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May 23
Temperatures and Humidity on The Rise - How to Avoid, Recognize, and Treat Heat Stress

As the calendar turns towards June we need to be aware of the dangers caused by the intense summertime Florida sunshine.  Among the challenges working and playing outdoors is dealing with heat stress.  The following link provides helpful information from the CDC and NIOSH on how to avoid heat stress when possible, identify symptoms when present, and treat when required.  Heat Stress - Prevention, Symptoms, and Treatment

May 02
Shaping Pro-Environment Behaviors

​Psychologists have teamed with Environmentalists to discover the most effective way to achieve positive environmental behavior among humans.  Researchers have determined that the type of wording used in messages can successfully encourage environmenatlly friendly behavior.  Click the link to read more:  http://www.apa.org/research/action/shaping.aspx

April 28
CRF Frozen Foods Recalls Frozen Vegetables

CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is voluntarily recalling fifteen frozen vegetable items that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm497297.htm


April 28
Why America’s Top Health Official Is Worried About Zika

"There is no magic bullet here," says CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden. The Zika virus has spread rapidly, sparking alarm over the confirmed link between the virus and the birth defect microcephaly. Though the disease, which can be transmitted sexually and by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, causes minor symptoms for most people who are infected, the potential consequences for pregnant women and their unborn children are severe, prompting travel warings.  Read more :

http://time.com/4302277/zika-frieden-cdc-usa/

April 20
Supplements including Vitamins and Herbs are consumed on a daily basis.  But what happens when you mix supplements with prescription meds? The consequences can be severe and potentially fatal.

​Many types of popular supplements when combined with prescription drugs pose serious health consequences.  Click on this article from the National Institute of Health and test your knowledge of prescription drug and supplement interaction. NIH Prescription Drug and Supplement Interactions.

April 20
Do Jet Hand Dryers Really Spread More Germs Than Paper Towels?

A study published in January in the Journal of Applied Microbiology compared the dispersal of viruses when people dry their hands with paper towels, warm air dryers, and jet dryers, and found that jet air dryers were by far the worst offenders, spraying 1,300 times more viral plaques (clumps of viruses) than paper towels, and sending some of them nearly 10 feet from the dryer itself.  Read more at this link:

http://www.popsci.com/do-jet-hand-dryers-spread-more-germs-than-paper-towels

April 19
FoodNet Reports Highlight Activities by CDC to Identify Foodborne Illnesses

​Each year, FoodNet reports on the changes in the number of people in the United States sickened with foodborne infections from pathogens that have been confirmed by laboratory tests. This “report card” also lets CDC and policy makers know how much progress has been made in reducing foodborne illness. Read More go.usa.gov/cet7h

April 15
Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook:  Issue 2 | Volume 7 |March-April 2016

​The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management produces a periodic newsletter titled Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook.  In this issue, the following topics are presented:

  • Developing Safety Goals
  • Zika Virus
  • Heat Stress Information
  • Sleep Disorders

Click here to open the newsletter:  Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook

 

April 05
Zika, Mosquitoes, and Standing Water

​With spring weather and mosquito season coming soon in the United States, the Zika virus – and the mosquitoes that carry the virus – may be a major concern. Zika is currently affecting more than 30 countries and territories in the Americas and Pacific Islands. Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. People and communities can take steps to reduce the number of mosquitoes in their homes and communities to protect themselves from Zika.

Read more : http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2016/03/zikaandwater/

March 22
Wearable Exoskeletons to Reduce Physical Load at Work

​Robotic-like suits which provide powered assist and increase human strength may conjure thoughts of sci-fi and superhero film genres. But these wearable exoskeleton devices are now a reality and the market for their applications in the workplace is projected to increase significantly in the next five years. As with any technological innovation, some of the pros and cons and barriers to adoption are not completely understood.  Read more here:  http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2016/03/04/exoskeletons/

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