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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634858/distal-pain-and-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-diagnosis-among-cashiers-a-longitudinal-study
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Roberto Meroni, Paola Alberti, Paola Boria, Simone Giordano, Guido Cavaletti
OBJECTIVE: To estimate in a longitudinal study the yearly incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in a cohort of women working as cashiers. METHOD: A total of 198 cashiers, belonging to a cohort investigated in 2011-2012 for arm pain, were screened for re-assessment in 2015 (at least 40 months from the first examination), and 156 women had complete demographic, personal and working data allowing to be included in this study. On the basis of self- and clinician-administered questionnaires investigating the presence of CTS, all symptomatic patients underwent clinical and neurophysiological [nerve conduction studies (NCS) of median and ulnar nerves] assessments...
June 20, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624972/sbs-symptoms-in-relation-to-dampness-and-ventilation-in-inspected-single-family-houses-in-sweden
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Greta Smedje, Juan Wang, Dan Norbäck, Håkan Nilsson, Karin Engvall
PURPOSE: To investigate the relationships between symptoms compatible with the sick building syndrome (SBS) in adults and building dampness and ventilation in single-family houses. METHODS: Within the Swedish BETSI study, a national sample of single-family houses were inspected by professional building experts, and adults living in the houses answered a questionnaire on SBS. Relationships between building factors and SBS were analysed using logistic regression. RESULTS: Of the respondents, 23% reported having had weekly SBS symptoms during the last three months...
June 17, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600748/teacher-respiratory-health-symptoms-in-relation-to-school-and-home-environment
#3
Shao Lin, Wayne R Lawrence, Ziqiang Lin, Melissa Francois, Iulia A Neamtiu, Qiaoxuan Lin, Eva Csobod, Eugen S Gurzau
PURPOSE: Few studies have evaluated teachers' respiratory health, especially its relationship with school/home environment, and school policies. This study assessed asthma and smoking prevalence among teachers in Romania, teacher's perception and knowledge of the school environment, policies and asthma management, and how school and home environment affected asthma, allergy, and respiratory infection symptoms. METHODS: This cross-sectional study obtained information from 104 Romanian teachers utilizing teacher questionnaire data for Romania only, as part of the Schools Indoor Pollution and Health: Observatory Network in Europe (SINPHONIE) study, a multicenter European research project conducted between 2010 and 2012...
June 9, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578463/low-personal-exposure-to-benzene-and-1-3-butadiene-in-the-swedish-petroleum-refinery-industry
#4
Pernilla Almerud, M Akerstrom, E M Andersson, B Strandberg, G Sallsten
PURPOSE: Petroleum refinery workers are exposed to the carcinogens benzene and 1,3-butadiene. Declining exposures have been reported internationally but information on current exposure in the Swedish refinery industry is limited. The aim was to examine refinery workers' personal exposure to benzene and 1,3-butadiene and increase awareness of exposure conditions by collaboration with involved refineries. METHODS: Altogether 505 repeated personal exposure measurements were performed among workers at two refineries...
June 3, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555294/the-longitudinal-relationship-of-work-stress-with-peak-expiratory-flow-a-cohort-study
#5
Adrian Loerbroks, Stefan Karrasch, Thorsten Lunau
PURPOSE: Research has suggested that psychological stress is associated with reduced lung function and with the development of respiratory disease. Among the major potential sources of stress in adulthood are working conditions. We aimed to examine the relationship of work stress with lung function. METHODS: We drew on 4-year prospective data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe. The analyzed sample comprised 2627 workers aged 50 years or older who were anamnestically free of respiratory disease...
May 29, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550420/associations-between-common-diseases-and-work-ability-and-sick-leave-among-health-care-workers
#6
Sophie van den Berg, Alex Burdorf, Suzan J W Robroek
PURPOSE: This study investigates whether common diseases, i.e., musculoskeletal diseases (MSD), cardiovascular diseases (CVD), mental disorders (MD), and respiratory diseases (RD), influence work ability and sick leave and whether lifestyle-related factors, and psychosocial and physical work-related factors are associated with low work ability and sick leave. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study among 8364 Dutch health care employees, self-reported information was acquired concerning common diseases, lifestyle-related factors, psychosocial and physical work-related factors, work ability, and sick leave...
May 26, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528354/comparison-of-the-effectiveness-of-resistance-training-in-women-with-chronic-computer-related-neck-pain-a-randomized-controlled-study
#7
Xiao Li, Caina Lin, Cuicui Liu, Songjian Ke, Qing Wan, Haijie Luo, Zhuxi Huang, Wenjun Xin, Chao Ma, Shaoling Wu
BACKGROUND: Chronic computer-related neck pain is common among office workers. Studies have proposed neck strengthening exercise as a therapy to pain relieving and function improvement. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of different loading resistance trainings and we hypothesized that women with work-related neck pain could benefit more from progressive resistance training for pain and function recovery. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial was conducted and subjects characterized by monotonous jobs were recruited...
