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Quick Tips to Stay Cool

June 17, 2019

During a recent interview with the UC Davis Health Newsroom, occupational and environmental expert, and the Medical Surveillance Program Medical Director, Dr. Sheri Belafsky provided valuable advice on ways to avoid health risks associated with high temperatures. Read the full article HERE for her best tips on how to beat the heat!

Nightshifts May Increase the Risk of Miscarriage During Pregnancy

April 26, 2019

UC Davis Medical Surveillance Program Medical Director, Dr. Sheri Belafsky, was recently interviewed by Healthline's Health News. Her expert opinion was solicited to weigh in on the correlation between an increased risk of miscarriage and pregnant women working night shifts, a concern that was researched in the Danish Study.

Dr. Belafsky had advised that further research following the Danish study would be beneficial.

Blood Pressure Update

January 31, 2019

New recommendations may change the way you think about blood pressure.  The ACC/AHA* developed these categories for defining and treating high blood pressure in 2017:  

The Benefits of Sleep

December 19, 2018

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of sleep.  Did you know that adults require seven hours of sleep every night?  Getting sufficient sleep is essential for physical and mental well-being.  It improves memory and focus, and even improves our mood.  Unfortunately, getting fewer than seven hours of sleep regularly is associated with health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.  Certain treatable health conditions, such as sleep apnea, can leave us feeling drowsy during the day.  If you're feeling sleepy during the daytime, and you're already getting 7-8 h

November 14, 2018 is World Diabetes Day

November 14, 2018

How to prevent diabetes?  Learn more about it.  Did you know that one in three Americans has Prediabetes, a precursor to diabetes? Did you also know that Prediabetes is REVERSIBLE?  Lifestyle changes are powerful and can PREVENT the onset of type 2 Diabetes:

-Increasing your activity level 

-Making healthy food choices 

Learn more at: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.html

 

Get Prepared for Heat

May 31, 2018

As summer approaches, now is the time to create safe work practices for outdoor work in the heat.  Cal/OSHA recommends these 4 steps:

National Public Health Week 2018

April 05, 2018

This week we celebrate National Public Health Week (NPHW). Join the CDC and the American Public Health Association in creating the healthiest nation in one generation. Public health begins with safe communities, water, and food. In addition, having access to healthcare and preventing injuries and illnesses are essential to our nation’s health.

Check out these resources for more information and activities!

NPHW 2018 Website

Learn more about the Healthiest Nation 2030 goal and a new public health topic every day this week on the National Public Health Week website 

Staying Healthy at Work During Flu Season

February 22, 2018

Close contact with co-workers can make staying healthy a challenge during flu season.  Getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to prevent flu.  The CDC recommends these other important actions to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading the flu: (https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/workplace/employees.html)

1. Stay home when you are sick

Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone 

Silica

January 25, 2018

Cal/OSHA’s new Silica standard took effect in June, 2017, and has been enforced since Fall 2017.  The standard contains a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) as well as new requirements for medical surveillance. https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/1532_3.html

Workers who inhale fine crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious silica-related diseases, including:

Go Green for the Holidays

December 05, 2017

This holiday season, join the CDC in promoting sustainability with its “Go Green for the Holidays” suggestions (https://www.cdc.gov/features/greenholidays/index.html).  The season of giving can be an opportunity to give responsibly and with care for the environment.  How you wrap gifts, which types of decorations you hang, and how you shop can positively impact your environment and your community.  Here are some of the CDC’s sustainable holiday ideas:

Lead Poisoning is Preventable!

October 27, 2017

This week is the California Department of Public Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 22-28). Many workers are still exposed to lead on the job, and may risk inadvertently exposing their families to lead when bringing home lead dust from work on clothes, shoes, or tools. In work environments with lead, employees can prevent exposure with careful personal hygiene such as washing hands at break times and changing clothes prior to leaving the worksite. Click on the links below to learn more about working safely around lead:

Occupation-related Asthma

September 26, 2017

According to AAALAC International, Allergic reactions to animals, occasionally resulting in the development of occupation-related asthma, are among the most common conditions that adversely affect the health of personnel in the animal research environment. It is estimated that the prevalence of allergies in animal care workers range from 10% to 44%. Preplacement screening evaluations, attention to facility design, work practices, and the use of personal protective equipment can reduce the potential development of laboratory animal allergy and possibly alter its severity.