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Get up and stand up for at least two hours daily during working hours, office workers advised Office workers should be on their feet for a minimum of two hours daily during working hours, recommends guidance designed to curb the health risks of too much cumulative sitting time, and published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Continue →
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New research that shows that influenza kills about 500 New Zealanders each year highlights the importance of getting a flu vaccination to keep workplaces germ-free The risk of premature death is much higher for Māori, Pasifika, men and those living in relative poverty. Continue →
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  The lives of rural New Zealanders are at risk every day because of poor connectivity and inequitable health services, a rural health leader claims Rural Health Alliance of Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) chair Dr Martin London says government needs to help remove barriers so rural people’s health be considered just as important as those who live in cities. Continue →
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The wet of winter is coming and farmers should be planning annual leptospirosis boosters for herds to protect themselves and animals from contracting the disease, WorkSafe advises “Leptospirosis can be passed from animals to humans,” says WorkSafe Programme Manager Agriculture Al McCone. Continue →
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‘Slip, slop, slap’ is synonymous with playing it safe in the sun whether at work or play, but new research tells a different story for those affected by rarer forms of melanoma The genetic study has found that melanomas on the hands and feet (known as acral) and internal surfaces (known as mucosal) are not linked to ultraviolet (UV) radiation – in contrast to melanoma of the skin, which is strongly related to UV radiation. Continue →
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First-of-its-kind, personalized glucose forecasting tool may make meal planning simpler for type 2 diabetes patients Researchers have developed a personalized algorithm that predicts the impact of particular foods on an individual’s blood sugar levels, according to a new study. Continue →
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Exercise helps to relieve stress, improve sleep patterns, boost the mood, improve concentration and sharpen the memory; making for better workers, colleagues and employees It is also widely recognised as an effective tool to relieve moderate depression and anxiety symptoms and prevent relapses. Continue →
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A Consumer NZ report on pre-made emergency survival kits provides a timely reminder for businesses and employers concerned about staff safety The consumer organisation found most either lacked key items, contained gear of poor quality or weren’t good value Consumer NZ looked at seven pre-made “getaway” kits that claim to have most of the gear one person needs to survive for three days when they need to evacuate in a hurry. Continue →
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Active commuting by bicycle is associated with a substantial decrease in the risk of death from all causes, cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD), compared with non-active commuting by car or public transport, a study in The BMJ has found Walking is also associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but the risk of death from cancer was no different than non-active commuting, the results show. Continue →
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The simple act of walking down stairs could help prevent diabetes, according to new research from Edith Cowan University, which cites something known as eccentric exercise Researchers from ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences recruited 30 obese elderly women and put them on an exercise program, with half walking upstairs and the others walking downstairs. Continue →
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Worldwide the number of people affected by and remaining disabled from stroke has increased significantly Although ageing and population growth has been shown to be the main drivers of this increased, not all of the increased stroke burden can be accounted for by these demographic changes. Continue →
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Fatigue is more than feeling tired and drowsy – in a work context fatigue is a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion that reduces a person’s ability to perform work safely and effectively It can occur because of prolonged or intense mental or physical activity, sleep loss and/or disruption of the internal body clock. Continue →
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A majority of district health boards (DHBs) around the country don’t provide 24/7 access to sign language interpreters, which puts deaf people at significant risk in medical emergencies, the Green Party claims A report released by Deaf Action New Zealand recently showed that only eight of 20 DHBs say they can provide access to sign language interpreters 24/7. Continue →
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Work Rehab and Fit For Work are joining forces to provide what is claimed to be the most comprehensive range of occupational health services available from any company in New Zealand “This joint venture will greatly benefit Kiwi businesses wanting a single nationwide supplier of integrated occupational health services,” Director Lenny O’Connell believes. Continue →
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Several groups have joined forces to call for the introduction of the Accessibility for New Zealanders Act as part of Hearing Week, which runs from 26 February to 4 March The National Foundation for the Deaf has joined The Access Alliance steering group with members Auckland Disability Law, Blind Foundation, CCS Disability Action, Deaf Aotearoa, Disabled Person’s Assembly, Parents of Vision Impaired New Zealanders, Inclusive New Zealand and Kapa Maori Aotearoa to call for the introduction of the Accessibility for New Zealanders Act. Continue →
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