That was the year that was – the year in UNISON

January saw the union launch a campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon – in other words, to pull their hard-earned money out of environment-unfriendly businesses. Some £16bn of local government pension funds is invested in fossil fuels and, with five million members in those schemes, the campaign can make an impact. Later that month, the higher education service group conference met in Chester. “We have to stand up for our members’ rights,” delegates agreed – particularly in the face of Brexit. Just over 10% of all university workers come from elsewhere in the EU and many “are frightened,” said Rose Babbage from the University of Leeds, “especially as the situation changes every week”. At Black members’ conference in Liverpool, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito won the third UNISON Nelson Mandela Award, in recognition of over 37 years of dedicated campaigning and organising in her local community in Birmingham.   Fast forward to February, when everyone got excited about the centenary of women getting the vote. Well, women over 30. Women over 30 who owned their own houses. But hey – it was a start and, with beautiful happenstance, the anniversary coincided with our women’s conference in Liverpool, where Mr Prentis praised “the biggest gathering of women trade unionists in this country” and president Margaret McKee hailed them all as “amazing”...
Source: UNISON Health care news - Category: UK Health Authors: Tags: Article campaigning care workers equal pay equality health care Industrial action local government organising recruiting recruiting and organising success Source Type: news

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Sickness absence mesmerizes many researchers, given the numerous publications on risk factors for sickness absence. A large variety of risk factors have been identified, including work-related risk factors such as physical work demands and psychosocial work factors (1,2), unhealthy behaviors such as lack pf physical activity and smoking (3,4), and chronic health problems (5). A logical next step seems to be the development of a prediction model, whereby an individual ’s profile on risk factors is converted into a probability on future sickness absence. In the past few years, several prediction models have been develo...
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
January saw the union launch a campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon – in other words, to pull their hard-earned money out of environment-unfriendly businesses. Some £16bn of local government pension funds is invested in fossil fuels and, with five million members in those schemes, the campaign can make an impact. Later that month, the higher education service group conference met in Chester. “We have to stand up for our members’ rights,” delegates agreed – particularly in the face of Brexit. Just over 10% of all university workers come from elsewher...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - Category: Food Science Authors: Tags: Article campaigning care workers equal pay equality health care Industrial action local government organising recruiting recruiting and organising success Source Type: news
This study shows that Taoist qigong is a psychosomatic method able to exert a modulatory action on ACTH levels in healthy subjects. We consider the need to conti nue exploring the psychobiological modulation of this qigong method and its possible repercussion for human health care.
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Health and Disability Source Type: research
This study will investigate whether the results of the first cognitive functional therapy randomised clinical trial are reproducible. The present study will have a sample size capable of detecting clinically relevant effects of the treatment with a low risk of bias. In pragmatic terms, this clinical trial is designed to reproduce the intervention as it would be performed in clinical practice by a trained physiotherapist who works with cognitive functional therapy, which increases the relevance of this study. The combined manual therapy and exercise group comprises an intervention strategy widely used by physiotherapists to...
Source: Journal of Physiotherapy - Category: Physiotherapy Source Type: research
Conclusion This study showed adherence to many of the assessments and interventions suggested in the Care Considerations. The areas showing less consistency could be classified as derived from expert opinion with little supporting data. Improvement in the implementation of all aspects of recommended care requires continued study into the health impact of the proposed recommendations and continued advocacy for coverage by agencies. Corresponding Author Kristin Conway, PhD, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52240, USA; Telephone: 319-335-4641 Email: kristin-casper...
Source: PLOS Currents Muscular Dystrophy - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
___ During the past two decades, more and more scientists have studied mindfulness—a Buddhist-inspired collection of practices aimed at helping us to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of ourselves and our environment. Their early findings triggered an enormous amount of enthusiasm for meditation. Sometimes, however, journalists and even scientists (who should know better) have overstated the physical and mental health benefits, which has fed growing skepticism about mindfulness. Indeed, the science behind mindfulness meditation has often suffered from poor research designs and small effect sizes, as 15 psychologis...
Source: SharpBrains - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness attention bias meditation Mental-Health mindfulness mindfulness science physical-health relationships Resiliency Stress Source Type: blogs
Author Affiliations open 1Epidemiology Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA 2Social &Scientific Systems, Inc., Durham, North Carolina, USA 3Westat, Durham, North Carolina, USA 4Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway 5Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch, NIEHS, NIH, DHHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA PDF Version (548 KB) Abstract About This Article Supplemental Material Bac...
Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
While a biopsychosocial ‘model’ (or sociopsychobiological framework) has been widely adopted when attempting to understand pain, many critics argue that it just doesn’t give clinicians a clear way to integrate or prioritise clinical information and generate treatments. The ‘model’ itself has been challenged from many angles – it’s too complex, too simplistic, relies on Bertalanffy’s “general systems theory” which has itself been challenged, it’s too “fuzzy”, and of course there are many who think that psychological and sociocultural aspects of hu...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Clinical reasoning Coping strategies Professional topics Research Science in practice biopsychosocial treatment Source Type: blogs
Conclusion: Our results link transportation noise exposure to development of obesity and suggest that combined exposure from different sources may be particularly harmful. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP1910 Received: 17 March 2017 Revised: 5 October 2017 Accepted: 9 October 2017 Published: 20 November 2017 Address correspondence to A. Pyko, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden. Telephone: 46(0) 852487561. Email: Andrei.pyko@ki.se Supplemental Material is available online (https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP1910). The authors declare they have no actual or potential competing fina...
Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
Conclusions: We describe the clinical characteristics and outcomes of children with incidental MRI findings highly suggestive of CNS demyelination. Children with RIS had a substantial risk of subsequent clinical symptoms and/or radiologic evolution. The presence of oligoclonal bands in CSF and spinal cord lesions on MRI were associated with an increased risk of a first clinical event. News in Context Next: Harnessing brain scans to personalize autism-related behavioral interventions Can brain scans identify ADHD and help predict treatment response? Brain waves help predict stress-related sleep problems Cognitive therapy ...
Source: SharpBrains - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain changes brain-scans clinical headache MRI MS multiple-sclerosis radiologic radiologically isolated syndrome RIS Source Type: blogs
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