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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777092/seroprevalence-of-brucellosis-in-butchers-veterinarians-and-slaughterhouse-workers-in-hamadan-western-iran
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Mojgan Mamani, Mohammad Mehdi Majzoobi, Fariba Keramat, Nesa Varmaghani, Abbas Moghimbeigi
BACKGROUND: Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease caused by Brucella species via infected domestic animals. In endemic areas, certain occupations such as veterinarians, butchers, and slaughterhouse workers are considered high risk regarding brucellosis. We evaluated the seroprevalence of brucellosis in high-risk occupations in Hamadan, West of Iran. STUDY DESIGN: a cross-sectional study. METHODS: Overall, 218 participants from 2014 to 2015 were enrolled...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Research in Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774715/-health-surveillance-programme-for-workers-with-past-asbestos-exposure-in-tuscany-region-central-italy
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Elisabetta Chellini, Francesca Battisti, Maura Pellegri, Maurizio Baldacci, Domenico Sallese, Alfonso Cristaudo, Pietro Sartorelli, Giulio Arcangeli, Massimo Paoli, Sandra Fani, Gianluca Festa, Piergiuseppe Calà
Asbestos-related diseases are characterized by a long latency time since exposure. This accounts for a health surveillance programme addressed to asbestos workers to be performed for decades after the cessation of occupational exposure. We describe the health surveillance programme for former asbestos-exposed workers in Tuscany Region (Central Italy), with particular attention to organization and related critical issues. The Deliberation of the Regional Administration of Tuscany (No. 396/2016) supports the programme, defined by a regional group of experts, and defines the public health services where the programme has to be implemented...
March 2018: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764520/investigation-of-a-typhoid-fever-epidemic-in-moyale-sub-county-kenya-2014-2015
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Dahabo Adi Galgallo, Zeinab Gura Roka, Waqo G Boru, Khalumi Abill, James Ransom
AIM: Typhoid fever is a vaccine-preventable bacterial disease that causes significant morbidity and mortality throughout Africa. This paper describes an upsurge of typhoid fever cases in Moyale Sub-County (MSC), Kenya, 2014-2015. METHODS: We conducted active hospital and health facility surveillance and laboratory and antimicrobial sensitivity testing for all patients presenting with headache, fever, stomach pains, diarrhea, or constipation at five MSC health facilities between December 2014 and January 2015...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746507/feasibility-of-using-postal-and-web-based-surveys-to-estimate-the-prevalence-of-tuberculosis-among-health-care-workers-in-south-africa
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Pinky N Manana, Lazarus Kuonza, Alfred Musekiwa, Hendrik Koornhof, Ananta Nanoo, Nazir Ismail
INTRODUCTION: Health Care Workers (HCWs) are among the highest risk groups for contracting tuberculosis (TB), which is ranked the third most common occupational health disease in South Africa. Little is known about the true extent of the burden of TB among South African HCWs and current surveillance approaches are inadequate. The study aimed to determine the feasibility of using postal and web-based surveys accessed through registries of registered professionals to estimate the prevalence of TB among HCWs in South Africa...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735749/examining-lung-cancer-risks-across-different-industries-and-occupations-in-ontario-canada-the-establishment-of-the-occupational-disease-surveillance-system
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James K H Jung, Saul G Feinstein, Luis Palma Lazgare, Jill S Macleod, Victoria H Arrandale, Christopher B McLeod, Alice Peter, Paul A Demers
BACKGROUND: The Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS) was established in Ontario, Canada by linking a cohort of workers with data created from Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims to administrative health databases. The aim of this study was to use ODSS to identify high-risk industry and occupation groups for lung cancer in Ontario. METHODS: Workers in the WSIB lost time claims database were linked to the Ontario Cancer Registry using subjects' health insurance numbers, name, sex, birthdate and death date (if applicable)...
May 7, 2018: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722638/health-assessment-of-self-employed-in-the-food-service-industry
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Marina Grégoris, Frédéric Deschamps, Julie Salles, Stéphane Sanchez
Objectives This study's objective was to assess the morbidity of self-employed workers in the food service industry, an industry with a large amount of occupational health risks. Methods A cross-sectional study, consisting of 437 participants, was conducted between 2011 and 2013 in Champagne-Ardenne, France. The health questionnaire included an interview, a clinical examination, and medical investigations. Results The study population consisted of 146 self-employed workers (not working for an employer) and 291 employees (working with employment contracts for an employer)...
