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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919597/quality-of-life-in-children-with-asthma-in-bangladesh
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M R Hassan, S Kabir, A E Basher, M A Rahman, M A Islam, M K Khan, M S Basher
Asthma is a public health problem that adversely affects different aspects of quality of life. Childhood asthma is common in Bangladesh affecting their lifestyle. The objective of the study was to assess health-related quality of life in children with bronchial asthma. A descriptive, cross-sectional study was carried out from January 2014 to December 2014 at the Outpatient Department of National Asthma Centre, Mohakhali, Dhaka among hundred sixty-two purposively selected children of both sexes with bronchial asthma aged from 7 to 17 years...
July 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918194/cleaning-and-asthma-a-systematic-review-and-approach-for-effective-safety-assessment
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Melissa J Vincent, Ann Parker, Andrew Maier
Research indicates a correlative relationship between asthma and use of consumer cleaning products. We conduct a systematic review of epidemiological literature on persons who use or are exposed to cleaning products, both in occupational and domestic settings, and risk of asthma or asthma-like symptoms to improve understanding of the causal relationship between exposure and asthma. A scoring method for assessing study reliability is presented. Although research indicates an association between asthma and the use of cleaning products, no study robustly investigates exposure to cleaning products or ingredients along with asthma risk...
September 13, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914424/new-perspectives-in-nanotherapeutics-for-chronic-respiratory-diseases
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Adriana Lopes da Silva, Fernanda Ferreira Cruz, Patricia Rieken Macedo Roccco, Marcelo Marcos Morales
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hundreds of millions of people of all ages and in all countries suffer from chronic respiratory diseases, with particular negative consequences such as poor health-related quality of life, impaired work productivity, and limitations in the activities of daily living. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, occupational lung diseases (such as silicosis), cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary arterial hypertension are the most common of these diseases, and none of them are curable with current therapies...
September 15, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898964/comparison-of-clinic-models-for-patients-with-work-related-asthma
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J C Lipszyc, F Silverman, D L Holness, G M Liss, K L Lavoie, S M Tarlo
Background: Work-related asthma (WRA) is a prevalent occupational lung disease that is associated with undesirable effects on psychological status, quality of life (QoL), workplace activity and socioeconomic status. Previous studies have also indicated that clinic structure may impact outcomes among patients with asthma. Aims: To identify the impact of clinic structure on psychological status, QoL, workplace limitations and socioeconomic status of patients with WRA among two different tertiary clinic models...
August 1, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898962/occupational-rhinoconjunctivitis-caused-by-the-common-indoor-plant-hoya-compacta
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D Sherson, A D Nielsen, C G Mortz, L Vestergaard, L P A Brandt, E Jørs, J Bælum
Background: Allergic reactions to the common house plant Hoya compacta (HC) have not previously been described. Aims: To confirm HC as the cause of rhinoconjunctivitis in three horticultural workers. Methods: Greenhouse working conditions were reproduced in our challenge chamber. Results: All three cases developed rhinoconjunctivitis when working with HC plants. A control challenge was performed in two cases with iceberg lettuce causing no symptoms...
August 1, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888250/latex-allergy-where-are-we-now-and-how-did-we-get-there
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Kevin J Kelly, Gordon Sussman
Latex allergy emerged as an epidemic of anaphylaxis, occupational asthma, and clinical dilemmas in the 1980s. A systematic recognition, investigation, discovery, epidemiology, and prevention strategy followed. International attention and collaborations of investigators, government agencies, manufacturing, and health policy resulted in near elimination of a global epidemic. This article summarizes nearly 4 decades of work in control of this epidemic and focuses attention on future problems that still require resolution...
September 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886960/-indoor-air-quality-and-parents-of-asthmatic-children-practices
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S Larramendy Magnin, B Desssome, L Moret
BACKGROUND: Indoor air pollution can worsen asthma in children. Better knowledge of factors determining parents' reception of recommendations to limit pollution of indoor air in the homes of asthmatic children would be helpful to improve implementation. METHOD: A descriptive study evaluating practices known to have an impact on the quality of air in homes was conducted among parents of asthmatic children aged 3 to 16 years. From May to September 2013, parents answered anonymous self-administered questionnaires in waiting rooms of generalist practitioners, in the Nantes University pneumology pediatric outpatient clinic, and as part of therapeutic education sessions conducted by the Asthma-44 Network...
September 5, 2017: Revue D'épidémiologie et de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865410/decreased-sensitization-to-aeroallergens-among-southwestern-iranian-male-farmers
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Mozhgan Moghtaderi, Mona Torab Jahromi, Shirin Farjadian, Payam Ghassemi, Saeed Hosseini Teshnizi
Farmers are usually exposed to various inhaled allergens like pollens, mites, molds, and animal dander in their working environment which may lead to allergic rhinitis, asthma and urticaria. The purpose of this study was to identify sensitization to various aeroallergens in farmers and their occupational allergy symptoms. This cross sectional study included 103 male farmers and 100 non-farmer healthy controls. The work-related symptoms of farmers were recorded with a questionnaire. Spirometry and skin prick tests with 15 commercial allergen extracts were performed in both farmers and controls...
