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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919119/global-regional-and-national-comparative-risk-assessment-of-84-behavioural-environmental-and-occupational-and-metabolic-risks-or-clusters-of-risks-1990-2016-a-systematic-analysis-for-the-global-burden-of-disease-study-2016
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BACKGROUND: The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016 (GBD 2016) provides a comprehensive assessment of risk factor exposure and attributable burden of disease. By providing estimates over a long time series, this study can monitor risk exposure trends critical to health surveillance and inform policy debates on the importance of addressing risks in context. METHODS: We used the comparative risk assessment framework developed for previous iterations of GBD to estimate levels and trends in exposure, attributable deaths, and attributable disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs), by age group, sex, year, and location for 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks from 1990 to 2016...
September 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893207/hepatitis-b-virus-and-hiv-co-infection-among-pregnant-women-in-rwanda
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Mwumvaneza Mutagoma, Helene Balisanga, Samuel S Malamba, Dieudonné Sebuhoro, Eric Remera, David J Riedel, Steve Kanters, Sabin Nsanzimana
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) affects people worldwide but the local burden especially in pregnant women and their new born babies is unknown. In Rwanda HIV-infected individuals who are also infected with HBV are supposed to be initiated on ART immediately. HBV is easily transmitted from mother to child during delivery. We sought to estimate the prevalence of chronic HBV infection among pregnant women attending ante-natal clinic (ANC) in Rwanda and to determine factors associated with HBV and HIV co-infection...
September 11, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883681/occupational-disease-registries-characteristics-and-experiences
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Somayeh Davoodi, Khosro Sadeghniat Haghighi, Sharareh Rostam Niakan Kalhori, Narges Shams Hosseini, Zeinab Mohammadzadeh, Reza Safdari
INTRODUCTION: Due to growth of occupational diseases and also increase of public awareness about their consequences, attention to various aspects of diseases and improve occupational health and safety has found great importance. Therefore, there is the need for appropriate information management tools such as registries in order to recognitions of diseases patterns and then making decision about prevention, early detection and treatment of them. These registries have different characteristics in various countries according to their occupational health priorities...
June 2017: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882991/artificial-stone-associated-silicosis-a-rapidly-emerging-occupational-lung-disease
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Ryan F Hoy, Timothy Baird, Gary Hammerschlag, David Hart, Anthony R Johnson, Paul King, Michael Putt, Deborah H Yates
INTRODUCTION: Artificial stone is an increasingly popular material used to fabricate kitchen and bathroom benchtops. Cutting and grinding artificial stone is associated with generation of very high levels of respirable crystalline silica, and the frequency of cases of severe silicosis associated with this exposure is rapidly increasing. AIM: To report the characteristics of a clinical series of Australian workers with artificial stone-associated silicosis. METHODS: Respiratory physicians voluntarily reported cases of artificial stone-associated silicosis identified in their clinical practices...
September 7, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845851/-the-health-of-foreign-workers-an-italian-and-international-priority
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Antonella Bena, Massimiliano Giraudo
About 5 million migrants are resident in Italy. Migrant workers are mainly employed in manual, unqualified jobs that Italians tend not to perform anymore. Compared to Italians, they tend to be more hired by precarious contracts. Migrants present a higher risk of work injuries and occupational illnesses than natives. This excess risk is linked to the concentration of migrants in the most dangerous jobs, greater risk tolerance, language and cultural barriers that reduce the effectiveness of any training actions...
July 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841099/survey-of-guidelines-and-current-practices-for-safe-handling-of-antineoplastic-and-other-hazardous-drugs-used-in-24-countries
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Patricia I Mathias, Barbara A MacKenzie, Christine A Toennis, Thomas H Connor
Purpose A survey of guidelines and current practices was conducted to examine the safe handling procedures for antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs that are used in 24 countries including the Americas, Europe, the Mideast, Far East, and Australia. Methods Subject experts were asked to complete a brief survey regarding safe handling guidelines and practices for hazardous drugs in their countries. Questions addressed practices for handling monoclonal antibodies, the use of closed-system transfer devices, medical surveillance practices, and measurements of compliance with existing guidelines...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837106/positive-rates-and-factors-associated-with-abnormal-lung-function-of-greenhouse-workers-in-china-a-cross-sectional-study
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Xiaojun Zhu, Panjun Gao, Yishuo Gu, Pei Xiao, Mengxuan Liu, Juan Chen, Yacai Cen, Wenjun Ma, Tao Li
Since the number of greenhouse workers are increasing in China, this observational cross-sectional study was designed to evaluate lung function and discuss the potential risk factors, to provide evidence in the surveillance of greenhouse workers' health. 678 greenhouse workers in Gansu Province, China were enrolled. A questionnaire which included demographic and occupational information was used. Vital capacity (VC), forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV₁), and FEV₁:FVC ratios (FEV₁/FVC), maximal expiratory flow after 50% of the FVC has not been exhaled (MEF50), maximal expiratory flow after 25% of the FVC has not been exhaled (MEF25) and maximal mid-expiratory flow curve (MMEF) were measured as lung function indicators...
