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Occupational lifting and risk of hypertension, stratified by use of anti-hypertensives and age - a cross-sectional and prospective cohort study.

BMC Public Health 2021 Apr 14;21(1):721. Epub 2021 Apr 14.

National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Lersø Parkallé 105, 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Background: Heavy occupational lifting is prevalent in the general working population and is sparsely reported to associate with hypertension, especially among older and hypertensive workers. We investigated if heavy occupational lifting is associated with hypertension and blood pressure (BP) in both cross-sectional and prospective study designs in the Copenhagen General Population Study, stratified by age, and use of anti-hypertensives.

Methods: Participation was conducted following the declaration of Helsinki and approved by the ethical committee (H-KF-01-144/01). Read More

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Mortality risks among blue- and white-collar workers: A time series study among Japanese men aged 25-64 years from 1980 to 2015.

J Occup Health 2021 Jan;63(1):e12215

Graduate School of Public Health, St. Luke's International University, Tokyo, Japan.

Objective: We aimed to analyse age-standardised mortality trends in Japan among blue- and white-collar male workers aged 25-64 years, by major causes of mortality from 1980 to 2015.

Methods: Five-yearly mortality data were extracted from occupation-specific vital statistics maintained by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. A time series study was conducted among employed men aged 25-64 years. Read More

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January 2021

Inflammatory bowel disease-related economic costs due to presenteeism and absenteeism.

Scand J Gastroenterol 2021 Apr 7:1-6. Epub 2021 Apr 7.

Department of Internal Medicine, Turku University Hospital, University of Turku, Turku, Finland.

Background: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), consisting of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, can be a lifelong burden generating high costs to an economic system. Data regarding the cost of workplace presenteeism and absenteeism in workers with IBD are limited. Our objective was to assess these costs in employed adults. Read More

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Occupation and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis risk: a case-control study in the isolated island population of Malta.

Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener 2021 Apr 6:1-7. Epub 2021 Apr 6.

Centre for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking, Biomedical Sciences Building, University of Malta, Msida, Malta.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a mostly sporadic neurodegenerative disease. The role of environmental factors has been extensively investigated but associations remain controversial. Considering that a substantial proportion of adult life is spent at work, identifying occupations and work-related exposures is considered an effective way to detect factors that increase ALS risk. Read More

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Injury inequalities among U.S. construction workers.

J Occup Environ Hyg 2021 Mar 16:1-18. Epub 2021 Mar 16.

Data Center, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland.

This study explores racial/ethnic inequalities in work-related injuries among U.S. construction workers. Read More

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Assessment of DNA damage and oxidative stress among traffic conductors and coal miners.

Pak J Med Sci 2021 Mar-Apr;37(2):499-502

Aatik Arsh KMU Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Pakistan.

Objective: To assess the DNA damage and oxidative stress among traffic conductors and coal miners.

Methods: An analytical cross-sectional survey was conducted in Karak, Pakistan from March to October 2019. A total of 240 individuals participated in the study with an age range between 17 to 55 years. Read More

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Safety climate as a predictor of work ability problems in blue-collar workers: prospective cohort study.

BMJ Open 2021 Mar 2;11(3):e040885. Epub 2021 Mar 2.

National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Objectives: To evaluate whether safety climate items would be predictive of future physical and mental work ability among blue-collar workers.

Methods: Blue-collar workers (n=3822) from the Danish Work Environment and Health study replied to questions on safety climate, physical and mental work ability, and health in 2012 and 2014. Using multivariate logistic regression, we estimated the association of number of safety climate items (0-5) in 2012 with physical and mental work ability in 2014. Read More

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History of work-related health problems in a population-based sample of women: An exploratory factor analysis.

Work 2021 ;68(3):563-576

EPIUnit - Instituto de Saúde Pública, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal.

Background: Beyond the health-enhancing effects, work also has the potential of causing or worsening different health conditions in the same individual. However, research on within-worker aggregation of work-related health problems is scarce.

Objective: To describe the history and aggregation of work-related health problems in a population-based sample of women. Read More

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January 2021

Sleep duration and mortality - Influence of age and occupational group in retired individuals.

Sleep Med 2021 Apr 3;80:199-203. Epub 2021 Feb 3.

