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The Perils of 24/7 (Netherlands)
Bone-wearying hours at the office got you down? They may be taking an even greater toll on your heart, say researchers at Vrije University in Amsterdam who analyzed 124 white-collar workers ages 35 to 55. "Overcommitted" workers, defined as those who are competitive and impatient, need approval, and have trouble "letting go," had blood and metabolic abnormalities that put them at increased risk for heart disease. A previous study found similar changes in those suffering from mental and physical exhaustion. (Psychosomatic Medicine, Nov.-Dec. 99)
Date Published: 05/31/2002
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