August 24, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836925/tuberculosis-in-healthcare-workers-scotland
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Kevin G Pollock, Eisin McDonald, Alison Smith-Palmer, Fiona Johnston, Syed Ahmed
In an attempt to explore healthcare worker acquisition of tuberculosis infection, we conducted population-based surveillance of all cases recorded as healthcare workers reported to Enhanced Surveillance of Mycobacterial Infection from 2000 to 2015. Over the study period, the mean incidence rate of tuberculosis among all healthcare workers was 15.4 per 100,000 healthcare workers. However, the incidence rate of tuberculosis amongst those healthcare workers born outside the UK was 164.8 per 100,000 compared with 5...
January 1, 2017: Scottish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833290/work-related-mortality-in-the-us-fishing-industry-during-2000-2014-new-findings-based-on-improved-workforce-exposure-estimates
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Devin L Lucas, Samantha L Case
BACKGROUND: Commercial fishing is a global industry that has been frequently classified as high-risk. The use of detailed surveillance data is critical in identifying hazards. METHODS: The purpose of this study was to provide updated statistics for the entire US fishing industry during 2010-2014, generate fleet-specific fatality rates using a revised calculation of full-time equivalent estimates, and examine changes in the patterns of fatalities and in risk over a 15-year period (2000-2014)...
August 23, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820883/spatial-clustering-of-patent-and-sub-patent-malaria-infections-in-northern-namibia-implications-for-surveillance-and-response-strategies-for-elimination
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Jennifer L Smith, Joyce Auala, Munyaradzi Tambo, Erastus Haindongo, Stark Katokele, Petrina Uusiku, Roly Gosling, Immo Kleinschmidt, Davis Mumbengegwi, Hugh J W Sturrock
BACKGROUND: Reactive case detection (RACD) around passively detected malaria cases is a strategy to identify and treat hotspots of malaria transmission. This study investigated the unproven assumption on which this approach is based, that in low transmission settings, infections cluster over small scales. METHODS: A prospective case-control study was conducted between January 2013 and August 2014 in Ohangwena and Omusati regions in north central Namibia. Patients attending health facilities who tested positive by malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) (index cases) were traced back to their home...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817554/occupational-distribution-of-campylobacteriosis-and-salmonellosis-cases-maryland-ohio-and-virginia-2014
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Chia-Ping Su, Marie A de Perio, Kathleen Fagan, Meghan L Smith, Ellen Salehi, Seth Levine, Karen Gruszynski, Sara E Luckhaupt
Campylobacter and Salmonella are leading causes of bacterial gastroenteritis in the United States and are estimated to cause >1 million episodes of domestically acquired illness annually (1). Campylobacter and Salmonella are primarily transmitted through contaminated food, but animal-to-human and human-to-human transmission can also occur (2,3). Although occupationally acquired infections have been reported, occupational risk factors have rarely been studied. In 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identified 63 suspected or confirmed cases of Campylobacter infection over 3...
August 18, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801975/trends-in-aging-related-services-during-nephrectomy-implications-for-surgery-in-an-aging-population
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Hung-Jui Tan, Mark S Litwin, Karim Chamie, Debra Saliba, Jim C Hu
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the extent to which geriatric and related healthcare services are provided to older adults undergoing surgery for kidney cancer, a potential growth area in geriatrics and oncology. DESIGN: Population-based observational study. SETTING: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results cancer data linked with Medicare claims. PARTICIPANTS: Adults aged 65 and older with kidney cancer treated surgically from 2000 to 2009 (N = 19,129)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801410/radiographic-features-of-importance-in-the-national-institute-for-occupational-safety-and-health-administered-coal-workers-health-surveillance-program-characterising-the-use-of-the-other-symbols
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Cara N Halldin, Janet M Hale, David J Blackley, A Scott Laney
OBJECTIVE: The National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health-administered Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) provides radiographic pneumoconiosis screening for US coal miners. Radiographs are classified by readers according to International Labour Office criteria. In addition to pneumoconiotic parenchymal and pleural lung abnormalities, readers document radiographic features of importance (other symbols). Other symbols are not meant to imply a diagnosis or interpretation but are relevant as they provide information beyond a pneumoconiosis classification for features related to dust exposure and other aetiologies...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780830/-effects-of-workplace-health-promotion-in-a-wind-power-equipment-manufacturing-factory
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J Li, F S Wang, C Han, Y Pan
Objective: To explore the effects of workplace health promotion in a wind power equipment manufacturing factory. Methods: Based on investigation of occupational hazard factors, personal protective equipment (PPE) application, occupational health management and healthy life style, health promotion strategy and intervention were implemented in this factory. The sample size was 56 for monitoring of occupational hazard factors before and after intervention, 283 and 259 for questionnaire before and after intervention...