May 3, 2018: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29718943/biomonitoring-of-blood-cholinesterases-and-acylpeptide-hydrolase-activities-in-rural-inhabitants-exposed-to-pesticides-in-the-coquimbo-region-of-chile
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Muriel Ramírez-Santana, Cristián Farías-Gómez, Liliana Zúñiga-Venegas, Rodrigo Sandoval, Nel Roeleveld, Koos Van der Velden, Paul T J Scheepers, Floria Pancetti
In Chile, agriculture is a relevant economic activity and is concomitant with the use of pesticides to improve the yields. Acute intoxications of agricultural workers occur with some frequency and they must be reported to the surveillance system of the Ministry of Health. However the impacts of chronic and environmental pesticide exposure have been less studied. Among pesticides frequently used in Chile for insects control are organophosphates (OP) and carbamates (CB). They are inhibitors of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29701730/prevalence-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-among-children-aged-8-years-autism-and-developmental-disabilities-monitoring-network-11-sites-united-states-2014
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Jon Baio, Lisa Wiggins, Deborah L Christensen, Matthew J Maenner, Julie Daniels, Zachary Warren, Margaret Kurzius-Spencer, Walter Zahorodny, Cordelia Robinson Rosenberg, Tiffany White, Maureen S Durkin, Pamela Imm, Loizos Nikolaou, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Li-Ching Lee, Rebecca Harrington, Maya Lopez, Robert T Fitzgerald, Amy Hewitt, Sydney Pettygrove, John N Constantino, Alison Vehorn, Josephine Shenouda, Jennifer Hall-Lande, Kim Van Naarden Braun, Nicole F Dowling
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). PERIOD COVERED: 2014. DESCRIPTION OF SYSTEM: The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network is an active surveillance system that provides estimates of the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children aged 8 years whose parents or guardians reside within 11 ADDM sites in the United States (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin)...
April 27, 2018: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29701628/seroprevalence-survey-of-arboviruses-in-workers-from-tuscany-italy
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Maria Elena Remoli, Cristiano Fiorentini, Antonella Marchi, Simona Di Renzi, Nicoletta Vonesch, Maria Vittoria Peri, Lucia Bastianini, Silvia Rossi, Giulia Bartoccini, Maya Lissa Kuttappasery, Maria Grazia Ciufolini, Paola Tomao
BACKGROUND: Arthropod-borne viruses (Arbovirus) play an important role among emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and in the spreading of infections in new geographic areas. Although some arboviral infections may be asymptomatic or mild flu-like illnesses, many occur as severe forms of meningitis and meningoencephalitis. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether arboviral infections may be associated with occupational risk, in a population of agricultural and forestry workers potentially at high risk for arthropods bite and sting...
January 30, 2018: La Medicina del Lavoro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29701625/mortality-in-a-cohort-of-asbestos-exposed-workers-undergoing-health-surveillance
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Fabiano Barbiero, Tina Zanin, Federica Edith Pisa, Anica Casetta, Valentina Rosolen, Manuela Giangreco, Corrado Negro, Massimo Bovenzi, Fabio Barbone
BACKGROUND: The coastal area of Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) region, north-eastern Italy, was characterized by work activities in which asbestos was used until the early 1990s, particularly in shipbuilding. A public health surveillance program (PHSP) for asbestos-exposed workers was established, although limited evidence exists about the efficacy of such programs in reducing disease occurrence and mortality. OBJECTIVES: To compare mortality in a cohort of 2,488 men occupationally exposed to asbestos, enrolled in a PHSP in FVG between the early 1990s and 2008, with that of the general population of FVG and Italy...
February 6, 2018: La Medicina del Lavoro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29696982/coccidioidomycosis-active-component-u-s-armed-forces-2007-2017
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Valerie F Williams, Shauna Stahlman, Gi-Taik Oh
During 2007-2017, there were 574 incident cases of coccidioidomycosis among active component service members, with an overall unadjusted incidence rate of 3.9 cases per 100,000 person-years (p-yrs). Compared to their respective counterparts, the overall rates were highest among those aged 40 years or older, Navy members, enlisted service members, and those in healthcare occupations. Overall incidence rates were similar for males and females. Within race/ethnicity groups, the overall rates of coccidioidomycosis were highest among Asian/Pacific Islanders and lowest among non-Hispanic whites...
April 2018: MSMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29685610/review-of-the-evidence-on-handling-drugs-and-hazardous-products-in-urology-departments-consensus-document-between-the-spanish-urological-association-and-the-spanish-society-of-hospital-pharmacy
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M Unda-Urzaiz, J M Alonso-Herreros, J M Fernandez-Gomez, M Gaspar-Carreño, J M Cozar-Olmos, A C Cercós Lleti
BACKGROUND: The intravesical administration of hazardous drug products is a standard practice in the urology setting, which potentially exposing medical personnel to these drug products. It was deemed necessary to have a consensus document among the scientific societies involved (the Spanish Urological Association and the Spanish Society of Hospital Pharmacy) that collects the best available evidence on the safest handling possible of dangerous drug products in the setting of urology departments...
April 20, 2018: Actas Urologicas Españolas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668989/nasal-cytology-as-a-screening-tool-in-formaldehyde-exposed-workers
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E Bruno, G Somma, C Russo, D Porozaj, A Pietroiusti, M Alessandrini, A Magrini
Background: Workers in pathology and anatomy laboratories may be exposed to formaldehyde. An evaluation of the early effects of this substance is, therefore, paramount. This preliminary study was conducted to evaluate if nasal cytology could be used as a tool to detect changes in nasal mucosa in workers exposed to formaldehyde. Aims: To assess whether nasal cytology was able to reveal any alteration of nasal mucosa in workers exposed to formaldehyde compared to unexposed subjects, and to ascertain whether a specific pattern of alterations correlated with years of exposure in order to evaluate long-term occupational exposure effects...
