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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111984/asbestos-exposures-mesothelioma-incidence-and-mortality-and-awareness-by-general-practitioners-in-the-molise-region-central-italy
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Giancarlo Ripabelli, Manuela Tamburro, Domiziana Di Tella, Francesco Carrozza, Michela Lucia Sammarco
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate environmental asbestos sources, mesothelioma incidence and mortality, awareness on asbestos-related diseases (ARD) by general practitioners (GPs) in Molise Region. METHODS: The contaminated sites in three towns were identified by census; mesothelioma incidence (2000-2012) and mortality (2003-2013) was achieved from local registries; GPs were interviewed on practiced population's exposures and ARD diagnosis. RESULTS: 54...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102973/parenchymal-asbestosis-due-to-primary-asbestos-exposure-among-ship-breaking-workers-report-of-the-first-cases-from-bangladesh
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Venkiteswaran Muralidhar, Md Faizul Ahasan, Ahad Mahmud Khan
We report for the first time asbestosis among ship-breaking workers of Sitakunda in Bangladesh who were exposed to asbestos during ship-based and beach-based operations for at least 10 years. Asbestosis was present among 35% of workers. Years of work (>20) and forced vital capacity (<80% of predicted) were significantly associated with the disease. Currently, global ship-breaking operations are mainly concentrated in the Indian subcontinent, and Bangladesh has the majority share. Ninety per cent of domestic steel is produced in the ship-breaking operations in Bangladesh and is an important contributor to the economy...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099505/histological-findings-and-lung-dust-analysis-as-the-basis-for-occupational-disease-compensation-in-asbestos-related-lung-cancer-in-germany
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Inke Sabine Feder, Anja Theile, Andrea Tannapfel
OBJECTIVES: This study has researched the significance of histologically raised findings and lung dust analyses in the context of claiming the recognition of and thus compensation for an asbestos-associated occupational disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For this approach, all findings from the German Mesothelioma Register in 2015 that included lung dust analyses were evaluated and were compared with information on asbestos fiber exposure at work based on fiber years, and with the results of radiological findings...
November 2, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073511/differences-between-peritoneal-and-pleural-mesothelioma-in-lombardy-italy
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Carolina Mensi, Marco Mendola, Barbara Dallari, Maryam Sokooti, Ramin Tabibi, Luciano Riboldi, Dario Consonni
BACKGROUND: We examined characteristics of peritoneal (PEM) and pleural (PLM) mesothelioma in Lombardy, Italy. METHODS: From the Lombardy Mesothelioma Registry we selected PEM (N=300) and PLM (N=5011) cases diagnosed in 2000-2014. We investigated asbestos exposure and presence of asbestosis or pleural plaques. RESULTS: Incidence rates (per 1,000,000 person-years, world standardized) of PEM were 1.2 (men) and 0.9 (women), compared with 22.6 and 8...
October 23, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054957/memory-of-world-war-ii-with-loud-atypical-friction-rub-due-to-pulmonary-asbestosis
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Tatsuya Shirai, Takeshi Saraya, Miku Oda, Hajime Takizawa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 19, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033202/-pyopneumothorax-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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B Huret, S Boulanger, L Benhamed, X Deprez, D Caparros
INTRODUCTION: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the joints but which frequently includes extra articular effects, including pulmonary nodules, which grow faster under immunosuppressive treatment. CASE REPORT: A 74 years old man, with mild asbestosis, underwent treatment with methotrexate then leflunomide (LEF) for seropositive RA. In February 2014, during monitoring of his asbestosis, chest CT scan showed the appearance of thick-walled cavitating lung nodules, with a central and sub pleural distribution...
October 12, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855951/migrating-pleural-plaque-in-a-patient-with-asbestos-induced-pleural-disease-a-case-report
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Christian Eisenhawer, Michael K Felten, Thomas Hager, Mikhail Gronostayskiy, Philipp Bruners, Andrea Tannapfel, Thomas Kraus
BACKGROUND: Health surveillance of formerly asbestos exposed individuals focus on early detection of asbestos related diseases, such as lung fibrosis (asbestosis), pleural plaques, mesothelioma and lung cancer in particular. One main concern is the early and clear identification of lesions with a high risk of malignant changes and their undelayed clinical work-up. False positive results may lead to unnecessary and often painful diagnostic interventions, which create high costs when applied to a large cohort and also may discredit the whole program...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852644/asbestos-related-diseases-in-mineworkers-a-clinicopathological-study
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Ntombizodwa Ndlovu, David Rees, Jill Murray, Naseema Vorajee, Guy Richards, Jim teWaterNaude
The accurate diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases is important because of past and current asbestos exposures. This study evaluated the reliability of clinical diagnoses of asbestos-related diseases in former mineworkers using autopsies as the reference standard. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value were calculated. The 149 cases identified had clinical examinations 0.3-7.4 years before death. More asbestos-related diseases were diagnosed at autopsy rather than clinically: 77 versus 52 for asbestosis, 27 versus 14 for mesothelioma and 22 versus 3 for lung cancer...
