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Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM

Alicja Buczek, Katarzyna Bartosik, Dorota Kulina, Magdalena Raszewska-Famielec, Adam Borzęcki
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: The great number of pigeon populations in many European cities promotes the spread of the European pigeon tick (<i>Argas reflexus</i>), the bites of which cause local and systemic reactions. The aim was to study the occurrence of <i>A. reflexus</i> in several cities of Upper Silesia, and skin lesions caused by <i>A. reflexus</i> tick bites in humans. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The results of investigations carried out in 1995-2002 in five cities located in the Upper Silesian conurbation are presented...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Jarosław Pasek, Tomasz Pasek, Grzegorz Cieślar, Aleksander Sieroń
INTRODUCTION: Introduction. The number of accidents in agriculture involving children as the victims continues to increase year-by-year. Parents often allow children to perform certain tasks, or even entrust them to perform such tasks as a duty. CASE REPORT: The paper presents results of treatment using a 3D magnetic field in a 31-year- old patient after transplantation of the upper extremity of the arm. Amputation of the extremity had been caused by an accident (hand cut-off by a threshing machine)...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Khalid M Khan, Retushi Baidya, Ashamsa Aryal, James R Farmer, Julia Valliant
INTRODUCTION: Every farming method, whether conventional or organic, has been associated with some sort of risky behaviors leading to health issues among farmers. Substantial evidence is not available in the literature to determine whether the magnitudes of health outcomes vary between conventional and organic farmers. The study investigated whether self-reported neurological and mental health symptoms differ between conventional and organic farmers living in Indiana, USA. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A self-reported questionnaire survey collected information from 200 conventional and 157 organic farmers of Indiana on demographic characteristics, depression and neurological symptoms...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Joanna Małgorzata Krzowska-Firych, Christiana Lucas, Georgia Lucas, Krzysztof Tomasiewicz
Hepatitis E virus [HEV], the last of the five hepatotropic viruses to be discovered, was originally considered to cause an acute, travel-associated self-limiting illness restricted to humans; however, new research shows that there are animal reservoirs and zoonotic transmission. Additionally, HEV is now considered as a major health burden worldwide, leading to significant morbidity and mortality; therefore, the topic of hepatitis E is of re-emerging importance, having brought to light important questions such as the transmission of HEV, especially in developed countries, as well as treatment and vaccination options...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Bruno Bernardi, Elisabeth Quendler, Souraya Benalia, Antonio Mantella, Giuseppe Zimbalatti
INTRODUCTION: Weed control is one of the most important issues in the maintenance sectors of both agriculture and green areas. Small tools are employed for controlling grass and other growths on steep verges and river banks. This leads the operators being exposed to many risks among which vibration is one. The purpose of this study is to measure and evaluate hand-arm vibration and to verify the daily exposure to which workers are often subjected while weeding. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two cutting heads, a brush knife and a mowing head were compared...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Michał Kowalski, Józef Stefan Pastuszka
Bioaerosols are particularly sensitive to sterilization processes due to their biological characteristics. Phenomena occurring in the atmosphere have major influence on airborne bacteria and fungi concentration levels. The presented study evaluates the sterilization properties of ambient air temperature and solar radiation on viable bioaerosols concentration levels in outdoor air in Gliwice, Poland. Assigned were the breakpoints indicating limited stimulation properties of the air temperature, which amounted 7...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Anna Chmielowiec-Korzeniowska, Leszek Tymczyna, Magdalena Pyrz, Beata Trawińska, Karol Abramczyk, Magdalena Dobrowolska
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the impact of a fattening season on the level of airborne chemical and microbial pollutants in the pig fattening house. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Evaluation of the air composition as well as the microbiological air quality were made during 2 series, i.e. in the summer and winter period of fattening. Airborne gaseous pollutants were analyzed by gas (organic compounds) and liquid (inorganic compounds) chromatography methods...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Edyta Krzych-Fałta, Konrad Furmańczyk, Barbara Piekarska, Filip Raciborski, Aneta Tomaszewska, Artur Walkiewicz, Piotr Samel-Kowalik, Jacek Borowicz, Andrzej Namysłowski, Bolesław Krzysztof Samoliński
