320 results match your criteria Annals of occupational and environmental medicine[Journal]


Violence at work: determinants & prevalence among health care workers, northwest Ethiopia: an institutional based cross sectional study.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2019 3;31. Epub 2019 Apr 3.

1Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar, P.O. Box 196, Gondar, Ethiopia.

Background: Workplace violence is the intentional use of power, threatened or actual, against another person or against a group, in work-related circumstances, that either results in or has a high degree of likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, mal development, or deprivation. The aim of this study is to assess magnitude and predictors of workplace violence among healthcare workers in health facilities of Gondar city.

Methods: Institutional based cross sectional study design was employed to conduct this study. Read More

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Difference in health status of Korean farmers according to gender.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2019 8;31. Epub 2019 Mar 8.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Gumi Hospital, 179, 1gongdan-ro, Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do Republic of Korea.

Background: The objective of this study was to compare differences in lifestyle diseases, musculoskeletal pain, psychosocial stress, and self-health awareness according to gender in Korean farmers.

Methods: The study population comprised 436 farmers residing in rural areas in Korea. A self-administered questionnaire was used to survey demographic characteristics, health-related behaviors, and musculoskeletal pain. Read More

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March 2019
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Application of cold intolerance symptom severity questionnaire among vibration-exposed workers as a screening tool for the early detection of hand-arm vibration syndrome: a cross-sectional study.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2019 1;31. Epub 2019 Mar 1.

1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Ulsan University Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 877 Bangeojinsunhwando-ro, Dong-gu, Ulsan, 44033 Republic of Korea.

Background: The detection rate of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is very low in South Korea compared with other countries. The absence of uniform consensus and guidelines for diagnosing HAVS has been presumed to be one of the reasons. The HAVS has various manifestations including cold intolerance and its severity can be measured using the cold intolerance symptom severity (CISS) questionnaire. Read More

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March 2019
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The role of customer service manual on workplace emotional burden in nationwide cross sectional study.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2019 12;31. Epub 2019 Feb 12.

1Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, The Institute for Occupational Health College of Medicine, 50, Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 120-749 South Korea.

Background: We aim to discuss the overall effect of customer service manual (CSM) on service industry workers using Korean Working Condition Survey.

Methods: Out of 50,007 total survey participants, 11,946 customer service workers were included in the current study (5613 men, 6333 women). Answers to survey questions were used to define the use of CSM, emotional burden, emotional dissonance, engaging angry customers and other covariates. Read More

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February 2019

Effects of work-related factors on self-reported smoking among female workers in call centers: a cross-sectional study.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2019 12;31. Epub 2019 Feb 12.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwangju, Republic of Korea.

Objectives: This study conducted to investigate work-related factors in relation to smoking among women working in call centers in Gwangju, South Korea.

Methods: From 56 call centers (7320 employees), we selected 10 and conducted a survey using a structured questionnaire by randomly selecting 10% of workers from each center. A total of 387 subjects participated in this survey We analyzed for 375 respondents, after excluding men and those with missing responses. Read More

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February 2019

Second hand smoke exposure in workplace by job status and occupations.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2019 28;31. Epub 2019 Jan 28.

Work Environment Research Bureau, Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute, 400, Jongga-ro, Jung-gu, Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

Background: The objective of this study is to evaluate the risk of exposure to second hand smoke (SHS) during working hours by job status and occupation.

Methods: Using the 4th Korean Working Conditions Survey (KWCS), 49,674 respondents who answered the question about SHS were studied. A chi-square test was carried out to determine whether there is a significant different in SHS exposure frequency by general and occupational characteristics and experience of discrimination at work and logistic regression analysis was carried out to identify the risk level of SHS exposure by variables. Read More

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January 2019
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Relationship between personal care products usage and triclosan exposure: the second Korean National Environmental Health Survey (KoNEHS 2012-2014).

Ann Occup Environ Med 2019 28;31. Epub 2019 Jan 28.

1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea.

Background: We aimed to find the exposure level of triclosan (TCS), a known endocrine disruptor, related to the use of personal care products using a nationally representative data of the general population in Korea.

