Ramazzini; Blog on work and health by Annet Lenderink


How valid is workers’ self-reported work-related illness?

Finally published as HSE report our review on workers’ self-report 

RR903 – Review on the validity and reliability of self-reported work-related illness

Self-report is an efficient and accepted means of assessing population characteristics, risk factors, and diseases and is frequently used in occupational health studies. Little is known on the validity of self-reports used to measure work-related illness. This study reviews the evidence on the reliability and validity of workers’ self-reported work-related ill health.

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Medical News: Hairdressers at Risk for Occupational Asthma – in Pulmonology, Asthma from MedPage Today

Medical News: Hairdressers at Risk for Occupational Asthma – in Pulmonology, Asthma from MedPage Today.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 24 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 208 posts. There were 9 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 237kb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 22nd with 163 views. The most popular post that day was Smoking ban good for your health.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were wellsphere.com, stanford.wellsphere.com, safetyatworkblog.wordpress.com, search.aol.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for no smoking, skin cancer, smoking, cyclist, and women cyclists.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Smoking ban good for your health September 2008


Genital problems in competitive women cyclists October 2009


How to influence health behaviour to prevent skin cancer? January 2010


Vibration induced white fingers September 2008


Top 10 of most hazardous jobs, at least in the USA May 2008

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Mold and damp work spaces may cause new-onset adult asthma

Damp and moldy indoor environments aggravate pre-existing asthma, but may also induce new-onset asthma. Finnish researchers assessed the probability of molds being the cause of asthma in a series  of 694 patients examined because of respiratory symptoms in relation to workplace dampness and molds between 1995 and 2004. They had all been exposed to molds at work and had suffered from work-related lower respiratory symptoms.  

Using internationally recommended diagnostic criteria for occupational asthma (OA), they categorized the patients into three groups: probable, possible, and unlikely OA (156, 45, and 475 patients, respectively). In the group of probable OA, mold sensitization was found in 20%. The level of exposure and sensitization to molds was associated with probable OA. Exposure to damp and moldy workplaces can induce new-onset adult asthma. IgE mediation is a rare mechanism, whereas other mechanisms are unknown.

New-onset adult asthma in relation to damp and moldy workplaces
Kirsi Karvala1 et al. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 0340-0131 (Print) 1432-1246 (Online) February 02, 2010 Read the rest of this entry »

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How to influence health behaviour to prevent skin cancer?

Skin cancer is an increasing problem in Europe, America and Australasia, although largely preventable by avoiding excessive ultraviolet (UV) exposure. The aim of this study was to understand elements that may contribute to the successful or unsuccessful conveyance of skin cancer prevention messages and their uptake by the public. This showed that most people perceived their susceptibility to skin cancer, and its severity, as low. While benefits of adopting changed behaviour were acknowledged, there were substantial barriers to this, including positive perceptions of a tan as healthy and attractive and the hassle of covering up or using sunscreen.

What influences the uptake of information to prevent skin cancer? A systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research
Ruth Garside, Mark Pearson and Tiffany Moxham Health Education Research 2010 25(1):162-182

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Another 10,000 visitors…

Since May 2009 another 10,000 visitors on this blog…. Yesterday it passed 20,000, so thanks to all of you!

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Seasons greetings

Natural ice speed skating close to my home: the best winter sport there is.

To all who come here to learn, to enjoy, to inform or for whatever other reason, I want to wish you all a merry, merry christmas and a healthy and happy 2010.

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Injury patterns in road cycling events

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Study undertaken during the races in Hamburg UCI ProTour Cyclassics in 2006 among professional cyclists (182) and recreational participants cycling 55, 100 or 155 km looking at injury patterns. A total of 193 injuries in 70 participants were registred, mainly localized at extremities (94.4%, mainly shoulder girdle). Ten percent suffered serious injury, significantly more frequent in women than in men. 84.4% of the accidents occurred in groups. The mean speed at the time of the crash was 37.3 km/h (range: 0-57). The researchers conclude that accidents were more likely to occur in inexperienced drivers, in the shortest distance, with straight conditions and in well-known dangerous areas.

Acute injuries in road bicycle racing. Injury surveillance at the Hamburg UCI ProTour”Cyclassics” 2006
Ueblacker P, Rathmann W, Rueger JM, Püschel K.
Unfallchirurg. 2008 Jun;111(6):414-20. German Read the rest of this entry »

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Mailing with your professional colleagues

The activity on a Norwegian Occupational Health mailing list 1997-2006
Morken, T., Bull, N., Moen, B. E.
Occupational Medicine 2009 59(1):56-58

The activity on a Norwegian Occupational Health mailing list shows the need for electronic mailing communication within occupational health services. A broad range of topics was covered. Main topics were chemical hazards (19%), organization of occupational health services (17%), working methods in health and safety in general (10%) and ergonomics (8%). Most messages were questions and answers and they seldom led to discussion. Most professional disciplines in occupational health services were represented: doctors, physiotherapists, occupational hygienists and nurses.  The quality of the content and usefulness of the discussions need further investigation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time’s choice of medical breakthroughs

Among a lot of other lists, TIME magazine published the Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs in 2008 list. They consider the next 10 things the biggest discoveries and news in medicine this year:

  1. First Neurons Created from ALS Patients
  2. Inflammation vs. Cholesterol
  3. Scarless Surgery
  4. Genomes for the Masses
  5. New Genes for Alzheimer’s
  6. A Five-in-One Vaccine
  7. Gene Screens for Breast Cancer
  8. Blood Test for Down Syndrome
  9. Seasick Patch for Cancer Patients
  10. Stem-Cell Trachea Transplant

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