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Disabled Still Get Cool Reception in U.S. Workplace


Even companies with diversity programs often neglect folks with disabilities, survey finds

From the Health Day news item

RIDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) — While many American companies say that hiring people with disabilities is important, few of them actually hire these job seekers or take steps to provide a welcoming work environment, a new survey finds.

The national poll of 411 senior executives and human resource managers found that 70 percent of respondents’ companies have diversity policies or programs in place, but only two-thirds of those with programs include disability as a component.

Only 18 percent of companies offer an education program designed to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace, and only 19 percent of companies have a specific person or department that oversees the hiring of people with disabilities, compared with 40 percent in 1995.

Among the other findings:

  • Only 7 percent of companies with disability programs offer a disability affinity group (a group promoting disability awareness).
  • Slightly more than half of respondents estimated what percentage of new hires in the past three years were people with disabilities, and on average the number they came up with was 2 percent.

The survey was released Tuesday by the Kessler Foundation and the National Organization on Disability (NOD). October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Only 21 percent of people with disabilities ages 18 to 64 are working either full- or part-time, compared to 59 percent of people without disabilities, according to data released in July 2010 by the two groups. Those findings suggest little progress has been made since the Americans With Disabilities Act was implemented in 1990, the researchers said in a Kessler Foundation news release.

“America’s success in the global economy depends on how well we put to use the productive capacity of every person’s talent, skill and ability. This new survey reveals that most employers are not aware of the unique contribution that workers with disabilities can make and do little to recruit them,” Carol Glazer, NOD president, said in the release.

“The shockingly high unemployment rate among people with disabilities suggests that employers seeking dependable workers have a rich and ready talent pool of workers from which to draw,” she added.

Janice Flahiff (editor) note …….This posting does have an assortment of tags because not all are up on correct terminologies (including me in many areas)
Please excuse me if any term is offensive, it is not my intent.
However, I will omit any tags if I learn it is offensive.


October 13, 2010 Posted by | Health News Items | , , | Leave a comment

Is Living Under a Flight Path Bad for the Heart?

Excerpt from a Reuters Health Information news item

Friday, October 8, 2010
By Lynne Peeples

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Living with airplanes regularly thundering over your head could risk the healthy pumping of your heart, suggests a new Swiss study.

Based on 4.6 million adults across Switzerland, researchers found that dying from a heart attack was more common with increased exposure to aircraft noise.

“The effect was especially evident for people who were exposed to really high levels of noise, and was dependent on how long those people had lived in the noisy place,” researcher Matthias Egger of the University of Bern, told Reuters Health.

This isn’t the first time that noise has been linked to negative health effects, including cardiovascular risks. But it could be novel progress in determining whether the sound is really exerting the effect, or if it is something else tagging along with the noise, such as air pollution.

“It’s been a problem that when you look at road traffic noise there are both high levels of noise and high levels of air pollution,” said Egger. “By looking at airports we were in a position to disentangle these effects.”

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Could Excess Computer, TV Time Harm Kids Psychologically?


Study suggests a link, but cause-and-effect relationship unclear, experts say
Excerpt From the HealthDay News item


MONDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) — Pre-teens who spent more than two hours a day in front of the TV or computer were at greater risk of having psychological problems than youngsters averaging less screen time, even if the kids also tended to be physically active, new research finds.

The study, published online Oct. 11 and in the November print issue of Pediatrics, found that the risk of psychological difficulties increased by about 60 percent when kids between 10 and 11 years old spent more than two hours daily watching TV or playing on the computer.

“Children who spent more than two hours per day watching television or using a computer were at increased risk of high levels of psychological difficulties,” regardless of how physically active they were, study lead author Angie Page, from the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Bristol in England, and colleagues found.

Still, the experts stressed that the study can’t discern whether media exposure causes psychological woes in kids, or whether troubled children simply prefer spending time in front of computers or the TV.




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How To “Read” Your Shoes

From an item by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Bringing in old shoes when you’re buying new ones can be helpful if you have a knowledgeable salesperson. She can evaluate the wear patterns to help you get a better fit as well as a style that will compensate for the stresses you place on shoes.

What are your shoes trying to tell you? Here are the basic wear patterns:

Wear on the ball of the foot:

  • Your heel tendons may be too tight. Stretch with heel raises.

Wear on the inner sole:

  • You pronate or turn in. Inner liners or orthotic supports may help.

Toe shaped ridges on the upper:

  • Shoes are too small or you have hammertoes.

Outer sole wear:

  • You turn out. Orthotics may help.
  • A bulge and wear to the side of the big toe:

  • A too-narrow fit or you have a bunion.

Wear on the upper, above the toes:

  • The front of your shoe is too low.

This society publishes Patient Education Resources with many fact sheets on maintaining healthy feet to be used as discussion starters with your health care providers.
The society has a Facebook page and can be followed on Twitter.




October 13, 2010 Posted by | Health Education (General Public) | | Leave a comment

Find a Free [Health or Medical] Clinic

Need to find a free health/medical clinic?
Search by state at the home page of the  National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC)

Other information at this Web site includes

**Issues – related rules, regulations, and legislation and other issues
** About the NAFC – mission and vision statements, state/regional association contact information, NAFC contact information

From the home page of the National Association of Free Clinics

The National Association of Free Clinics is the only national non-profit whose mission is solely focused on the needs of free clinics and the populations they serve. When the NAFC was founded in 2001, the leaders envisioned a network of local free clinics brought together to create a voice much more powerful than could be realized on either a community or even a state-wide basis.


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