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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Strange article of the day....

Working 10 Hours or More a Day Raises Heart Risk, Study Finds

Working 10 hours or more a day may harm the heart, according to a study of more than 10,000 British civil servants.

People who added three or more hours to a seven-hour day had a 60 percent greater risk of heart attack, angina and death from cardiovascular disease than those with no overtime work, researchers from the U.K., Finland and France reported today in the European Heart Journal. The findings are from the Whitehall II study, which has tracked British civil servants since 1985.
From here. British civil servants working 10 hours a day? Come on. How did they possibly find a statistically significant sample in order to do the study? And some of the researchers were from France and there is no way they could find a sample there since those people NEVER work. My experience with most British employees is that there is little risk that they will work more than 7 hours a day. Moreover, they are one of the groups that ALWAYS take all of their sick days too and use them as holidays. Maybe its something more than working 10 hours. If some British employee is in the office for a 10 hour period, chances are that they will be out to lunch for 2 or 3 hours of that time getting hammered with 4 or 5 pints. If one does this regularly, then the casual relationship isn't the work but the 4 or 5 pints of beer.

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