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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195659/silica-exposure-and-disease-in-semi-precious-stone-craftsmen-minas-gerais-brazil
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Ana Paula S Carneiro, Nayara F T Braz, Eduardo Algranti, Olivia M P A Bezerra, Natália P S Araujo, Lênio S Amaral Eng Hyg, Jean L Edmé, Annie Sobaszek, Nathalie Chérot-Kornobis
BACKGROUND: Brazil is an exporter of precious stones and craftsmen often work in poor conditions. We assessed silica-related diseases among crystal craftsmen and the complexity of its control. METHODS: Case-series including 118 subjects evaluated from 2006 to 2015, based on medical interviews, chest X-rays, spirometry, and respirable silica samples. RESULTS: Median age and length of exposure were 32 and 13 years, respectively. Silicosis, with 1/0 as a threshold, was diagnosed radiologically in 57 individuals (48...
March 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194087/occupational-bronchiolitis-induced-by-cotton-dust-exposure-in-a-nonsmoker
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Richa Mittal, Pawan Gupta, Sunil K Chhabra
The most well-known disease caused by cotton dust is byssinosis though it is also associated with chronic obstructive airways disease, and very rarely, interstitial lung disease. Obliterative bronchiolitis has never been reported in this setting. We report a 63-year-old, nonsmoker male, who presented with complaints of cough and exertional dyspnoea for 10 years. He had worked in textile industry for 35 years and symptoms had persisted even after quitting. Examination revealed prolonged expiration with expiratory wheeze, and pulmonary function tests revealed severe airflow limitation with air trapping and impaired diffusion capacity...
May 2016: Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194086/silicosis-in-the-form-of-progressive-massive-fibrosis-a-diagnostic-challenge
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Somnath Bhattacharya, Atin Dey, Amitava Pal, Saurav Kar, Sayantan Saha
Silicosis is a major occupational lung disease with a relatively fatal and irreversible outcome. Early diagnosis for shifting the potential candidates to safe modes of workplace as well as for prevention of further progression is the cornerstone of management. Here, we present a complicated case of silicosis in the form of progressive massive fibrosis, which was initially interpreted as tuberculosis; radiological images had resemblance with tuberculosis and cryptogenic organizing pneumonia. Radiology-guided trucut biopsy was imperative to confirm the diagnosis...
May 2016: Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183200/spirometry-a-predictor-of-lung-cancer-among-asbestos-workers
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Beata Świątkowska, Neonila Szeszenia-Dąbrowska
OBJECTIVE: The significance of lung function as an independent risk factor for lung cancer remains unclear. The objective of the study is to answer the question if spirometry can identify patients at risk for lung cancer among people occupationally exposed to asbestos dust in the past. METHODS: In order to identify a group of individuals with the highest risk of lung cancer incidence based on lung function levels of FEV1% predicted value, we examined 6882 subjects enrolled in the health surveillance program for asbestos related diseases over the years 2000-2014...
January 2017: Inhalation Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162043/chest-ultrasonography-in-health-surveillance-of-asbestos-related-lung-diseases
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Andrea Smargiassi, Giuliana Pasciuto, Ilaria Pedicelli, Erminia Lo Greco, Mariarosaria Calvello, Riccardo Inchingolo, Gioacchino Schifino, Patrizio Capoluongo, Pasquale Patriciello, Maurizio Manno, Alfonso Cirillo, Giuseppe Maria Corbo, Gino Soldati, Ivo Iavicoli
OBJECTIVES: Exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to different lung diseases, such as pleural thickening and effusion, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. These diseases are expected to peak in the next few years. The aim of the study was to validate ultrasonography (US) as a diagnostic tool in the management of lung diseases in subjects with a history of occupational exposure to asbestos. METHODS: Fifty-nine retired male workers previously exposed to asbestos were enrolled in the study...
January 1, 2017: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159026/design-and-validation-of-a-self-administered-questionnaire-as-an-aid-to-detection-of-occupational-exposure-to-lung-carcinogens
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C Pélissier, V Dutertre, P Fournel, I Gendre, J Michel Vergnon, J Kalecinski, F Tinquaut, L Fontana, F Chauvin
OBJECTIVE: Ten to thirty percent of lung cancer is thought to be of occupational origin. Lung cancer is under-declared as an occupational disease in Europe, and most declarations of occupational disease concern asbestos. The purpose of this study was to design and validate a short, sensitive self-administered questionnaire, as an aid for physicians in detecting occupational exposure to asbestos and other lung carcinogens in order to remedy occupational lung cancer under-declaration. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study...