Methods: This study included data of 6288 adults aged 19 years and older (2692 men, 3596 women), based on the Second Korean National Environmental Health Survey (KoNEHS 2012-2014). The data were divided according to gender. Read More

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January 2019
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Evaluation of the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms, presumptive diagnosis, medical care use, and sick leave among female school meal service workers.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2019 15;31. Epub 2019 Jan 15.

1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Chosun University Hospital, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwangju, Republic of Korea.

Background: Most of the school meal service workers in Korea are middle-aged individuals. They have high workload, which increases their incidence of musculoskeletal disorders. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and risk factors of subjective musculoskeletal symptoms, presumptive diagnosis, medical care use, and sick leave among female school meal workers. Read More

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January 2019
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The association between shift work and chronic kidney disease in manual labor workers using data from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES 2011-2014).

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 14;30:69. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

1Department of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon, Republic of Korea 35233.

Objective: Kidneys are organs having a biological clock, and it is well known that the disruption of the circadian rhythm increases the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD), including the decline of renal and proteinuria. Because shift work causes circadian disruption, it can directly or indirectly affect the incidence of chronic kidney disease. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the association between shift work and chronic kidney disease using a Korean representative survey dataset. Read More

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December 2018

Correction to: The effect of a blue enriched white light on salivary antioxidant capacity and melatonin among night shift workers: a field study.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 13;30:68. Epub 2018 Dec 13.

2Department of Ergonomics, School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Razi avenue, Shiraz, Iran.

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December 2018

The association between long working hours and work-related musculoskeletal symptoms of Korean wage workers: data from the fourth Korean working conditions survey (a cross-sectional study).

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 3;30:67. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul, South Korea.

Background: It has been reported that long working hours are hazardous to the workers' health. Especially, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) have been considered as one of the significant health issues in workplace. The objective of this study was to identify the association between long working hours and work-related musculoskeletal symptoms. Read More

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December 2018
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Changes of hemodynamic and cerebral oxygenation after exercise in normobaric and hypobaric hypoxia: associations with acute mountain sickness.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 19;30:66. Epub 2018 Nov 19.

Department of Anaesthesiology, University Hospital, LMU Munich, Marchioninistr. 15, 81377 Munich, Germany.

Objective: Normobaric (NH) and hypobaric hypoxia (HH) are associated with acute mountain sickness (AMS) and cognitive dysfunction. Only few variables, like heart-rate-variability, are correlated with AMS. However, prediction of AMS remains difficult. Read More

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November 2018
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Ovarian cancer in a former asbestos textile factory worker: a case report.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 16;30:65. Epub 2018 Nov 16.

2Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute, KOSHA, 400, Jongga-ro, Jung-gu, Ulsan, 44429 Republic of Korea.

Background: The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) defined that asbestos is a group 1 substance that causes lung cancer, mesothelioma (pleura and peritoneum), laryngeal cancer, and ovarian cancer in humans. Many studies on lung cancer, and mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure have been conducted, but there was no case report of ovarian cancer due to asbestos exposure in Korea. We describe a case of ovarian cancer caused by asbestos exposure in a worker who worked at an asbestos textile factory for 3 years and 7 months in the late 1970s. Read More

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November 2018
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Occupational cancer claims in Korea from 2010 to 2016.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 1;30:64. Epub 2018 Nov 1.

2Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, 222 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, 04763 Republic of Korea.

Background: Research on carcinogens causing occupational cancer has been updated. Further, social interest in occupational cancer has increased. In addition, the standard for recognizing cancer as a work-related disease has also been revised. Read More

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November 2018

Factors related with quality on sleep of daytime workers.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 23;30:63. Epub 2018 Oct 23.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Gumi Hospital, 179 1gongdan-ro, Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do Republic of Korea.

Background: This study was conducted to identify the sleep status of daytime workers who do not work in shifts. This study analyzed factors affecting sleep duration and sleep quality.

