April 16, 2011

Women Viewed Less Competent

1 Breastfeeding Women Face Prejudice

Researchers found that breastfeeding women are viewed as less competent than other women. The recent study was published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Researchers carried out three double blind studies, all of which showed that breastfeeding women were rated less competent in general, and in math and work specifically. "What's surprising is that the results from the study showed that the breastfeeding mother was excluded from a potential job opportunity," wrote lead author Jessi L. Smith from Montana State University. Smith notes that the mothers weren't visibly breastfeeding. The researchers are concerned that such prejudice may discourage women from breastfeeding, which is a healthy and economical practice.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: More Breastfeeding Would Save Lives

Tags: Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Disadvantages, Prejudice Against Breastfeeding Mothers, Problems Breastfeeding

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Disrupts Wake-Sleep Cycle

2 Weird Work Schedules Wreak Havoc on Health

There is growing evidence to suggest that working nights is not only linked to sleeping on the job but also to other health issues. Recently stories about air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job have brought this issue to light again but studies reveal that 30 to 50 percent of people who work nights doze off while working at least once week. Night shifts disrupt the circadian rhythm, or wake-sleep cycle that is controlled by hormones. For people on rotating shifts the brain becomes confused and not sure when it’s bedtime which ends up impairing concentration, memory and learning. Research has also shown that the risk of some chronic diseases and even cancer is increased in night workers. Shift work is now considered a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Long Hours on the Job Linked to Heart Disease

Tags: Circadian Rhythm, Rotating Shift Work, World Health Organization, Shift Work, Night Shift Work, Night Shift Work and Wake-Sleep Cycle, Wake-Sleep Cycle, Shift Work a Probable Carcinogen, Shift Work and Health Problems, Sleeping on the Job, Work Schedules

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