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People report more health issues after losing job.

Posted May 20 2009 1:20pm 1 Comment
People report more health issues after losing job - By Robert Preidt, HealthDay

Losing a job can lead not just to financial hardships but to health problems as well, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, heart attack and stroke, new research has found.
"In today's economy, job loss can happen to anybody," Kate Strully, who conducted the research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholar at the HarvardSchool of Public Health, said in a news release from the foundation. "We need to be aware of the health consequences of losing our jobs and do what we can to alleviate the negative effects."

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Strully analyzed U.S. data on a wide range of occupations: managerial and professional positions; sales, clerical and craft jobs; machine operator jobs; and service positions.

Among white or blue collar workers who lost a job through workplace closure, the likelihood of reporting fair or poor health increased by 54%, she found. And the odds of developing a new health condition rose by 83% among those who had no preexisting health problems.

Even when these workers found new jobs, they still had an increased risk of new stress-related health problems, the analysis found.

There were differences detected between blue collar and white collar workers who'd been fired, laid off or voluntarily left a job, however. Job loss more than doubled the likelihood of reporting fair or poor health among blue collar workers, but it had no effect on the health status of white collar workers. The analysis did not determine the reasons for this difference.

The study appears in the May 8 issue of Demography.

"As we consider ways to improve health in America during a time of economic recession and rising unemployment, it is critical that we look beyond health-care reform to understand the tremendous impact that factors like job loss have on our health," David R. Williams, staff director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America and a Harvard professor, said in the news release.

"Where and how we live, work, learn and play have a greater impact on how healthy we are than the health care we receive," Williams said.


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my job is a cook. i am a fry cook. for the past few yrs i have worked there and the day i started it was raining..  the rain leaked threw the roof onto my fryer i am afriad it will start a fire or be a health hazard for me. and now a couple yrs later the leaks are worse and now u can smell mold and it is strong. it gives me bad headacks. and makes me sick to my stocmach. we have told the boss over and over agian to fix it but they still yet after a couple of yrs have not fix it.. it is getting worse. and i am afriad for my health. how do i report this.. to the health bureu. if u can help me please reply to this message...

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