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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337118/toxicological-risk-at-workplace-and-toxicity-as-life-cycle-assessment-impact-category-substitution-of-solvents-as-an-example
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Thomas Schupp, Philipp Alexander Georg, Guenter Kirstein
Substitution of hazardous substances against less hazardous ones is a central requirement of the European Chemical Regulation REACH (European Regulation 1907/2006/EC). Hazardous substances emitted from products may not only affect the worker; drift off and distribution in the environment may finally result in exposure of the general population. This potential threat to health is covered by the impact category "toxicity" in Life Cycle Assessments. In this paper, we present a case of a substitution of volatile organic compounds in a reactive varnish, and compare the "old" formulation with the "new" formulation against health risk to the worker, and concerning the Life Cycle Assessment impact category "toxicity"...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330400/academic-responses-to-fukushima-disaster
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Kiyotaka Yasui, Yuko Kimura, Kenji Kamiya, Rie Miyatani, Naohiro Tsuyama, Akira Sakai, Koji Yoshida, Shunichi Yamashita, Rethy Chhem, May Abdel-Wahab, Akira Ohtsuru
Since radiation accidents, particularly nuclear disasters, are rarer than other types of disasters, a comprehensive radiation disaster medical curriculum for them is currently unavailable. The Fukushima compound disaster has urged the establishment of a new medical curriculum in preparation for any future complex disaster. The medical education will aim to aid decision making on various health risks for workers, vulnerable people, and residents addressing each phase in the disaster. Herein, we introduce 3 novel educational programs that have been initiated to provide students, professionals, and leaders with the knowledge of and skills to elude the social consequences of complex nuclear disasters...
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320639/exposure-to-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-and-volatile-organic-compounds-among-recently-pregnant-rural-guatemalan-women-cooking-and-heating-with-solid-fuels
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John R Weinstein, Renée Asteria-Peñaloza, Anaité Diaz-Artiga, Gilberto Davila, S Katharine Hammond, Ian T Ryde, Joel N Meyer, Neal Benowitz, Lisa M Thompson
BACKGROUND: Household air pollution is a major contributor to death and disability worldwide. Over 95% of rural Guatemalan households use woodstoves for cooking or heating. Woodsmoke contains carcinogenic or fetotoxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Increased PAHs and VOCs have been shown to increase levels of oxidative stress. OBJECTIVE: We examined PAH and VOC exposures among recently pregnant rural Guatemalan women exposed to woodsmoke and compared exposures to levels seen occupationally or among smokers...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319714/occupational-exposure-of-firefighters-to-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-non-fire-work-environments
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Marta Oliveira, Klara Slezakova, Adília Fernandes, João Paulo Teixeira, Cristina Delerue-Matos, Maria do Carmo Pereira, Simone Morais
This work aims to characterize personal exposure of firefighters to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in non-fire work environments (fire stations), and assesses the respective risks. Eighteen PAHs (16 considered by USEPA as priority pollutants, dibenzo[a,l]pyrene and benzo[j]fluoranthene) were monitored in breathing zones of workers at five Portuguese fire stations during a normal shift. The obtained levels of PAHs fulfilled all existent occupational exposure limits as well as air quality guidelines with total concentrations (ΣPAHs) in range of 46...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294146/resisting-majesty-apis-cerana-has-lower-antennal-sensitivity-and-decreased-attraction-to-queen-mandibular-pheromone-than-apis-mellifera
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Shihao Dong, Ping Wen, Qi Zhang, Xinyu Li, Ken Tan, James Nieh
In highly social bees, queen mandibular pheromone (QMP) is vital for colony life. Both Apis cerana (Ac) and Apis mellifera (Am) share an evolutionarily conserved set of QMP compounds: (E)-9-oxodec-2-enoic acid (9-ODA), (E)-9-hydroxydec-2-enoic acid (9-HDA), (E)-10-hydroxy-dec-2-enoic acid (10-HDA), 10-hydroxy-decanoic acid (10-HDAA), and methyl p-hydroxybenzoate (HOB) found at similar levels. However, evidence suggests there may be species-specific sensitivity differences to QMP compounds because Ac workers have higher levels of ovarian activation than Am workers...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271576/cuticular-hydrocarbon-cues-of-immune-challenged-workers-elicit-immune-activation-in-honey-bee-queens
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Javier Hernández López, Ulrike Riessberger-Gallé, Karl Crailsheim, Wolfgang Schuehly
Recently, evidence has shown that variations in the cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) profile allow healthy honeybees to identify diseased nestmates, eliciting agonistic responses in the former. Here, we determined whether these 'immunologic cues' emitted by diseased nestmates were only detected by workers, who consequently took hygienic measures and excluded these individuals from the colony, or whether queens were also able to detect these cues and respond accordingly. Healthy honeybee queens were exposed to i) healthy, ii) Ringer-injected and iii) lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-injected nestmates by allowing direct body contact...
