Oftentimes stay-at-home moms are depicted as modern-day June Cleavers, dressed in sleek Lululemon gear while shuttling their kids from school to T-ball practice to piano lessons and then home again for hand-made organic dinners. These women have supposedly chosen to take an extended leave from the w...
What is the role of medical providers in ensuring a successful recovery for injured workers? Many occupational medicine specialists consider  a positive outcome for workplace injury recovery to include maximum physical improvement and a speedy return to work. Yet those healthcare providers are gen...
[caption id="attachment_3838" align="alignright" width="224"] Lauren Henderson and her service dog, Phoebe, in Los Angeles. Henderson says she's seeing more dogs in vests that don't appear to be legitimate service dogs.[/caption] Lauren Henderson, an actor who lives in Malibu, takes her service dog...
What do Americans spend their money on these days? And how do budgets shift as we move up and down income levels? The graph below, which Planet Money produced using information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, charts these spending activities. Average household expenditures for U.S. households ...
The Department of Labor and Industries reports that a Bellevue firing range is being charged with 17 violations of health and safety regulations following a construction project and lead-salvage operation where dozens of workers were exposed to dangerous levels of toxic lead. The Seattle Times repor...
Our blog had posted a number of articles on household income and spending in the U.S., and have often analyzed data based on the familiar divisions of race, class, education, geography and social privilege.  But as a recent infographic on Planet Money points out, there's another, useful variable to...
The hazards of a construction site can be clear, and cues like chain link fences and hard hats are a constant reminder of the dangers of a work accident. Yet while most construction workers are savvy about taking precautions to protect themselves, construction site accidents often occur when dangers...
Trends in the job market show an increasing number of men entering jobs traditionally dominated by women: teaching, nursing, dental assisting, bank telling, reception work and waiting tables. The shifting terrain of the American labor market is driven by many factors, including financial issues, qua...
A lot of Americans wouldn't dream of missing medical appointments or their annual physicals. And yet those same individuals repeatedly compromise their health – and may even shorten their life-span – by skipping annual vacations! This lack of R&R can put us at risk of many ailments and diso...