Methods: This study was conducted on 1171 daytime workers at a manufacturing workshop. Read More

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October 2018
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Relationship between job stress and functional dyspepsia in display manufacturing sector workers: a cross-sectional study.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 19;30:62. Epub 2018 Oct 19.

1Department of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Cheonan Hospital, 31, Suncheonhyang 6-gil, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do 31151 Republic of Korea.

Background: Job stress has been reported as a risk factor of psychological changes, which have been shown to be related to gastrointestinal diseases and symptoms such as functional dyspepsia. However, few studies have assessed the relationship between job stress and functional dyspepsia. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between job stress and functional dyspepsia in South Korea. Read More

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October 2018
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The effect of a blue enriched white light on salivary antioxidant capacity and melatonin among night shift workers: a field study.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 19;30:61. Epub 2018 Oct 19.

2Department of Ergonomics, School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Razi avenue, Shiraz, Iran.

Background: Because of their positive impact on individuals' performance and alertness, blue enriched white light sources are gaining popularity in households and industries. However, these sources of blue light spectrum may cause oxidative stress. On the other hand, there are no empirical studies investigating the negative effect of blue enriched white light on oxidative stress. Read More

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October 2018
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Association between air pollution in the 2015 winter in South Korea and population size, car emissions, industrial activity, and fossil-fuel power plants: an ecological study.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 5;30:60. Epub 2018 Oct 5.

Department of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Background: Compared to 10 years ago, the ambient particulate matter 10 (PM) and carbon monoxide (CO) levels in South Korea have decreased. However, compared to many other OECD countries, these levels are still too high. Concentration of air pollutants such as PM is especially higher during winter than during summer. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6173887PMC
October 2018
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Acute radiation syndrome in a non-destructive testing worker: a case report.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 25;30:59. Epub 2018 Sep 25.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital, 322 Seoyang-ro, Hwasun-gun, Gwangju, Jeollanam-do 58128 Republic of Korea.

Background: In Korea, there were repeated radiation exposure accidents among non-destructive testing workers. Most of the cases involved local injury, such as radiation burns or hematopoietic cancer. Herein, we report a case of acute radiation syndrome caused by short periods of high exposure to ionizing radiation. Read More

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September 2018
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Relationship between simultaneous exposure to ergonomic risk factors and work-related lower back pain: a cross-sectional study based on the fourth Korean working conditions survey.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 5;30:58. Epub 2018 Sep 5.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Wonju Severance Christian Hospital, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Wonju, South Korea.

Background: It is well known that ergonomic risk factors and back pain are related. However, few studies have examined the relationship between simultaneous exposure to these risk factors and back pain in a Korean population. We aimed to investigate the relationship between simultaneous exposure to ergonomic risk factors and work-related lower back pain (LBP) based on the fourth Korean Working Conditions Survey (KWCS). Read More

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September 2018
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An overview of compensated work-related injuries among Korean firefighters from 2010 to 2015.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 3;30:57. Epub 2018 Sep 3.

1Department of Preventive Medicine and Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, 20 Ilsan-ro, Wonju, Gangwon-do 26426 Republic of Korea.

Background: Although one in two firefighters in South Korea have experienced work-related injuries, there are few studies which show the overview description on work-related injuries and its analysis regarding such causes. Therefore, we aimed to show the overview of compensated work-related injuries in order to serve fundamental data for establishing prevention policies on work-related injuries for Korean firefighters.

Methods: We requested the all claimed work-related injury data of Korean firefighters from 2010 to 2015 to the Korean National Fire Agency (NFA). Read More

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September 2018
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The effect of increasing the illumination on operators' visual performance in the control-room of a combined cycle power plant.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 29;30:56. Epub 2018 Aug 29.

1Department of Occupational Health, School of Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Background: Lighting is one of the environmental factors affecting the performance of the control room operators. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare the control room operators' visual performance in two different illumination conditions at a combined cycle power plant through field-work.

Methods: Sixteen operators in day shift were evaluated with the Freiburg Visual Acuity test (FrACT) software at two lighting systems with different intensities. Read More

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Performance assessment on the Korean Computerized Neurobehavioral Test using a mobile device and a conventional computer: an experimental study.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 29;30:55. Epub 2018 Aug 29.

