WTC firefighters have higher risk of cancer
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Firefighters who survived the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster were at least 19 percent more likely to develop cancer in the ensuing seven years compared to colleagues who were not exposed to the toxic cloud produced by the collapse of the twin towers, according to an observational cohort study published in a special Sept 3 issue of The Lancet that reflects on the health consequences of the terrorist attacks both in the U.S. and internationally. More
Quantification of wet-work exposure in nurses using a newly developed wet-work exposure monitor
The Annals of Occupational Hygiene Share
Occupational contact dermatitis (OCD) is an important work-related disease. A major cause of OCD is 'wet work': frequent contact of the skin with water, soap, detergents, or occlusive gloves. The German guidance TRGS 401 recommends that the duration of wet work (including use of occlusive gloves) should not exceed 2 h day-1 and also the frequency of hand washing or hand disinfection should be taken into account. This highlights the need for a reliable method to assess duration and frequency of wet work.
Persistence of multiple illnesses in World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers: a cohort study
More than 50,000 people participated in the rescue and recovery work that followed the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Multiple health problems in these workers were reported in the early years after the disaster. We report incidence and prevalence rates of physical and mental health disorders during the 9 years since the attacks, examine their associations with occupational exposures, and quantify physical and mental health comorbidities. More
Cerebrovascular diseases in nuclear workers first employed at the Mayak PA in 1948-1972
Incidence and mortality from cerebrovascular diseases (430-438 ICD-9 codes) have been studied in a cohort of 18,763 workers first employed at the Mayak Production Association in 1948-1972 and followed up to the end of 2005. Some of the workers were exposed to external gamma-rays only while others were exposed to a mixture of external gamma-rays and internal alpha-particle radiation due to incorporated (239)Pu. More
Occupational risk for cytomegalovirus, but not for parvovirus B19 in child-care personnel in France
Studies assessing the risk of cytomegalovirus (CMV), parvovirus B19 (B19V), rubella and varicella infections in female child-care personnel may help define appropriate preventive strategies during pregnancy. More
US blood supply vulnerable to parasitic infection spread by ticks
Babesia, a tickborne parasite of red blood cells, is being transmitted through blood transfusions, according to results of a collaborative study, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of data from the past three decades. Transfusion–associated cases of babesiosis have been increasingly recognized since 1979, the year the first known case occurred. More
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