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    Jobs linked to cause of death

    What a person does for a living could play a role in how they die, according to new research.

    After analyzing 1.6 million deaths over a decade, British scientists found that painters, bricklayers and roofers had about twice the average rate of death from drug abuse, while merchant seamen, cooks and bar staff had a higher risk of alcohol-related deaths.

    And dressmakers and hairdressers had nine times the average risk of death from HIV/Aids.

    "This study demonstrates that there are major differences between occupational groups in their risk of death from drug and alcohol-related diseases," said Dr David Coggan, of the Medical Research Council in Southampton, England, who headed the research team.

    Although the diseases linked to certain types of death are unlikely to be a direct consequence of work, Coggan said the study published in the journal Occupational Medicine could open up new methods of prevention.

    "The findings are important because they indicate opportunities for targeted interventions to prevent illness and promote health," he added.

    "The workplace is an ideal environment to pick up on drug and alcohol problems and to put in policies to improve safety and productivity and to help workers."

    Coggan and his team analyzed all deaths among men and women aged 16-74 years in England and Wales during 1991-2000.

    They found merchant seamen had a high risk for death from cirrhosis and other alcohol related illnesses such as cancer of the liver and oral cavity and from accidents like falling down stairs.

    Higher than average risk of death from HIV/Aids was found among male tailors and dressmakers and male hairdressers, while accidental poisoning by drug was high among male painters, decorators, bricklayers, plasterers and roofers.

    "Although it may not be so obvious, the workplace is also a good setting to provide health information about safe sex practice, as part of a general health promotion program," said Dr Olivia Carlton, the president of the Society of Occupational Medicine.

    "This study allows us to target the high risk occupations," she added.

    REUTERS 28/07/2010

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    I dont know about my job killing me but i'd like to kill some of the dicks i talk too during the day

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    Shift workers cark it younger too. Mainly due to a various assortment of diseases not related to their occupations.

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    It's an interesting OP, but did that really take British scientists to find out today what Unions and Insurance companies lots of Doctors working with the field of "work related illnesses" not to mention the workers themselves have known for generations.

    Just as an example, I used to work in the merchant navy for about 10 years, that was in the 1970-1980's we all knew then that unusual many old sailors either died from drinking to much or having accidents at sea while being drunk.

    Later I have been working irregular shifts constantly for 20 years, almost never being really off work but hanging at the end of a phone-call or the alarm from the beeper, and likewise we have all known this is a killer, never a proper long sleep, no regular meals, stressed family relations ect. resulting in a much lower than average age of death, in my field of work, and less than 10% being able to stay until normal age for regular retirement.

    Same same I don't suppose many of us is really surprised to learn that male hairdressers, tailors and dressmakers often are gay, so it naturally follows they have an exponentially higher risk of contracting HIV.

    You should think that without the above new scientist study, someone somewhere have had the notions to start preventive actions without waiting for this study, as thankfully they indeed have.

    Never the less you cant have to much of this stuff, and if reschearch like this will ease the way in certain compensation cases and save a few more lives better late than never I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda
    Shift workers cark it younger too. Mainly due to a various assortment of diseases not related to their occupations.
    I read somewhere before that shift workers have higher rates of stomach and colon cancer. This was due to the fact that there body could not have a natural clock, therefore they did not have regular bowel movements. When your intestines can not be purged properly, you are at a higher risk of disease.

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    true there, at least the last job i had kept me regular, it gave me the shits no end to be there

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedwalk
    true there, at least the last job i had kept me regular, it gave me the shits no end to be there
    You were the quality control inspector in a curry factory?

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    Higher than average risk of death from HIV/Aids was found among male tailors and dressmakers and male hairdressers,
    Now there's a surprise.

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    So it took these guys - how long! to come up with Bar owners = booze related...bla bla ...


    Guinness n Grapefruit diet for me..!

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    What a surprise...did it really need scientists for this?

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    They found merchant seamen had a high risk for death from cirrhosis and other alcohol related illnesses such as cancer of the liver and oral cavity and from accidents like falling down stairs.

    falling down the stairs - because they are pissed?
    cause and effect isn't it?

    Painters and decorators - "on the turps" as my dad used to say

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