May 20, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509941/effects-of-perceived-job-insecurity-on-depression-suicide-ideation-and-decline-in-self-rated-health-in-korea-a-population-based-panel-study
#8
Min-Seok Kim, Yun-Chul Hong, Ji-Hoo Yook, Mo-Yeol Kang
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of job security on new development of depressive episode, suicide ideation, and decline in self-rated health. METHODS: Data from the Korea Welfare Panel Study from 2012 to 2015 were analysed. A total of 2912 waged workers self-assessed their depressive episode, suicide ideation, and health annually by answering the questionnaire. Participants were divided into three groups according to the level of job security: high, intermediate and low...
May 16, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497276/thermal-perception-thresholds-among-workers-in-a-cold-climate
#9
Lage Burström, Bodil Björ, Tohr Nilsson, Hans Pettersson, Ingemar Rödin, Jens Wahlström
PURPOSE: To investigate whether exposure to cold could influence the thermal perception thresholds in a working population. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was comprised of 251 males and females and was carried out at two mines in the northern part of Norway and Sweden. The testing included a baseline questionnaire, a clinical examination and measurements of thermal perception thresholds, on both hands, the index (Digit 2) and little (Digit 5) fingers, for heat and cold...
May 11, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488112/work-characteristics-predict-the-development-of-multi-site-musculoskeletal-pain
#10
Jodi Oakman, Astrid de Wind, Swenne G van den Heuvel, Allard J van der Beek
PURPOSE: Musculoskeletal pain in more than one body region is common and a barrier to sustaining employment. We aimed to examine whether work characteristics predict the development of multi-site pain (MSP), and to determine differences in work-related predictors between age groups. METHODS: This study is based on 5136 employees from the Study on Transitions in Employment, Ability and Motivation (STREAM) who reported no MSP at baseline. Measures included physical, emotional, mental, and psychological job demands, social support and autonomy...
May 9, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478545/respiratory-allergies-among-veterinarians-two-cross-sectional-surveys-from-2006-to-2012
#11
M Schelkle, J Braun, R Jörres, R Schierl, Holger Dressel
PURPOSE: Animal-related allergy is known to be an occupational hazard among veterinarians; however, there is a lack of data showing to which extent these are affected. We aimed at describing the prevalence of respiratory allergies in this population. METHODS: In two repeated cross-sectional surveys in 2006 and 2012 in Bavaria, we examined the prevalence of wheezing, asthma and allergic rhinitis by questionnaires. We additionally performed multiple regression analysis to identify associated factors...
May 6, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451784/pre-existing-low-back-symptoms-impact-adversely-on-sitting-time-reduction-in-office-workers
#12
Pieter Coenen, Genevieve N Healy, Elisabeth A H Winkler, David W Dunstan, Neville Owen, Marj Moodie, Anthony D LaMontagne, Elizabeth A Eakin, Leon M Straker
OBJECTIVES: Initiatives to reduce office-workplace sitting are proliferating, but the impact of pre-existing musculoskeletal symptoms on their effectiveness has not been determined. We assessed the influence of musculoskeletal symptoms on the outcomes of a workplace sitting intervention. METHODS: Baseline and 3-month data from a cluster-randomized controlled trial of a workplace sitting intervention (Stand Up Victoria; trial registration number ACTRN12611000742976) were used...
April 27, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432422/country-differences-of-psychosocial-working-conditions-in-europe-the-role-of-health-and-safety-management-practices
#13
Thorsten Lunau, Nico Dragano, Johannes Siegrist, Morten Wahrendorf
BACKGROUND: In times of demographic change, maintaining health and employability of older employees is important. In this context, studies show that stressful working conditions differ by countries. Yet, it is unclear if specific national management practices to deal with these conditions contribute towards explaining country differences. METHODS: This study combines two different data sources. The first one provides detailed information on psychosocial working conditions in 17 European countries, based on 12,284 employees from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)...
April 21, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429107/psychosocial-factors-at-work-and-sleep-problems-a-longitudinal-study-of-the-general-working-population-in-norway
#14
Håkon A Johannessen, Tom Sterud
PURPOSE: A growing number of longitudinal studies report associations between adverse psychosocial factors at work and sleep problems. However, the evidence regarding the direction of these associations and the effects of changes in exposure across time is limited. This study examined the plausibility of normal, reverse, and reciprocal associations between ten psychosocial factors at work and sleep problems. In addition, we analyzed if reduced exposure across time had the anticipated result of reducing the risk of sleep problems...
