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The Interaction of Inflammatory Markers and Alcohol-Use on Cognitive Function in Korean Male Firefighters

Yun JA, Jeong KS, Ahn YS, Han Y, Choi KS

Objective Cognitive functions have been shown to become impaired due to alcoholism. Recently, neuroinflammation gained attention for playing a role in the neurotoxic effect of alcohol. However, there is limited...
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Regional Gray Matter Volume Related to High Occupational Stress in Firefighters

Lee D, Kim W, Lee JE, Lee J, Lee SK, Chang SJ, Jeung DY, Hyun DS, Ryu HY, Kim C, Jung YC

Background: Firefighters inevitably encounter emotionally and physically stressful situations at work. Even firefighters without diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder receive clinical attention because the nature of the profession exposes them to...
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Moderated Mediation Effect of Mindfulness on the Relationship Between Muscular Skeletal Disease, Job Stress, and Turnover Among Korean Firefighters

Lee JH, Lee J, Lee KS

Background: This study investigated the effect of increased job stress, caused by musculoskeletal disease (MSD) among firefighters, on a firefighter's intention to leave the profession, henceforth referred to as “turnover...
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Structural and Resting-State Brain Alterations in Trauma-Exposed Firefighters: Preliminary Results

Park YW, Jun S, Noh J, Chung SJ, Han S, Lee PH, Kim C, Lee SK

Purpose To analyze the altered brain regions and intrinsic brain activity patterns in trauma-exposed firefighters without posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Materials and Methods Resting-state functional MRI (rsfMRI) was performed for all...
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Does Emotional Labor Increase the Risk of Suicidal Ideation among Firefighters?

Hyun DS, Jeung DY, Kim C, Ryu HY, Chang SJ

PURPOSE: To investigate whether emotional labor is associated with suicidal ideation in Korean firefighters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were obtained from the Firefighter Research: Enhancement of Safety & Health (FRESH) Study,...
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The Structural Equation Model for Posttraumatic Growth of Firefighter: Based on the Calhoun and Tedeschi's model of posttraumatic growth

Jeong YJ, Jeon MY

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to construct and validate a posttraumatic growth structural model for firefighters based on Calhoun and Tedeschi’s model (2006). Methods: The research data was...
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Cohort Profile: Firefighter Research on the Enhancement of Safety and Health (FRESH), a Prospective Cohort Study on Korean Firefighters

Kim YT, Kim WJ, Choi JE, Bae MJ, Jang H, Lee CJ, Lee HJ, Im DJ, Ye BS, Kim MJ, Jeong Y, Oh SS, Jung YC, Kang ES, Park S, Lee SK, Park KS, Koh SB, Kim C

Firefighters have a high risk of developing cardiovascular and mental disorders due to their physical and chemical environments. However, in Korea, few studies have been conducted on environmental risk of...
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Descriptive analysis of prevalence and medical expenses of cancer, cardio-cerebrovascular disease, psychiatric disease, and musculoskeletal disease in Korean firefighters

Min J, Kim Y, Kim HS, Han J, Kim I, Song J, Koh SB, Jang TW

BACKGROUND: Firefighters are exposed to many dangerous working conditions. Many studies have identified the risk of disease for firefighters, but only a few studies have addressed the medical expenses of...
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Validity assessment of self-reported smoking status in firefighters using the urine cotinine test

Heo HC, Byun YS, Sohn SH, Jo SM, Park SK, Sakong J

BACKGROUND: In firefighters, smoking management is important because they are exposed to various harmful substances in their occupational environment. Accurate surveys of smoking status are essential to control tobacco use....
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Psychosocial factors affecting sleep quality of pre-employed firefighters: a cross-sectional study

Lim M, Lee S, Seo K, Oh HJ, Shin JS, Kim SK, Kang HT, Jeong KS, Oh SS, Koh SB, Ahn YS