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to assess the effect of fur-bearing pets, including cats and dogs, on the health of individuals with allergic conditions. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study group comprised 18,617 individuals (16,562 from urban and 2,055 from rural areas). The tool used in the study was the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) and International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) study questionnaire, adapted to European conditions (Middle and Eastern Europe) and used as part of the study Implementation of a System for the Prevention and Early Detection of Allergic Diseases in Poland...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Agata Bielawska-Drózd, Piotr Cieślik, Justyna Bohacz, Teresa Korniłłowicz-Kowalska, Dorota Żakowska, Michał Bartoszcze, Bożena Wlizło-Skowronek, Izabela Winnicka, Marek Brytan, Leszek Kubiak, Ewa Skopińska-Różewska, Janusz Kocik
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: The goal of the study was a microbiological, qualitative and quantitative analysis of bioaerosol at the workplace of medical personnel (Health Emergency Departments (HEDs), ambulances), and comparative administration offices with an expected neutral occupational exposure to biological agents measured with individual Button Sampler. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Personal sampling was performed with Button Sampler instrument loaded with gelatine filters in 10 HEDs, in 9 ambulances and in 9 offices to assess the occupational biological agents' exposure in air...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Simona Nardoni, Carlo D'Ascenzi, Irene Caracciolo, Gaia Mannaioni, Roberto Amerigo Papini, Luisa Pistelli, Basma Najar, Francesca Mancianti
Microscopic fungi can be present on a variety of foodstuff, including cheese. They can be responsible for fungal spoilage, causing sensory changes making food unacceptable for human consumption, and posing severe health concerns. Furthermore, some of these organisms are able to resist antimicrobial preservatives provided for by law. Antifungal activity of 15 chemically defined EOs, alone and in mixture, were checked by a microdilution test against isolates of Penicillium funiculosum and Mucor racemosus cultured from rinds of Marzolino, a typical Italian fresh pecorino cheese...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Agnieszka Kubik-Komar, Krystyna Piotrowska-Weryszko, Elżbieta Weryszko-Chmielewska, Bogusław Michał Kaszewski
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: The timings of Fraxinus and Betula flowering and pollen release overlap, which may cause increased allergic reactions in sensitive people. The aim of the present study was to characterize Fraxinus pollen seasons in Lublin (central-eastern Poland) and to identify meteorological factors that most determine the occurrence of airborne pollen of this taxon, as well as obtain forecast models for the basic characteristics of the pollen season. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted in Lublin during the period 2001-2016, employing the volumetric method...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Jozef Švajlenka, Mária Kozlovská, Terézia Pošiváková
INTRODUCTION: Agricultural hygiene and biomonitoring helps protect people, livestock and crops from pests and disease, including insects, parasites, pathogens and weeds. Optimising the health of animals and crops increases productivity, minimises animal suffering, and ultimately protects human health by ensuring that foodstuffs are safe for consumption. A healthy farm environment also protects the health of the agricultural workers. Ensuring hygiene and health protection is one of the basic construction requirements...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Piotr Gawda, Michał Ginszt, Apolinary Ginszt, Halina Pawlak, Piotr Majcher
INTRODUCTION: Muscle fatigue has been studied for a long time with the use of a wide variety of exercise models, protocols and assessment methods, among which surface electromyography (sEMG) is most commonly used. The main sEMG parameters (amplitude and frequency) are prevalently used to evaluate the level of muscle fatigue in static and dynamic contractions. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine and compare 2 separate indices: IF<sub>1</sub> basis of the sEMG signal amplitude analysis and IF<sub>2</sub> basis of the sEMG median frequency analysis, related to muscles fatigue during an isometric contraction...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Stanisław Lachowski, Magdalena Florek-Łuszczki, Jerzy Zagórski, Bogusława Lachowska
