Mortality among Ontario members of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.

Finkelstein MM, Verma DK. Am J Ind Med. 2005 Jan;47(1):4-9. BACKGROUND: Dust exposed workers may be at increased risk of pneumoconiosis, stomach cancer, lung cancer, and obstructive lung disease.Bricklayers may experience high exposures to silica and inorganic dusts. The aim of this study was to e

Health effects of air pollution.

Bernstein JA, Alexis N, Barnes C, Bernstein IL, Bernstein JA, Nel A, Peden D, Diaz-Sanchez D, Tarlo SM, Williams PB. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2004 Nov;114(5):1116-23. ABSTRACT: The general public, especially patients with upper or lower respiratory symptoms, is aware from media reports th

A cohort study of mortality among Ontario pipe trades workers.

Finkelstein MM, Verma DK. Occup Environ Med. 2004 Sep;61(9):736-42. AIMS: To study mortality in a cohort of members of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada and to compare results with two previous proportional

Relative contributions of PM2.5 chemical constituents to acute arterial vasoconstriction in humans.

Urch B, Brook JR, Wasserstein D, Brook RD, Rajagopalan S, Corey P, Silverman F. Inhal Toxicol. 2004 Jun;16(6-7):345-52. ABSTRACT: Studies have shown associations between acute ambient particulate matter (PM) levels and increases in morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular diseases. We have previo

Ischemic heart disease mortality among heavy equipment operators.

Finkelstein MM, Verma DK, Sahai D, Stefov E. Am J Ind Med. 2004 Jul;46(1):16-22. BACKGROUND: Inhalation of fine particulate is hypothesized to increase risk of heart disease events. METHODS: Seven Ontario construction unions participated in a retrospective cohort mortality study. Proportional mortal

Work-attributed symptom clusters (darkroom disease) among radiographers versus physiotherapists: associations between self-reported exposures and psychosocial stressors.

Tarlo SM, Liss GM, Greene JM, Purdham J, McCaskell L, Kipen H, Kerr M. Am J Ind Med. 2004 Jun;45(6):513-21. BACKGROUND: “Darkroom disease” (DRD) has been used to describe unexplained multiple symptoms attributed by radiographers to their workenvironment. This study determines th

Current man-made mineral fibers (MMMF) exposures among ontario construction workers.

Verma DK, Sahai D, Kurtz LA, Finkelstein MM. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2004 May;1(5):306-18. ABSTRACT: Current occupational exposures to man-made mineral fibers (MMMF), including refractory ceramic fibers (RCF), were measured as part of an exposure assessment program for an epidemiological study

Factors affecting attainment of paid employment after lung transplantation.

Cicutto L, Braidy C, Moloney S, Hutcheon M, Holness DL, Downey GP. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2004 Apr;23(4):481-6. BACKGROUND: Limited data exist regarding return to or attainment of paid employment after lung transplantation. Accordingly, the purpose of our study was to identify the issues relating