Occupational Lung Disease

Dr. Ray Copes: Re-occupancy of grow-ops and drug labs: lingering fears or lingering risks?

St. Michael’s Hospital Occupational Medicine Rounds. 8:00 AM, Room 16-101, Cardinal Carter Wing, St. Michael’s Hospital. Webcasting: For more information, contact Theresa Hollosi at

Dr. Susan Tarlo: Diagnosis of Occupational Asthma

St. Michael’s Hospital Occupational Medicine Rounds. 8:00 AM, Room 6-002 (Clarice Chalmers Conference Room), 6th Floor Cardinal Carter Wing, St. Michael’s Hospital. Webcasting: For more information, contact Theresa Hollosi at

Perception of asthma as a factor in career choice among young adults with asthma.

Bhinder S, Cicutto L, Abdel-Qadir HM, Tarlo SM. Can Respir J. 2009 Nov-Dec;16(6):e69-75. ABSTRACT: Background: Asthma is a common chronic condition that can be aggravated by workplace exposures. Young adults with asthma should know how their future occupation might affect their asthma, and

Work-related asthma: A case-based guide.

Tarlo SM, Cartier A; Canadian Thoracic Society Asthma Committee. Can Respir J. 2009 Nov-Dec;16(6):e57-61. ABSTRACT: Work-related asthma is common yet underdiagnosed. It is a significant cause of morbidity and socioeconomic loss. Diagnosis is often difficult, and requires a strong index of sus

CR3 (CD11b/CD18) activation of nasal neutrophils: a measure of upper airway endotoxin exposure.

Seth R, Romaschin AD, Ribeiro M, Tarlo SM. Biomarkers. 2009 Nov;14(7):473-9. ABSTRACT: Inhaled endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide, LPS) initiates an inflammatory response and leads to the expression of CR3 (CD11b/CD18) receptors on polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs). We determined if PMN activatio

How to diagnose and treat work-related asthma: key messages for clinical practice from the American college of chest physicians consensus statement.

Tarlo SM, Liss GM, Blanc PD. Pol Arch Med Wewn. 2009 Oct;119(10):660-6. ABSTRACT: Work-related asthma is common among adult asthmatics, either asthma initially caused by work (occupational asthma) or pre-existing asthma worsened by work factors (work-exacerbated asthma). Appropriate manage

The respiratory and cutaneous effects of hard and soft wood exposure

Our goal was to assess the relationships between wood dust exposure and respiratory and skin problems in softwood sawmill workers. 53 workers’ exposures and effects were measured over a work-week. The controls were male workers in other industries, not exposed to significant respiratory hazards.

Re-analysis of workplace datasets to examine co-occurrence of lung and skin symptoms

Four workplace based studies conducted previously were combined and reanalyzed to determine the occurrence of skin and lung symptoms in several populations of workers and determine how common it is to have co-existing lung and skin symptoms. The studies were of embalmer, soda ash workers (ammonia),

An official ATS proceedings: asthma in the workplace: the Third Jack Pepys Workshop on Asthma in the Workplace: answered and unanswered questions.

Tarlo SM, Malo JL; Third Jack Pepys Workshop on Asthma in the Workplace Participants. Proc Am Thorac Soc. 2009 Aug 1;6(4):339-49. ABSTRACT: The Third Jack Pepys Workshop on Asthma in the Workplace held in Montreal, Canada in May 2007 focused on emerging data, including progress over the pr

Insights into the mechanisms and mediators of the effects of air pollution exposure on blood pressure and vascular function in healthy humans.

Brook RD, Urch B, Dvonch JT, Bard RL, Speck M, Keeler G, Morishita M, Marsik FJ, Kamal AS, Kaciroti N, Harkema J, Corey P,Silverman F, Gold DR, Wellenius G, Mittleman MA, Rajagopalan S, Brook JR. Hypertension. 2009 Sep;54(3):659-67. Epub 2009 Jul 20. ABSTRACT: Fine particulate matter