John A Mandryk

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Personal exposure to fungi, bacteria, endotoxin, and (1-->3)-beta-D-glucan was determined at different woodworking sites--logging sites, sawmills, woodchipping sites, and joineries. Exposure levels to fungi at logging sites and sawmills were in the range of 10(3)-10(4) cfu/m3, at the woodchipping mill, 10(3)-10(5) cfu/m3, and at joineries, 10(2)-10(4)(More)
We made estimates of absolute morbidity and mortality due to occupational factors for the world using all available published data as of 1994, and, where no data were available, applying the most appropriate (in terms of similar economy, race, and environment) age-/sex-/diagnosis-specific incidence and mortality rates to known working population(More)
This paper describes a cross-sectional study which examines musculoskeletal symptoms in nurses working in two similar units in a residential care centre for the developmentally disabled. Amongst the 30 nurses who were administered the Nordic Questionnaire, neck and upper limb symptoms had resulted in considerable inability to perform work. In contrast, a(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine risk factors for onset of low back pain (LBP) in healthcare workers. METHODS Nursing students, during their 3 year training period, and 1 year after training were studied in a prospective cohort study, with repeated self reported measurements of determinants of LBP at 6 monthly intervals for 3 years during training, and after a 12(More)
PURPOSE The National Prescribing Service Ltd (NPS) aims to improve prescribing and use of medicines consistent with evidence-based best practice. This report compares two statistical methods used to determine whether multiple educational interventions influenced antibiotic prescription in Australia. METHODS Monthly data (July 1996 to June 2003) were(More)
BACKGROUND Four sawmills, a wood chipping mill, and five joineries in New South Wales, Australia, were studied for the effects of personal exposure to wood dust, endotoxins. (1-->3)-beta-D-glucans, Gram-negative bacteria, and fungi on lung function among woodworkers. METHODS Personal inhalable and respirable dust sampling was carried out. The lung(More)
Workers at four different woodworking processes--two logging sites, four sawmills, one major woodchipping operation, and five joineries situated in the state of New South Wales in Australia--were studied for personal inhalable dust exposures (N = 182). The geometric mean exposure at logging sites was 0.6 mg/m3 (N = 7), sawmills 1.6 mg/m3 (N = 93),(More)
The experience of low-back pain and its psychosocial associates were directly compared among sufferers drawn from three populations, a blue-collar working group, a white-collar working group, and a patient group. Sufferers drawn from the patient population revealed the expected psychological disturbance. There was no evidence of such involvement for(More)
Three green mills and two dry mills were studied for personal exposure to wood dust and biohazards associated with wood dust and their correlation to lung function and work-related symptoms among sawmill workers. The levels of exposure to endotoxin, (1-->3)-beta-D-glucan, bacteria and fungi were high in green mills compared with dry mills. Compared with dry(More)
A retrospective survey of head injuries in NSW in 1977 and 1978 was conducted by the Trauma Subcommittee of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. Two hundred and ninety patients, who were found to have acute or subacute subdural haematomas, were considered. The mortality rate was 76%, with 19% making a satisfactory recovery. Several factors were found(More)