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How Digitization, Twitter and Sensors Will Put You in Control of your Health Care

Dr. Eric Topol began his 125th OHSU Anniversary lecture by asking the audience how many were on Twitter and then illustrating why Twitter is an important source of medical information and will only get more so.  One example was that patients with a particular disease now find other patients with the same disease and get their medical information from those patients … who they don’t even know and have never met. Reflecting on his book, … Read More

Sleep Loss Costs US Workers … and Industry’s Bottom Line

The Sleep and Shift Work: Impact on Health, Safety and Productivity Symposium (learn more on Twitter at hashtag #CROETSleep), reported that insomnia costs US industry an estimated $63 billion per year based on a loss of 8 days of productivity per year determined in a survey of nearly 8000 people (published in Sleep, 2011, by Kessler).  Turning to an example of impact on working people, shift workers (who have disturbed sleep) have a 5-fold increased … Read More

OHSU’s Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness Talks Urgency

The health of the US population has gotten dramatically worse during the last 4-5 decades and reversing that is a matter of the highest priority at a population and personal level. At the top of the list is the health of pregnant women because the entire life of their unborn children is affected by their nutrition while pregnant.  This was the message of Dr. Kent Thornburg, Interim Director of the OHSU’s Moore Institute for Nutrition … Read More

CROET and OHSU Participate in Friday’s “Don’t Fry Day”

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States? And, did you know that melanoma, which is responsible for 75% of all skin cancer deaths, is diagnosed in Oregon at a rate 36% higher than the national average? Unprotected exposure to ultraviolet light is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma, and early detection of melanoma can save lives. This is why CROET, the Knight … Read More

Total Worker Health Conference Points to a Potential Burden of Workplace Wellness Programs and a Way to Avoid It

NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard led a Roundtable at the Work, Stress and Health 2013 Conference in LA focused on Total Worker Health (TWH) that discussed the issue that wellness programs can place a significant requirement on employees to achieve wellness goals.  Wellness programs need to be designed to support employee success and avoid using them to penalize employees who are in poor health or who have predispositions toward unhealthy lifestyles.  Two pictures from the … Read More

CROET’s Toxicology Information Center

Concerned about the hazards of chemical exposures in your workplace, home or other environments? Having difficulty interpreting a chemical Safety Data Sheet (formerly MSDS)? What about that mold growing in the bathroom? CROET’s Toxicology Information Center (TIC) is here to answer these questions and much more. Our goal is to provide up-to-date, unbiased information in a form that is understandable and useful to you. The following is a list of subject areas of interest to … Read More

Wellness@Work Strategic Planning Meeting

The planning committee to Oregon’s Wellness@Work program, now located in the Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI), met Monday (January 14) to confirm and extend its mission, objectives, and organization. Pictured is the group meeting at Kaiser Permanente in Portland; others are on the phone.  Dawn Robbins, program manager, lead the meeting. Wellness@ Work provides tools to: Assess your company’s wellness culture and environment Tailor model policies to meet your organization’s needs (in wellness) Inspire other … Read More

It’s Time to Gear Up for Winter Driving

Motor vehicle-related accidents are perennially the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States. Between 2003-2009, thirty-five percent of all occupational fatalities were associated with motor vehicles as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although a variety of factors are associated with this statistic, adverse weather conditions can play a major contributory role. In Oregon, we deal with a wide variety of weather-associated hazards: rainfall, wet pavement and flooding; snow and icing; freezing … Read More

Safety, Health & Wellness: What does 2013 hold?

  January has arrived. 364 days of 2013 await us – much of it still an unfilled, undetermined calendar. What are your plans? Resolutions? Initiatives?  At CROET we have many – plans, resolutions and initiatives.  We look forward to more opportunities to work together with you, our partners here at OHSU, in Oregon, and throughout the U.S. and beyond. Happy New Year. What does 2013 hold? About CROET CROETatOHSU on Twitter CROET on facebook e-newsletters … Read More

Total Worker Health in Portland (OR) Parks and Recreation

Critical to workforce health is the safe and healthy work and home practices of the nation’s youth.  An innovative program developed by the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center, a NIOSH Center of Excellence, offers both safety and health training as well as healthful lifestyle information to summer workers in Portland (Oregon) Parks and Recreation pools that is subsequently reinforced by messaging on social media sites such as Facebook and Pintrest.  Depicted are focus group and study … Read More

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