March 8, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271350/genotoxicity-of-the-herbicide-imazethapyr-in-mammalian-cells-by-oxidative-dna-damage-evaluation-using-the-endo-iii-and-fpg-alkaline-comet-assays
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Sonia Soloneski, Celeste Ruiz de Arcaute, Noelia Nikoloff, Marcelo L Larramendy
We evaluated the role of oxidative stress in the genotoxic damage induced by imazethapyr (IMZT) and its formulation Pivot® in mammalian CHO-K1 cell line. Using the alkaline comet assay, we observed that a concentration of 0.1 μg/mL of IMZT or Pivot® was able to induce DNA damage by increasing the frequency of damaged nucleoids. To test whether the DNA lesions were caused by oxidative stress, the DNA repair enzymes endonuclease III (Endo III) and formamidopyrimidine-DNA glycosylase (Fpg), which convert base damage to strand breaks, were used...
March 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260617/perfluorooctanesulfonate-pfos-conversion-from-n-ethyl-n-2-hydroxyethyl-perfluorooctanesulfonamide-etfose-in-male-sprague-dawley-rats-after-inhalation-exposure
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Sue Chang, Brian T Mader, Kent R Lindstrom, Cleston C Lange, Jill A Hart, Thomas A Kestner, Jay F Schulz, David J Ehresman, John L Butenhoff
Ethyl-N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-perfluorooctanesulfonamide (EtFOSE) was one of the key building blocks for many of the perfluorooctanesulfonyl-based chemistry and laboratory studies have shown that EtFOSE can metabolically degrade to perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS). Non-occupational contribution sources to PFOS are thought to occur in general population via diets, drinking water, air and dust. For workers, however, the exposure route was mostly airborne and the exposure source was predominantly to precursor compounds such as EtFOSE...
May 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245931/disruption-of-thyroid-hormone-th-levels-and-th-regulated-gene-expression-by-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-pbdes-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-and-hydroxylated-pcbs-in-e-waste-recycling-workers
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Jing Zheng, Chun-Tao He, She-Jun Chen, Xiao Yan, Mi-Na Guo, Mei-Huan Wang, Yun-Jiang Yu, Zhong-Yi Yang, Bi-Xian Mai
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are the primary toxicants released by electronic waste (e-waste) recycling, but their adverse effects on people working in e-waste recycling or living near e-waste sites have not been studied well. In the present study, the serum concentrations of PBDEs, PCBs, and hydroxylated PCBs, the circulating levels of thyroid hormones (THs), and the mRNA levels of seven TH-regulated genes in peripheral blood leukocytes of e-waste recycling workers were analyzed...