February 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153749/energy-landscape-of-a-gstp1-polymorph-linked-with-cytological-function-decay-in-response-to-chemical-stressors
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Zarrin Basharat, Azra Yasmin
Gene polymorphisms lead to varied structure and functional properties. A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) i.e. Ile105Val (rs1695) in glutathione S-transferase P1 (GSTP1) gene influences cytological toxicity and modulates the risk to occupational diseases. Apart from this, cancer, neuropathy, NOx, SOx and ozone mediated respiratory function decline including lung inflammation, asthma, allergy etc., have been reported in people with this missense mutation. Here, the functional properties of rs1695 polymorph are revisited through a computational approach...
April 20, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149975/two-men-with-dyspnea-enlarged-lymph-nodes-%C3%A2-dx
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Ali Abdul-Hai, David Ergas, Miriam Katz, Stephen Dh Malnick
Systolic heart failure has been previously recognized as a cause of reversible mediastinal lymphadenopathy (MLN). Other causes of MLN include sarcoidosis, various malignancies, pulmonary infections, and occupational lung diseases. There are, however, no reports of MLN in patients with diastolic heart failure.
December 2016: Journal of Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141625/social-media-use-for-occupational-lung-disease
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Philip Harber, Gondy Leroy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Social media have great impact on all aspects of life throughout the world. The utilization of social media for occupational lung disease, however, has been much more limited. This article summarizes recent literature concerning social media for occupational lung disease and identifies areas for additional use. RECENT FINDINGS: Social media are used in six relevant areas: information dissemination, peer-to-peer communication, survey research data collection, participatory research and exposome data acquisition, assessing public concerns, and knowledge generation...
January 30, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140833/nanoparticles-induced-apoptosis-of-human-airway-epithelium-is-mediated-by-prongf-p75-ntr-signaling
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Sreeparna Chakraborty, Vincent Castranova, Miriam K Perez, Giovanni Piedimonte
Environmental and occupational exposures to respirable ultrafine fractions of particulate matter (PM) have been implicated in the initiation and exacerbation of lung diseases. However, the precise mechanisms underlying production of cell damage and death attributed to nanoparticles (NP) on human airway epithelium are not fully understood. This study examined the role of neurotrophic pathways in NP-induced airway toxicity. Size and agglomeration of TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2-NP) and fine (TiO2-FP) particles were measured by dynamic light scattering...
2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138178/validation-of-respiratory-questionnaire-for-lung-function-assessment-among-an-occupational-group-of-textile-workers-in-pakistan
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Tanzil Jamali, Asaad Ahmed Nafees
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association of spirometric lung pattern with respiratory symptoms and to validate the American Thoracic Society respiratory questionnaire for lung function assessment among textile workers. METHODS: This cross-sectional survey was conducted from August to December 2009 among adult textile workers of Karachi. Data was collected through the American Thoracic Society Division of Lung Disease respiratory questionnaire and the lung function was assessed by using a spirometer...
February 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117477/hard-metal-lung-disease-a-case-series
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Rafael Futoshi Mizutani, Mário Terra-Filho, Evelise Lima, Carolina Salim Gonçalves Freitas, Rodrigo Caruso Chate, Ronaldo Adib Kairalla, Regiani Carvalho-Oliveira, Ubiratan Paula Santos
Objective: To describe diagnostic and treatment aspects of hard metal lung disease (HMLD) and to review the current literature on the topic. Methods: This was a retrospective study based on the medical records of patients treated at the Occupational Respiratory Diseases Clinic of the Instituto do Coração, in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, between 2010 and 2013. Results: Of 320 patients treated during the study period, 5 (1.56%) were diagnosed with HMLD...
November 2016: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094581/early-immunopathological-events-in-acute-model-of-mycobacterial-hypersensitivity-pneumonitis-in-mice
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Elisabet Johansson, Gregory P Boivin, Jagjit S Yadav
Prolonged exposure to antigens of non-tuberculous mycobacteria species colonizing industrial metalworking fluid (MWF), particularly Mycobacterium immunogenum (MI), has been implicated in chronic forms of hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) in machinists based on epidemiology studies and long-term exposure of mouse models. However, a role of short-term acute exposure to these antigens has not been described in the context of acute forms of HP. This study investigated short-term acute exposure of mice to MI cell lysate (or live cell suspension) via oropharyngeal aspiration...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089118/occupational-lung-diseases-from-old-and-novel-exposures-to-effective-preventive-strategies
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REVIEW
Paul Cullinan, Xavier Muñoz, Hille Suojalehto, Raymond Agius, Surinder Jindal, Torben Sigsgaard, Anders Blomberg, Denis Charpin, Isabella Annesi-Maesano, Mridu Gulati, Yangho Kim, Arthur L Frank, Metin Akgün, David Fishwick, Rafael E de la Hoz, Subhabrata Moitra
Occupational exposure is an important, global cause of respiratory disease. Unlike many other non-communicable lung diseases, the proximal causes of many occupational lung diseases are well understood and they should be amenable to control with use of established and effective approaches. Therefore, the risks arising from exposure to silica and asbestos are well known, as are the means of their prevention. Although the incidence of occupational lung disease has decreased in many countries, in parts of the world undergoing rapid economic transition and population growth-often with large informal and unregulated workforces-occupational exposures continue to impose a heavy burden of disease...
