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Date:2/21/2008

period were reviewed and control subjects were randomly selected from employees who completed a health surveillance exam during the study period and had no record of work place injuries for the preceding year.

Higher rates of chronic health conditions and risk factors were identified among employees who reported workplace injuries. Of the 151 cases, men 50 years and older and women between the ages of 40 to 49 incurred the highest injury rates. Injured employees between the ages of 40 and 49 showed higher instances of metabolic syndrome than the control group. A difference in depression and migraine diagnoses was also found among these employees. Additionally, the employees in the group who sustained injuries had higher blood pressure measures and a significant number of cases reported headache symptoms, with 35 percent reporting substantial and severe headaches.

Ibrahim Heiba, M.D., Health Officer for Eastman Chemical concluded, "The study identified higher rates of chronic health conditions and risk factors among individuals reporting injuries ... Addressing the health and emphasizing the wellness of the work population should lead to a healthier, more productive work force and a decrease in accident rates."

(Chronic Health Conditions and Work Place Injuries: Eastman Chemical Company; AB 185044)

Survey Shows Patients Don't Know Enough about Antibiotics

Researchers conducted a telephone survey of 919 adults who had taken antibiotics in the last 12 months to gain a better understanding of patient practices, experiences and beliefs concerning antibiotics. The survey results show that many patients have low knowledge regarding antibiotics: 45 percent of respondents reported a belief that antibiotics can treat viruses, and eight percent stated that they preferred antibiotic treatment for early-stage colds. These behaviors were greatly reduced by having knowledge about antibiotic resistance.

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