County Health Rankings: Drug overdoses driving turnaround in premature death rates

To get a clearer sense of just how bad our drug overdose problem has gotten, look no further than this year’s County Health Rankings. The annual report found that after years of declining premature deaths, that rate is on the rise and due primarily to overdose deaths. It means we could be seeing the first generation of American kids with shorter life expectancies than their parents.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:11+00:00 April 12th, 2017|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: After an initial drop, school revenues from healthier meals and snacks rebound

When President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010, he also ushered in the first major nutrition changes in the school meal program in 15 years. Perhaps, not surprisingly, the changes received a good bit of pushback, with many arguing that healthier foods would mean fewer kids buying school lunches and big revenue losses for schools. But a new study shows otherwise.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:24+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|6 Comments

Study: Lessons from a successful lockout/tagout intervention could save a worker’s life

Think about all the objects you use every day that are made with pieces of metal. Before that object got to you, a worker in the metal manufacturing industry used a machine to cut, saw, bend and assemble the metal pieces into the countless products that make our lives easier. But sometimes those machines break. And when they do, a simple and inexpensive procedure helps ensure both worker and machine can return safely to the job.

By | 2018-01-14T18:03:10+00:00 January 18th, 2016|1 Comment

Mapping technique reveals spatial clustering of workplace injuries and potential new venues for outreach

A re-run from June 26, 2015: A common hurdle in the field of occupational health and safety is delivering what can sometimes be life-saving information to the people who need it most. After all, not all employers are amenable to workplace health and safety education. But what if safety advocates could find and connect with the most at-risk workers out in the community? Perhaps even reach vulnerable workers with safety education before they experience an injury at work?

By | 2018-01-14T18:03:13+00:00 December 27th, 2015|1 Comment

Study: Adapting to less food access has negative health, behavioral impacts on children

It’s not surprising that food insecurity has a negative health and academic impact on young children — numerous studies have come to that conclusion. However, a new study has begun to dig a little deeper into the topic, zeroing in on the lingering aftermath of the Great Recession, when food insecurity and child poverty reached record levels, and examining the particular effects of transitioning from not worrying about having enough food to living in a household with limited or uncertain access to food.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:30+00:00 November 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Researchers link job conditions to inequalities in life expectancy

Americans with lower incomes and educational attainment often live shorter, sicker lives than their wealthier, more educated counterparts. Contributors to these disparities can include access to care, hazardous living conditions, nutrition in early childhood, and personal behaviors. But what about workplace conditions? Do certain groups of people get sorted into jobs that exacerbate inequalities in life expectancy?

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:31+00:00 October 6th, 2015|0 Comments