Avoiding Artificial Sweeteners for Weight Loss

The World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidance to avoid using zero-calorie nonsugar sweeteners (NSS)—such as aspartame and stevia—for weight loss. The WHO advised that artificial and natural sweeteners have not been shown to help with long-term weight loss in children or adults. In fact, their use may come with side effects, including an increased...

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The number of workers’ compensation claims reported to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) increased 20% during the first 27 months of the COVID-19 pandemic (January 2020 through March 31, 2022) compared to the prior 27 months. As of May 1, 2022, insurance carriers reported more than 83,000 COVID-19 claims and 448...

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U.S. Drug Overdoses Hit Record High in 2021

An estimated 107,622 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. That’s a 15% increase from the previous year. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, was involved in the most deaths. While overdose deaths have been on the rise for years, they surged during the pandemic, especially in its first...

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Staying Safe in the Summer Sun

Spending time outside is a great way to be active and reduce stress. However, the sun’s rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes, so it’s essential to protect your body from sun damage and skin cancer. Here are a few tips to protect yourself while enjoying the summer weather:

  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the rays that...
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OSHA’s long-awaited “Spring 2022 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” has been posted online by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Three “major” final rules are slated for 2022 on COVID-19, electronic submissions, and hazard communication. In fact, the Electronic Submissions (or Improve Tracking) final rule appears to...

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