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Mining, handling, processing, and personal or commercial use of asbestos-contaminated vermiculite have led to widespread contamination of the Libby, Montana, area. We initiated a medical testing program in response to reports of respiratory illness in the community. The purpose of this analysis was to identify and quantify asbestos-related radiographic(More)
PROBLEM/CONDITION Survivors of collapsed or damaged buildings from the attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) were among those most exposed to injury hazards, air pollution, and traumatic events. REPORTING PERIOD This report summarizes data from health outcomes collected during interviews conducted from September 5, 2003, to the close of the World Trade(More)
BACKGROUND Effects of the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster on children's respiratory health have not been definitively established. OBJECTIVE This report describes respiratory health findings among children who were < 18 years of age on 11 September 2001 (9/11) and examine associations between disaster-related exposures and respiratory health. METHODS(More)
The first studies of monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL) in the general population were conducted as part of environmental health investigations that began in 1991. MBL was observed as an unexpected finding when blood samples were immunophenotyped by two-colour flow cytometric methods in common use at that time. The initial observations led to a workshop(More)
In spite of considerable economic progress in recent years, India continues to face challenges dealing with poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, disease and disability. The governments of India and the United States have formed a collaborative effort to address outstanding issues in the fields of environmental and occupational health. The Joint Statement on(More)
This epidemiological study was conducted to determine whether high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is useful to screen for pulmonary abnormalities in people exposed to vermiculite containing asbestos. During June-September 2001, we evaluated HRCT of 353 people in Libby, MT, who had been exposed to asbestiform minerals associated with vermiculite. Of(More)
Radiographic Abnormalities and Exposure to Asbestos-Contaminated Vermiculite in the Community of Libby, Montana, USA Lucy A. Peipins,1,* Michael Lewin,1 Sharon Campolucci,1 Jeffrey A. Lybarger,1 Aubrey Miller,2 Dan Middleton,1 Christopher Weis,2 Michael Spence,3 Brad Black,4 and Vikas Kapil1 1Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta,(More)
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