Sunday, November 28, 2004
Working When Sick Can Kill You
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Heart risk 'of working when ill'
(From BBC World News)
Staff who struggle into work when they are ill risk potentially shortening their lives, researchers believe.
Some workers who do not take time off when ill had twice the rate of heart disease, the 10-year study of 10,000 civil servants showed.
The University College London team found that even working with a common cold can be harmful.
The study said it was the stress from working when ill which caused the risk of heart disease.
Professor Sir Michael Marmot, the head of the study, said workers did not realise the damage they were doing.
"So many people force themselves into work when they are not well and have little knowledge of the consequences.