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to assess the interpersonal relations of employees of State Forests in Poland, as well as to indicate the factors related to the level of satisfaction with the relations among people employed in similar positions, and relations with superiors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The issues investigated were developed based on research conducted between 2014-2015 among employees of State Forests in Poland. In each of the 9 forest districts selected, 25 people were selected for testing from 3 groups of employees: foresters, deputy foresters and supervisors, together with administrative staff...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Krisztina Vörös, János Bobvos, János Mihály Varró, Tibor Málnási, Tamás Kói, Donát Magyar, Péter Rudnai, Anna Páldy
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Hungary is one of the areas in Europe most infected with ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) and its pollen, and is the most important cause of seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis in the country. The aim of the study was to investigate the association between ragweed pollen allergy and long-term ragweed pollen load, as well as analysis of the the impacts of additional potential risk factors on health outcomes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A modified version of standardized questionnaires, based on the International Study of Asthma and Allergy in Childhood, were completed by the parents of schoolchildren aged 8 - 9 attending 3rd grade classes throughout the country...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Elżbieta Cipora, Magdalena Konieczny, Irena Dorota Karwat, Wojciech Roczniak, Magdalena Babuśka-Roczniak
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was evaluation of satisfaction with life among women ill with breast cancer, with consideration of selected demographic and social factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the study participated 121 patients from the Sub-Carpathian Oncology Centre in Brzozów, Poland, who had undergone surgical treatment due to breast cancer. The method of a diagnostic survey was used. The research instruments were an author-constructed questionnaire and the Satisfaction with Life Scale...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Lenka Čechová, Monika Halánová, Ingrid Babinská, Oľga Danišová, Martin Bartkovský, Slavomír Marcinčák, Dana Marcinčáková, Alexandra Valenčáková, Lýdia Čisláková
INTRODUCTION: <i>Chlamydia psittaci</i> is an obligate intracellular Gram-negative bacterium causing respiratory disease (chlamydiosis) or asymptomatic carriage in poultry. In humans, it is a zoonotic agent of ornithosis/psittacosis. Due to low awareness of the disease and variable clinical presentation, psittacosis is often remains unrecognised as such by general practitioners. Zoonotic transfer occurs through inhalation of contaminated aerosols, and originates from feathers, faecal material and respiratory tract exudates...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Alena Žákovská, Jan Janeček, Helena Nejezchlebová, Hana Lya Kučerová
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The existence of a blood group preference for ticks is a problem widely discussed among the lay public but often neglected by the scientific community. The <i>Ixodes ricinus</i> tick transmits serious zoonotic diseases such as Lyme borreliosis, tick encephalitis, or anaplasmosis. The preventive strategies include vaccination (if available) and individual measures including the use of repellents and avoidance of risk areas. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Since this topic is relatively neglected in the scientific literature, a simple <i>in vitro</i> method was used...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Paweł Półrola, Magdalena Wilk-Franczuk, Jacek Wilczyński, Grażyna Nowak-Starz, Jolanta Góral-Półrola, Grzegorz Chruściński, Iwona Bonisławska, Agnieszka Pedrycz, Małgorzata Żychowska
INTRODUCTION: Some studies have shown the influence of Qigong on gene expression in different cells, but there is little data associated with the influence of this kind of therapy on genes expression in pheripheral monocellucar blood cells. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in the expression of genes associated with cellular stress response in peripheral mononuclear blood cells (PMBC) in healthy women. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The experiment took place at the Japanese Martial Arts Centre "DOJO" in Stara Wieś, Poland, conducted over the course of a 4-day qigong training session...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Joanna Wróbel, Hanna Tomczak, Dorota Jenerowicz, Magdalena Czarnecka-Operacz
INTRODUCTION: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic and recurrent disease with an inflammatory background. Genetic and environmental factors are responsible for the occurrence and development of this dermatosis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the frequency of colonisation of the nasal vestibule and apparently healthy skin by <i>S. aureus</i>, and to assess dermal lesions for superinfection with <i>S. aureus</i> in AD patients...
June 20, 2018: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
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