Study uncovers occupational risks, injury trends among commercial bicyclists

Anyone who’s lived in a big, dense city is familiar with the sight of bicycle messengers weaving their way in between metro buses and taxi cabs, down side streets and around packed crosswalks, pedaling at impressive speeds and often with remarkable agility. Surprisingly, however, there’s little data on these workers, even though it seems they’d be particularly susceptible to injuries on the job.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:31+00:00 October 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Messaging study: Putting a human face on opioid addiction increases public support for naloxone

Every day in the U.S., more than 40 people die after overdosing on prescription painkillers. Deaths from a more notorious form of opiates — heroin — increased five-fold between 2001 and 2013. Addressing this problem — one that’s often described as a public health crisis — requires action on many fronts, from preventing abuse in the first place to getting those addicted into treatment. But when it comes to overdoses, there’s one answer we know works: naloxone.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:35+00:00 July 17th, 2015|1 Comment

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

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 | 2018-01-14T18:03:24+00:00 June 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Researchers use Ebola to study the news media’s role as a vector of fear

Analyzing online searches and social media activity has often been suggested as a way to track and maybe even predict the spread of diseases. And it’s a great idea — if it’s done right, it could offer public health workers real-time surveillance and a jumpstart at containing dangerous outbreaks. But there’s a hitch. How can we attempt to decipher between online activity triggered by the possibility of actual disease symptoms and online activity triggered by simple curiosity?

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:36+00:00 June 25th, 2015|2 Comments

Poorer health, shorter lives and lower incomes: ‘We don’t really appreciate the magnitude of the problem’

Low income and poor health tend to go hand in hand — that’s not a particularly surprising or new statement. However, according to family medicine doctor Steven Woolf, we have yet to truly grasp the extent to which income shapes a person’s health and opportunity to live a long life. And if we don’t confront the widening income inequality gap, he says things will only get worse.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:40+00:00 April 14th, 2015|0 Comments