Background: There have been no health-related studies of pre-employed firefighters without firefighter-specific job-related factors (FSJRF). This study aimed to evaluate the sleep quality of pre-employed firefighters and to examine the...
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Effect of Burnout on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Among Firefighters in Korea: Data From the Firefighter Research on Enhancement of Safety & Health (FRESH)

Kim W, Bae M, Chang SJ, Yoon JH, Jeong DY, Hyun DS, Ryu HY, Park KS, Kim MJ, Kim C

OBJECTIVES: It is well-known that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among firefighters contributes to their job-related stress. However, the relationship between burnout and PTSD in firefighters has rarely been studied. This...
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A Real Situation Experimental Study on The Thermal Protection Performance of Firefighter Clothes and Gloves

Lee WJ, Kang GH, Jang YS, Kim W, Choi HY, Kim JG, Kim M, Seo K, kim DH, Lee JY, Choi JY

PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the thermal protective function of firefighter clothes and gloves through real scale fire simulations. METHODS: Firstly, the fire simulation by real scale flame was performed...
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An overview of compensated work-related injuries among Korean firefighters from 2010 to 2015

Kim HD, An YS, Kim DH, Jeong KS, Ahn YS

BACKGROUND: Although one in two firefighters in South Korea have experienced work-related injuries, there are few studies which show the overview description on work-related injuries and its analysis regarding such...
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Impact of Health-related Quality of Life in Firefighters: Focused on Posttraumatic Stress, Health-related Work Limitations, and Family Support

Park KS, Ha Y, Seo M, Choi YS, Kim MJ, Jeong Y, Yang S

PURPOSE: The purpose of this descriptive, cross-sectional study was to identify the factors affecting health-related quality of life by examining the relationships among posttraumatic stress, health-related work limitations, and family...
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Cardiorespiratory Fitness Is Associated with Gait Changes among Firefighters after a Live Burn Training Evolution

Colburn D, Suyama J, Reis SE, Hostler D

BACKGROUND: Recommendations have been proposed for minimum aerobic fitness among firefighters but it is unclear if those criteria relate to performance on the fireground. Less fit individuals fatigue more quickly...
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Parkinson's Disease among Firefighters : A Focused Review on the Potential Effects of Exposure to Toxic Chemicals at the Fire Scene

Ye S, Kim H, Jeong-Choi K, Kim JE, Park S, Lee Y, Ha EH

Previous studies have found that firefighters have a tenfold higher prevalence of Parkinson's disease (PD) compare to the general population. Firefighters are constantly exposed to various occupational hazards including toxic...
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Firefighters and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Ryu J, Ha E, Jeong-Choi K, Kim JE, Park S, Kim H

Occupational hazards of firefighting and rescue works include frequent exposure to emergencies and life-threatening situations. These stressful work conditions of being constantly under pressure and exposed to potentially traumatic events...
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Effect of Post-traumatic Stress and Ways of Stress Coping on Problem Drinking in Firefighters

Jeon KS, Kang KA

PURPOSE: The study aimed to determine the impact of post-traumatic stress and ways of stress coping on problem drinking in firefighters. METHODS: Data were collected from May 11 to June 11,...
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The Characteristics of Firefighter Burn Injuries in a Burn Center: A Retrospective Epidemiological Study

Kim H, Kang GH, Jang YS, Kim W, Choi HY, Kim JG, Kim M, You KC, Kim D, Yim H, Bang SH, Lee CS

PURPOSE: Firefighters are vulnerable to burn injury during firefighting. In extensive fires, conducted heat and radiant heat can cause burn injury even though firefighters are not directly exposed to fire....
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Characteristics of Workplace Injuries among Nineteen Thousand Korean Firefighters

Yoon JH, Kim YK, Kim KS, Ahn YS

To determine the actual firefighter injury statistics in Korea, we conducted a survey on the nature of on-duty injuries among all male firefighters in Korea. We distributed questionnaires to all...
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