Division of Insurance Medicine, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

The importance of sleep duration for health or mortality attracts much public attention. Prior work indicates that both long and short sleep duration predicts mortality, with optimal sleep duration (lowest risk) at 7 h. However, we believe this may differ between subgroups. Read More

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Work-Time Compositions of Physical Behaviors and Trajectories of Sick Leave Due to Musculoskeletal Pain.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021 Feb 5;18(4). Epub 2021 Feb 5.

National Research Centre for the Working Environment, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.

We aimed to investigate the association between work-time compositions of physical behavior and sick leave trajectories due to musculoskeletal pain over one year. We conducted a secondary analysis using the data of 981 workers in a Danish prospective cohort (DPHACTO 2012-2014). At baseline, we assessed physical behaviors (sitting, standing, light physical activity (LIPA), and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA)) at work and during leisure, using accelerometers. Read More

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February 2021

[Sleep disorders and psycho-affective problems in paramedical personnel working an atypical schedule].

Rev Mal Respir 2021 Feb 3;38(2):147-156. Epub 2021 Feb 3.

Service de pneumologie et allergologie, université de Tunis El Manar, faculté de médecine de Tunis, CHU Mongi Slim La Marsa, Tunis, Tunisie.

Introduction: Shift work can cause health problems and sleep disorders and therefore affect mental health. These psycho-affective disorders can, in return, worsen sleep disorders and thus establish a vicious circle. The aims of our study were to assess the frequency of sleep and psycho-affective disorders among paramedical personnel doing shift work and to screen them for obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea syndrome (OSA). Read More

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February 2021

Risk Factors Influencing the Occurrence and Severity of Symptomatic Dry Eye Syndrome: A Cross-sectional Study.

Ophthalmic Epidemiol 2021 Jan 31:1-7. Epub 2021 Jan 31.

Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine , Seoul, Republic of Korea.

: We aimed to investigate the prevalence and risk factors of dry eye syndrome (DES) among a population-based cohort study.: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 475 subjects (184 men and 291 women) enrolled in the Study Group for Environmental Eye Disease at July 2013. Using the ocular surface disease index (OSDI), we measured the DES severity and defined DES as OSDI score ≥13. Read More

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January 2021

Psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic within institutional quarantine and isolation centres and its sociodemographic correlates in Qatar: a cross-sectional study.

BMJ Open 2021 01 31;11(1):e045794. Epub 2021 Jan 31.

Psychiatry, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.

Setting: The State of Qatar has had one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates globally and has used state-managed quarantine and isolation centres to limit the spread of infection. Quarantine and isolation have been shown to negatively affect the mental health of individuals. Qatar has a unique population, with around 90% of the population being economic migrants and a majority being blue-collar workers and labourers. Read More

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January 2021

Epidemiological, socio-demographic and clinical features of the early phase of the COVID-19 epidemic in Ecuador.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2021 01 4;15(1):e0008958. Epub 2021 Jan 4.

Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus has spread rapidly around the globe. Nevertheless, there is limited information describing the characteristics and outcomes of COVID-19 patients in Latin America. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 9,468 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Ecuador. Read More

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January 2021

The association of musculoskeletal complaints and individual and work-related factors with work ability in Chilean white-collar and blue-collar workers.

Int J Occup Saf Ergon 2021 Jan 20:1-8. Epub 2021 Jan 20.

Departamento de Medicina Interna, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile.

The maintenance of good work ability has proven to have a positive effect on health, quality of work and productivity. There is little evidence regarding the association between musculoskeletal complaints, individual and work-related factors, and work ability in blue-collar and white-collar workers. . Read More

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January 2021

Analysis of the difference in the perinatal mortality rate between white-collar and blue-collar workers in Japan, 1995-2015.

Tasuku Okui

Epidemiol Health 2020 24;42:e2020069. Epub 2020 Nov 24.

Medical Information Center, Kyushu University Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan.

Objectives: This study investigated differences in the perinatal mortality rate between white-collar and blue-collar workers.

Methods: Data from the "Report of Vital Statistics: Occupational and Industrial Aspects" in Japan covering the period from 1995 to 2015 were used. Five-year maternal age groups from 15-19 years to 45-49 years were analyzed according to work type, and the perinatal mortality rate for each age group and the age-standardized perinatal mortality rate according to maternal age were calculated in each analyzed year. Read More

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January 2021

Risk Perception & Risk-Reduction Behavior Model for Blue-Collar Workers: Adapted From the Health Promotion Model.

Front Psychol 2020 4;11:538198. Epub 2020 Nov 4.