April 14, 2018: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668026/nicu-graduates-the-role-of-the-allied-health-team-in-follow-up
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Jane L Orton, Joy E Olsen, Katherine Ong, Rochelle Lester, Alicia J Spittle
Infants who graduate from the neonatal intensive care unit, including those infants born preterm and/or with brain injury, are at increased risk of long-term neurodevelopmental impairments. The developmental allied health team, consisting of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology, is crucial in early evaluation of gross motor, fine motor, feeding, and language development. Surveillance of neurodevelopment in the first year of life is essential to ensure early detection of specific developmental delays and impairments, and to ensure timely referral for early intervention...
April 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663937/comparative-review-of-antimicrobial-resistance-in-humans-and-nonhuman-primates
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Jeffrey Kim, Dondrae J Coble, Gregory W Salyards, Gregory G Habing
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) presents serious threats to human and animal health. Although AMR of pathogens is often evaluated independently between humans and animals, comparative analysis of AMR between humans and animals is necessary for zoonotic pathogens. Major surveillance systems monitor AMR of zoonotic pathogens in humans and food animals, but comprehensive AMR data in veterinary medicine is not diligently monitored for most animal species with which humans commonly contact, including NHP. The objective of this review is to provide a complete report of the prevalences of AMR among zoonotic bacteria that present the greatest threats to NHP, occupational, and public health...
April 2, 2018: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661173/predictors-of-elevated-capillary-blood-glucose-in-overweight-railway-french-employees-a-cross-sectional-analysis
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Emminarie Luisiana Lucas Garcia, David Debensason, Loïc Capron, Antoine Flahault, Jeanine Pommier
BACKGROUND: Hyperglycaemia is a risk factor of cardiovascular disease and a high risk state for progression to type 2 diabetes. Moreover, overweight, defined as a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 kg/m2 , increases the risk of diabetes. Information about the feasibility of measuring, during routine occupational health examinations, predictors of elevated capillary blood glucose in overweight individuals is scarce. This study aims to identify factors that are associated with elevated capillary blood glucose and can be routinely measured in French overweight employees to develop targeted preventive strategies in the workplace...
April 16, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649186/current-marijuana-use-by-industry-and-occupation-colorado-2014-2015
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Roberta Smith, Katelyn E Hall, Paul Etkind, Mike Van Dyke
The effects of marijuana use on workplace safety are of concern for public health and workplace safety professionals. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws legalizing marijuana at the state level for recreational and/or medical purposes. Employers and safety professionals in states where marijuana use is legal have expressed concerns about potential increases in occupational injuries, such as on-the-job motor vehicle crashes, related to employee impairment. Data published in 2017 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) showed that more than one in eight adult state residents aged ≥18 years currently used marijuana in 2014 (13...
April 13, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649167/assessment-of-indoor-air-quality-problems-in-office-like-environments-role-of-occupational-health-services
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REVIEW
Paolo Carrer, Peder Wolkoff
There is an increasing concern about indoor air quality (IAQ) and its impact on health, comfort, and work-performance in office-like environments and their workers, which account for most of the labor force. The Scientific Committee on Indoor Air Quality and Health of the ICOH (Int. Comm. Occup. Health) has discussed the assessment and management of IAQ problems and proposed a stepwise approach to be conducted by a multidisciplinary team. It is recommended to integrate the building assessment, inspection by walk-through of the office workplace, questionnaire survey, and environmental measurements, in that order...
April 12, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29621347/investigation-of-multiple-mortality-events-in-eastern-box-turtles-terrapene-carolina-carolina
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Laura Adamovicz, Matthew C Allender, Grace Archer, Marta Rzadkowska, Kayla Boers, Chris Phillips, Elizabeth Driskell, Michael J Kinsel, Caroline Chu
Wildlife mortality investigations are important for conservation, food safety, and public health; but they are infrequently reported for cryptic chelonian species. Eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) are declining due to anthropogenic factors and disease, and while mortality investigations have been reported for captive and translocated individuals, few descriptions exist for free-living populations. We report the results of four natural mortality event investigations conducted during routine health surveillance of three Illinois box turtle populations in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29614831/medical-surveillance-continuous-health-promotion-and-a-participatory-intervention-in-a-small-company
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Nicola Magnavita
The workplace is an ideal setting for health promotion. The regular medical examination of workers enables us to screen for numerous diseases, spread good practices and correct lifestyles, and obtain a favourable risk/benefit ratio. The continuous monitoring of the level of workers' wellbeing using a holistic approach during medical surveillance enables us to promptly identify problems in work organisation and the company climate. Problems of this kind can be adequately managed by using a participatory approach...
April 2, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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