Richard T Niemeier

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We sought to determine the effectiveness of poloxamer 188 (P188) in protecting dystrophin-deficient, mdx skeletal muscle fiber membrane against exercise-induced breaches. mdx mice were treated with either P188 or placebo via intraperitoneal injections and run on a treadmill for 60-90 min. Membrane breakdown was quantified in cross-sections of rectus femoris(More)
In an effort to better understand the relationship between different fungal sampling methods in the indoor environment, four methods were used to quantify mold contamination in 13 homes with visible mold. Swab, fungal spore source strength tester (FSSST), and air samples (total of 52 samples) were analyzed using both the microscopic (total spore count) and(More)
During a health hazard evaluation, we investigated 29 cases of laboratory-diagnosed Campylobacter infection among workers at a poultry-processing plant. Most infected employees worked at the plant <1 month, worked as live hangers, and lived at a state-operated center. To lessen the infection risk, we recommended improvements to engineering and(More)
Acknowledgments The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) would like to thank Dr. Julia Quint of the California Department of Public Health, who originated the project concept, established the contract under which OEHHA carried out this work, and provided ongoing input on issues related to occupational health. OEHHA also thanks Dr.(More)
Responding to a request by corrections agency management, we investigated coccidioidomycosis in prison employees in central California, a coccidioidomycosis-endemic area. We identified 103 cases of coccidioidomycosis that occurred over 4.5 years. As a result, we recommended training and other steps to reduce dust exposure among employees and thus potential(More)
A systematic approach was developed to review, revise and adapt existing exposure control guidance used in developed countries for use in developing countries. One-page employee and multiple-page supervisor guidance sheets were adapted from existing documents using a logic framework and workers were trained to use the information to improve work practices.(More)
This Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) report and any recommendations made herein are for the specific facility evaluated and may not be universally applicable. Any recommendations made are not to be considered as final statements of NIOSH policy or of any agency or individual involved. Additional HHE reports are available at The employer shall post a copy of(More)
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