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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352289/prevention-of-krait-bites-by-sleeping-above-ground-preliminary-results-from-an-observational-pilot-study
#1
Chaturaka Rodrigo, Selvanayagam Kirushanthan, Ariaranee Gnanathasan
INTRODUCTION: Neurotoxic envenoming following the bites of kraits (Bungarus spp.) is a common cause of death in the dry zone of Sri Lanka and elsewhere in South Asia. Most of these bites occur at night and are inflicted on people sleeping on the ground. Thus we hypothesized that the simple measure of sleeping above ground would help to reduce the number of observed krait bites. METHODS: This study was conducted in two villages of the Kilinochchi district of Sri Lanka which had reported a high number of krait bites in the two years preceding the study...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352288/effect-of-low-level-co2-on-innate-inflammatory-protein-response-to-organic-dust-from-swine-confinement-barns
#2
David Schneberger, Jane M DeVasure, Kristina L Bailey, Debra J Romberger, Todd A Wyatt
BACKGROUND: Organic hog barn dust (HDE) exposure induces lung inflammation and long-term decreases in lung function in agricultural workers. While concentrations of common gasses in confined animal facilities are well characterized, few studies have been done addressing if exposure to elevated barn gasses impacts the lung immune response to organic dusts. Given the well documented effects of hypercapnia at much higher levels we hypothesized that CO2 at 8 h exposure limit levels (5000 ppm) could alter innate immune responses to HDE...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331534/ford-and-edison-in-a-modern-regulatory-environment-the-first-in-human-trial-of-night-work-and-artificial-light
#3
EDITORIAL
Thomas C Erren, David M Shaw, Ursula Wild, J Valérie Groß
A thought experiment places Henry Ford and Thomas Alva Edison in a modern regulatory environment. In a utopian occupational world devoid of night-shifts or artificial light, Ford wants to experiment with "working through the night". To support Ford's project, Edison offers his patented electric lamps to "turn nights into days". An ethics committee [EC] does not approve the night-work experiment and Utopia's Food and Drug Administration [FDA] does not approve the potential medical device as safe for use by humans...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331533/work-related-injury-among-saudi-star-agro-industry-workers-in-gambella-region-ethiopia-a-cross-sectional-study
#4
Daniel Haile Chercos, Demeke Berhanu
BACKGROUND: Work injury is an important cause of morbidity and mortality, much of these work injuries burden can be found in industry required heavy manual work such as, agriculture and fishers. Hence; agriculture is consistently cited as one of the most hazardous industry in the world. The objective of this study isto assess the magnitude and associated factors of work related injury among Saudi Star Agro Industry workers in Gambella region, South West Ethiopia. METHODS: An institutional based cross-sectional study design was conducted on Saudi Star Agro Industry located in Gambella region, from February - June 2014 on 449 randomly selected workers who arestratifiedby working department...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286539/potential-exposure-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-and-selected-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-a-follow-up-study-of-pregnant-women-referred-for-occupational-counselling
#5
Jessica Bengtsson, Pernille Søgaard Thygesen, Linda Kaerlev, Lisbeth E Knudsen, Jens Peter Bonde
BACKGROUND: Experimental evidence indicates that fetal exposure to xenobiotics with the potential to interfere with the endogenous steroid hormone regulation of fetal development may reduce birth weight. However, epidemiological studies are limited. The aim of the study was to investigate whether potential occupational exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) of the mother during pregnancy is associated with preterm birth and low birth weight. METHODS: Pregnant women referred to an Occupational Health Clinic (OHC) in two Danish regions (Copenhagen or Aarhus) between 1984 and 2010, suspected of being exposed to occupational reproductive hazards were included in the study...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265296/fit-to-play-posture-and-seating-position-analysis-with-professional-musicians-a-study-protocol
#6
Daniela Ohlendorf, Eileen M Wanke, Natalie Filmann, David A Groneberg, Alexander Gerber
BACKGROUND: Musical performance-associated musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are a common health problem among professional musicians. Considering the manifold consequences arising for the musicians, they can be seen as a threat for their professional activity. String players are the most affected group of musicians in this matter. Faults in upper body posture while playing the instrument, causing un-ergonomic static strain on the back and unergonomic limp-movements, are a main reason for musculoskeletal disorders and pain syndromes...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203266/occupational-contact-dermatitis-from-protein-in-sea-products-who-is-the-most-affected-the-fisherman-or-the-chef
#7
B Loddé, P Cros, A M Roguedas-Contios, R Pougnet, D Lucas, J D Dewitte, L Misery