February 25, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220904/recent-advances-in-occupational-and-environmental-health-hazards-of-workers-exposed-to-gasoline-compounds
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REVIEW
Christopher E Ekpenyong, Asuquo E Asuquo
The impact of health and environmental hazards, associated with the constituents of gasoline, on occupationally exposed workers has been recorded over the past few decades. However, the scientific literature on their pathogenic potential remains incomplete, which could affect the current understanding of the associated health risks. This review provides current information based on recently improved research techniques to evaluate gasoline toxicity profiles for humans. Our current knowledge provides insight into the intricate mechanism of gasoline-induced adverse effects, including the formation of reactive metabolites via bio-activation and subsequent generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and oxidative stress, which are involved in multiple mechanisms that are central to the aetiology of gasoline-induced toxicity...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217107/modulation-of-human-immune-response-by-fungal-biocontrol-agents
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REVIEW
Cibele Konstantinovas, Tiago A de Oliveira Mendes, Marcos A Vannier-Santos, Jane Lima-Santos
Although the vast majority of biological control agents is generally regarded as safe for humans and environment, the increased exposure of agriculture workers, and consumer population to fungal substances may affect the immune system. Those compounds may be associated with both intense stimulation, resulting in IgE-mediated allergy and immune downmodulation induced by molecules such as cyclosporin A and mycotoxins. This review discusses the potential effects of biocontrol fungal components on human immune responses, possibly associated to infectious, inflammatory diseases, and defective defenses...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212633/cooking-smoke-and-respiratory-symptoms-of-restaurant-workers-in-thailand
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Chudchawal Juntarawijit, Yuwayong Juntarawijit
BACKGROUND: Restaurant workers are at risk from exposure to toxic compounds from burning of fuel and fumes from cooking. However, the literature is almost silent on the issue. What discussion that can be found in the literature focuses on the potential effects from biomass smoke exposure in the home kitchen, and does not address the problem as occurring in the workplace, particularly in restaurants. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional survey of 224 worker from 142 food restaurants in the Tha Pho sub-district of Phitsanulok, a province in Thailand...
February 17, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187990/how-to-contain-artemisinin-and-multidrug-resistant-falciparum-malaria
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REVIEW
Arjen M Dondorp, Frank M Smithuis, Charley Woodrow, Lorenz von Seidlein
In the Greater Mekong subregion (GMS), artemisinin resistance is increasingly compounded by partner drug resistance, causing high failure rates of artemisinin combination therapies in some areas. For its containment, an accelerated elimination strategy will be needed. This includes high-quality implementation of conventional malaria control measures: early case management with quality artemisinin combination therapies (avoiding artesunate monotherapies) and single gametocytocidal low dose of primaquine, vector control and surveillance...
February 7, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178217/flavonoid-composition-and-antitumor-activity-of-bee-bread-collected-in-northeast-portugal
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Filipa Sobral, Ricardo C Calhelha, Lillian Barros, Montserrat Dueñas, Andreia Tomás, Celestino Santos-Buelga, Miguel Vilas-Boas, Isabel C F R Ferreira
Bee bread (BB) is a fermented mixture of plant pollen, honey, and bee saliva that worker bees use as food for larvae, and for young bees to produce royal jelly. In the present study, five BB samples, collected from Apis mellifera iberiensis hives located in different apiaries near Bragança, in the northeast region of Portugal, and one BB commercial sample were characterized by high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to a diode array detector and electrospray mass spectrometry (HPLC-DAD-ESI/MS) in terms of phenolic compounds, such as flavonoid glycoside derivatives...
