New Review of Epidemiological Studies on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Farmers

Farmer_and_the_Livestock_(6139558944)[1]The authors concluded that farmers are at greater risk of developing COPD, with livestock farmers having the highest risk.  Potential responsible exposures include organic dusts, endotoxins, mites, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide.

Source: PubMed abstract

Association Between Pesticide Profiles and IQ in Children

The authors evaluated the possible effects of multiple pesticides on children’s IQs when applied near maternal residences in agricultural areas.  For one of the eight pesticide profiles there was a significant association with IQ.  The authors also found that there was the potential for sub-additive effects between pesticides.

Source: PubMed Abstract

New Study of Parkinsonism Symptoms in Washington Pesticide Handlers

Published in the Journal of Agromedicine by researchers from Washington University, UW, UC-SD, and University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa).   The researchers concluded, “Symptoms and signs of parkinsonism were absent to mild in this small sample of active workers who apply cholinesterase-inhibiting insecticides in Washington State, USA. Future studies should be larger, and examine older, retired workers with greater cumulative exposure to agricultural pesticides at work and home, including other types of agricultural pesticides.”

Source: PubMed Abstract

Review: Use of Job-Exposure Matrices to Estimate Pesticide Exposures

This review article concerns estimation of occupational exposure to pesticides in epidemiology studies.  The authors state, “we reviewed all existing matrices assessing occupational exposure to pesticides in epidemiological studies and described the exposure parameters they included.”  The authors discuss two types of matrices, their validity, and their usefulness in quantifying cumulative exposures.

Source: PubMed abstract

New Study on Pesticides and Thyroid Cancer Risk

The authors observed a statistically significant association of occupational exposure to pesticides and biocides with thyroid cancer in a case-control study based in Connecticut.  The authors state, “our study provides the first evidence linking occupational exposure to biocides and risk of thyroid cancer.  The results warrant further investigation.”

Source: PubMed abstract

Agriculture Safety & Health Committee Meeting – February 21

The next Agriculture Safety and Health Committee meeting will be in Yakima on February 21, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.

Meeting Agenda

February 21, 2017

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Yakima Service Location, Room YAK1

15 W Yakima Ave, Suite 100

Yakima, WA