Stressful jobs tied to small increase in stroke risk


Up to one in four jobs are “high strain,” and people in these lines of work may be at increased risk of stroke, according to a new analysis of past research.

Based on studies that included nearly 140,000 participants, researchers found an overall 22 percent higher stroke risk among those in high-strain jobs versus low-strain occupations. In some cases, the risk was elevated by up to 58 percent.

Plenty of research has linked job strain to heart disease in general and high blood pressure in particular, he and his coauthors note in Neurology. Using a well-established formula, these kinds of studies usually define high-strain jobs as those with high demands and little control over decision-making.

Xu’s team considered the data from six studies involving a total of 138,782 participants who were followed for three to 17 years. They used an existing system to classify job stress based on demands, such as time pressure, mental load or coordination, and control, such as the worker’s ability to decide when or how they complete tasks.

According to these categories, passive jobs, like janitors or manual laborers, have low demands and low control. Low stress jobs, like architects or scientists, have low demand and high control. Active jobs, like doctors, teachers and engineers, have high demand and high control.

None of those types of jobs were tied to an increase in stroke risk in the new study, but people with high stress jobs involving high demand and low control, like waitresses and nurses, were 22 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people with low stress jobs.


But other factors like smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes are still “off the chart more important,” she told Reuters Health.


“Things like telecommuting, flexible work hours, allowing decision making to not be as top heavy, allowing people to make decisions about their own jobs,” would be an amazing public health intervention, she said.

SOURCE: Kathryn Doyle, Neurology, (October 14, 2015)



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Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin in shape. It keeps your skin moist, which then makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It also helps your cells take in nutrients and get rid of toxins. Plus, it helps with blood flow and keeps your skin glowing.

The common advice is to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but you may not need exactly that many. The water in fruits, veggies, juice and milk counts toward your total.

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HEALTH TIP: Artificial Food Colorings


These chemical dyes are used in food to spruce up their look. You have seen them used in candy, condiments, soda, cheese and sports drinks to enhance the color of the food.

Artificial food colors have been associated with hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. They have also been found to worsen asthma.

For more than 30 years, scientists have examined the side-effects of artificial food colors, but the results remain mixed. As a result, it is always safer to avoid them.

To know if a product has artificial food colorings, look for the following on food labels: Brilliant Blue (Blue No.1), Indigotine (Blue No. 2), Fast Green (Green No. 3), Erythrosine (Red No. 3), Allura Red (Red No. 40), Tartrazine (Yellow No. 5) and Sunset Yellow (Yellow No. 6).

Instead, look for products with natural food colorings such as Betanin, which is extracted from beets.

8 Beers That Contain Harmful Ingredients

According to, “foods and non alcoholic beverages are required to list their ingredients and are monitored by the FDA,” but beer does not fall in either category. Many beers include the following harmful ingredients:

  • GMO Corn Syrup
  • GMO Corn
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Fish Bladder
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Natural Flavors
  • GMO Sugars
  • Caramel Coloring
  • Insect-Based Dyes
  • Carrageenan
  • BPA

To find out which beers contain these ingredients watch the video above.


HEALTH TIP: Avoiding Smoke and Secondhand Smoke

Not only does smoking shorten your life, but it can also reduce the quality of life, even if it’s someone else’s smoke. In the United States, secondhand smoke is responsible for around 34,000 deaths from heart disease and 7,300 deaths from lung cancer every year, according to the Center of Disease Control.

The good news is that it is never too late to quit and you might find that motivation in this study. The prospective study on 1.3 million female smokers in the United Kingdom, published in The Lancet in 2012, revealed that women may gain more than 10 years of extra life if they quit smoking in their 30s or 40s.