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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930301/night-shift-work-and-risk-of-compromised-visual-acuity-among-the-workers-in-an-electronics-manufacturing-company
#1
Yu-Cheng Lin, Kuo-Jung Ho
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between night-shift work exposure and visual health, this cross-sectional study utilized visual acuity, a surrogate measure for visual function, as a parameter, and performed an analysis comparing visual acuity between daytime and nighttime employees in an electronics manufacturing company. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data of personal histories, occupational records, physical examinations and blood tests was obtained from the electronic health records of workers...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930300/assessment-of-shoulder-and-low-back-muscle-activity-of-male-kitchen-workers-using-surface-electromyography
#2
Shankar Subramaniam, Shanmugam Murugesan, Srinivasan Jayaraman
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess muscle fatigue for kitchen workers during various tasks in a kitchen. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study consists of 2 phases: a) surface electromyography (EMG) to determine muscle fatigue of trapezius and erector spinae muscles bilaterally for 12 healthy male volunteers during 30 min of Indian flatbread (chapati) preparation, b) self-administered questionnaire study after 30 min preparation to determine the impact on performance...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930299/authors-response-july-6-2017-to-the-letter-to-the-editor-concerning-the-paper-impact-of-road-traffic-noise-on-sleep-disturbances-and-attention-disorders-amongst-school-children-living-in-upper-silesian-industrial-zone-poland
#3
Michał Skrzypek, Małgorzata Kowalska, Elżbieta M Czech, Ewa Niewiadomska, Jan E Zejda
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892105/letter-to-the-editor-may-17-2017-concerning-the-paper-impact-of-road-traffic-noise-on-sleep-disturbances-and-attention-disorders-amongst-school-children-living-in-upper-silesian-industrial-zone-poland
#4
LETTER
Tomoyuki Kawada
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 11, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857087/obstructive-sleep-apnea-risk-for-driving-license-applicants-in-india-a-community-based-study
#5
Abhishek Dubey, Darshan K Bajaj, Apurva Mishra, Balendra Pratap Singh, Vinay Gupta, Surya Kant, Swati Dixit
OBJECTIVES: To determine the risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for male permanent driving license (DL) applicants of Lucknow, India. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional community based, study body mass index, waist-hip ratio, blood pressure of each subject were determined as an anthropometric parameter along with the history of habit of smoking, tobacco chewing, alcohol consumption. STOP-Bang (Snoring, Tired or sleepy, Observed apnea, high blood Pressure, Body mass index, Age, Neck, Gender) Questionnaire - a scoring risk assessment tool - was applied for assessment of OSA risk (high OSA risk defined by score ≥ 3) for 542 male DL recipients at 2 Regional Transport Office (RTO) centers in Lucknow, India...
August 31, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28839290/rare-occupational-cause-of-nasal-septum-perforation-nickel-exposure
#6
Ertugrul Cagri Bolek, Abdulsamet Erden, Cagri Kulekci, Umut Kalyoncu, Omer Karadag
Many etiologies are held accountable for nasal septum perforations. Topical nasal drug usage, previous surgeries, trauma, nose picking, squamous cell carcinoma, some rheumatological disorders such as granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener granulomatosis), some infectious diseases such as syphilis and leprosy are among the causes of the perforations. Occupational heavy metal exposures by inhalation rarely may also cause nasal septum perforation. Here, we present a 29-year-old patient without any known diseases, who is a worker at a metallic coating and nickel-plating factory, referred for investigation of his nasal cartilage septum perforation from an otorhinolaryngology clinic...
August 23, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832030/did-legal-regulations-change-the-reporting-frequency-of-sharp-injuries-of-medical-personnel-study-from-36-hospitals-in-%C3%A5-%C3%A3-d%C3%A5%C2%BA-province-poland
#7
Anna Garus-Pakowska, Mariusz Górajski, Franciszek Szatko
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study has been to analyze the epidemiological data on sharp injuries among health care workers before and after the implementation of regulations related to the conduct of the register of sharp injuries. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We hypothesized that the introduction of legislation would change the existing low reportability of sharp injuries and reporting incidents would increase. In Poland the binding regulations, dating back to 2013, require the employer to keep a record of sharp injuries...
