Occupational Health News Roundup

The New York Times interviews current, former workers at restaurants run by Trump's labor secretary nominee; Kentucky lawmakers move to weaken unions; Maryland county votes to raise the minimum wage to $15; and Houston's new police chief calls for better mental health services for police officers.

By | 2018-01-22T21:08:45+00:00 January 17th, 2017|1 Comment

Study: U.S. still lags behind on health care affordability and access

The percentage of Americans who reported cost-related barriers to health care dropped from 37 percent in 2013 to 33 percent in 2016 — a change that directly corresponds to insurance expansions under the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports. On the flip side, Americans are still more likely than peers in other high-income nations to face financial obstacles to health care.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:16+00:00 November 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Report: Black students, students with disabilities bear brunt of corporal punishment

Corporal punishment in America’s public schools seems like a relic of the past — a practice we had surely banned long ago. The reality, however, is that it’s perfectly legal to physically discipline students as young as preschoolers in 19 states. And according to a new report, corporal punishment is most often used against black students and students with disabilities.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:19+00:00 October 7th, 2016|2 Comments

Study: U.S. rate of babies born addicted to opioids has doubled

By now, the enormity of America’s opioid abuse and overdose epidemic is common knowledge. With 78 Americans dying every day from an opioid overdose and with enough painkillers prescribed to give just about every U.S. adult their own bottle of pills, there’s hardly a community that’s gone untouched by the deadly problem. And a new study reminds us that we’ll be dealing with the aftermath far into the future.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:19+00:00 October 4th, 2016|0 Comments