More evidence supports the idea of eliminating the 9-to-5 workday in some industries to give employees more flexibility to achieve a good work-life balance. Study data show such flexibility can have health and well-being benefits, but some companies worry about productivity.
The 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows 65% of the federal workforce feels engaged, compared with 64% last year. The Department of Homeland Security saw an increase and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson attributed it to holding talks with employees and learning their top concerns were pay, work-life balance and hiring.
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Young, overweight to moderately obese adults who used wearable trackers lost an average of 7.72 pounds over a span of two years, while those who used web-based tracking lost an average of 13 pounds, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Experts note that wearable activity trackers work well for some people, and their utility comes down to how they are used to support a more active lifestyle.
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Children should not be prescribed codeine for pain or cough due to potential harms, including breathing problems and even death, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics statement published in Pediatrics. The AAP said physicians should weigh the risks of the drug and consider whether evidence shows it is effective.
Researchers found that youths who first received eggs at ages 4 months to 6 months and peanuts at ages 4 months to 11 months had a 46% and 71% lower risk of developing egg and peanut allergies, respectively, compared with those who were introduced to such foods at a later age. However, the findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association, based on a review of 146 studies involving more than 200,000 children, found early egg, peanut and gluten introduction didn't affect their odds of developing autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes or celiac disease.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Blue Button Connector, an online resource that helps patients find health care professionals who let them access their health information online, was easy to navigate, and its design received positive feedback, according to Donna Cryer of the Health IT Policy and Standards committees' Consumer Task Force. The task force also offered several recommendations for improving the tool.
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The US Department of Agriculture awarded $2 million to be shared among five states and one US territory for efforts to keep preschoolers enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. South Carolina is getting $100,000 to use for a mobile clinic that will cover five of the state's poorest counties.
Schools can support students' mental health by addressing the needs of all students at first and then offering individualized support as needed, some experts assert. Staff members at a New Orleans school receive training to help identify and support students who have experienced trauma.
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