Is Working Remotely Bad for Your Health?

Imagine rolling out of bed in the morning and, rather than racing to get out the door and into morning traffic, you could go for a run or make yourself breakfast. It’s the kind of daydream every chained-to-his-desk office worker has now and then. And for many, that daydream has become a reality. Following the Great Recession and the rise of the app-driven gig economy, more and more American workers have found themselves jettisoned from traditional office spaces and thrust into jobs that require them to work remotely, at least some of the time. A 2016 study from Harvard and Princeton found that the percentage of the U.S. workforce employed in freelance or other “alternative” work arrangements climbed from 10.1% in 2005 to 15.8% in 2015. And a recent Gallup poll found that 43% of employed Americans now work remotely at least some of the time—with nearly one-third of them working remotely four days a week or more. These momentous shifts in the way Americans work have generated a lot of new research on the health effects of remote jobs and self-employment. The latest evidence shows that so-called “alternative” work arrangements come with both benefits and risks. The good news: Remote workers who are also self-employed are likely to experience greater levels of job satisfaction and wellbeing than their pals in traditional work roles, says Peter Warr, emeritus professor at Sheffield University’s Institute of Work Psychology in the UK. As...
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Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Portable Diagnostics activity fitness fitness trackers Health 2.0 Healthcare Innovation meditation mental health Personalized medicine sleep sleep optimization sleep tracking stress technology wear Source Type: blogs
SUMMARY BACKGROUND: Depression and anxiety disorders (DAD) are the most prevalent mental health conditions worldwide. Among the adult population served in basic care, it is estimated that depression affects about 14.3% of these individuals worldwide, and between 21.4% and 31% in Brasil. Anxiety affects up to 33.7% of the population during their lifetimes. OBJECTIVES: estimate the prevalence proportions of DAD among patients in a municipality in Northeast Brasil and study the association between DAD and cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS: a cross-sectional study with the medical records of patients from primary care cente...
Source: Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileira - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Nursing Forum - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Alcohol Health Source Type: blogs
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Source: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases Supplements - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Publication date: April 2018Source: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases Supplements, Volume 10, Issue 2Author(s): Y. Bejot, E. Sales-Wuillemin, J. Chappé, C. Aboa-Eboulé, D. Truchot, H. Ayari, L. Lorgis, S. Guinchard, Y. Cottin, M. ZellerIntroductionPsychosocial stress at work has been proposed as a risk factor for cerebro- and cardiovascular event (CVE) such as stroke or acute myocardial infarction (MI). However, data on psychosocial factors (PSF) profile in patients with CVE are scarce. In a multidisciplinary approach, we aimed to characterize PSF burden in patients with acute stroke or MI.PatientsIn a pros...
Source: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases Supplements - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized APA Bandy X. Lee Steven Findlay The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump Source Type: blogs
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Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
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Source: Hypertension - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Clinical Studies, Hypertension Original Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: CNS Inflammatory Diseases and Differential Diagnosis I Source Type: research
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