June 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780802/-a-study-on-the-effects-of-exposure-to-benzene-on-the-activity-of-immunoglobulin-e
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Y L Zhang, W W Liu, W Y Zeng, Q H Lin, Y M Liu
Objective: To analyze the level of immunoglobulin E (IgE) changes with benzene exposure workers. Methods: Firstly, through occupational health monitoring, 68 hospitalized cases were discovered who were suspected chronic benzene poisoning. Secondly, according to the GBZ68-2013《The diagnosis of occupational benzene poisoning》standard diagnosis and indexing, 68 cases were divided into the benzene poisoning group (n= 29) and the benzene exposure group (n=39) . 50 cases of healthy workers without benzene exposure were for the control group...
May 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774697/emerging-issues-challenges-and-changing-epidemiology-of-fungal-disease-outbreaks
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Kaitlin Benedict, Malcolm Richardson, Snigdha Vallabhaneni, Brendan R Jackson, Tom Chiller
Several high-profile outbreaks have drawn attention to invasive fungal infections (IFIs) as an increasingly important public health problem. IFI outbreaks are caused by many different fungal pathogens and are associated with numerous settings and sources. In the community, IFI outbreaks often occur among people without predisposing medical conditions and are frequently precipitated by environmental disruption. Health-care-associated IFI outbreaks have been linked to suboptimal hospital environmental conditions, transmission via health-care workers' hands, contaminated medical products, and transplantation of infected organs...
July 31, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774280/public-health-implications-of-changing-patterns-of-recruitment-into-the-south-african-mining-industry-1973-2012-a-database-analysis
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Rodney Ehrlich, Alex Montgomery, Paula Akugizibwe, Gregg Gonsalves
BACKGROUND: The triple epidemic of silicosis, tuberculosis and HIV infection among migrant miners from South Africa and neighbouring countries who have worked in the South African mining industry is currently the target of regional and international control efforts. These initiatives are hampered by a lack of information on this population. METHODS: This study analysed the major South African mining recruitment database for the period 1973 to 2012 by calendar intervals and demographic and occupational characteristics...
August 3, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763387/the-south-carolina-environmental-public-health-tracking-program-s-role-in-monitoring-and-reducing-occupational-exposure-to-lead-public-health-actions-in-collaboration-with-the-south-carolina-occupational-safety-and-health-administration
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Harley T Davis, Chelsea Lynes, H Reed Corley
Per South Carolina (SC) Law §44-29-10, all blood lead test records are reportable. The SC Environmental Public Health Tracking (SC EPHT) program is directly involved in blood lead surveillance in SC, as it maintains the blood lead record database. Although Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was discontinued in 2013, SC EPHT has continued to monitor and record adult blood lead test records.In 2012, SC EPHT signed a memorandum of understanding with the SC Occupational Safety and Health Administration (SC OSHA)...
September 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762882/acute-pesticide-related-illness-among-farmworkers-barriers-to-reporting-to-public-health-authorities
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Joanne Bonnar Prado, Prakash R Mulay, Edward J Kasner, Heidi K Bojes, Geoffrey M Calvert
Farmworkers are at high risk of acute occupational pesticide-related illness (AOPI) and AOPI surveillance is vital to preventing these illnesses. Data on such illnesses are collected and analyzed to identify high-risk groups, high-risk pesticides, and root causes. Interventions to address these risks and root causes include farmworker outreach, education, and regulation. Unfortunately, it is well known that AOPI is underreported, meaning that the true burden of this condition remains unknown. This article reviews the barriers to reporting of farmworker AOPI to public health authorities and provides some practical solutions...
2017: Journal of Agromedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753135/personalizing-environmental-health-at-the-intersection-of-precision-medicine-and-occupational-health-in-the-military
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Christopher Bradburne, John A Lewis
: Recent efforts in precision medicine present unique opportunities for military environmental and occupational health. Risk assessments can be refined by individualized risk factors such as genomics, and health status can be monitored and informed using mobile health (mHealth) devices. The military currently monitors exposures with service-wide databases and has one of the world's largest biobanks of serum samples available for health surveillance. New approaches are being developed for risk assessment, novel exposure-based biomarkers, and mobile applications to combine the facile collection of exposure data with tracking and planning utility...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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