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August 20, 2014
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Are pets right for your workplace?
Data suggest pet-friendly workplaces are beneficial for employees, and legal experts say there is nothing wrong with having pets at work, provided the environment is safe and healthy for the entire staff. Business attorney Deanne Katz recommends companies create a written policy on pets in the workplace that considers issues such as allergies, clean-up and animal behavior. BenefitsPro.com (8/19)
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Flexible work schedule study shows gender is a factor
A Furman University study found people were more likely to support requests for flexible work schedules made by men than by women. The study, to be presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting, found more participants saw men who wanted to work from home to care for children as extremely likeable, compared with women, and some viewed women who made flexible work requests as being less committed to their job. HealthDay News (8/18)
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Active commuting cuts BMI scores, body fat
A British study found people who walked, biked and took public transportation to work had lower BMI scores and body fat percentages than those who drove. The results appear in TheBMJ online. Reuters (8/19)
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Many older adults still get cancer screening, study says
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers analyzed data on 27,404 adults ages 65 and older and found many with a life expectancy of fewer than nine years had undergone tests for colorectal, prostate, breast or cervical cancer. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine found being married, being insured and having a regular physician made screening more likely. The study team said the data raise concerns about patient harm and higher costs that can occur with overscreening. Medscape (free registration) (8/18)
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Decrease seen in deaths, hospitalizations due to stroke, heart disease
A study in the journal Circulation found that hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. caused by stroke and heart disease have decreased in the past decade. Researchers said the data, from almost 34 million Medicare patients, indicate effective preventive measures and lifestyle changes contributed to the declines. HealthDay News (8/18)
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Health risks of parental smoke exposure may persist into teen years
Babies exposed to parental cigarette smoking were 23% more likely to develop asthma during childhood or adolescence than their unexposed peers, Swedish researchers found. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, showed that parental smoke exposure was also linked to an 18% and 26% greater likelihood of developing allergic rhinitis and eczema, respectively. HealthDay News (8/19)
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Cholesterol drug lowers heart risk in diabetes patients
Fenofibrate therapy was associated with a 30% reduced odds of adverse cardiovascular events in at-risk women with type 2 diabetes, data indicated. The cholesterol-lowering drug also led to a 24% decline in heart risk in men with diabetes, researchers wrote in Diabetologia. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (8/18)
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Schools & Community
Milwaukee schools to provide free breakfasts, lunches to all students
Milwaukee Public Schools officials announced this week that all students will receive free breakfasts and lunches under the federal Community Eligibility Program. With all students having equal access to meals, one official said the program will help remove the stigma that can surround free or reduced-price meals. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (8/18)
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