August 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862493/an-official-american-thoracic-society-workshop-report-presentations-and-discussion-of-the-sixth-jack-pepys-workshop-on-asthma-in-the-workplace
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Susan M Tarlo, Jean-Luc Malo, Frédéric de Blay, Nicole Le Moual, Paul Henneberger, Dick Heederik, Monika Raulf, Christopher Carlsten, André Cartier
The Sixth Jack Pepys Workshop on Asthma in the Workplace focused on six key themes regarding the recognition and assessment of work-related asthma and airway diseases: (1) cleaning agents and disinfectants (including in swimming pools) as irritants and sensitizers: how to evaluate types of bronchial reactions and reduce risks; (2) population-based studies of occupational obstructive diseases: use of databanks, advantages and pitfalls, what strategies to deal with biases and confounding?; (3) damp environments, dilapidated buildings, recycling processes, and molds, an increasing problem: mechanisms, how to assess causality and diagnosis; (4) diagnosis of occupational asthma and rhinitis: how useful are recombinant allergens (component-resolved diagnosis), metabolomics, and other new tests?; (5) how does exposure to gas, dust, and fumes enhance sensitization and asthma?; and (6) how to determine probability of occupational causality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: epidemiological and clinical, confirmation, and compensation aspects...
September 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858530/exploring-asthma-in-the-workplace-a-triangulation-of-perspectives-from-management-employees-and-people-with-asthma
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Denise H Zhao, Lorraine Smith, Bandana Saini
OBJECTIVES: People with asthma spend a significant amount of time in the workplace but little is known about the current state of disease management in such contexts. The aim of the current study is to explore the experiences, attitudes and perceptions of asthma across different stakeholders in the workplace to help inform potential recommendations for workplace asthma policies. METHODS: Using a purposive convenience sampling method, in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted in Australia with 5 human resource personnel, 10 employees with asthma and 10 employees without asthma...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857088/-health-hazards-resulting-from-exposure-to-zinc-and-its-inorganic-compounds-in-industry
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Daria Pakulska, Sławomir Czerczak
This article deals with health risks resulting from exposure to zinc and its inorganic compounds in industry. The main source of zinc exposure are fumes generated during thermal and chemical processes, mainly zinc oxide fume formed by immediate oxidation of metallic zinc vapor formed during high-temperature processes, as well as dust generated during the mechanical processing of zinc-containing materials. It is recognized that zinc ions are responsible for health effects of exposure to dust/fumes of the majority of zinc compounds, and the final effect of exposure depends on the degree of dispersion of dusts/fumes suspended in the air...
August 31, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822787/global-regional-and-national-deaths-prevalence-disability-adjusted-life-years-and-years-lived-with-disability-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-asthma-1990-2015-a-systematic-analysis-for-the-global-burden-of-disease-study-2015
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BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are common diseases with a heterogeneous distribution worldwide. Here, we present methods and disease and risk estimates for COPD and asthma from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) 2015 study. The GBD study provides annual updates on estimates of deaths, prevalence, and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), a summary measure of fatal and non-fatal disease outcomes, for over 300 diseases and injuries, for 188 countries from 1990 to the most recent year...
September 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810682/effects-of-known-determinants-on-methylene-bisphenyl-isocyanate-mdi-concentration-during-spray-on-truck-bed-lining-processes
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Nicholas C Schaal, William J Brazile, Katie L Finnie, James P Tiger
Background: Occupational exposure to methylene bisphenyl isocyanate (MDI) presents serious worker health concerns as it may lead to short- and long-term health effects such as asthma, airway irritation, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and irritation of skin and mucous membranes. While studies of worker isocyanate exposures during vehicle painting activities are widespread, few studies have investigated the spray-on truck bed-liner (STBL) industry. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of several ventilation system variables and process characteristics in controlling MDI concentrations in the STBL industry...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804700/abridged-version-of-the-awmf-guideline-for-the-medical-clinical-diagnostics-of-indoor-mould-exposure-s2k-guideline-of-the-german-society-of-hygiene-environmental-medicine-and-preventive-medicine-ghup-in-collaboration-with-the-german-association-of-allergists
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Gerhard A Wiesmüller, Birger Heinzow, Ute Aurbach, Karl-Christian Bergmann, Albrecht Bufe, Walter Buzina, Oliver A Cornely, Steffen Engelhart, Guido Fischer, Thomas Gabrio, Werner Heinz, Caroline E W Herr, Jörg Kleine-Tebbe, Ludger Klimek, Martin Köberle, Herbert Lichtnecker, Thomas Lob-Corzilius, Rolf Merget, Norbert Mülleneisen, Dennis Nowak, Uta Rabe, Monika Raulf, Hans Peter Seidl, Jens-Oliver Steiß, Regine Szewszyk, Peter Thomas, Kerttu Valtanen, Julia Hurraß
This article is an abridged version of the AWMF mould guideline "Medical clinical diagnostics of indoor mould exposure" presented in April 2016 by the German Society of Hygiene, Environmental Medicine and Preventive Medicine (Gesellschaft für Hygiene, Umweltmedizin und Präventivmedizin, GHUP), in collaboration with the above-mentioned scientific medical societies, German and Austrian societies, medical associations and experts. Indoor mould growth is a potential health risk, even if a quantitative and/or causal relationship between the occurrence of individual mould species and health problems has yet to be established...
