Heavy lifting, shift work may negatively impact women's fertility

On February 8, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Women who have physically demanding jobs may experience decreased fertility, finds new research by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Working schedules that fall outside normal daytime office hours may also lower a woman’s ability to conceive. Regularly lifting heavy loads at work may have an adverse affect…

Finding shift work hard to handle? Your genes could be to blame

On November 5, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Shift work is becoming an increasing part of the working patterns of Americans, but some people deal with these irregular schedules better than others. Now, a new study suggests the ability to cope with shift work may be down to genetics. Researchers identified a gene variant that is more common…

Insufficient sleep cycle – especially for shift workers – may increase heart disease risk

The body’s involuntary processes may malfunction in shift workers and other chronically sleep-deprived people, and may lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension Insufficient sleep and circadian rhythm (approximately 24-hour) disturbances both have been associated…

Stroke severity worse for shift workers

On June 5, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

New research provides further evidence of the harms of shift work, after finding it may increase stroke severity by interfering with the body’s internal clock, with men faring worst. Researchers found stroke severity may be worse for shift workers, especially men. Study co-author David Earnest, Ph.D., of the…

Shift workers perform worse on cognitive test

On May 21, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

A study of middle-aged and older men and women found that compared with non-shift workers, shift workers performed less well on a test that doctors use to screen for cognitive impairment. However, people who had not been shift-working for at least 5 years completed the test just as well…

Heart disease risk higher among shift workers

On April 26, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Female registered nurses who work a rotating night shift for 5 years or more have a slightly higher risk of heart disease, according to a new study published in JAMA. Nurses who work regular night shifts long term may be prone to heart disease. Shift work can disrupt…

Night shift work may affect women more than men

On April 19, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Night shift working could affect women’s ability to function more than men’s, suggests a study that compared men and women’s performance after experiencing 28-hour day schedules that delayed their sleep-wake cycle until it was out of sync with their internal 24-hour body clock. The study is the first to show…

The impact of shift work on health

On January 12, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

When Dolly Parton sang of working 9 to 5, she expressed concern for people barely getting by with a hard life of routine that only seems to benefit the boss. But what about all those people working less conventional hours, including night shifts? Shouldn’t Ms. Parton be just as…

Driving after night shift tied to higher risk of near-crash events

On December 30, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Night-shift workers who drive home after a night’s work may be at higher risk of crashing due to drowsy driving, according to a small study that evaluated the daytime driving performance of night-shift workers. The researchers said even veteran night-shift workers who drove after working all night exhibited reactions similar…