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The Danish government has begun paying compensation to women who have developed breast cancer after long spells working nights.
It follows a ruling by a United Nations agency that night shifts probably increase the risk of developing cancer.
BBC Radio Scotland's The Investigation has been hearing from experts and union leaders in Scotland who said the UK government should be doing more to tackle the dangers.
For years there has been growing evidence that night shifts are bad for you.
Among the symptoms: disturbed sleep, fatigue, digestive problems and a greater risk of accidents at work.
Category One risks are known carcinogens such as asbestos. Night working now sits just one rung below that: a probable cause of cancer.
Ministers have wasted public money in their attempts to tackle health inequalities, MPs say.
Ministers have pledged to reduce the health inequality gap - measured by infant mortality and life expectancy - by 10% between 1997 and 2010.
But it seems certain they will miss that target as data published last year showed the gap between the richest and poorest has actually widened in the past decade.
"Major programmes - such as Sure Start, and efforts to tackle obesity - are based on research and are being evaluated."
GPs vote against 'chocolate tax'
The government's top medical adviser has drawn up plans for a minimum price for alcohol which would double the cost of some drinks in England.
Under the proposal from Sir Liam Donaldson, no drinks could be sold for less than 50 pence per unit of alcohol they contain.
Originally posted by Extralien
So do you work odd or long hours?
Feel so drained that you end up detesting your job, family and friends?
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by OzWeatherman
Same here dude, had to be in whatever the weather. The recent bout of snow was no excuse! Same with Crimble and other Bank Holidays, if I'm rota'd on, I work. It does take it's toll not only on your well being, but your social life too as inevitably you end up working when others are off.