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Paid sick leave, heathier workers

Here, to me, is a no-brainer conclusion to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study:

Workers with access to paid sick leave are 28 percent less likely overall to suffer nonfatal work-related injuries than workers without access to paid sick leave, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found that workers in high risk occupations and industry sectors, such as construction, manufacturing, agriculture, and health care and social assistance, appeared to benefit most from access to paid sick leave. The study is the first U.S. research that examines the issue and attempts to quantify some of the benefits of paid sick leave.  Researchers analyzed data from 2005-2008 collected by the National Health Interview Survey, that gave them the ability to examine the potential safety benefits associated with paid sick leave.  The study considered 38,000 private sector workers only; most full-time public sector workers have access to paid sick leave.  The report by CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), appears in the American Journal of Public Health.

Consequences, still

Our Boomer lifestyle choices, discontinued decades ago, may still influence our health.  A report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention  reveals  the “number of baby boomers dying from a ‘silent epidemic’ of hepatitis C infections is increasing so rapidly that federal officials are planning a new nationwide push for widespread testing.”

Many Boomers contracted the virus decades ago – through injection drugs or blood transfusions, before blood screening was improved, during the time of AIDS.

New medications are available for the suppression of the virus. The meds are not cheap and they do come with side effects, but may be more appealing than a liver transplant or the agony of treatment for liver cancer.

Watch for a recommendation later this year from the CDC for routine testing  for Hep C of people born between 1945 and 1965.

One more damn thing to worry about: Clostridium difficile

This just in from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Infections from Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), a bacteria that causes diarrhea and other health issues, is a patient safety concern in all types of medical facilities, not just hospitals as traditionally thought, according to a new report today from the CDC. While many health care-associated infections, such as bloodstream infections, declined in the past decade, C. difficile infection rates and deaths climbed to historic highs. C. difficile is linked to about 14,000 U.S. deaths every year.

Read more here.

Deadly habit: Rich, poor both binge drink

The Centers for Disease Control released an an analysis today of the “prevalence of binge drinking (defined as four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on an occasion during the past 30 days) among U.S. adults aged 18 and older.”

Some of the findings might surprise you. Some may not. According to the CDC:

  • Excessive alcohol use accounted for an estimated average of 80,000 deaths and 2.3 million years of potential life lost in the United States each year during and an estimated $223.5 billion in economic costs in 2006.
  • Binge drinking prevalence among men (23.2 percent) was twice that of women.
  • Binge drinking is more common among those with household incomes of $75,000 or more, but the largest number of drinks consumed per occasion is significantly higher among binge drinkers with household incomes of less than $25,000 – an average of eight to nine drinks, the report said.
  • Adult binge drinking is most common in the Midwest, New England, the District of Columbia, Alaska and Hawaii, the report said. However, binge drinkers consume more drinks in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, the Midwest, and some states where binge drinking is less common - including Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina.

(AP archives photo)

Death by murder: Five facts

A report yesterday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included these statistics/facts on death by murder.

1) An estimated 50,000 persons die annually in the United States as a result of violence-related injuries.

2) The CDC classifies suicide as murder. And a majority — 58.7% — of deaths were suicides, followed by “homicides and deaths involving legal intervention (i.e. deaths caused by police and other persons with legal authority to use deadly force, excluding legal executions) — 26.4% — and then deaths of undetermined intent — 14.5% — and unintentional firearm deaths — 0.4 percent.

3) Firearms were used in the majority —51.5% — of suicide deaths, followed by hanging/strangulation/suffocation (23.1%) and poisoning (18.1%). The most common method used by male suicides was a firearm (57.1%), followed by hanging/strangulation/suffocation (24.2%). Among females, poisons were used most often (40.7%) followed by firearms (31.3%).

4) The homicide rate was three times higher for males compared to females. The highest rates were among black non-Hispanic males and males aged 20—24 years.

5) Among homicide deaths, firearms were used as weapons in approximately two thirds of the incidents. Firearms were used in approximately 75% of homicide incidents that involved multiple victims and 80% of homicide-suicide incidents. Firearms also were commonly used to commit suicide.

I was surprised that suicide is considered murder. Anyone else?

Preparing for the zombie apocalypse

Get A Kit,    Make A Plan, Be Prepared.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a new blog and social media campaign to help people prepare for emergencies. When I first read about it, I thought it was a spoof of some kind, but it's for real. They are telling people how to prepare for a zombie takeover. When you read further into the blog, you realize it's a good way to catch people's attention and the “meat” of it is how to prepare for less sensational emergencies, such as floods and tornadoes.

It's pretty creative. Gives you hope that when younger people are hired into established corporations and government agencies to do their social media outreach, they'll be able to think out of the box.

Or in the case of this campaign, out of the coffin.

(CDC graphic)

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