February 7, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163282/potential-objective-biomarkers-for-fatigue-among-working-women
#15
Chie Ebata, Hitomi Tatsuta, Masayuki Tatmeichi
OBJECTIVE: The prediction of health impairment due to work overload is subjectively assessed based on recognized symptoms; however, objective evaluation is primarily ideal in the field of occupational health. Recently, some biomarkers of autonomic function and/or oxidative stress were reported to be associated with fatigue. This study aimed to preliminarily investigate whether these biomarkers could be objective indicators for fatigue and stress among working women. METHOD: Participants included 118 full-time female workers (mean age 37...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141626/update-on-asthma-and-cleaning-agents
#16
Ilenia Folletti, Andrea Siracusa, Giulia Paolocci
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Asthma due to cleaning products has been known for 20 years, and the interest in this topic is still large because of the number of cleaning workers with respiratory problems. In this review, we sought to highlight the most recent findings on the relationship between exposure to cleaning products and asthma and to summarize the specific literature published between 2013 and 2016. RECENT FINDINGS: Women are confirmed as most of workers exposed to cleaning products and have a higher frequency than men of work-related respiratory symptoms and diseases...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28136187/particle-induced-pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis-and-subsequent-inflammation-and-fibrosis
#17
Ernst M Bomhard
This review analyzes the published data on cases of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) in workers inhaling crystalline aluminum, indium, silicon, and titanium particles and possible sequelae, that is, inflammation and fibrosis, and compares these findings with those from animal experiments. In inhalation studies in rodents using crystalline indium and gallium compounds, pronounced PAP followed by inflammation and fibrosis down to very low concentration ranges have been reported. Crystalline aluminum, silicon, and titanium compounds also induced comparable pulmonary changes in animals, though at higher exposure levels...
January 1, 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129360/influenza-vaccination-of-healthcare-workers-critical-analysis-of-the-evidence-for-patient-benefit-underpinning-policies-of-enforcement
#18
Gaston De Serres, Danuta M Skowronski, Brian J Ward, Michael Gardam, Camille Lemieux, Annalee Yassi, David M Patrick, Mel Krajden, Mark Loeb, Peter Collignon, Fabrice Carrat
BACKGROUND: Four cluster randomized controlled trials (cRCTs) conducted in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) have reported reductions in patient risk through increased healthcare worker (HCW) influenza vaccination. This evidence has led to expansive policies of enforcement that include all staff of acute care hospitals and other healthcare settings beyond LTCFs. We critique and quantify the cRCT evidence for indirect patient benefit underpinning policies of mandatory HCW influenza vaccination...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126587/co-option-of-the-sphingolipid-metabolism-for-the-production-of-nitroalkene-defensive-chemicals-in-termite-soldiers
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Anna Jirošová, Andrej Jančařík, Riya C Menezes, Olga Bazalová, Klára Dolejšová, Heiko Vogel, Pavel Jedlička, Aleš Buček, Jana Brabcová, Pavel Majer, Robert Hanus, Aleš Svatoš
The aliphatic nitroalkene (E)-1-nitropentadec-1-ene (NPD), reported in early seventies in soldiers of the termite genus Prorhinotermes, was the first documented nitro compound produced by insects. Yet, its biosynthetic origin has long remained unknown. Here, we investigated in detail the biosynthesis of NPD in P. simplex soldiers. First, we track the dynamics in major metabolic pathways during soldier ontogeny, with emphasis on likely NPD precursors and intermediates. Second, we propose a hypothesis of NPD formation and verify its individual steps using in vivo incubations of putative precursors and intermediates...
January 23, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115655/assessment-of-dna-chromosome-damage-in-the-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes-of-workers-exposed-to-indium-compounds
#20
Nan Liu, Yi Guan, Ling Xue, Yan Yu, Jingwei Xiao, Zhimin Chang, Qingzhao Li, Yuping Bai, Bin Li, Weijun Guan
This study was conducted to investigate possible genotoxic effects resulting from occupational exposure to indium compounds. We performed a cytogenetic analysis of peripheral blood lymphocytes gathered from 57 individuals exposed to indium at an indium ingot production plant in Guangxi, China, and compared the results with those obtained from 63 control subjects. The lymphocytes from both groups were examined in the chromosomal aberrations (CAs) assay, cytokinesis-block micronucleus (CBMN) assay, and single-cell gel electrophoresis (comet) assay...
January 23, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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