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  • EAPA publishes Annotated EAP Research Bibliography
  • Employee Assistance Research Foundation issues $100,000 research grant
  • EAP Awards recognize significant contributions to EA profession
  • Study supports expanding and critically important role of EAP
  • Half of UK employees supported by EAPs
  • 1st ADHD brain wave test approved by FDA
  • Expert addresses dysfunction at work
  • Experts: Murder-suicides are rare, even in cases of mental illness
  • Firms monitor social media to cut veterans' suicide rate
  • Biochemical mapping sheds light on depression
  • Stress the hidden burden for bosses in new health and safety laws
  • Study: Sleep apnea treatment eases nightmares in vets with PTSD
  • US-based EAPs support Russia's 1st comprehensive expatriate EAP service

  • EAPA publishes Annotated EAP Research Bibliography
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    EAPA has published the 2013 update of its comprehensive Annotated Bibliography of EAP Statistics and Research Articles. The bibliography, which includes hundreds of EAP-related research articles published in the US and other countries from 2000 through July 2013, is a unique EAPA member benefit. Articles in the bibliography address EAP return-on-investment studies, program effectiveness research and other important topics. A brief summary of each article is included in the bibliography, along with the publication reference. EA professionals, HR decision-makers, benefits brokers and others will find the bibliography to be a valuable resource in making evidence-based decisions affecting the future of individual programs and even the profession. To access the bibliography, members will need their login (last name) and password (EAPA member number).
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    Employee Assistance Research Foundation issues $100,000 research grant
    Employee Assistance Research Foundation
    The Employee Assistance Research Foundation announces the award of a $100,000 research grant to the OMNI Institute, based in Denver, to conduct a 14-month study at the Colorado State EAP of the impact of Employee Assistance Services on workplace outcomes. "This study will provide the EAP field with a much-needed, stronger, more empirical research base, particularly with the current focus on the importance of outcomes," said EARF Founder and President Carl Tisone. Results of the study should be available in time for EAPA's 2014 World EAP Conference. The grant to OMNI Institute is the third research grant issued by EARF in the last three years.
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    EAP Awards recognize significant contributions to EA profession
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    At its 2013 World EAP Conference in Phoenix, EAPA will recognize and celebrate the achievement of members, individuals and organizations who have distinguished themselves through their work and leadership in the EA profession. EAPA Awards salute outstanding achievements in a number of different categories, including EAPA Member of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, EAP Quality Award, Outstanding Chapter and Branch Awards and more. Deadline for nominations is Aug. 9. The nomination process is easy and involves completing an online form. Each nominee must receive at least two separate nominations in order to be considered by the Awards Committee.
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    Study supports expanding and critically important role of EAP
    Workforce
    EAP providers have emerged as an all-encompassing services supplier for employers. Paired and offered with other employee benefits like heath care, providers now tackle everything from more traditional employee issues such as substance abuse and psychological ailments to financial duress, wellness, education and overall employee stress. About 74 percent of employers surveyed in a 2012 study by the Families and Work Institute, a nonprofit research firm, reported using an EAP. That's a major jump from the 2005 survey, when just 46 percent of employers reported that they provide the benefit.
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    Half of UK employees supported by EAPs
    Workplace Savings and Benefits
    The U.K. employee assistance program sector has grown by 69 percent since 2008, research reveals. Latest figures from the U.K. Branch of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (UK EAPA) found just 8.2 million employees in the U.K. were supported by an EAP in 2008, rising to 13.79 million this year and representing 47 percent of the working population.
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    1st ADHD brain wave test approved by FDA
    CBS News
    For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a device that could aid doctors by providing physical evidence for diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid System is the first medical device of its kind to help diagnose the neurobehavioral disorder in children and teens. It uses an electroencephalogram test to look at the patient's brain waves.
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    Expert addresses dysfunction at work
    The Huffington Post
    So often businesses focus on the bottom line or sales growth, but don't do the things necessary to keep the employees — who are the backbone of the organization — happy, fulfilled and engaged. Brandon Smith, the founder of a resource dedicated to eliminating dysfunction at work, improving workplace health and restoring a sense of optimism and hope in the workplace, provides insight into the issue.
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    Experts: Murder-suicides are rare, even in cases of mental illness
    Louisville Courier-Journal
    The shocking story was one of many in the news linking suicide and murder — Gary W. Stewart of Louisville, Ky., fatally shot his former girlfriend and their 8-year-old daughter before killing himself. But mental health and justice experts say murder-suicides are the exception and that suicidal people are rarely a risk to others — even when mental illness is a factor in both.
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    Firms monitor social media to cut veterans' suicide rate
    The Boston Globe
    Big-data specialists, including the Newton software firm Attivio Inc., are collaborating with military suicide experts to try to address the problem of service member suicides by using social media to monitor veterans for signs of despondency. The specialists said they are identifying key words and phrases that suggest someone is spiraling downward, while developing an analytics system that could examine thousands of online posts and alert medical specialists and family members when a veteran's comments indicate he or she is at risk of committing suicide.
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    Biochemical mapping sheds light on depression
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    Researchers at Duke Medicine have discovered biochemical changes in people taking antidepressants, but only when depression improves. A new type of science called pharmacometabolomics was used in this study to measure and map chemicals in the blood to determine mechanisms causing disease and find new treatments tailored to a patient's metabolic profile.
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    Stress the hidden burden for bosses in new health and safety laws
    The National Business Review
    Most employees will suffer an element of stress during their working day and it can be helpful in providing that extra edge, which makes employees more productive and engaged. But when stress is such that it creates an unsafe workplace for either the employee or their colleagues, this gives rise to a health and safety issue, and to certain obligations on the part of the employer.
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    Study: Sleep apnea treatment eases nightmares in vets with PTSD
    HealthDay News
    For military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and sleep apnea, treatment with continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, reduces their nightmares, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed the medical records of U.S. veterans who had been treated in a VA medical center sleep clinic between 2011 and 2012.
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    US-based EAPs support Russia's 1st comprehensive expatriate EAP service
    PRWeb
    Expatriates living and working in Russia will be able to access "culturally attuned" EAP services due to a partnership of three veteran EAP providers. Chestnut Global Partners, BEAC and Dr. Alexander Shtoulman have joined forces to support Corporate Health, Russia's first professional EAP. The partnership will provide CH with tools, infrastructure and comprehensive support, enabling CH to effectively utilize its Moscow-based network to deliver services and resources addressing the social and business cultural challenges expatriates face while living and working in Russia. Through the partnership, CH will also be able to provide enhanced support for Russian nationals employed by Western-based countries in their home country.
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