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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...
January 11, 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005910/melioidosis-in-malaysia-a-review-of-case-reports
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Paul Vijay Kingsley, Mark Leader, Nandika Suranjith Nagodawithana, Meghan Tipre, Nalini Sathiakumar
BACKGROUND: Melioidosis is a tropical infectious disease associated with significant mortality due to early onset of sepsis. OBJECTIVE: We sought to review case reports of melioidosis from Malaysia. METHODS: We conducted a computerized search of literature resources including PubMed, OVID, Scopus, MEDLINE and the COCHRANE database to identify published case reports from 1975 to 2015. We abstracted information on clinical characteristics, exposure history, comorbid conditions, management and outcome...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002541/distinction-between-mesothelioma-and-lung-adenocarcinoma-based-on-immunohistochemistry-in-a-patient-with-asbestos-bodies-in-bronchoalveolar-fluid-case-report
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Agripina Raşcu, Eugenia Naghi, Marina Ruxandra OŢelea, Floarea Mimi NiŢu, Oana Cristina Arghir
Asbestos is a mineral-mined form the rocks, consisting in amosite (brown asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos) and÷or chrysotile (white asbestos) used in many industries. Researches about the exposure to asbestos dust and asbestosis related diseases started almost a century ago. The first case report of fatal asbestosis disease was published in 1906, in England, by Dr. Hubert Montague Murray. A decade after, asbestos "curious bodies" were firstly described in the lung tissue by Cooke (1926) and McDonald (1927)...
2016: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992190/unveiling-the-variability-of-quartz-hazard-in-light-of-recent-toxicological-findings
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Cristina Pavan, Bice Fubini
The variability of quartz hazard stands as one of the most puzzling issues in particle toxicology, notwithstanding the fact that silicosis, the most ancient occupational disease, was the very topic from which the study of the toxicity of particulates developed. Over the years, other adverse effects of silica particles (i.e., lung cancer and autoimmune diseases) were detected and described. However, a few gaps are still present in the physicochemical determinants and cellular pathways involved in the mechanisms of silica pathogenicity...
December 19, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977638/resurgence-of-progressive-massive-fibrosis-in-coal-miners-eastern-kentucky-2016
#11
David J Blackley, James B Crum, Cara N Halldin, Eileen Storey, A Scott Laney
Coal workers' pneumoconiosis, also known as "black lung disease," is an occupational lung disease caused by overexposure to respirable coal mine dust. Inhaled dust leads to inflammation and fibrosis in the lungs, and coal workers' pneumoconiosis can be a debilitating disease. The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 (Coal Act),* amended in 1977, established dust limits for U.S. coal mines and created the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-administered Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program with the goal of reducing the incidence of coal workers' pneumoconiosis and eliminating its most severe form, progressive massive fibrosis (PMF),(†) which can be lethal...
December 16, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976666/fatal-silicosis-in-a-funeral-arts-craftsman
#12
Roberto Calisti, Gianfranco Ballatori
BACKGROUND: The current scientific debate on silica and cancer has often led to overlooking the persisting risk of lung fibrosis from crystalline silica. CASE REPORT: During 2000, when 54 years old, a funeral arts' craftsman began to suffer from persistent, hacking cough; radiography and high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) showed thin sub-pleural nodulations of the lungs, mainly in the upper fields. Two years later, increasing dyspnoea appeared and HRCT revealed vast consolidative opacities in both upper fields...
December 13, 2016: La Medicina del Lavoro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976661/an-approach-to-interpreting-restrictive-spirometric-pattern-results-in-occupational-settings
#13
Federica Tafuro, Massimo Corradi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review is to provide an updated overview of definition, epidemiology, diagnostic algorithm and occupational exposures related to abnormal restrictive spirometrical pattern (RSP) in order to improve the correct interpretation of spirometry test results by occupational healthcare providers. METHODS: A review of the scientific English literature of the last 25 years was carried out with MEDLINE and related keywords [(restricti* AND spirometr*) AND occupational]...
December 13, 2016: La Medicina del Lavoro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965910/teppanyaki-hibachi-pneumonitis-an-exotic-cause-of-exogenous-lipoid-pneumonia
#14
Franck Rahaghi, Ali Varasteh, Roya Memarpour, Basheer Tashtoush
Exogenous lipoid pneumonia (ELP) is a rare type of inflammatory lung disease caused by aspiration and/or inhalation of fatty substances and characterized by a chronic foreign body-type reaction to intra-alveolar lipid deposits. The usual clinical presentation occurs with insidious onset of nonspecific respiratory symptoms and radiographic findings that can mimic other pulmonary diseases. Diagnosis of ELP is often missed or delayed as it requires a high index of suspicion and familiarity with the constellation of appropriate history and radiologic and pathologic features...