School of Architecture, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea.

This study examined the health promotion model (HPM) as a framework for assessing perceptions and health-related behaviors related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk among blue-collar workers. This was done with the aim of providing time-sensitive educational and training materials for workers while on the job or functioning in their communities. The revised HPM was evaluated in the above context using specific criteria developed by Chinn and Kramer (2008) and scoping literature review. Read More

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November 2020

Predictors of long-term opioid use and opioid use disorder among construction workers: Analysis of claims data.

Am J Ind Med 2021 01 24;64(1):48-57. Epub 2020 Nov 24.

Division of General Medical Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Background: Construction workers have high rates of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, which lead to frequent opioid use and opioid use disorder (OUD). This paper quantified the incidence of opioid use and OUD among construction workers with and without musculoskeletal disorders.

Methods: We conducted a retrospective study using union health claims from January 2015 to June 2018 from 19,909 construction workers. Read More

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January 2021

Cardiorespiratory fitness, occupational aerobic workload and age: workplace measurements among blue-collar workers.

Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2021 Apr 8;94(3):503-513. Epub 2020 Nov 8.

The National Research Centre for the Work Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Background: The knowledge, from laboratory studies dating back to the 1950s on the importance of the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and aerobic workload for workers health, is fundamental for promoting sustainable healthy employability among ageing blue-collar workers today. However, the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and aerobic workload has not yet been documented during daily work, and we do not know if it applies to the normal work of blue-collar workers in different age groups. We aim to investigate the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and aerobic workload among blue-collar workers using measurements of 24-h heart rate collected over consecutive working days. Read More

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Inequality in health service utilization among migrant and local children: a cross-sectional survey of children aged 0-14 years in Shenzhen, China.

BMC Public Health 2020 Nov 7;20(1):1668. Epub 2020 Nov 7.

School of International Pharmaceutical Business, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 211198, PR China.

Background: Shenzhen is characterized with the largest scale of migrant children among all the cities in China. Unequal access to health services among migrant and local children greatly affects health equity and has a profound impact on the quality of human capital. This study aimed to investigate differences in using community-based healthcare between local and migrant children and to identify the influencing factors in Futian District of Shenzhen. Read More

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November 2020

Manual Material Handling Training: The Effect of Self-Observation, Hetero-Observational and Intrinsic Feedback on Workers' Knowledge and Behaviour.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020 11 3;17(21). Epub 2020 Nov 3.

Departamento de Psicología Experimental, Universidad de Sevilla, 41018 Seville, Spain.

This study aimed to assess the effect of systematic self-observation, hetero-observational feedback, and feedforward and intrinsic feedback (SsObserWork components) on workers' knowledge and behaviour of a manual material handling (MMH) technique in the industrial sector. Blue-collar workers recruited from a food processing company in Catalonia (Spain) were randomized into SsObserWork ( = 31) and control ( = 30) groups. SsObserWork group members participated individually in two sessions and a three-week follow-up between sessions where they received the SsObserWork components. Read More

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November 2020

Lifestyle-associated health risk indicators across a wide range of occupational groups: a cross-sectional analysis in 72,855 workers.

BMC Public Health 2020 Nov 4;20(1):1656. Epub 2020 Nov 4.

Department of Physical Activity and Health, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

Background: Identify and compare health risk indicators for common chronic diseases between different occupational groups.

Methods: A total of 72,855 participants (41% women) participating in an occupational health service screening in 2014-2019 were included. Occupation was defined by the Swedish Standard Classification of Occupation, and divided into nine major and additionally eight sub-major groups. Read More

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November 2020

Disparate exposure to physically demanding working conditions in France.

Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique 2020 Nov 31;68(6):327-336. Epub 2020 Oct 31.

GATE - UMR 5824-CNRS, ENS Lyon, université de Lyon, 15, parvis René-Descartes, BP 7000, 69342 Lyon cedex 07, France. Electronic address:

Background: Our study was aimed at examining disparate exposure to physically demanding working conditions in France, a key objective being to identify the types of employees/jobs requiring high-priority preventive actions.

Methods: We analyzed the data from the 2017 French nationwide cross-sectional survey (SUMER) on occupational hazards to which French employees in various sectors were subjected. The prevalence of several types of physically demanding working conditions (lifting of heavy loads, awkward body postures, vibrations, noise, and extreme temperatures) was explored. Read More

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November 2020

Prevalence of multisite pain and association with work ability - Cross-sectional study.