BACKGROUND: Protein contact dermatitis has frequently been reported in case studies (usually in cases involving contact with seafood products), but there are very few descriptive series. The objectives of this present study were firstly to determine the incidence of protein contact dermatitis among fishermen in France and compare it with data from onshore work involving seafood exposure. Second, to discover what factors could explain any differences. In order to answer these questions we analysed data from the French national occupational disease surveillance and prevention network (RNV3P) and occupational diseases declared to the French National Network for Monitoring and Prevention of Occupational Disease...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174596/screening-for-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-in-a-residence-home-for-elderly-in-germany
#8
Jürgen Becker, Roland Diel
BACKGROUND: Since many hospitals report high MRSA colonization rates among elderly patients, and because it has been shown that S. aureus colonization increases with advancing age, there are concerns about the introduction of MRSA into nursing homes by MRSA positive patients discharged from hospital. So far, admission screening and subsequent longitudinal screening in residence homes or screening at time of hospital discharge is not established on a regular base. On the other hand, MRSA is acquired frequently during hospital stay...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074105/work-related-exposures-and-disorders-among-physical-therapists-experiences-and-beliefs-of-professional-representatives-assessed-using-a-qualitative-approach
#9
Maria Girbig, Alice Freiberg, Stefanie Deckert, Diana Druschke, Christian Kopkow, Albert Nienhaus, Andreas Seidler
BACKGROUND: According to international study results, physical therapists are afflicted with work-related musculoskeletal, psychosocial and dermal disorders as well as infections. The few existing studies in German-speaking regions focus mainly on dermal and psychosocial exposures and resulting complaints. An overview of all relevant work-related exposures and complaints of physical therapists is currently lacking. We sought to identify work-related exposures based on the subjective experiences and beliefs of physiotherapeutic representatives, in order to identify relevant work-related complaints and diseases...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070206/qft-plus-a-plus-in-variability-evaluation-of-new-generation-igra-in-serial-testing-of-students-with-a-migration-background-in-germany
#10
J Knierer, E N Gallegos Morales, A Schablon, A Nienhaus, J F Kersten
BACKGROUND: Currently available Interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) show a considerable variability in serial testing for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). This study offers first results for the new generation IGRA QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus) introduced in 2015 in comparison with its predecessor QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) from serial testing of students with a migration background at German universities. METHODS: Forty-one students were selected from a previous study...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018477/differential-activation-of-raw-264-7-macrophages-by-size-segregated-crystalline-silica
#11
Steven E Mischler, Emanuele G Cauda, Michelangelo Di Giuseppe, Linda J McWilliams, Claudette St Croix, Ming Sun, Jonathan Franks, Luis A Ortiz
BACKGROUND: Occupational exposure to crystalline silica is a well-established occupational hazard. Once in the lung, crystalline silica particles can result in the activation of alveolar macrophages (AM), potentially leading to silicosis, a fibrotic lung disease. Because the activation of alveolar macrophages is the beginning step in a complicated inflammatory cascade, it is necessary to define the particle characteristics resulting in this activation. The aim of this research was to determine the effect of the size of crystalline silica particles on the activation of macrophages...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999610/selected-toxic-and-essential-heavy-metals-in-impacted-teeth-and-the-surrounding-mandibular-bones-of-people-exposed-to-heavy-metals-in-the-environment
#12
Piotr Malara, Agnieszka Fischer, Beata Malara
BACKGROUND: The elemental composition of bones and teeth can allow exposure to heavy metals in the environment to be estimated. The aim of this study was to determine whether impacted mandibular teeth and the surrounding bones can be used as biomonitoring media to assess exposure to heavy metals. METHODS: The research materials were 67 impacted lower third molars and samples of the cortical bone removed when the wisdom teeth were surgically extracted. The samples were from people living in two areas with different environmental concentrations of heavy metals...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999609/it-is-worth-10-million-working-hours-a-year-to-have-your-toilet-paper-folded
#13
Rickard Ljung, Hedvig Ljung, Harald Ljung
BACKGROUND: From our experience the toilet paper is folded in the bathrooms in rooms in branded hotels. We aimed to study the total time yearly spent in the world on folding hotel toilet paper. METHOD: Three investigators clocked 60 folding toilet paper events and calculated the mean time. The mean folding time was 5.73 s (interquartile range 4.50-6.56). Using the calculated extra time it takes to fold the toilet paper and the number of hotel nights spent we estimated the total time spent in the world each year to fold the toilet paper...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980604/hydrofluoric-acid-burns-in-the-western-zhejiang-province-of-china-a-10-year-epidemiological-study
#14
Yuanhai Zhang, Jianfen Zhang, Xinhua Jiang, Liangfang Ni, Chunjiang Ye, Chunmao Han, Komal Sharma, Xingang Wang