January 6, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079614/the-role-of-gene-environment-interplay-in-occupational-and-environmental-diseases-current-concepts-and-knowledge-gaps
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Elizabeth Kwo, David Christiani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The interplay between genetic susceptibilities and environmental exposures in the pathogenesis of a variety of diseases is an area of increased scientific, epidemiologic, and social interest. Given the variation in methodologies used in the field, this review aims to create a framework to help understand occupational exposures as they currently exist and provide a foundation for future inquiries into the biological mechanisms of the gene-environment interactions. Understanding of this complex interplay will be important in the context of occupational health, given the public health concerns surrounding a variety of occupational exposures...
March 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071878/occupational-exposure-to-beryllium-final-rule
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is amending its existing standards for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. OSHA has determined that employees exposed to beryllium at the previous permissible exposure limits face a significant risk of material impairment to their health. The evidence in the record for this rulemaking indicates that workers exposed to beryllium are at increased risk of developing chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer. This final rule establishes new permissible exposure limits of 0...
9, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069969/assessment-of-the-healthy-worker-survivor-effect-in-cancer-studies-of-the-united-autoworkers-general-motors-cohort
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Erika Garcia, Sally Picciotto, Sadie Costello, Patrick T Bradshaw, Ellen A Eisen
OBJECTIVE: The healthy worker survivor effect (HWSE) can affect the validity of occupational studies when data are analysed incorrectly. HWSE depends on three underlying conditions: (1) leaving work predicts future exposure, (2) leaving work is associated with disease outcome and (3) prior exposure increases probability of leaving work. If all these conditions are satisfied, then employment status is a time-varying confounder affected by prior exposure, and standard regression will produce bias...
January 9, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062213/anti-fibrotic-effects-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-7-modified-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-silica-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Xiaoli Li, Guoliang An, Yan Wang, Di Liang, Zhonghui Zhu, Ximeng Lian, Piye Niu, Caixia Guo, Lin Tian
Silicosis is an occupational lung disease caused by exposure to small particles of crystalline silica, which ultimately results in diffuse pulmonary fibrosis. Evidence indicates an anti-fibrotic role of bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7) and bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in lung diseases. Therefore, strategies incorporating genetic engineering and stem cell biology might have a tremendous potential to treat critical injuries and diseases. Therefore, we modified BMSCs to overexpress the BMP-7 gene (BMP-7-BMSCs) by lentivirus transduction, and then evaluated whether fibrotic processes were inhibited by these cells in vivo...
January 4, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018840/hand-impairment-in-systemic-sclerosis-various-manifestations-and-currently-available-treatment
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Amber Young, Rajaie Namas, Carole Dodge, Dinesh Khanna
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease initially recognized by hand involvement due to characteristic Raynaud's phenomenon (RP), puffy hands, skin thickening, and contractures resembling claw deformities. SSc contributes to hand impairment through inflammatory arthritis, joint contractures, tendon friction rubs (TFRs), RP, digital ulcers (DU), puffy hands, skin sclerosis, acro-osteolysis, and calcinosis. These manifestations, which often co-exist, can contribute to difficulty with occupational activities and activities of daily living (ADL), which can result in impaired quality of life...
September 2016: Current Treatment Options in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018477/differential-activation-of-raw-264-7-macrophages-by-size-segregated-crystalline-silica
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Steven E Mischler, Emanuele G Cauda, Michelangelo Di Giuseppe, Linda J McWilliams, Claudette St Croix, Ming Sun, Jonathan Franks, Luis A Ortiz
BACKGROUND: Occupational exposure to crystalline silica is a well-established occupational hazard. Once in the lung, crystalline silica particles can result in the activation of alveolar macrophages (AM), potentially leading to silicosis, a fibrotic lung disease. Because the activation of alveolar macrophages is the beginning step in a complicated inflammatory cascade, it is necessary to define the particle characteristics resulting in this activation. The aim of this research was to determine the effect of the size of crystalline silica particles on the activation of macrophages...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
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