1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Yeungnam University Hospital, 3rd floor, Yeong-ui-gwan, 170, Hyeonchung-ro, Namgu, Daegu, 42415 Republic of Korea.

Background: The Korean Computerized Neurobehavioral Test (KCNT) is a psychological assessment tool used as part of Workers' Special Health Examinations in Korea. Due to the spread of mobile technology, this study aimed to compare results of the KCNT administered on a tablet PC versus a desktop computer, and, therefore, assess the clinical applicability of mobile devices.

Methods: A total of 72 participants enrolled in this study. Read More

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Changes of depression and job stress in workers after merger without downsizing.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 29;30:54. Epub 2018 Aug 29.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Samsung Changwon hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 158, Paryong-ro, Masanhoewon-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do 51353 Republic of Korea.

Background: Since the 1980s, restructuring, which includes downsizing, closures, mergers, and privatization, has expanded worldwide, and various studies have investigated its effect on health. However, previous studies have mainly focused on restructuring accompanied by massive lay-offs, and the effect of a merger on workers' health is still controversial. This study aims to investigate changes in worker depression and job stress after a merger without downsizing, which is unusual in Korea. Read More

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August 2018
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Prevalence and associated factors of intestinal parasitic infections among asymptomatic food handlers working at Haramaya University cafeterias, eastern Ethiopia.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 22;30:53. Epub 2018 Aug 22.

3School of Public Health, College of Health and Medical Sciences, Haramaya University, P.O. Box 235, Harar, Ethiopia.

Background: Intestinal parasitic infections are major public health problems worldwide, with high prevalence in low income countries where substandard food hygiene practices are common. Asymptomatic food handlers with poor personal hygiene could be potential sources of parasitic infections. This study was aimed to assess the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections and associated factors among asymptomatic food handlers working at Haramaya University cafeterias, eastern Ethiopia. Read More

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Psychometric properties of the 10-item Conner-Davidson resilience scale on toxic chemical-exposed workers in South Korea.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 13;30:52. Epub 2018 Aug 13.

5Department of Occupational Medicine, Dankook University Cheonan Hospital, Cheonan-si, Chungnam Republic of Korea.

Background: Resilient individuals have a comprehensive ability to adapt to various life circumstances. Psychological resilience predicts an individual's physiological response to stress. The 10-item Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) is a widely used measure to quantify the level of self-perceived resilience. Read More

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August 2018
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Satisfaction with life and the risk of occupational injury.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 2;30:49. Epub 2018 Aug 2.

1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine, Inha University Hospital, 7-206 3rd St. Shinhung-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon, 400-711 Republic of Korea.

Background: Occupational injuries increase burden on society as well as personal health. Low satisfaction with life may not only increases the risk of occupational injuries directly, but also influences other factors that increase the risk of occupational injury. Along with previous studies on the risk of occupational injury, we sought to explore the relationship between satisfaction with life and occupational injury. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6090966PMC
August 2018
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Occupational stress among medical residents in educational hospitals.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 8;30:51. Epub 2018 Aug 8.

Department of Medical Ethics, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

Background: Occupational stress and its related psychological strain is a concern among resident doctors that may affect patient care adversely. Residents face many stresses because of their high job demands in delivery of hospital care. They are often subject to work load and pressure due to direct involvement with patients, prolonged working hours, poor job opportunities and low support. Read More

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The roles of doctors, nurses, and industrial hygienists in the healthcare management services in Korea: a comparison of the opinions of specialized health management institutions and entrusted enterprises.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 7;30:50. Epub 2018 Aug 7.

4Occupational Safety & Health Research Institute, Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency, 44429 400, Jongga-ro, Jung-gu, Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

Background: This study aimed to identify the difference of perception about the role of appointing health officers by comparing and analyzing the response of entrustment workplace (EW) and specialized health management institution (SI). This is considered an important aspect of an institutional assessment to improve the quality of health management services.

