The measles outbreak spreading throughout the US is raising concerns that employees could bring the contagious disease to work, which occurred at a Home Depot store in New York. Companies can address the threat by offering onsite measles vaccinations to employees and their children who need them, as well as using telecommuting for employees or family members who get the disease, says Steve Wojcik of the National Business Group on Health.
Employees with distress are unproductive at work for about eight days per month, compared with four days for those who do not have mental health problems, according to the Workplace Well-being: A Summary of the 2018 Workplace Outcome Suite Annual Report. Employee assistance programs may help, and those that use the internet or mobile technology to deliver services may increase employee awareness and engagement.
Affinity Living Group in North Carolina plans to require influenza vaccinations for its more than 4,000 employees, making it the first long-term-care provider in the state to do so. The company will provide workers with vouchers to cover the cost of vaccination, as well as education on the importance of vaccinations.
UK researchers found that people with body weights ranging from underweight to obese who walked more briskly had a longer life expectancy than those who walked slowly. Published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings and based on more than 470,000 people from the UK Biobank, findings suggest that physical fitness may be a better life expectancy indicator than body mass index.
The number of babies born with low birth weight worldwide dropped from 22.9 million in 2000 to 20.5 million in 2015, a 1.2% annual rate of decline, according to a report from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in The Lancet Global Health. However, researcher Joy Lawn said that the 30% targeted reduction in global low birth weight prevalence by 2025 could only be achieved by expediting the rate of decline by more than twofold.
The FDA has launched the Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory List, an online tool that informs the public about chemical compounds that may be unsafe and unlawful to use in dietary supplements. The agency will hold a public meeting Thursday on how to incentivize "responsible innovation" in the dietary supplement market.
College students had a fivefold higher rate of meningococcal B-related diseases between 2015 and 2017, compared with those not in college, researchers reported in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. The findings also linked MenB to about 70% of invasive meningococcal diseases among youths ages 16 to 23, as well as all meningitis outbreaks in colleges from 2011 to 2019.
Follow-up data from the Women's Health Initiative that spanned almost 20 years showed women who ate a low-fat diet were 21% less likely to die from breast cancer, compared with those who followed a more typical high-fat diet, researchers said at an American Society of Clinical Oncology briefing ahead of the group's annual meeting. Of the women who did develop breast cancer, those who ate a low-fat diet had a 15% reduced risk of dying from any cause.
Some school districts in Wisconsin are looking at the numbers and considering whether they should adopt a universal, free meal program to reduce the stigma associated with free meals. Jennifer Jennings, a food service director, says a middle school in her district increased breakfast participation from 150 students to 350 students after implementing a universal, free breakfast program.
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