2017: Allergo Journal International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795953/diagnostic-accuracy-of-breath-tests-for-pneumoconiosis-using-an-electronic-nose
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Pau-Chung Chen, Hsin-Yi Peng, Che-Jui Chang, Hsiao-Yu Yang
Breath analyses have attracted substantial attention as screens for occupational environmental lung disease. The objective of this study was to develop breath tests for pneumoconiosis by analysing volatile organic compounds using an electronic nose. A case-control study was designed. We screened 102 subjects from a cohort of stone workers. After excluding three subjects with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus and one subject with asthma, 98 subjects were enrolled, including 34 subjects with pneumoconiosis and 64 healthy controls...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795430/occupational-contact-urticaria-and-protein-contact-dermatitis-causes-and-concomitant-airway-diseases
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Eva Helaskoski, Hille Suojalehto, Outi Kuuliala, Kristiina Aalto-Korte
BACKGROUND: Contact urticaria (CU) and protein contact dermatitis (PCD) are mainly induced by an immediate, IgE-mediated immunological mechanism. Immediate sensitization is also linked to asthma and/or allergic rhinitis. OBJECTIVES: To report causes of work-induced CU and PCD, and to evaluate the occurrence of concomitant airway diseases. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the patient files of cases diagnosed with CU or PCD at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health during 1995-2011...
August 10, 2017: Contact Dermatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789768/-work-related-asthma-in-an-orthopaedic-surgeon
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Eske Roth, Christina Blanner Kristiansen, Karin Dahl Assing, Ulla Møller Weinreich
An orthopaedic surgeon with no history of lung disease developed cough and dyspnoea. The patient was diagnosed with asthma by spirometry and bronchial provocation test with methacholine. A clear correlation between symptoms and work was established meriting a referral to a centre for occupational health. The patient was diagnosed with work-related disease, which was recognized by the industrial injury board. The cause was methyl methacrylate, a known airway irritant, which is an important component of bone cement...
July 24, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771844/assessment-of-eosinophilic-airway-inflammation-as-a-contribution-to-the-diagnosis-of-occupational-asthma
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Carolina Beretta, Catherine Rifflart, Geneviève Evrard, Jacques Jamart, Joël Thimpont, Olivier Vandenplas
BACKGROUND: Ascertaining the presence of asthma through the assessment of nonspecific bronchial hyperresponsiveness (NSBH) is a key step in the diagnosis of occupational asthma (OA). We aimed at investigating whether indices of airway inflammation including fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and sputum eosinophils would be useful adjuncts to the measurement of NSBH in diagnosing OA defined as a positive specific inhalation challenge (SIC). METHODS: The study included 240 consecutive subjects with a suspicion of OA who completed a SIC, of whom 133 showed a positive response...
August 3, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737932/ins-and-outs-in-environmental-and-occupational-safety-studies-of-asthma-and-engineered-nanomaterials
#19
Marina A Dobrovolskaia, Michael R Shurin, Valerian E Kagan, Anna A Shvedova
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 25 million Americans suffer from asthma. The disease total annual cost is about $56 billion and includes both the direct and indirect costs of medications, hospital stays, missed work, and decreased productivity. Air pollution with xenobiotics, bacterial agents, and industrial nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, contribute to the exacerbation of this condition and are a point of particular attention in environmental toxicology as well as in occupational health and safety research...
August 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734852/azodicarbonamide-adca-a-reconsideration-of-classification-as-a-respiratory-sensitiser
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Josje Arts, Ian Kimber
Azodicarbonamide (ADCA) is widely used by industry in the manufacture of a variety of products. ADCA has been classified as a respiratory allergen, and the purpose of this article was to consider whether this classification is appropriate based upon the available data. Here both clinical experience and relevant experimental data have been reviewed. Although there have been reports of an association between workplace exposure to ADCA and symptoms of respiratory allergy and occupational asthma, the evidence is less than persuasive, with in many instances a lack of properly controlled and executed diagnostic procedures...
July 20, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
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