Methods: A survey questionnaire was mailed to 122 SIs and 319 EWs nationwide. Read More

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August 2018
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Thyroid cancer among female workers in Korea, 2007-2015.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 16;30:48. Epub 2018 Jul 16.

2Graduate School of Public Health, Korea University, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Background: Prevalence of thyroid cancer has been increasing rapidly worldwide, especially among women. There has been a debate as to whether such an increase represents consequences of over-diagnosis or a true increase. To find the occupational risk of Korean female workers in different industry sectors, we analyzed the data of Korean female workers. Read More

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A cross-sectional study on the pulmonary function of residents in two urban areas with different PM concentrations: data from the fourth Korea national health and nutrition examination survey (KNHANES) 2007-2009.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 16;30:47. Epub 2018 Jul 16.

Department of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, College of Medicine, Dong-A University, Busan, South Korea.

Background: The present study aims to compare the pulmonary function of residents of Seoul special city (Seoul) and Jeju special self-governing province including Jeju city and Seogwipo city (Jeju), characterized by vastly different annual average airborne particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less ≤10 μm (PM) concentrations, with the annual average PM concentration in Seoul being significantly higher than that in Jeju.

Methods: This cross-sectional study analyzed the pulmonary function test results and sociodemographic data of Korean adults ≥19 years of age derived from the 4th KNHANES, 2007-2009. A total of 830 individuals residing in Seoul or Jeju were included in this study. Read More

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July 2018
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Working hours and depressive symptoms: the role of job stress factors.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 13;30:46. Epub 2018 Jul 13.

1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Ewha Womans University, School of Medicine, 1071, Anyangcheon-ro, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, 07985 South Korea.

Background: South Korea is one of the countries with the longest working hours in the OECD countries. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of working hours on depressive symptoms and the role of job stress factors between the two variables among employees in South Korea.

Methods: This study used data from the Korea Working Conditions Survey in 2014. Read More

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July 2018
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The characteristics of asbestos-related disease claims made to the Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service (KCOMWEL) from 2011 to 2015.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 11;30:45. Epub 2018 Jul 11.

5Department of Preventive Medicine and Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, 20 Ilsan-ro, Wonju, Gangwon-do 26426 Republic of Korea.

Background: This study aimed to enhance understanding of the epidemiologic characteristics of asbestos-related diseases, and to provide information that could inform policy-making aimed at prevention and compensation for occupational asbestos exposure, through analyzing asbestos-related occupational disease claims to Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service from 2011 to 2015.

Methods: We analyzed 113 workers who filed medical care claims or survivor benefits for asbestos exposure and occupational-related disease from 2011 to 2015. Among these claims, we selected approved workers' compensation claims relating to malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer, and analyzed the general characteristics, exposure characteristics, pathological characteristics, and occupation and industry distribution. Read More

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July 2018
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Association between cadmium and anti-Mullerian hormone in premenopausal women at particular ages.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 9;30:44. Epub 2018 Jul 9.

1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, 1071, Anyangcheon-ro, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, 07985 Republic of Korea.

Background: Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) in women is secreted by granulosa cells of antral follicles. AMH appears to be a very stable marker for ovarian function. It may be used to diagnosis cases of premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and ovarian tumors. Read More

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July 2018
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Pneumoconiosis in a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) spray worker: a case report with an occupational hygiene study.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 4;30:37. Epub 2018 Jun 4.

1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, 1095 Dalgubeol-daero, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, 42601 South Korea.

Background: Using analysis of air samples from the workplace, we report on one case of pneumoconiosis in an individual who has been working in a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) spraying process for 28 years.

Case Presentation: The patient was diagnosed with granulomatous lung disease caused by PTFE using computed tomography (CT), lung biopsy and electron microscopy. To assess the qualitative and quantitative exposure to PTFE in workplace, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were performed on air samples from the workplace. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5987387PMC

Relationship between occupational injuries and the provision of safety and health information: data from the 4th Korean working conditions survey.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 4;30:36. Epub 2018 Jun 4.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dongguk University Gyeongju Hospital, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do Republic of Korea.

