New technology means new opportunities — and anxiety for today’s workers

New technology means new opportunities — and anxiety for today’s workers

In the history of the United States, there has been an unshakable bond between the idea of hard work and prosperity, a relationship author James Truslow Adams eloquently described as “the American Dream,” a term he coined. The American dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement,” Adams wrote in 1931. However, to many people, the rapid pace of technological change appears to be eroding that linkage. Working hard is…

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Male Workers More Affected by Diabetes: Survey

Male Workers More Affected by Diabetes: Survey

Women in the corporate sector are less afflicted with diabetes than men, show results of a survey by a health insurance company. Further, the average claims for diabetes-related ailments made by men is almost 13 per cent higher than women, showing that women are managing their diabetes better than their male counterparts, said the study by Apollo Munich Health Insurance In order to understand the trend in diabetes, Apollo Munich conducted the study on 800,000 corporate health insurance customers across the country. The findings also revealed that incidence of diabetes…

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Heavy Lifting by Young Workers Linked to Low Back Pain in Midlife

Heavy Lifting by Young Workers Linked to Low Back Pain in Midlife

Young adults with jobs that involve heavy lifting and forceful movements might be at higher risk for back pain later in life, a study from Finland suggests. “When you’re young, you do things your own way, you muscle your way through it, but sooner or later, that behavior can cause problems,” said Michael Timko, a physical therapist and instructor at the University of Pittsburgh who was not involved with the study. “If we’re going to put a dent on the back pain issue, we should consider training younger people about…

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Shift workers prone to infections

Shift workers prone to infections

Shift workers – whose body clocks are routinely disrupted -are more prone to health problems such as infections and chronic diseases, Cambridge researchers, including one of Indianorigin, have found. This is so because at certain times of the day the body clock affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells, researchers said. When a virus enters our body, it hijacks the machinery and resources in our cells to help it replicate and spread throughout the body. However, the resources on offer fluctuate throughout the day, partly in…

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