August 23, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832029/poisoning-deaths-in-poland-types-and-frequencies-reported-in-%C3%A5-%C3%A3-d%C3%A5%C2%BA-krak%C3%A3-w-sosnowiec-gda%C3%A5-sk-wroc%C3%A5-aw-and-pozna%C3%A5-during-2009-2013
#8
Anna Krakowiak, Anna Piekarska-Wijatkowska, Katarzyna Kobza-Sindlewska, Anna Rogaczewska, Piotr Politański, Piotr Hydzik, Beata Szkolnicka, Tomasz Kłopotowski, Sebastian Picheta, Barbara Porębska, Andrzej Antończyk, Wojciech Waldman, Jacek Sein Anand, Eryk Matuszkiewicz, Magdalena Łukasik-Głębocka
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study has been to assess the characteristics of acute poisoning deaths in Poland over a period of time 2009-2013. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The analysis was based on the data obtained from the patient records stored in toxicology departments in 6 cities - Łódź, Kraków, Sosnowiec, Gdańsk, Wrocław and Poznań. Toxicological analyses were routinely performed in blood and/or urine. Major toxic substances were classified to one of the following categories: pharmaceuticals, alcohol group poisonings (ethanol and other alcohols), gases, solvents, drugs of abuse, pesticides, metals, mushrooms, others...
August 22, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832028/assessment-of-correlation-between-vitamin-d-level-and-prevalence-of-preterm-births-in-the-population-of-pregnant-women-in-poland
#9
Marta Baczyńska-Strzecha, Jarosław Kalinka
OBJECTIVES: Aim of this project is determination of the correlation between the level of vitamin D in blood serum and duration of pregnancy in population in central Poland. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) level was determined in blood serum, using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Standardized history of each patient was recorded. The history included: general medical history, data regarding the course of pregnancy and information about health-related behavior that could influence vitamin D concentration...
August 22, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765667/the-relationship-between-physical-activity-and-work-ability-a-cross-sectional-study-of-teachers
#10
Małgorzata Grabara, Agnieszka Nawrocka, Aneta Powerska-Didkowska
OBJECTIVES: To assess relationship between physical activity (PA) and perceived work ability amongst teachers from the Upper Silesia, Poland. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study involved 171 teachers (129 women, 42 men) of primary and secondary schools of the Upper Silesia, Poland. Physical education teachers were excluded from the study. The level of PA was estimated using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire short version, and perceived work ability was estimated using Work Ability Index (WAI)...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736451/assessing-musculoskeletal-disorders-among-municipal-waste-loaders-of-mumbai-india
#11
Pradeep Salve, Praveen Chokhandre, Dhananjay Bansod
OBJECTIVES: The study aims to assess the impact of municipal waste loading occupation upon developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and thereby disabilities among waste loaders. Additionally, the study has identified the potential risk factors raising MSDs and disabilities. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional case-control design survey was conducted in 6 out of 24 municipal wards of Mumbai during March-September 2015. The study population consisted of municipal waste loaders (N = 180) and a control group (N = 180)...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736450/screening-survey-of-ocular-nasal-respiratory-and-skin-symptoms-in-manicurists-in-poland
#12
Marta Kieć-Świerczyńska, Dominika Świerczyńska-Machura, Dorota Chomiczewska-Skóra, Beata Kręcisz, Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa
OBJECTIVES: Manicurists are exposed to various chemicals in nail and skin care products and may develop ocular, nasal, respiratory or skin adverse reactions to them. To investigate the occurrence of ocular, nasal, respiratory and skin problems among manicurists and to identify their causal factors, particularly allergic etiology and occupational origin. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Manicurists employed in beauty salons in the central region of Poland were invited to fill in the questionnaire and undergo medical examination, skin prick tests with common aeroallergens, patch tests with European Baseline Series and (Meth)Acrylates Series-Nails and spirometry...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661516/knowledge-attitudes-beliefs-and-practices-of-occupational-physicians-towards-vaccinations-of-health-care-workers-a-cross-sectional-pilot-study-in-north-eastern-italy
#13
Matteo Riccò, Silvia Cattani, Franca Casagranda, Giovanni Gualerzi, Carlo Signorelli
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to characterize personal attitudes and knowledge of a sample of Italian occupational physicians (OPhs) towards immunization practice in the case of healthcare workers (HCWs). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 90 OPhs (42.2% of males, 57.8% of females, mean age of 50.1±8.3 years old) compiled a structured questionnaire through a telephonic interview. They were asked about the official Italian recommendations for HCWs, their general knowledge of vaccine practice, their propensity towards vaccines (both in general and about specific immunizations), their risk perception about the vaccine-preventable infectious diseases...