Background: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the provision of safety and health information (PSHI) and occupational injuries.

Methods: This study was based on data from the 4th Korean Working Conditions Survey (KWCS) (2014). The sample consisted of data from 24,527 wage workers and was divided into high-risk and low-risk groups, depending on the probability of occupational injury. Read More

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June 2018
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Effect of teacher's working conditions on voice disorder in Korea: a nationwide survey.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 3;30:43. Epub 2018 Jul 3.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul, 137701 Republic of Korea.

Background: Korean teacher's working conditions are deteriorating. There is concern about the deterioration of teachers' health and voice disorder is one of the most common problems. Teacher's vocal health is important for them and their students. Read More

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July 2018
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The associations between work-related factors and temporomandibular disorders among female full-time employees: findings from the Fourth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey IV (2007-2009).

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 20;30:42. Epub 2018 Jun 20.

1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Cheonan Hospital, 31, Suncheonhyang 6-gil, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do 31151 Republic of Korea.

Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the association between work-related factors and temporomandibular disorders (TMD) among female full-time employees using representative data from a national population-based survey.

Methods: Data from the Fourth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey IV (2007-2009) were used to analyze 1,612 women. Complex samples logistic regression was applied for adjusting for general characteristics and work-related factors to examine the association between work-related factors and TMD. Read More

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June 2018
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Effects of changes in occupational stress on the depressive symptoms of Korean workers in a large company: a longitudinal survey.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 8;30:39. Epub 2018 Jun 8.

2Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Ajou University School of Medicine, 164 World cup-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon, 16499 South Korea.

Background: Prospective studies on occupational stress and depression among Korean workers are scarce. This study aimed to investigate the causal relationship between changes in occupational stress and the presence of depression.

Methods: This study analyzed data from a survey conducted with workers in a large Korean company (2015-2016). Read More

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June 2018
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Spatial analysis between particulate matter and emergency room visits for conjunctivitis and keratitis.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 11;30:41. Epub 2018 Jun 11.

1Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, Daegu, South Korea.

Background: The concentration of particulate matter in the air varies depending on the region because it is lightweight and generated from a variety of sources. To assess the relationship between particulate matter and eye disease, this study analyzes the concentration data obtained from spatial analysis of particulate matter and emergency visit data.

Methods: The study included 769 residents of Daegu, Korea who had visited an emergency room for the problem of conjunctivitis or keratitis. Read More

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June 2018
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Association between serum ferritin and hypertension according to the working type in Korean men: the fifth Korean National Health and nutrition examination survey 2010-2012.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 11;30:40. Epub 2018 Jun 11.

1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, 21 Namdong-daero 774 beon-gil, Namdong-gu, Incheon, 21565 Republic of Korea.

Background: Several studies suggest that serum ferritin concentrations reflect systemic inflammation, and high ferritin levels can increase the risk of hypertension in adult men. Shift work is also known to increase the risk of hypertension; however, there has been no study about the relationship between serum ferritin levels and the prevalence of hypertension according to the working type.

Methods: This cross-sectional study included 4,442 male participants (3,651 daytime workers and 791 shift workers) who participated in the fifth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Read More

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June 2018
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The work-life balance and psychosocial well-being of South Korean workers.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 5;30:38. Epub 2018 Jun 5.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine & Institute of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Pusan Paik Hospital, Inje University, Hospital, 75, Bokji-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan, 47392 Republic of Korea.

Background: It is challenging to balance work and life, and little attention has been paid to the work-life balance and psychosocial well-being of South Koreans. We assessed the association between work-life balance and psychosocial well-being among paid Korean workers.

Methods: This study was based on data from the fourth Korean Working Conditions Survey. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5989347PMC
June 2018
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Differences in the performance of health officers at the workplace according to their qualifications.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 30;30:35. Epub 2018 May 30.

