Happy TalkUnhappiness on the job can really be a pain in...

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August 20, 1991|By Knight-Ridder News Service

Happy Talk

Unhappiness on the job can really be a pain in the . . . back. Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine found that employees unhappy in their work were 250 percent more likely to suffer back injuries, Self magazine reports. Before handing in your two weeks notice, Self suggests, try exercise, which can ease job stress and back pain.

Period of adjustment

If you're planning to quit smoking, women, do it right after your menstrual period, not before. Peggy O'Hara, an associate professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine, says nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as irritability and anxiety mimic premenstrual tensions, so giving up cigarettes at that point in the cycle sets women up for failure by increasing their discomfort.

Crying your eyes out

This may sound crazy, but you can get dry eyes from crying too much. So says William Grant, an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. According to Dr. Grant, dry eyes affect nearly everyone over the age of 40 and are especially common in women. They are caused by either an underproduction or overproduction of tears, according to Dr. Grant, who says over-the-counter "artificial tears" preparations and humidifiers can provide relief.

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