July 2017: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843224/survival-in-good-performance-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-patients-prognostic-factors-and-predictors-of-response
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Mohamed Rahouma, Hala Aziz, Galal Ghaly, Mohamed Kamel, Iman Loai, Abdelrahman Mohamed
Purpose: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) has a poor prognosis in general. Here we sought to evaluate prognostic factors and predictors of response to chemotherapy in good performance (PS=0-I) patients. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed our database and enrolled patients with MPM who received platinum containing chemotherapy (2012-2014). Clinico-pathological and laboratory data were retrieved and Cox and logistic regression multivariate analyses (MVA) were respectively used to identify predictors of survival and response to chemotherapy...
August 27, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833303/mortality-in-asbestos-cement-workers-in-pavia-italy-a-cohort-study
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Enrico Oddone, Daniela Ferrante, Sara Tunesi, Corrado Magnani
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to describe the mortality of a cohort of asbestos-cement workers in the largest plant in the most industrialized Italian region (Lombardy). METHODS: A cohort study was carried out on 1818 subjects, corresponding to 47 536.1 person-years of observation. Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) were computed for the major causes of death. RESULTS: Increased SMRs were observed for pleural, peritoneal and lung cancers, and for asbestosis (SMR 26...
August 18, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805487/state-of-the-art-nanopathological-diagnostics
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Luca Roncati, Giuseppe Barbolini
The nanopathological diagnostics (ND) is an ultra-specialized branch of pathological anatomy aimed to identify the nanoparticles of metallic, semimetallic, or nonmetallic elements in the inorganic particulate matter present inside pathological tissues, even on the nanometer scale. ND exploits an environmental scanning electron microscope, connected to an X-ray microprobe mounted on an energy-dispersive spectrometer. The searching of nanoparticles can be performed on paraffin-embedded material, omitting emissions of black overlay and plating procedures...
September 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780818/-exploratory-analysis-on-burden-of-disease-attributable-to-asbestosis-from-2006-to-2015
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M X Liu, X J Zhu, T Li, P Xiao, D Wang
Objective: To analyze the levels and trends of the burden of disease attributable to asbestosis from 2006 to 2015. Methods: Theincidence of asbestosis from 2006 to 2015 was used for calculation, with data of disability weight and remission rate from Global burden of disease study 2015 (GBD 2015) and DisMoD-MR 2.1 software for the calculation of duration and age of year onset. The reference template of GBD was adopted to calculate disability adjusted life year (DALY) , year of life lost (YLL) and year of lived with disability (YLD) value in order to analyze the level and changing trend of burden of disease attributable to asbestosis...
June 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775133/italian-pool-of-asbestos-workers-cohorts-mortality-trends-of-asbestos-related-neoplasms-after-long-time-since-first-exposure
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Daniela Ferrante, Elisabetta Chellini, Enzo Merler, Venere Pavone, Stefano Silvestri, Lucia Miligi, Giuseppe Gorini, Vittoria Bressan, Paolo Girardi, Laura Ancona, Elisa Romeo, Ferdinando Luberto, Orietta Sala, Corrado Scarnato, Simona Menegozzo, Enrico Oddone, Sara Tunesi, Patrizia Perticaroli, Aldo Pettinari, Francesco Cuccaro, Stefano Mattioli, Antonio Baldassarre, Francesco Barone-Adesi, Tiziana Cena, Patrizia Legittimo, Alessandro Marinaccio, Dario Mirabelli, Marina Musti, Roberta Pirastu, Alessandra Ranucci, Corrado Magnani
OBJECTIVE: Asbestos is a known human carcinogen, with evidence for malignant mesothelioma (MM), cancers of lung, ovary, larynx and possibly other organs. MM rates are predicted to increase with a power of time since first exposure (TSFE), but the possible long-term attenuation of the trend is debated. The asbestos ban enforced in Italy in 1992 gives an opportunity to measure long-term cancer risk in formerly exposed workers. METHODS: Pool of 43 previously studied Italian asbestos cohorts (asbestos cement, rolling stock, shipbuilding), with mortality follow-up updated to 2010...