2016: Case Reports in Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965042/do-sanitary-ceramic-workers-have-a-worse-presentation-of-chest-radiographs-or-pulmonary-function-tests-than-other-ceramic-workers
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Yu-Chung Tsao, Su-Hsun Liu, I-Shiang Tzeng, Tsung-Han Hsieh, Jau-Yuan Chen, Jiin-Chyuan John Luo
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Silicosis remains the most prevalent occupational disease worldwide. There have been no specific studies focusing on the association between exposure settings at work and the clinical severity in silicosis patients. In this study, we describe and compare the clinical characteristics and silicosis-associated exposure history at work among workers from several types of ceramic production facilities in Taiwan. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 221 patients who were first diagnosed with silicosis at the Occupational Medicine Clinic of Northern Taiwan in 2012...
December 10, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942214/nanotoxicity-emerging-concerns-regarding-nanomaterial-safety-and-occupational-hard-metal-wc-co-nanoparticle-exposure
#16
REVIEW
Andrea L Armstead, Bingyun Li
As the number of commercial and consumer products containing engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) continually rises, the increased use and production of these ENMs presents an important toxicological concern. Although ENMs offer a number of advantages over traditional materials, their extremely small size and associated characteristics may also greatly enhance their toxic potentials. ENM exposure can occur in various consumer and industrial settings through inhalation, ingestion, or dermal routes. Although the importance of accurate ENM characterization, effective dosage metrics, and selection of appropriate cell or animal-based models are universally agreed upon as important factors in ENM research, at present, there is no "standardized" approach used to assess ENM toxicity in the research community...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940105/occupational-airborne-exposure-in-relation-to-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-and-lung-function-in-individuals-without-childhood-wheezing-illness-a-50-year-cohort-study
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Nara Tagiyeva, Steven Sadhra, Nuredin Mohammed, Shona Fielding, Graham Devereux, Ed Teo, Jon Ayres, J Graham Douglas
BACKGROUND: Evidence from longitudinal population-based studies relating occupational exposure to the full range of different forms of airborne pollutants and lung function and airway obstruction is limited. OBJECTIVE: To relate self-reported COPD and lung function impairment to occupational exposure to different forms of airborne chemical pollutants in individuals who did not have childhood wheeze. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was randomly selected in 1964 at age 10-15 years and followed up in 1989, 1995, 2001 and 2014 (aged 58-64) by spirometry and respiratory questionnaire...
December 8, 2016: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931056/-guideline-s2k-awmf-of-the-deutsche-gesellschaft-f%C3%A3-r-pneumologie-und-beatmungsmedizin-and-the-deutsche-gesellschaft-f%C3%A3-r-arbeitsmedizin-und-umweltmedizin-diagnostics-and-expert-opinion-in-the-occupational-disease-no-4101-silicosis-including-coal-worker-s-pneumoconiosis
#18
X Baur, M Heger, R M Bohle, K G Hering, K Hofmann-Preiß, D Nowak, A Tannapfel, H Teschler, T Voshaar, T Kraus
During the last 1.5 years an update of the guideline on silicosis was made by an interdisciplinary working group. New medical and scientific knowledge and the experience in expert opinion practice were taken into account.By preparing the initial guideline in 2010 standardization of diagnostics and adaption of the "Moers convention" which was not based on medical knowledge was in the focus, whereas the current update deals with fine emendation and extension, especially of the compensation rate (adaption with the Reichenhall recommendation)...
December 2016: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916584/immunological-and-infectious-risk-factors-for-lung-cancer-in-us-veterans-with-hiv-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
#19
Keith Sigel, Juan Wisnivesky, Kristina Crothers, Kirsha Gordon, Sheldon T Brown, David Rimland, Maria C Rodriguez-Barradas, Cynthia Gibert, Matthew Bidwell Goetz, Roger Bedimo, Lesley S Park, Robert Dubrow
BACKGROUND: HIV infection is independently associated with risk of lung cancer, but few data exist for the relation between longitudinal measurements of immune function and lung-cancer risk in people living with HIV. METHODS: We followed up participants with HIV from the Veterans Aging Cohort Study for a minimum of 3 years between Jan 1, 1998, and Dec 31, 2012, and used cancer registry data to identify incident cases of lung cancer. The index date for each patient was the later of the date HIV care began or Jan 1, 1998...
December 1, 2016: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916032/-lung-transplantation-for-phase-%C3%A2-silicosis-a-series-of-32-cases
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W J Mao, J Y Chen, M F Zheng, R Chen, Y J He, F Liu, S G Ye, R G Lu
Objective: To evaluate the effect of lung transplantation for phase Ⅲ silicosis. Methods: From September 2002 to September 2015, 32 patients with end-stage silicosis underwent lung transplantation at Department of Thoracic Surgery, Affiliated Wuxi People's Hospital, Nanjing Medical University. There were 29 male and 3 female patients aged from 24 to 63 years. Thirty-two patients were diagnosed as phase Ⅲ silicosis by the local occupational disease prevention and control center. Fifteen patients were type Ⅰ respiratory failure and 17 patients were type Ⅱ...
December 1, 2016: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
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