1The Institute for Occupational Health, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Background: Health officers are an integral part of the occupational health service, and there have been studies to identify and improve the role of health officers in the workplace in order to improve the level of health care in the workplace. This study aimed to determine the contribution of health officers to the role of a health officer as prescribed by law and the percentage of health management work performed during work according to their qualifications.

Methods: Questionnaires were distributed to a total of 4584 workplaces where health officers were hired, and a total of 806 copies (17. Read More

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Effect of long term high altitude exposure on cardiovascular autonomic adjustment during rest and post-exercise recovery.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 11;30:34. Epub 2018 May 11.

2Department of Basic and Clinical Physiology, B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal.

Background: Despite the successful adaptation to high altitude, some differences do occur due to long term exposure to the hypoxic environment. The effect of long term high altitude exposure on cardiac autonomic adjustment during basal and post-exercise recovery is less known. Thus we aimed to study the differences in basal cardiac autonomic adjustment and its response to exercise in highlanders and to compare it with lowlanders. Read More

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May 2018
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A brief review of relationship between occupational benzene exposure and hematopoietic cancer.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 10;30:33. Epub 2018 May 10.

3Department of Preventive Medicine, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, 162, Ilsan-dong, Wonju, South Korea, Wonju, 26426 Korea.

We reviewed articles to clarify the current evidence status for 1) types of cancer which related to benzene exposure, and 2) certain benzene exposure level which might cause the hematopoietic cancers. Hematopoietic function of the bone marrow is involved in the production of all blood cells types. The benzene metabolites including benzoquinone and mucoaldehyde affect hematopoietic stem cells as well as differentiation steps of progenitor cells for each blood cell. Read More

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Cardiovascular disease risk differences between bus company employees and general workers according to the Korean National Health Insurance Data.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 8;30:32. Epub 2018 May 8.

1Department of Preventive Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Background: Bus drivers are known to be highly at risk of cardiovascular diseases. In this study, we assessed the cardiovascular disease prevalence of bus company employees in Seoul, South Korea, and compared the results to those of general workers.

Methods: We analyzed the 2014 Korean National Health Insurance (NHI) data and defined hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, ischemic heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease based on the KCD-6 medical diagnoses. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5941761PMC
May 2018
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Mental disorders among workers in the healthcare industry: 2014 national health insurance data.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 3;30:31. Epub 2018 May 3.

4Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Medicine Korea, 222, Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06591 Republic of Korea.

Background: Numerous studies have shown that healthcare professionals are exposed to psychological distress. However, since most of these studies assessed psychological distress using self-reporting questionnaires, the magnitude of the problem is largely unknown. We evaluated the risks of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, and any psychiatric disorders in workers in healthcare industry using Korea National Health Insurance (NHI) claims data from 2014, which are based on actual diagnoses instead of self-evaluation. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5934846PMC
May 2018
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Correction to: Perceptions regarding utilization of meteorological information in healthcare in Korea: a qualitative study.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 3;30:30. Epub 2018 May 3.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Ulsan University Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 877 Bangeojinsunhwan-doro, Dong-gu, Ulsan, 44033 Republic of Korea.

[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1186/s40557-018-0214-3.]. Read More

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May 2018
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Risk factors of fatal occupational accidents in Iran.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 2;30:29. Epub 2018 May 2.

7Bachelor of Occupational Health Engineering, Environmental & Occupational Health Center, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran.

Background: Occupational accidents are of most important consequences of globalization in developing countries. Therefore, investigating the causes of occupational accidents for improving the job situation and making operational policy is necessary. So the aim of this study was to investigate factors affecting the fatal occupational accidents and also calculate the years of life lost for dead workers. Read More

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May 2018
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Comparison of work-related musculoskeletal symptoms between male cameramen and male office workers.

Ann Occup Environ Med 2018 2;30:28. Epub 2018 May 2.

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 29 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03181 South Korea.

Background: Previous studies have classified cameramen's job as physiologically heavy work and identified the risk factors of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMDs) in cameramen. However, those studies limited their research subjects to cameramen. In this study, we compared the frequency and severity of WRMDs between cameramen and office workers. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5930734PMC
May 2018
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