Barbara L Marlenga

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PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To assess and describe health beliefs, level of knowledge about skin cancer, current skin cancer prevention practices, and cues to preventive action of Wisconsin dairy farmers. DESIGN Descriptive survey. SETTING Rural Wisconsin. SAMPLE A stratified random sample of 535 male dairy farmers from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture(More)
Every three days a child dies in an agriculture-related incident, and every day 45 children are injured in the United States. These tragedies should not be regarded as "accidents," as they often follow predictable and preventable patterns. Prevention is not only possible, but vital, since many of these injuries are almost immediately fatal. Major sources of(More)
Children are at high risk for agricultural injury, yet there is little documentation about the range of farm work that children perform or the ages at which children experience these work exposures. The purpose of this study was to identify the scope of agricultural jobs performed by farm children and to describe variations in work involvement within(More)
Surveillance of agricultural work-related illness and non-fatal injuries is limited and considered to be a major gap in prevention and policy-making capacity. This pilot study evaluated the utility of the Marshfield Epidemiologic Study Area (MESA) and its farm residency cohort to identify and monitor potential priorities for prevention and control. MESA is(More)
Farm tractors are an important source of traumatic injury for children on farms. There is, however, no documentation about the age and size of tractors that children are operating and little information about the frequency with which rollover protective structures (ROPS) are used. This study described tractors that children on farms in the U.S. and Canada(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to identify subgroups of the farm population that are particularly vulnerable to head injury. METHODS A retrospective case series of hospitalized head injuries was assembled from a national registry of agricultural injuries. Vulnerable subgroups were identified based on a priori criteria and the causes and(More)
OBJECTIVES The authors had a unique opportunity to study the early impacts of occupational and recreational exposures on the development of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in a cohort of 392 young workers. The objectives of this study were to estimate strength of associations between occupational and recreational exposures and occurrence of early-stage(More)
OBJECTIVE The child labor laws are intended to protect young workers from the most dangerous jobs. However, children who work on their parents' farms are exempt from these laws. We evaluated the potential for preventing the occurrence of farm injuries among children by changing the US Federal Child Labor Laws, Hazardous Occupations Orders for Agriculture.(More)
Appropriate supervision is recommended as a strategy to prevent pediatric farm injuries, yet virtually nothing is known about the quality of adult supervision on farms. We therefore explored the nature of adult supervision among pediatric farm injury cases using three theoretically relevant dimensions of supervision: (1) attention, (2) proximity, and (3)(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe pediatric farm injuries experienced by children who were not engaged in farm work, but were injured by a farm work hazard and to identify priorities for primary prevention. DESIGN Secondary analysis of data from a novel evaluation of an injury control resource using a retrospective case series. DATA SOURCES Fatal, hospitalized,(More)