Unemployed and Looking for Work? Think Twice Before Taking Just Any Job


Research shows that joblessness is bad for our health, but that doesn't mean that just any old gig is beneficial for our bodies: As MinnPost reports, a new British study suggests that workers who accept a bad job to escape unemployment actually exhibit more physical stress than their jobless counterparts. This can heighten their risk for conditions like anxiety, depression, heart attack, and stroke.

Published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the study tracked 1116 British adults enrolled in the UK Household Longitudinal Study. These subjects all experienced a period of unemployment during 2009 and 2010, during which they were both physically and mentally assessed to measure how chronic stress was affecting their bodies.

These evaluations (including the mental health assessment) were repeated around two to three years later, after many of the participants had landed new jobs. But this time around, they were asked a series of questions, including how anxious their job made them, whether the salary was good, how satisfied they were, and whether they had autonomy or security.

Researchers crunched the numbers and found that those who'd taken bad jobs exhibited more physical evidence of chronic stress—including higher biomarkers of inflammation, and a lower creatinine clearance rate, which measures how well the kidneys are functioning—than those who'd remained unemployed. Meanwhile, subjects who scored good-quality jobs were in better physical health. They also showed improvements in mental health, whereas their counterparts who'd accepted bad jobs showed no improvements.

"Job quality cannot be disregarded from the employment success of the unemployed and may have important implications for their health and well-being," concluded researchers Tarani Chandola and Nan Zhang, who are medical sociologists at the University of Manchester. "Just as 'good work is good for health,' we must also remember poor quality work can be detrimental for health."

Thanks to financial concerns, not everyone has the luxury to hold out for the perfect position. But at the end of the (work)day, your physical well-being is priceless—so if you're not hard up, don't settle for a mediocre job just to pad your résumé.

[h/t MinnPost]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]