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    Mental health professionals’ smoking training ‘inadequate’

    Shutterstock Urgent action is needed to improve the training about smoking cessation that mental health nurses and psychiatrists receive, a report has argued. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) said that one in four smokers in England also has a long-term mental health condition. It cited research that found people with serious mental illness die […] More

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    Government’s obesity strategy not working, research finds

    Shutterstock The government’s campaign to encourage people to lose weight in order to reduce the risk Covid-19 poses to their health has been unsuccessful and largely ineffective, according to research. The Social Market Foundation (SMF) think tank found that, instead of basing its policy around individual calls to action, the government should take a “whole […] More

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    Occupational Health & Wellbeing research round-up: December 2020

    Image: Shutterstock Fatigue and workplace exercise programmes Work-related fatigue is related to a range of negative consequences, including poor productivity. This study investigates the extent to which exposure to a workplace exercise intervention affects employees’ health and wellbeing trajectories throughout the intervention and their experiences of the exercise regime. It finds that sufficient exposure to […] More

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    Occupational health education facing a challenging future post pandemic

    Shutterstock There were serious concerns about the future of occupational health training even before the pandemic threw our education system up in the air. A high-level panel recently discussed the need for new thinking around OH training, entry routes into the profession, and methods of delivery, including the future role of degree-level OH nurse apprenticeships. […] More

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    Few would see doctor if they experienced mild cognitive impairment

    Shutterstock Only 3% of people aged 55 and over would see their GP if they experienced memory loss, forgetfulness or a decline in their ability to make decisions, all of which are potential signs of a mild cognitive impairment. A OnePoll survey of 2,000 adults commissioned by Nestlé Health Science found that more than a […] More

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    Covid-19 worries not only factor affecting remote workers’ wellbeing, finds study

    Image: Shutterstock Worries about Covid-19 are affecting wellbeing as employees work from home, but loneliness and having to juggle domestic responsibilities with work are also having an impact. This is according to research from the University of Exeter Business School and University of Leicester Business School, which was based on data from wellbeing questionnaires and […] More

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    Taxi drivers and couriers exposed to ‘hazardous’ levels of diesel emissions

    Shutterstock Professional drivers face a greater risk of cancer because they are regularly being exposed to “hazardous” levels of diesel emissions at work. This is according to Imperial College London’s Driver Diesel Exposure Mitigation Study (DEMiSt), which found professional drivers encountered black carbon exposures that were four times higher than their exposure at home. All […] More

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    Covid-19 infection in England doubles in under a month

    Some 96,000 people are becoming infected with Covid-19 every day in England, researchers suggest. According to the latest results of the ongoing REACT 1 study, which is being conducted by Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori, the prevalence of Covid-19 infection has doubled since the beginning of October. An estimated 128 people per 10,000 people […] More