Migraine and carpal tunnel syndrome likely connected

A recent study involving a 2010 survey of 25,880 adults suggested that people suffering from migraines are also more likely to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), Medscape reported on May 12.

The research, which is said to be the first of its kind to find a correlation between migraine and CTS, found that individuals with CTS are 2.6 times more likely to suffer from migraines. Similarly, individuals suffering from migraines are 2.7 times at risk of developing CTS. The findings suggest that like CTS, migraines could be a result of nerve decompression around the neck or the head.

CTS is a type of neuropathy not uncommon among employees who perform repetitive tasks, such as those working in slaughter houses and manufacturing lines. CTS is associated with numbness, weakness, and a tingling sensation in the hands and arms.

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Study says replacing one sugary drink a day would cut the risk of diabetes

A new study suggests replacing one serving of sugary drink for water, unsweetened tea, or coffee could reduce the risk of diabetes, Medical News Today reported on May 2.

The study, which was published in Diabetologia, analyzed the beverage consumption of 25,639 non-diabetic adults in the United Kingdom aged 40 to 79. They were asked to keep a record of what they ate and drank for seven consecutive days. During a follow-up period over the course of 11 years, 847 of the participants developed type-2 diabetes. The study also found out that swapping one serving of soft drinks for water, unsweetened tea, or coffee could reduce the risk of diabetes by 14%, while replacing one serving of a sugary milk drink could cut diabetes risk by 20% to 25%

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New EEOC rules announced for employment wellness

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released new rules for incentivizing workers who choose to participate in workplace wellness programs, the agency announced on April 16.

The EEOC said employers can reward their employees through up to 30% of health insurance premiums if they participate in wellness programs, such as weight and cholesterol management. To reconcile possible conflicts between the rules and employment discrimination laws under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the EEOC stated that wellness programs should not be designed to discriminate based on disability. EEOC’s rules also stressed that employers are strongly prohibited from threatening or intimidating workers to participate, nor may they sanction employees with disciplinary action like suspension or termination.

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