Study Finds Stress at Work is Just as Bad for Your Health as Second-Hand Smoke

by JULIE FIDLER – Being stressed out at work is just as bad as regularly being exposed to second-hand smoke, a new study by researchers at Harvard Business School and Stanford University finds Using data from 228 other studies that assessed the effects of 10 workplace stressors on employee physical and mental health, morbidity, and mortality, researchers concluded that workers who faced a great deal of stress on the job were 35% more likely to be diagnosed with an illness by a doctor. People who worked long hours were found to have a 20% increased chance of early death. Potential stressors included work-family conflict, job insecurity, high job demands, no health insurance, long work hours, and low organizational control. But the fear of losing your job proved to have the biggest impact on health: the fear increased the odds of having poor health by 50%. The scientists say the...

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The one statistic you never hear about drugs

by allthatishuman – Drugs kill at least 30% of Americans. You never hear this from drug policy reform groups because it shows that drugs are dangerous. And you never hear this from the government because it shows that our drug policies are a complete and utter failure. Nevertheless, drug use and drug-related causes are the single largest underlying cause of death each year in the United States, as the government’s own statistics show. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a drug user, all else being equal it’s more likely that you’ll die from drug use than from any other cause. Deaths from drug use There are at least 480,000 annual deaths from cigarettes and secondhand smoke. This is about 19.1%. And when considering products like cigars, pipes, and hookahs, the 2014 Surgeon General’s report states that total mortality from any combusted tobacco product is likely approaching 500,000...

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