June 29, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584330/the-association-between-rurality-and-return-to-work-for-workers-compensation-claimants-with-work-related-musculoskeletal-injuries-an-analysis-of-workers-who-failed-to-return-to-work-within-typical-healing-time-frames
#14
Callum A Lavoie, Don Voaklander, Jeremy R Beach, Douglas P Gross
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study have been to: 1) describe and compare urban and rural injured worker populations in Alberta, Canada; 2) identify return-to-work outcomes in urban and rural populations; 3) examine the relationship between geographic location of residence and recovery from work-related musculoskeletal injury; and 4) investigate if this relationship is attenuated after controlling for other known risk factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study was a secondary analysis utilizing data of a population of musculoskeletal injury claimants who underwent clinical/RTW (return to work) assessment between December 2009 and January 2011 collected by the Workers' Compensation Board of Alberta...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584326/the-risk-of-hearing-loss-associated-with-occupational-exposure-to-organic-solvents-mixture-with-and-without-concurrent-noise-exposure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#15
REVIEW
Maryam Hormozi, Alireza Ansari-Moghaddam, Ramazan Mirzaei, Javid Dehghan Haghighi, Fatemeh Eftekharian
This study is a meta-analysis of the previous epidemiological studies which investigated the quantitative estimates of the association between independent or combined exposure to noise and mixed organic solvents and hearing loss until October 2014. Overall, 15 studies with information on 7530 individuals (6% female) were included. Having assessed - by puretone audiometry - the adjusted odds ratio estimates for the association between solvents mixture exposure and the risk of developing hearing loss stood at 2...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592906/erratum-to-bortkiewicz-et-al-mobile-phone-use-and-risk-for-intracranial-tumors-and-salivary-gland-tumors-a-meta-analysis-int-j-occup-med-environ-health-2017-30-1-27-43
#16
Alicja Bortkiewicz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589969/combined-effects-of-nqo1-pro187ser-or-sult1a1-arg213his-polymorphism-and-smoking-on-bladder-cancer-risk-two-meta-analyses
#17
Xiao-Chun Wang, Jian Wang, Hui-Hui Tao, Chao Zhang, Li-Fa Xu
OBJECTIVES: Objectives: Cigarette smoking is the major risk factor of bladder cancer via exposure to chemical carcinogens. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP+): quinine oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) and sulfotransferase 1A1 (SULT1A1) have been reported to involve in the metabolism of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and aromatic amines. Therefore, the risk of bladder cancer (BC) may be influenced by polymorphisms in the genes that modulate metabolic detoxification in particular by interacting with cigarette smoking...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584332/immunological-and-genotoxic-effects-of-occupational-exposure-to-%C3%AE-cypermethrin-pesticide
#18
El-Sayed El-Okda, Mona Abdel-Aal Abdel-Hamid, Ahmed Mohamed Hamdy
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work has been to find out the occupational oxidative stress, immunological and genotoxic health hazards among α-cypermethrin (CYP) pesticide-exposed workers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed including 200 workers divided into 3 groups according to the level of exposure: highly exposed group (50 workers), moderately exposed group (50 workers) and unexposed group (100 workers). All workers were subjected to detailed laboratory investigation for gene P53 mutations, immunological parameters as a cluster of differentiation into 3 percentage (CD3%), CD4% and CD8% in addition to peripheral blood total leukocytic and platelet counts that were measured...
June 5, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584331/occupational-exposure-to-bisphenol-a-bpa-in-a-plastic-injection-molding-factory-in-malaysia
#19
Wided Kouidhi, Letchumi Thannimalay, Chen Sau Soon, Mustafa Ali Mohd
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study has been to assess ambient bisphenol A (BPA) levels in workplaces and urine levels of workers and to establish a BPA database for different populations in Malaysia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Urine samples were collected from plastic factory workers and from control subjects after their shift. Air samples were collected using gas analyzers from 5 sampling positions in the injection molding unit work area and from ambient air. The level of BPA in airborne and urine samples was quantified by the gas chromatography mass spectrometry - selected ion monitoring (GCMS-SIM) analysis...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584329/impact-of-electromagnetic-radiation-emitted-by-monitors-on-changes-in-the-cellular-membrane-structure-and-protective-antioxidant-effect-of-vitamin-a-in-vitro-study
#20
Małgorzata Lewicka, Gabriela Henrykowska, Magdalena Zawadzka, Maciej Rutkowski, Krzysztof Pacholski, Andrzej Buczyński
OBJECTIVES: The increasing number of devices emitting electromagnetic radiation (EMR) in people's everyday life attracted the attention of researchers because of possible adverse effects of this factor on living organisms. One of the EMR effect may be peroxidation of lipid membranes formed as a result of free radical process. The article presents the results of in vitro studies aimed at identifying changes in malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration - a marker of lipid peroxidation and antioxidant role of vitamin A during the exposure of blood platelets to electromagnetic radiation generated by liquid-crystal-display (LCD) monitors...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
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