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Thyroid Problems: Is it making you call off work?

According to the American Thyroid Association, 12 percent of Americans will develop a thyroid problem during their lifetime. Meanwhile, a recent Danish study looked at missed days from work and disability among workers who have hypo- and hyperthyroidism compared to those without these thyroid problems. They found that those who have a thyroid condition are more likely to miss work and be on disability.  Types of Thyroid Conditions  Thyroid conditions fall into two basic camps, underactive (hypothyroidism) and overactive (hyperthyroidism).  An underactive thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones and symptoms include:  weight gain;  fatigue; and muscle weakness.  Treatment with a synthetic hormone may reduce symptoms and allows sufferers to live normal lives.  Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid that produces too much of the hormone thyroxin, causing ... Read More »

Everything You Need to Know about Heat Stroke

Des Moines workers are at risk of suffering heat exposure-related conditions when they work outside for long periods of time.  Heat exposure could result in conditions like:  heat cramps; heat exhaustion; and heat stroke.  Workers are at a high risk in higher temperatures, especially summer with high humidity that causes excessive sweating. Know what heat stroke is, how to recognize it, and how to respond if a worker is showing signs of heat stroke. Also learn steps you can take to prevent heat exhaustion and stroke.  What is heat stroke?  Heat stroke is a dangerous condition linked to a dangerous increase in the body’s temperature. When this happens, the body is unable to generate sweat to cool itself down. The body temperature can rise to ... Read More »

Tips to Prevent Heat Stroke or Exhaustion While Working outside

Workers who work outside in Des Moines for prolonged periods of time like farm and construction workers are at risk of suffering symptoms of heat stress, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Besides in the farm and construction industries, other workers at risk of heat exhaustion include:  firefighters;   miners;   cooks; and   factory employees. Workers and their employers should take certain steps to prevent heat stroke and exhaustion. But to prevent heat stroke, it’s first important to understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion. Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke Heat stroke is the most serious condition related to overexposure to hot temperatures. Those who show signs of heat exhaustion should seek shelter in a cooler environment to rest to avoid the condition from progressing. Otherwise, ... Read More »

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