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  • Australian Researchers Honored for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Literature

    Study evaluated risk of asthma associated with occupational exposures

    The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), an international medical society, honored Ryan F. Hoy, MBBS, and colleagues, with the Kammer Merit in Authorship Award on April 27 during its 2014 American Occupational Health Conference in San Antonio, Texas. This award recognizes the most outstanding scientific contribution published in ACOEM’s Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) during a given year.

    Lead author Dr. Hoy of Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Melbourne, Australia, and his colleagues, were acknowledged for their paper “Occupational Exposures and the Development of New-onset Asthma: A Population-based Cohort Study from the Ages of 13 to 44 Years,” which appeared in the March 2013 issue of JOEM.

    Dr. Hoy and colleagues analyzed the risk of asthma in 792 individuals who were asthma free at 13 years old. Occupational histories were obtained from the subjects at age 44 and their occupational exposures determined. Their research found a significant association between cumulative occupational exposure to latex and new-onset asthma. “Each year of cumulative exposure to latex compared with no latex exposure was associated on average with a 5% risk increase for developing new asthma, independent of the effects of sex and smoking,” the authors wrote.

    “This study is very important since it is based on a large population-based cohort followed over a long period of time that addresses occupational exposure risks for asthma thus providing important information about a critical occupational disease while avoiding the problems inherent in most work-force based studies,” said JOEM Editor Paul Brandt-Rauf, MD. The open-access article is available on line at http://journals.lww.com/joem/Fulltext/2013/03000/Occupational_Exposures_and_the_Development_of.2.aspx.

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    Citation — Hoy RF, Burgess JA, Benke G, Matheson M, Morrison S, Gurrin L, Walters EH, Dharmage SC, Abramson MJ. Occupational exposures and the development of new-onset asthma: a population-based cohort study from the ages of 13 to 44 years. J Occup Environ Med. 2013;55(3):235-9.

    About ACOEM — Founded in 1916, ACOEM represents nearly 4,500 physicians who specialize in occupational and environmental medicine and who are dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, disability management, research, and education. The Kammer Merit in Authorship Award recognizes articles of outstanding significance published in JOEM during a given year. The award is named for Adolph G. Kammer, MD (1903-1962), first editor of JOEM. For more information, visit www.acoem.org.

    About the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine — The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (www.joem.org) is the official journal of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Edited to serve as a guide for physicians, nurses, and researchers, the clinically oriented research articles are an excellent source for new ideas, concepts, techniques, and procedures that can be readily applied in the industrial or commercial employment setting.