April 20, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429106/occupational-exposure-to-extremely-low-frequency-magnetic-fields-and-risk-for-central-nervous-system-disease-an-update-of-a-danish-cohort-study-among-utility-workers
#15
Camilla Pedersen, Aslak Harbo Poulsen, Naja Hulvej Rod, Patrizia Frei, Johnni Hansen, Kathrine Grell, Ole Raaschou-Nielsen, Joachim Schüz, Christoffer Johansen
PURPOSE: Evidence of whether exposure to extremely low-frequency magnetic fields (ELF-MF) is related to central nervous system diseases is inconsistent. This study updates a previous study of the incidence of such diseases in a large cohort of Danish utility workers by almost doubling the period of follow-up. METHODS: We investigated the risks for dementia, motor neurone disease, Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy among 32,006 men employed at the 99 utility companies that supplied Denmark with electricity during the period 1900-1993...
April 20, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417255/lower-limb-pain-among-workers-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-the-fifth-european-working-conditions-survey
#16
Maria-Gabriela Garcia, Margaret Graf, Thomas Läubli
OBJECTIVE: Develop a model to predict the prevalence of lower limb pain using indicators of high workplace exposures based on the fifth European Working Conditions Survey, evaluate its impact and explore its significance for work-related health problems. METHOD: Cross-sectional interview data of 35,372 workers from 27 countries of the European Union in 2010 (EU27) were used to develop (20% sample) and validate (80% sample) a logistic regression model for lower limb pain...
April 17, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409224/occupational-exposure-to-respirable-crystalline-silica-and-chronic-non-malignant-renal-disease-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
REVIEW
Matthias Möhner, Anne Pohrt, Johannes Gellissen
BACKGROUND: While occupational exposure to respirable silica is known to lead to lung disease, most notably silicosis, its association with chronic kidney disease is unclear. OBJECTIVES: This review explores the association between occupational exposure to respirable silica and chronic non-malignant renal disease such as glomerulonephritis. The evidence has been collected and compiled. Possible sources of bias are thoroughly discussed. METHODS: Cohort studies with silica exposure and case-control studies of renal disease were searched in PubMed until January 2015...
April 13, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401298/neurovascular-hand-symptoms-in-relation-to-cold-exposure-in-northern-sweden-a-population-based-study
#18
Albin Stjernbrandt, Bodil Björ, Martin Andersson, Lage Burström, Ingrid Liljelind, Tohr Nilsson, Ronnie Lundström, Jens Wahlström
PURPOSE: To describe the self-reported ambient cold exposure in northern Sweden and to relate the level of cumulative cold exposure to the occurrence of sensory and vascular hand symptoms. We hypothesize that cold exposure is positively related to reporting such symptoms. METHODS: A questionnaire about cold exposure and related symptoms was sent out to 35,144 subjects aged 18-70 years and living in northern Sweden. RESULTS: A total of 12,627 out of 35,144 subjects returned the questionnaire (response rate 35...
April 11, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357607/social-support-and-its-interrelationships-with-demand-control-model-factors-on-presenteeism-and-absenteeism-in-japanese-civil-servants
#19
Yasuaki Saijo, Eiji Yoshioka, Yoshihiko Nakagi, Yasuyuki Kawanishi, Sharon J B Hanley, Takahiko Yoshida
OBJECTIVES: To elucidate the impact of social support and its interrelations with other demand-control-support (DCS) model factors on presenteeism and absenteeism, and to determine which DCS factors were most influential. METHODS: Questionnaires from 2535 local government employees were analyzed. The Brief Job Stress Questionnaire (BJSQ) was used to assess DCS factors including job demand, job control, and social support from supervisors and coworkers. The Stanford Presenteeism Scale 13-item version (SPS-13) was used to evaluate both absenteeism (absent days) and presenteeism...
March 29, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353018/effect-of-room-temperature-on-tests-for-diagnosing-vibration-induced-white-finger-finger-rewarming-times-and-finger-systolic-blood-pressures
#20
Ying Ye, Michael J Griffin
PURPOSE: This study investigates the effects of room temperature on two standard tests used to assist the diagnosis of vibration-induced white finger (VWF): finger rewarming times and finger systolic blood pressures. METHODS: Twelve healthy males and twelve healthy females participated in four sessions to obtain either finger skin temperatures (FSTs) during cooling and rewarming of the hand or finger systolic blood pressures (FSBPs) after local cooling of the fingers to 15 and 10 °C...
March 28, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
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