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Coal worker pneumoconiosis

W Wang, W H Zhang, Y S Tao, X Zhuang, M J Chu
Objective: To evaluate the relationship between IL-1 gene polymorphisms and coal workers' pneumoconiosis and silicosis susceptibility. Methods: We searched published full-text from PubMed, Web of Science, CNKI, VIP and Wanfang to collect case-control study on IL-1 gene polymorphisms with coal workers' pneumoconiosis and silicosis susceptibility. Eight articles, including 10 case-control studies were included in our study. All analyses were performed using the Stata version 12.0 software. Results: The IL-1RA (+2018) TC or CC variant genotypes were associated with coal workers' pneumoconiosis and silicosis risk (OR=1...
September 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
Hua Jiang, Yi Luo, Joe McQuerrey
Underground coalmine roof bolting operators exhibit a continued risk for overexposure to airborne levels of respirable coal and crystalline silica dust from the roof drilling operation. Inhaling these dusts can cause coal worker's pneumoconiosis and silicosis. This research explores the effect of drilling control parameters, specifically drilling bite depth, on the reduction of respirable dust generated during the drilling process. Laboratory drilling experiments were conducted and results demonstrated the feasibility of this dust control approach...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Bing Han, Hongbo Liu, Guojiang Zhai, Qun Wang, Jie Liang, Mengcang Zhang, Kai Cui, Fuhai Shen, Hongbo Yi, Jie Chen
Our research estimated the economic costs of possible cases of coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) among redeployed coal workers from the Fuxin Mining Industry Group. The study cohort included 19,116 coal workers between 1965 and 2012. We estimated direct and indirect economic costs due to possible current and future CWP cases among redeployed coal workers. We found as of 2012 that 141 possible CWP cases might have resulted in economic costs of $37.52 million ($33.84 million were direct and $3.68 million indirect)...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Public Health Policy
Y R Wang, Q Ye
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July 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
L J Mao, Y L Zhang, C C Cong, L Guan, S Q Li, J Y Zhao
Objective: To explore the role of lysophosphatidic acid, vascular endothelial growth facor and endothelin in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis in coal workers'pneumoconiosis patients, the relationship of lysophosphatidic acid, VEGF and ET in serum was studied. Methods: Sixty two pneumoconiosis patients were selected as cases group, which included 23 cases of stage Ⅰ, 25 cases of stageⅡand 14 cases of stageⅢ. Twenty workers were selected as dust exposure group who exposed to coal dust for more than 2 years and had not been diagnosed as pneumoconiosis...
July 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
Yi Liu, Jingjin Yang, Qiuyun Wu, Ruhui Han, Weiwen Yan, Jiali Yuan, Xiaoming Ji, Yan Li, Wenxi Yao, Chunhui Ni
The lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-responsive beige-like anchor protein (LRBA) is a member of the WDL-BEACH-WD (WBW) gene family. Defects in this gene are associated with the disordered autoimmunity in various diseases, including pulmonary fibrosis. In this study, we investigated the association between the functional polymorphisms in LRBA and risk of coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) in a Chinese population. Three potentially functional polymorphisms (rs2290846, rs3749574, and rs1782360) in LRBA were genotyped and analyzed in a case-control study, including 703 CWP cases and 705 controls...
September 27, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Jiali Yuan, Ruhui Han, Ayaaba Esther, Qiuyun Wu, Jingjin Yang, Weiwen Yan, Xiaoming Ji, Yi Liu, Yan Li, Wenxi Yao, Chunhui Ni
Autophagy is an evolutionary conserved intracellular degradation/recycling system that is essential for cellular homeostasis. Dysregulation of this process leads to a number of disorders, including pulmonary fibrosis. However, the genetic association between singe nucleotide polymorphisms of autophagy related genes (ATGs) and the risk of coal workers' pneumoconiosis has not been reported yet. Total of 7 SNPs in ATGs (ATG16, ATG12, ATG5, ATG10) were investigated for their roles in CWP by a case-control study which including 705 CWP patients and 703 control subjects...
October 20, 2017: Gene
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
Andrew J Ghio, Michael C Madden
Among the myriad particles the human respiratory tract is exposed to, a significant number are distinctive in that they include humic substances (HS) and humic-like substances (HULIS) as organic components. HS are heterogeneous, amorphous, organic materials which are ubiquitous occurring in all terrestrial and aqueous environments. HULIS are a complex class of organic, macromolecular compounds initially extracted from atmospheric aerosol particles which share some features with HS including an aromatic, polyacidic nature...
August 1, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Qing-Zeng Qian, Xiang-Ke Cao, Hai-Yan Liu, Guo-Ying Zheng, Qing-Qiang Qian, Fu-Hai Shen
We explored the role of TNFR/TNF-α signalingin apoptosis among alveolar macrophages (AM) and its relevance to the development of coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP). Purified alveolar macrophages (AMs) were prepared from bronchoalveolar lavage fluid harvested from 366 CWP patients and 120 healthy subjects enrolled inthe study. The purified AMs were then divided into control, SOD, anti-TNFR, TNFR and NFkB inhibitor groups and analyzed for apoptosis usingflow cytometry (sub-diploid peak) and western blotting (Bcl-2, Caspase-3 and Caspase-8 expression)...
July 1, 2017: Oncotarget
Tomislav M Jelic, Oscar C Estalilla, Phyllis R Sawyer-Kaplan, Milton J Plata, Jeremy T Powers, Mary Emmett, John T Kuenstner
BACKGROUND: Diseases associated with coal mine dust continue to affect coal miners. Elucidation of initial pathological changes as a precursor of coal dust-related diffuse fibrosis and emphysema, may have a role in treatment and prevention. OBJECTIVE: To identify the precursor of dust-related diffuse fibrosis and emphysema. METHODS: Birefringent silica/silicate particles were counted by standard microscope under polarized light in the alveolar macrophages and fibrous tissue in 25 consecutive autopsy cases of complicated coal worker's pneumoconiosis and in 21 patients with tobacco-related respiratory bronchiolitis...