BACKGROUND: Chemical burns caused by hydrofluoric acid (HF) frequently occur in the Western Zhejiang Province. This study aimed to investigate the epidemiological characteristics of HF burns within this region. METHODS: A 10-year retrospective analysis was conducted using data from all inpatients with HF burns. These patients were treated at the Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery at our hospital between January 2004 and December 2013. Information obtained for each patient included sex, age, occupation, burn location, burn cause, and the hazard category of the chemical which caused the burn...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980603/a-diagnostic-bias-might-be-a-much-simpler-explanation-for-the-apparently-elevated-risk-for-nasopharyngeal-cancer-with-respect-to-formaldehyde
#15
EDITORIAL
Matthias Möhner, Andrea Wendt
In 2009, a working group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified formaldehyde as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1) and concluded that formaldehyde causes cancer of the nasopharynx (NPC) and leukemia. The results of a large cohort study of industrial workers exposed to formaldehyde, conducted by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, mainly contributed to the available body of epidemiologic evidence. In their recent updated re-analysis of these cohort data published in your journal, Dr Marsh and his colleagues concluded that the results of the original analysis of NPC-risk are misleading because they are based on inappropriate regression analyses...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904647/prevalence-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-healthcare-workers-at-a-hospital-in-naples-italy-a-low-incidence-country
#16
Monica Lamberti, Mariarosaria Muoio, Antonio Arnese, Sharon Borrelli, Teresa Di Lorenzo, Elpidio Maria Garzillo, Giuseppe Signoriello, Stefania De Pascalis, Nicola Coppola, Albert Nienhaus
BACKGROUND: Healthcare workers (HCWs) are at higher risk than the general population of contracting tuberculosis (TB). Moreover, although subjects with latent TB infection (LTBI) are asymptomatic and are not infectious, they may eventually develop active disease. Thus, a fundamental tool of TB control programs for HCWs is the screening and treatment of LTBI. METHODS: From January 2014 to January 2015, hospital personnel at Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria, Naples, Italy, were screened for TB...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904646/hepatitis-c-among-healthcare-personnel-secondary-data-analyses-of-costs-and-trends-for-hepatitis-c-infections-with-occupational-causes
#17
Claudia Westermann, Madeleine Dulon, Dana Wendeler, Albert Nienhaus
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C infection is a global public health issue. Chronic hepatitis C infection is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study is to describe the costs for occupationally-cased hepatitis C infections based on data from an accident insurance carrier. METHODS: This study is a secondary analysis based on the Database of a German Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance. The analysis is based on a sample of insured parties whose hepatitis C infections were recorded as occupational diseases between 1996 and 2013...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891170/prevalence-and-predictors-of-musculoskeletal-pain-among-danish-fishermen-results-from-a-cross-sectional-survey
#18
Gabriele Berg-Beckhoff, Helle Østergaard, Jørgen Riis Jepsen
BACKGROUND: Fishermen work in a physically challenging work environment. The aim of this analysis was to estimate the prevalence and predictors of musculoskeletal pain among Danish fishermen. METHOD: A cross-sectional survey in a random sample of Danish fishermen was done with application of the Nordic questionnaire regarding musculoskeletal pain considering lower back, shoulders, hand neck, knee, upper back elbow, hip and feet. In total, 270 fishermen participated in the study (response rate: 28%)...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833649/use-of-moulded-hearing-protectors-by-child-care-workers-an-interventional-pilot-study
#19
Peter Koch, Johanna Stranzinger, Jan Felix Kersten, Albert Nienhaus
BACKGROUND: Employees of a multi-site institution for children and adolescents started to wear moulded hearing protectors (MHPs) during working hours, as they were suffering from a high level of noise exposure. It was agreed with the institutional physician and the German Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention in the Health and Welfare Services (BGW) that this presented an opportunity to perform a scientific study to investigate potential beneficial effects on risk of burnout and subjective noise exposure at work when child care workers wear MHPs...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833648/alternative-drugs-go-global-possible-lead-and-or-mercury-intoxication-from-imported-natural-health-products-and-a-need-for-scientifically-evaluated-poisoning-monitoring-from-environmental-exposures
#20
Lygia Therese Budnik, Xaver Baur, Volker Harth, Axel Hahn
BACKGROUND: With increases in globalization, cultural remedies from Chinese, Ayurvedic, Arab and other traditions have become more available to international consumers, offering unfamiliar "Natural Health Products" (NHP), used as alternative medicine or supplementary medicine. Contamination with toxic ingredients including lead, mercury, arsenic, and other toxic elements has been documented in several of these products from various parts of the globe, particularly from some parts of Asia and the Orient...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
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