BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39590.479942.47 (Published 29 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1256

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Earnings and mental illnesses are linked, finds a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry (published online 7 May 2008; doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2008.08010126) which analysed data from a nationally representative survey of respondents aged 18-64. The researchers predicted personal earnings in the 12 months before interview from information about DSM-IV mental disorders given by respondents. In regression models, a mental illness rated as serious in DSM-IV in the preceding 12 months significantly predicted reduced earnings.

Sitting diligently at your desk all day could be bad for your health. A study of patients attending a venous thromboembolism outpatient clinic in New Zealand after discharge for deep vein thrombosis reports that people who spend their work day sitting “immobile” have almost double the risk of developing venous thromboembolism (odds ratio 1.8, 95% CI 0.71 to 4.8). The number of hours seated was consistently associated with venous thromboembolism, with the risk increasing by 10% per hour (Journal of the Royal Society …

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