CA Access News

April 2011


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Like High Cholesterol, Overtime Work Boosts Heart Disease

Study Links Long Work Hours to 67 Percent Hike in Risk for Cardiovascular Problems

By Katie Moisse
ABC News Medical Unit, April 5, 2011

For almost 30 years, Jim worked 11 hours a day as a Wall Street trader. Then a heart attack forced him into early retirement.

"You had to work long hours and there was no way around it," said Jim, who asked to be identified by his first name only. "If you're doing it, it's the lifestyle you selected."

Jim's stressful work day included long commutes to and from Manhattan. And even when he was home, work was on his mind.

"You can leave some of it behind, but you can't leave all of it," Jim said. "You're too wound up."

New research suggests Jim's workaholic lifestyle may have contributed his heart attack. A study of 7,095 British civil service workers revealed that those who toiled 11 or more hours per day had a 67 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease than their 9-to-5 officemates. Read more

Californians continue to support Federal Health Reform

By Daniel Weintraub
Journalist and Political Blogger at
Fox & Hounds Daily, April 5, 2011

A new Field Poll on federal health reform has found that Californians support the law by almost exactly the same margin as they did on the day it passed more than a year ago: 52 to 37. Despite a vigorous debate before and after the bill’s passage, a federal election that centered on the issue, and two federal court ruling finding parts of the law unconstitutional, public opinion here is pretty much frozen in place. Read more

Partner Spotlight

American Lung AssociationAmerican Lung Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Mission: The mission of the American Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

About: Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives, improve lung health and prevent lung disease. With generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy.



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In the News

Food May Be Addicting for Some
By Kevin Helliker
Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2011

A new study suggests that people who struggle to say no to chocolate, french fries or other junk food suffer from something more insidious than lack of willpower: They may actually have an addiction. Using a high-tech scan to observe the brains of pathological eaters versus normal eaters, the study found that showing a milkshake to the abnormal group was akin to dangling a cold beer in front of an alcoholic.

Previous studies have shown that food photographs can activate the brain's reward centers in much the way that booze imagery does for alcoholics. This study from Yale University researchers purports to be the first to distinguish so-called food addicts from overeaters. Read more

Getting Creative with Wellness
By Ann D. Clark
CEO and founder of ACI Specialty Benefits
Human Resources Executive, April 1, 2011

The first step to creating a wellness initiative that engages the workforce is to ask employees what they need. Then craft and communicate a program that is more personal and less corporate. The message should be one of individual empowerment and betterment, not saving money for the corporation.

The epic debate on healthcare raised plenty of controversy and confusion -- but one thing that people across both aisles seemed to agree on was the need for a renewed focus on wellness and prevention at the workplace, in schools and at home. Read more

Americans are stressed about work, study finds

By Stuart Pfeifer
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2011

More than three-fourths of U.S. workers are stressed out about their jobs, according to a study by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College.

Low pay (14%) was the most common source of stress, followed by commuting (11%), excessive workload (9%) and the fear of being fired or laid off (9%), according to the survey of nearly 1,000 adults released today. Read more

Interesting Information

Text messages used as smoking cessation tool
By Susan Ray
Atlantic Drugs, Monday March 28, 2011

Text messages could become a vital smoking cessation tool, research carried out by multiple US universities has indicated.

[…]They say that by encouraging smokers to send a few texts each day which detail their smoking behaviors, health experts can help to monitor and assess the frequency of patients' cigarette smoking sessions. When asked how many cigarettes they smoke daily smokers often provide inaccurate data, because they forget or misjudge their daily consumption levels.

The researchers, who are from the University of Michigan and the University of California, carried out tests in which they used training games to hone individuals' self-control abilities. They used cell phones to gather data because doing so saved the cost of providing test subjects with new equipment, and was also convenient for the subjects.

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