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Premature death and amount of sick leave linked

Let's face it; most of us call in sick occasionally, even if it is just to take a break from the stress of the job. But employees who take off work for long periods of time because of illness may have more serious issues facing them. Calling in sick now and then is normal. But according to a British study, employees who take sick time for long periods more than once in three years are at higher risk of death than their co-workers who don't take a lot of sick leave. Researchers looked at the absence records of nearly 6,500 civil servants over a three year period. They found almost thirty percent of those who took about a week of sick leave at a time had a 66 percent increase of premature death. Doctors said reasons for the absences such as heart disease and psychiatric problems added to the risk. And how does your state rate when it comes to providing care for the very ill? So-so, unless you live in Vermont, Montana and New Hampshire - where scores were high. According to a state-by-state report card published in this month's "Journal of Palliative Medicine", most states received a C. The report looked at how states handled palliative care, which is treatment for those facing serious and long-term illness. Study authors said it is important states improve these services, because 90,000,000 Americans are living with some form of serious illness like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s and that number is growing.

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