Barbara Neis

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BACKGROUND Risk factors and prevalence of occupational asthma (OA) and occupational allergy (OAl) in the snow crab-processing industry have been poorly studied. OBJECTIVE To estimate the prevalence of OA and OAl in snow crab-processing workers and determine their relationship with exposure to snow crab allergens and other potential risk factors. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND The expanding snow crab-processing industry has resulted in increased numbers of workers at risk of occupational allergy. OBJECTIVE Our study is to identify relevant allergenic proteins in cooked snow crab meat (CM) and crab water (CW) used for cooking for improved remediation, diagnosis, and treatment. METHODS Extracts were prepared from CM(More)
Fish and shellfish processing employs many thousands of people globally, with shellfish processing becoming more important in recent years. Shellfish processing is associated with multiple occupational health and safety (OHS) risks. Snow crab occupational asthma (OA) is work-related asthma associated with processing snow crab. We present a gender analysis(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of snow crab sensitisation and occupational asthma. STUDY DESIGN Prevalence study of symptoms, pulmonary function testing and allergy testing to crab was conducted in four crab plants of different design in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. METHODS Plants workers in four crab plants were(More)
BACKGROUND There is widespread agreement that work organization is an important element of occupational safety and health, but the health effects of many aspects of work organization are likely to vary considerably across different sectors of work and geographies. METHODS We examined existing employment policies and work organization-related research(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was conducted to learn from snow crab plants workers and others involved in the industry their knowledge and beliefs of health issues and potential solutions. STUDY DESIGN This is a survey in four communities with different crab plant designs in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. METHODS At the start of a meeting to discuss crab(More)
Environmental and socioeconomic restructuring has had profound consequences for coastal communities in Canada. The decline of traditional resource-based industries—fisheries, forestry, and mining—and the emergence of new economic activities, such as tourism and aquaculture, compounded by concurrent shifts in social programs, have affected the health of(More)
Research on the history and status of Eider Ducks in Labrador and Newfoundland is needed. These ducks are an important part of the subsistence and traditional diet of coastal Labradorians. Two subspecies of Common Eider, a northern one (Somateria mollissima borealis) and a southern one (S. m. dresseri), occur in southeastern Labrador. Little is known about(More)
The resilience of small-scale fisheries in developed and developing countries has been used to provide lessons to conventional managers regarding ways to transition toward a social-ecological approach to understanding and managing fisheries. We contribute to the understanding of the relationship between management and the resilience of small-scale fisheries(More)
The special field of legal medicine represents a very heterogeneous science, which makes it impossible, that a forensic pathologist could be an "expert" in all areas. The most recent achievements of computer-technology have opened up the possibility of being able to use a PC to produce an "expert system", for with large computer programs are needed.(More)