Virtual Reality Training May Contribute to Employee Safety

Researchers from the Human Factors Research Group, University of Nottingham, suggest that virtual reality (VR) training in Health and Safety can help improve employee safety at the workplace.Virtual Reality Training May Contribute to Employee Safety

For the study, scientists developed a VR system stimulating the perception of temperature, and senses of smell, sight and hearing to find out how participants would behave in health and safety training scenarios.

Dr. Glyn Lawson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, comments: “Health and safety training can fail to motivate and engage employees and can lack relevance to real-life contexts. Our research, which has been funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, suggests that virtual environments can help address these issues, by increasing trainees’ engagement and willingness to participate in further training.”

Cigarette Smoke Makes Superbug Strains More Resistant to Antibiotics

A new study by the researchers from the University of Bath, UK, finds that cigarette smoke makes MRSA strains more persistent, more invasive, and even more resistant to certain antibiotics.Cigarette Smoke Makes Superbug Strains More Resistant to Antibiotics

Within the scope of the study, the researchers exposed Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) to the said smoke. The strain was chosen according to its clinical relevance and genetic diversity.

Mutational analysis showed that cigarette smoke caused small colony variants to emerge via the SOS response DNA mutagenic repair system.

Lead author of the new research Maisem Laabei from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry at the University of Bath comments: “We hope that our work provides another reason for people not to smoke and for current smokers to quit.”

8 Major Benefits of Mediterranean Diet for Your Health

Mediterranean diet includes foods that are high in omega-3s and healthy fats, such as fish, olive oil, nuts, grains, fruits, and vegetables. Here are the 8 major benefits of this diet:

1. It is good for your heart, as it is associated with the decreased risk of heart disease, stroke, and early death.

2. It boosts your brain health lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. The diet helps with depression and anxiety.

4. The diet is connected to the lower risk of cancers such as colon cancer, breast cancer, and gastric cancer.

5. It helps to keep healthy weight.

6. It is good for post-menopausal women, positively impacting bone and muscle mass.

7. It is good for healthy microbiota.

8. The diet is linked to the longevity.

People Working in Open-plan Offices Are More Active and Less Stressed

Recent research from the University of Arizona, USA, suggests that workers who work in open-plan offices are more active and less stressed compared to the workers who have their desks in cubicles or separate offices are better for health

The researchers of the study claim that they were the first who measured activity and stress in office workers instead of asking them with the help of questionnaires. Having analyzed the activity, the scientists concluded that workers in open-plan offices were 32% more physically active than those in private offices and 20% more active than those in cubicles.

Esther Sternberg, a study author and professor at University of Arizona College of Medicine, says: “We all know we should be increasing our activity but no matter how we try to encourage people to engage in healthy behavior, it doesn’t work for long. So changing office design to encourage a healthy behavior is a passive way of getting people to be more active.”

5 Risk Factors That Are Almost as Harmful as Cigarette Smoking

Cigarette smoking considered to be the largest risk factor for morbidity and mortality in developed countries. Nevertheless, according to the national studies, it tends to decrease in the recent decades.  But there are also other risk factors coming into a view. Here are 5 things in your everyday life you should pay attention to avoid health risks:5 risk factors as harmful as cigarette smoking

  1. Loneliness reduces lifespan by the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes daily, according to a research from Brigham Young University.
  2. Sitting increases people’s risks for colon, endometrial, and lung cancer.
  3. Poor sleep is considered as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
  4. Indoor tanning increases the risk of skin cancer.
  5. A poor diet high in sugar, processed foods, and saturated fats expose people to potentially fatal diseases at similar rates as smoking.