners. (2007-12-10)

Employees with workplace flexibility have healthier lifestyle habits
If companies provide workplace flexibility and if employees perceive that flexibility as real, then healthier lifestyle habits are put into action by those employees, according to new research by lead author Joseph G. Grzywacz, Ph.D., of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. (2007-12-10)

Atomic bomb survivor, scientists mark 60 years of long-term radiation study
First known as the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, the study group was reorganized in 1975 to form the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, which is now a cooperative Japan-US research organization. To commemorate the many contributions of former and current ABCC/RERF employees and bomb survivors, the National Academy of Sciences is hosting a symposium, (2007-12-05)

Up to no good at work? Software can analyze your e-mails
Beware -- software is being designed to allow companies to flag up employees who are potential saboteurs, whistle-blowers or data thieves. The US team uses the software to analyze the words and topics in e-mails, and records whether e-mails are sent internally or externally. The system can identify those employees who are possibly feeling (2007-11-28)

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