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2011-04-13 14:26:53

Heart attacks, not smoke inhalation, most common cause of death While the number of fires is on the decline, firefighter deaths are not "”and a new University of Georgia study helps explain why. Researchers in the UGA College of Public Health found that cultural factors in the work environment that promote getting the job done as quickly as possible with whatever resources available lead to an increase in line-of-duty firefighter fatalities. "Firefighting is always going to be a...

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2010-10-28 09:30:00

Researchers have linked a chemical compound commonly used in the making of plastics to low-sperm counts and other reproductive issues among Chinese factory workers, according to a study published in the latest edition of the journal Fertility and Sterility. The study, which was funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and completed at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, analyzed the urine levels of male workers in China. Those...

2009-04-21 09:41:07

A U.S. government scientist says job-related vibrations can result in biological injuries including vascular dysfunction that can cause loss of dexterity. Kristine Krajnak of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and her colleagues conducted what they say was the first study to directly link the different physical responses of tissue to various vibration frequencies with biological mechanisms underlying the development of vascular dysfunction. The researchers said their...

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2008-09-27 12:55:00

Policing is dangerous work, and the danger lurks not on the streets alone. The pressures of law enforcement put officers at risk for high blood pressure, insomnia, increased levels of destructive stress hormones, heart problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide, University at Buffalo researchers have found through a decade of studies of police officers. UB researchers now are carrying out one of the first large-scale investigations on how the stress of police work affects an...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'