A wide range of workplace conditions have been implicated as risk factors for a variety of health problems. These workplace conditions include shift work, long work hours, psychosocial stressors, as well as physical conditions.
Occupational groups exposed to a large number of work stressors are found to be at high risk for hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, peptic ulcer disease, headache, musculoskeletal disorders, burnout, depression, anxiety and other undesirable outcomes.
Each year at the Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) a physician is honored for excellence in scientific writing. The award is presented to a member of the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA) who has contributed significantly to furthering the body of knowledge in the field of occupational and environmental medicine.
Dr. Schnall is being presented with the award at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco, California on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm, during the WOEMA Annual Business Meeting.
For further information please visit the WOEMA website at: http://www.woema.org/awardjs.vp.html
Contributed by Tony LaMontagne, ScD, MA, MEd, from the McCaughey Centre, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne (AUSTRALIA).
This edition of News & Views highlights a recently-published open-access resource for policy-makers and practitioners that summarises the evidence on job stress and its impacts on human and organizational health as well as international best practice in job stress prevention and control.1 The current report builds on two previous job stress reports, all published open-access by the (Australian) Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.2,3
How stress influences disease: Research reveals inflammation as the culprit .
April 2nd, 2012 in Immunology http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-04-stress-disease-reveals-inflammation-culprit.html
Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. For example, psychological stress is associated with greater risk for depression, heart disease and infectious diseases. But, until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress influences disease and health. A research team led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Sheldon Cohen has found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research shows for the first time that the effects of psychological stress on the body’s ability to regulate inflammation can promote the development and progression of disease.