There has been an increasing trend for employers to require their employees to take health tests as threatening them if they fail to do this. Many employers have even started offering their employees financial incentives if they take part in special wellness programmes including screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index. However, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recently taken offense to these wellness programmes due to their lack of clarity.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a number of lawsuits against companies that try to force their employees to take part in these wellness programmes. Although the issue has yet to be resolved, the American government has stepped in a asserted that employees have no legal standing to force their employees to take part in the wellness programmes.
Mental Health Attitudes are Changing
A large number of public health campaigns have been run in recent years to help remove the stigma from mental health. These campaigns aim to increase awareness of mental health issues and shed light on the fact that mental health sufferers are not second class citizens. Just like other types of illnesses, mental health issues have causes and treatments, although more research is often needed to get to the route of the problem. In the meantime, campaigns that focus on the way mental health sufferers are viewed and treated have been making a lot of headway and attitudes are changing slowly but surely.
New Study Reveals that Improved Diet and Exercise Can Prevent Diabetes
A recent study conducted by members of the Danube University Krems and the Medical University of Vienna have revealed that diet and exercise play an important role in the prevention and control of diabetes. Millions of people around the world have pre-diabetes, which means that they have the tendency to develop type 2 diabetes. A number of different types of medicines have been developed to lower blood sugar levels in pre-diabetes sufferers, which either prevent or delay full-blown diabetes from developing. However, studies have shown that lifestyle has a dramatic impact on diabetes and people who exercise regularly and follow a diet that is low in salt, sugar and fat also have a much lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
CDC Says the Benefits of Circumcision Outweigh the Risks
For many years, circumcision has been a very sensitive issue and many people are trying to have the practice banned altogether, while other people say that it has important health and religious benefits. However, new evidence suggests that circumcision may actually be very beneficial. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stated that cutting away the foreskin prevents germs from growing underneath it. In addition, research has shown that this procedure can lower the risk of penile cancer, the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and even urinary tract infections. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not have the power to force parents to have their children circumcised, the board is strongly recommending it on the basis of health reasons.