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Tailors and seamstresses at risk of chronic bronchitis

4 Jun

tailors and seamstresses could experience à higher risk of chronic bronchitis a Chinese study found:

English: A tailor at work in Hong Kong. Deutsc...

English: A tailor at work in Hong Kong. Deutsch: Ein Schneider bei der Arbeit, in Hong Kong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Banjul, tailor

English: Banjul, tailor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Tailor (Photo credit: nibaq)

A tailor shop in Phuket

A tailor shop in Phuket (Photo credit: sama sama – massa)

English: Tailor in Nizwa Français : Tailleur p...

English: Tailor in Nizwa Français : Tailleur pour dames à Nizwa (Oman) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Acute bronchitis schema

Acute bronchitis schema (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(quoted) “Persons reporting exposure to cotton dust more often indicated work in the cotton textile industry (14 percent) or as a tailor or seamstress (71 percent) than in the other industries or occupations listed on our questionnaire. We found an association between being a tailor or seamstress and chronic bronchitis (OR = 1.35, 95 percent CI: 0.88, 2.06), chronic phlegm (OR = 1.39, 95 percent CI: 1.14, 1.70), or chronic dry cough (OR = 1.32, 95 percent CI: 0.88, 1.99)” end of quotation.
According to the authors of the study the causes could be probably found in the exposure to cotton dust: (quoted ) “Cotton dust exposure was associated with non chronic cough or phlegm (OR = 1.40, 95 percent CI: 1.19, 1.64), chronic phlegm (OR = 1.36, 95 percent CI: 1.09, 1.69), and chronic bronchitis (OR = 1.71, 95 percent CI: 1.13, 2.60)” (end of quotation).

More information:

1) reference in Vancouver convention format:
Levan TD, Koh WPP, Lee HPP, Koh D, Yu MC, London SJ. Vapor, dust, and smoke exposure in relation to adult-onset asthma and chronic respiratory symptoms: the Singapore Chinese Health Study. American journal of epidemiology. 2006 Jun;163(12):1118-1128. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwj144.

2) Full text pdf of the article:

Am. J. Epidemiol.-2006-LeVan-1118-28

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