August 3, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757678/microrna-expression-in-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-and-asbestosis-a-pilot-study
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Paola Mozzoni, Luca Ampollini, Matteo Goldoni, Rossella Alinovi, Marcello Tiseo, Letizia Gnetti, Paolo Carbognani, Michele Rusca, Antonio Mutti, Antonio Percesepe, Massimo Corradi
BACKGROUND: The identification of diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers for asbestos-related diseases is relevant for early diagnosis and patient survival and may contribute to understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the disease development and progression. AIMS: To identify a pattern of miRNAs as possible diagnostic biomarkers for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and asbestosis (ASB) and as prognostic biomarkers for MPM patients. METHODS: miRNA-16, miRNA-17, miRNA-126, and miRNA-486 were quantified in plasma and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples to evaluate their diagnostic and prognostic roles compared to patients with other noncancerous pulmonary diseases (controls)...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686522/asbestos-related-disease-in-upholsterers
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M J Cruz, J Sampol, M Pallero, E Rodríguez, J Ferrer
Before its use was banned in developed countries, asbestos was widely applied in upholstery. However, the risk of asbestos diseases among upholsterers has only rarely been reported. In this case series, we present a first series of 6 workers employed in small workshops who developed several asbestos-related diseases, including pleural plaques, pleural fibrosis, and asbestosis. Exposures were intermittent and difficult to quantify, but lung asbestos content assessed by bronchoalveolar lavage was high in the 3 patients evaluated...
July 7, 2017: Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685333/chrysotile-and-rock-wool-fibers-induce-chromosome-aberrations-and-dna-damage-in-v79-lung-fibroblast-cells
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Yan Cui, Ji Ma, Wei Ye, Zhixia Han, Faqin Dong, Jianjun Deng, Qingbi Zhang
According to global estimates, at least 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposure. Chrysotile accounts for approximately 90% of asbestos used worldwide. Artificial substitutes can also be cytotoxic to the same degree as chrysotile. But only a few researchers focused on their genetic effects and mutagenicity information which is useful in evaluating the carcinogenicity of chemicals. In this study, chrysotile from Mangnai, Qinghai, China, and an artificial substitute, rock wool fiber were prepared as suspensions and were tested at concentrations of 50, 100, and 200 μg/ml in V79 lung fibroblasts...
July 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593073/cancer-incidence-in-asbestos-exposed-workers-an-update-on-four-finnish-cohorts
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Pia Nynäs, Eero Pukkala, Harri Vainio, Panu Oksa
BACKGROUND: We assessed the cancer risks of four different Finnish asbestos-exposed cohorts. We also explored if the cohorts with varying profiles of asbestos exposure exhibited varying relative risks of cancer. METHODS: The incident cancer cases for the asbestos-exposed worker cohorts were updated to the end of 2012 using the files of the Finnish Cancer Registry. The previously formed cohorts consisted of asbestos mine workers, asbestosis patients, asbestos sprayers, and workers who had taken part in a screening study based on asbestos exposure at work...
June 2017: Safety and Health At Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588347/glycoprotein-ykl-40-levels-in-plasma-are-associated-with-fibrotic-changes-on-hrct-in-asbestos-exposed-subjects
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Tuija Väänänen, Lauri Lehtimäki, Katriina Vuolteenaho, Mari Hämäläinen, Panu Oksa, Tuula Vierikko, Ritva Järvenpää, Jukka Uitti, Hannu Kankaanranta, Eeva Moilanen
YKL-40 is a chitinase-like glycoprotein produced by alternatively activated macrophages that are associated with wound healing and fibrosis. Asbestosis is a chronic asbestos-induced lung disease, in which injury of epithelial cells and activation of alveolar macrophages lead to enhanced collagen production and fibrosis. We studied if YKL-40 is related to inflammation, fibrosis, and/or lung function in subjects exposed to asbestosis. Venous blood samples were collected from 85 men with moderate or heavy occupational asbestos exposure and from 28 healthy, age-matched controls...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558669/calretinin-as-a-blood-based-biomarker-for-mesothelioma
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Georg Johnen, Katarzyna Gawrych, Irina Raiko, Swaantje Casjens, Beate Pesch, Daniel G Weber, Dirk Taeger, Martin Lehnert, Jens Kollmeier, Torsten Bauer, Arthur W Musk, Bruce W S Robinson, Thomas Brüning, Jenette Creaney
BACKGROUND: Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a deadly cancer mainly caused by previous exposure to asbestos. With a latency period up to 50 years the incidence of MM is still increasing, even in countries that banned asbestos. Secondary prevention has been established to provide persons at risk regular health examinations. An earlier detection with tumor markers might improve therapeutic options. Previously, we have developed a new blood-based assay for the protein marker calretinin. Aim of this study was the verification of the assay in an independent study population and comparison with the established marker mesothelin...
May 30, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481375/pleural-mesothelioma-in-household-members-of-asbestos-exposed-workers-in-friuli-venezia-giulia-italy
#20
Flavia D' Agostin, Paola de Michieli, Corrado Negro
OBJECTIVES: Malignant mesothelioma is closely associated to asbestos exposure. One such exposure may occur through contact with occupationally exposed household members and their belongings. This study examines the features of pleural mesothelioma attributable only to asbestos brought home by another family member. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The data sources were 1063 mesothelioma cases diagnosed between 1995 and 2014, from the Friuli Venezia Giulia Mesothelioma Register...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
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