Study: Lack of control can hurt employee health
Employees who have difficult jobs and little control over their work tasks are four times as likely to die from heart disease, according to a recent study. Such workers are also twice as likely to be depressed. Surprisingly, the key to reducing these effects may have to do with increasing the control employees feel over their work, writes Jan Bruce. Fortune
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Workouts should balance movement quality, quantity, trainer says
High-intensity workouts can help people burn more calories but they also increase stress on joints and muscles, which could raise the risk of injury and set-back, says registered dietitian and trainer Jason Machowsky. He said workouts should include both movement quality, which is improving exercise technique, and movement quantity, which is adding weight or intensity to burn more calories and increase strength. Food & Nutrition Magazine online
Use of low-dose aspirin, NSAIDs linked to reduced colon cancer risk
People who regularly took low-dose aspirin for five years or more had a 27% lower risk of colon cancer, while those taking other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reduced their risk from 30% to 45%, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The drugs were used on a regular basis for years before any cancer prevention benefits were attained, said Dr. John Baron of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "For aspirin, you would have to take it fairly consistently, meaning at least every other day, for at least five to 10 years for the protective effect to even begin to appear," said Baron, co-author of the study. HealthDay News
Multiple sclerosis risk tied to vitamin D levels, study finds
A study published in PLOS Medicine found that people with vitamin D deficiency may have twice the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Raising a person's vitamin D levels by 1.5 times may lower their odds of having MS by 50%, the researchers predicted. They also said people with a family history of MS should monitor their vitamin D levels. United Press International
Gay teen boys less likely to get HIV testing, study finds
Only 1 in 5 of more than 300 U.S. gay and bisexual male teens between the ages of 14 and 18 had been tested for HIV, a lower rate compared with older gay males, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The researchers said in-school testing would improve access and reduce the stigma associated with testing. HealthDay News
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