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Friday, January 1, 2010

Older Energy Workers Occupationally Ill

A new study reveals that older energy workers suffer a propensity of occupational illnesses. Historically occupational diseases of energy workers were primarily associated with limited radioactive substances.

"The age-standardized prevalence ratio of COPD among DOE workers compared to all NHANES III data was 1.3. Internal analyses found the odds ratio of COPD to range from 1.6 to 3.1 by trade after adjustment for age, race, sex, smoking, and duration of DOE employment. Statistically significant associations were observed for COPD and exposures to asbestos, silica, welding, cement dusts, and some tasks associated with exposures to paints, solvents, and removal of paints."

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