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Using 1973-2000 mesothelioma incidence data released by the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program in April 2003, the authors estimated the parameters of a birth-cohort and age model to determine whether previously reported patterns of mesothelioma in the United States have changed. Compared with analyses based on data through 1992, a slower(More)
  • B Price
  • 1997
Mesothelioma incidence often is interpreted as an index of past exposure to airborne asbestos. The mesothelioma rate for US males exhibits an increasing trend throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. The trend has been attributed to occupational exposure in the shipbuilding industry during World War II, in manufacturing, and in building construction. Incidence(More)
The time trend of mesothelioma incidence and projections of future cases provide useful information for analyzing proposed public health interventions where asbestos exposure may be an issue, evaluating regulatory proposals, and estimating the remaining potential costs of programs to compensate individuals with asbestos-related diseases. We used the April(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to estimate the lifetime risk of asbestos-related cancer for residents of Lower Manhattan attributable to asbestos released into the air by the 9/11 attack on New York City's World Trade Center (WTC). METHODS Exposure was estimated from available data and reasoned projections based on these data. Cancer risk was assessed using an(More)
Libby, Montana is the site of a large vermiculite deposit that was mined between 1920 and 1990 to extract vermiculite for commercial applications such as insulation, gardening products, and construction materials. The Libby vermiculite deposit also contains amphibole minerals including tremolite, actinolite, richterite, and winchite. Historically, Libby(More)
A statistical analysis of the NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) carbon disulfide (CS2) exposure database was conducted for purposes of establishing a benchmark concentration (BMC) for CS2. The analysis addressed the effects of CS2 exposure on the peripheral nervous system and on ischemic heart disease risk factors. The BMC is(More)
A substantial number of air samples have been collected during the past few years to measure airborne asbestos levels in buildings with asbestos-containing materials (ACM). These samples fall into two categories: (i) samples collected to measure the exposure of workers while they were engaged in routine maintenance and repair activities; and (ii) samples(More)
Recent regulatory efforts have devoted attention to carbon disulfide (CS2) exposure and its potential effects on the cardiovascular system. To investigate the association between CS2 exposure and ischemic heart disease (IHD) mortality, the analysis presented here had the following objectives: (i) to review historical CS2 exposure data in the viscose rayon(More)
The literature on microbial source tracking (MST) suggests that DNA analysis of fecal samples leads to more reliable determinations of bacterial sources of surface water contamination than antibiotic resistance analysis (ARA). Our goal is to determine whether the increased reliability, if any, in library-based MST developed with DNA data is sufficient to(More)
Industrial-grade talc deposits are complex mixtures of mineral particles and may vary substantially in composition across small geographical areas. Typical industrial-grade talc includes amphibole cleavage fragments, platy talc, serpentine minerals, talc in fibrous form, and a minor presence of transitional fibers. Industrial-grade talc was erroneously(More)