Musculoskelet Sci Pract 2020 12 23;50:102279. Epub 2020 Oct 23.

Department of Physical Therapy, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil. Electronic address:

Background: Multisite pain (MSP) has been studied among the working population because it is associated with reduced work ability. In Brazil, studies have investigated pain without addressing MSP and its interference with work ability.

Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of MSP among Brazilian workers from different occupations and to associate MSP with work ability. Read More

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December 2020

Work Characteristics, Body Mass Index, and Risk of Obesity: The National Quality of Work Life Survey.

Ann Work Expo Health 2020 Oct 30. Epub 2020 Oct 30.

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

Objectives: To examine work characteristics in relation to body mass index (BMI) and risk of obesity.

Methods: We analyzed data from 1150 participants working 20+ h week-1 from the 2014 National NIOSH Quality of Work Life Survey, based on a representative sample of US workers. We used multiple linear regression for BMI and multiple logistic regression for obesity to estimate associations with 19 different work characteristics plus one set of occupational categories controlling for age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, marital status, job physical exertion, and television watching. Read More

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October 2020

[Asbestos exposure and related diseases among friction products workers (1971-2016)].

G Ital Med Lav Ergon 2020 09;42(3):145-152

U.O. Aria, Centro di Microscopia Elettronica, ARPA Lombardia, Dipartimento di Milano.

Summary: Worldwide studies have been published on the mortality of workers employed in asbestos-based materials for the production of clutches and brakes. However no one of these studies is related to Italian cases. Furthermore, not even surveys have been conducted in Italy to characterize the correlation between asbestos exposures and the possible occurring of asbestos-related disease. Read More

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September 2020

The Association between Occupational Categories and Incidence of Cardiovascular Events: A Cohort Study in Iranian Male Population.

Int J Occup Environ Med 2020 10;11(4):179-187

Cardiac Rehabilitation Research Center, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.

Background: Besides the traditional cardiovascular risk factor, some novel risk factors like occupation and career can play an important role in cardiovascular disease (CVDs) incidence.

Objective: To assess the association between occupational categories and their positions with cardiovascular events (CVEs) in an Iranian male population.

Methods: We followed 2134 men aged 35-65 years for 14 years during the Isfahan Cohort Study (2001-2015) for CVEs including ischemic heart disease and stroke. Read More

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October 2020

Are blue-collar workers more physically active than white-collar at work?

Arch Environ Occup Health 2020 Oct 23:1-10. Epub 2020 Oct 23.

Masters and Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy, Universidade Cidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

This study evaluates the physical activity level at work and leisure time of white-collar and two groups of blue-collar workers from the latex glove industry and the association of physical activity level and musculoskeletal complains and work ability. The workers' sociodemographic and behavioral health characteristics, work ability index, musculoskeletal complains, total step count and caloric expenditure for three consecutive days, were assessed. The blue-collar workers that move most from the workstation (longD) were more physically active at work compared to white-collar and blue-collar that moved close the workstation (shortD). Read More

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October 2020

Burnout and Time Perspective of Blue-Collar Workers at the Shipyard.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020 09 21;17(18). Epub 2020 Sep 21.

Department of Human Resource Management, HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen, 6525EJ Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

The aim of the research was to investigate the association between time perspective in relation to burnout and successful ageing of blue-collar workers with physically highly demanding work and low autonomy. Shipyard blue-collar workers usually do predominantly manual labor versus white-collar workers, whose jobs do not usually involve physical work. 497 participants workers in a shipyard in the north of Spain. Read More

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September 2020

Can breathing gases be analyzed without a mouth mask? Proof-of-concept and concurrent validity of a newly developed design with a mask-less headset.

Appl Ergon 2021 Jan 12;90:103266. Epub 2020 Sep 12.

University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Hanzeplein 1, 9713 GZ, Groningen, the Netherlands.

A portable headset has been developed to analyze breathing gases and establish the energetic workload of physically active workers. This proof-of-concept study aimed to investigate the following: (1) the validity of the headset compared to indirect calorimetry using a mouth mask; (2) the validity of the headset compared to the validity of oxygen consumption (V̇O2) estimated on the basis of heart rate; (3) the influence of wind on validity; and (4) user experiences of the headset. Fifteen subjects performed a submaximal cycling test twice, once with the headset, and once with a mouth mask and heartrate monitor. Read More

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January 2021