July 2017: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Judith M Graber, Gerald Harris, Kirsten S Almberg, Cecile S Rose, Edward L Petsonk, Robert A Cohen
BACKGROUND: Coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) steadily declined among US miners following dust control regulations in 1970. In 2000, severe forms of this disease reemerged among young miners, and are well described among working-but not former-miners. METHODS: Black lung benefits program (BLBP) data (2001 to 2013) were used to estimate respiratory disease burden among former miners including: (1) CWP (simple; advanced CWP, and progressive massive fibrosis [CWP/PMF]); and (2) respiratory impairment (FEV1 percent reference: mild, moderate, ≥moderately-severe)...
June 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Lansheng Zhang, Chun Wang, Qiuyue Yan, Tao Zhang, Zhengxiang Han, Guan Jiang
RATIONALE: Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we diagnosed pneumoconiosis by identifying the content and distribution of hydrogen protons in the water molecules in different tissues and lesions. PATIENT CONCERNS: 25 cases of CWP patients with progressive massive fibrosis (PMF) lesions. DIAGNOSES: Patients were correctly diagnosed, with one case each of Phase I and II pneumoconiosis and 23 cases of Phase III pneumoconiosis. INTERVENTIONS: None...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Laura E Reynolds, David J Blackley, Anthony S Laney, Cara N Halldin
BACKGROUND: Recent NIOSH publications have focused on the respiratory health of coal miners in central Appalachia, yet 57% of U.S. coal miners work in other regions. We characterized respiratory morbidity in coal miners from these regions. METHODS: Active coal miners working outside of central Appalachia who received chest radiographs and/or spirometry during 2005-2015 were included. Chest radiographs were classified according to International Labour Office standards and spirometry was interpreted using the American Thoracic Society guidelines...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Lei Han, Qianqian Gao, Jingjin Yang, Qiuyun Wu, Baoli Zhu, Hengdong Zhang, Bangmei Ding, Chunhui Ni
To investigate the mortality probability, life expectancy of coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), and related factors of life expectancy, a total of 495 patients with CWP were diagnosed and reported from 1963 to 2014 in a state-owned mine in the east of China. The life table method, log rank method, and Cox regression model were used for survival analysis. 95 out of 495 CWP died during this period. The mortality rate was 19.19%. The average life span was 12.1 (0.0-33.2) years and average death age was 57.4 (33...
May 6, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Xiaoming Ji, Baiqun Wu, Ruhui Han, Jingjin Yang, Esther Ayaaba, Ting Wang, Lei Han, Chunhui Ni
BACKGROUND: Pneumoconiosis is a serious occupational disease worldwide, which is characterized by irreversible and diffuse lung fibrotic lesions. Laminin beta 1(LAMB1) is widely expressed in tissues and it is crucial for both lung morphogenesis and physiological function. In this study, we explored the association between LAMB1 rs4320486 and risk of pneumoconiosis in a Chinese population, as well as its mechanisms. METHODS: In this case-control study, 600 CWP patients and 605 controls were genotyped for the LAMB1 rs4320486 polymorphism using TaqMan methods...
September 2017: Environmental Toxicology
Cara N Halldin, David J Blackley, Edward L Petsonk, A Scott Laney
Purpose To assess the level of concordance between chest radiographic classifications of A and B Readers in a national surveillance program offered to U.S. coal miners over an approximate 36-year period. Materials and Methods The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) is a surveillance program with nonresearch designation and is exempt from Human Subjects Review Board approval (11-DRDS-NR03). Thirty-six years of data (1979-2015) from the CWHSP were analyzed, which included all conventional screen-film radiographs with a classification by at least one A Reader and one B Reader...
September 2017: Radiology
A Scott Laney, David John Blackley, Cara N Halldin
INTRODUCTION: Among contemporary US coal miners, there has been an increase in the prevalence and severity of pneumoconiosis, including its advanced form progressive massive fibrosis (PMF). We examine radiographic progression in Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) participants. METHODS: CWHSP participants with a final determination of PMF during 1 January 2000-1 October 2016 with at least one prior radiograph in the system were included. We characterised demographics, participation and progression patterns...
July 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Jennifer L Perret, Brian Plush, Philippe Lachapelle, Timothy S C Hinks, Clare Walter, Philip Clarke, Louis Irving, Pat Brady, Shyamali C Dharmage, Alastair Stewart
Coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), as part of the spectrum of coal mine dust lung disease (CMDLD), is a preventable but incurable lung disease that can be complicated by respiratory failure and death. Recent increases in coal production from the financial incentive of economic growth lead to higher respirable coal and quartz dust levels, often associated with mechanization of longwall coal mining. In Australia, the observed increase in the number of new CWP diagnoses since the year 2000 has necessitated a review of recommended respirable dust exposure limits, where exposure limits and monitoring protocols should ideally be standardized...
May 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
X C Liu, D Luo, G L Liu, J Y Zhang, H D Zhang, S Q Cheng
Objective: To investigate the incidence of occupational diseases in Chongqing, China, from 2006 to 2014, and to analyze the harm, features, and trend of occupational diseases in Chongqing. Methods: The data of new cases of occupational diseases from 2006 to 2014 were collected, and the patients with a confirmed diagnosis of occupational diseases were selected as study subjects to analyze the incidence of occupational diseases in Chongqing. Results: There were 17499 cases of occupational diseases in total in Chongqing from 2006 to 2014...
February 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
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