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Reconstruction of the Korean Asbestos Job Exposure Matrix

Kang D, Jung S, Kim YJ, Kim J, Choi S, Kim SY, Kim Y

Background: A job-exposure matrix (JEM) is an important surrogate indicator to evaluate past exposure levels. Although a Korean asbestos JEM has been constructed previously, this JEM includes only a few...
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Follow-up of Soluble Mesothelin-Related Protein Levels in Participants With Asbestos-Related Disorders

Park AloopK, Johnson AR, Wilson D, Thomas PS, Yates DH

Background Asbestos exposure is associated with the development of the cancer malignant mesothelioma (MM). Measurement of soluble mesothelin-related protein (SMRP) has been suggested as a method for detection of MM in...
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Gastric and rectal cancers in workers exposed to asbestos: a case series

Choi BJ, Lee S, Lee IJ, Park SW, Lee S

BACKGROUND: The Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute (OSHRI) of the Korea had not recognized gastrointestinal cancer as work-related disease during their evaluation. However, in 2018 OSHRI recognized gastric and...
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Types and Health Hazards of Fibrous Materials Used as Asbestos Substitutes

Park SH

Asbestos has been banned in many countries but many countries, including developing countries, are still using asbestos or materials containing asbestos. Substitute materials have been studied and developed over a...
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Mesothelioma in Sweden: Dose–Response Analysis for Exposure to 29 Potential Occupational Carcinogenic Agents

Plato N, Martinsen , Kjaerheim , Kyyronen P, Sparen P, Weiderpass E

BACKGROUND: There is little information on the dose–response relationship between exposure to occupational carcinogenic agents and mesothelioma. This study aimed to investigate this association as well as the existence of...
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Occupational Burden of Asbestos-Related Diseases in Korea, 1998–2013: Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Laryngeal Cancer, and Ovarian Cancer

Kang DM, Kim JE, Kim YK, Lee HH, Kim SY

BACKGROUND: Asbestos exposure causes asbestos-related diseases (ARDs) including asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, and ovarian cancer. Although Korea used substantial amounts of asbestos in the past, no study...
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Ovarian cancer in a former asbestos textile factory worker: a case report

Park S, Park J, Lee E, Eom H, Shin MY, Kim J, Kang D, Lee S

BACKGROUND: The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) defined that asbestos is a group 1 substance that causes lung cancer, mesothelioma (pleura and peritoneum), laryngeal cancer, and ovarian cancer...
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The characteristics of asbestos-related disease claims made to the Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service (KCOMWEL) from 2011 to 2015

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

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to enhance understanding of the epidemiologic characteristics of asbestos-related diseases, and to provide information that could inform policy-making aimed at prevention and compensation for occupational asbestos...
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Development of the KOSHA Proficiency Testing Scheme on Asbestos Analysis in Korea

Kwon J, Jang K, Hwang E, Kim KW

This commentary presents the regulatory backgrounds and development of the national proficiency testing (PT) scheme on asbestos analysis in the Republic of Korea. Since 2009, under the amended Occupational Safety...
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Cancer Incidence in Asbestos-Exposed Workers: An Update on Four Finnish Cohorts

Nynäs P, Pukkala E, Vainio H, Oksa P

BACKGROUND: We assessed the cancer risks of four different Finnish asbestos-exposed cohorts. We also explored if the cohorts with varying profiles of asbestos exposure exhibited varying relative risks of cancer. METHODS:...
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Developing Asbestos Job Exposure Matrix Using Occupation and Industry Specific Exposure Data (1984–2008) in Republic of Korea

Choi S, Kang D, Park D, Lee H, Choi B

BACKGROUND: The goal of this study is to develop a general population job-exposure matrix (GPJEM) on asbestos to estimate occupational asbestos exposure levels in the Republic of Korea. METHODS: Three Korean...
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Machine Learning Method in Medical Education: Focusing on Research Case of Press Frame on Asbestos

Kim J, Heo SY, Kang SI, Kim GI, Kang D

  • KMID: 2397976
  • Korean Med Educ Rev.
  • 2017 Oct;19(3):158-168.
There is a more urgent call for educational methods of machine learning in medical education, and therefore, new approaches of teaching and researching machine learning in medicine are needed. This...
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Thoracolithiasis Mimicking a Pleural Plaque in a Patient with a History of Asbestos Exposure: A Case Report

Cha YK, Kim JS, Choi JH, Han KM

A freely mobile calcified or noncalcified nodule in the pleural cavity, known as thoracolithiasis, is quite rare. There are several reports of CT findings of thoracolithiasis, but there is no...
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Radiologic Diagnosis of Asbestosis in Korea

Cha YK, Kim JS, Kim Y, Kim YK

Asbestosis is the most important change noted in the lung parenchyma after environmental and occupational exposure to asbestos fibers. It is characterized by diffuse interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. In Korea, the...
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Environmental health centers for asbestos and their health impact surveys and activities

Kang DM, Kim JE, Lee YJ, Lee HH, Lee CY, Moon SJ, Kang MS

In 2009, Korea banned the import, transport, and use of asbestos, and the Asbestos Injury Relief Act (AIRA) was promulgated in 2011. Two environmental health centers for asbestos (EHCA), including...
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A case of laryngeal cancer induced by exposure to asbestos in a construction site supervisor

Roh S, Park S, Tae G, Song J

BACKGROUND: Construction site supervisors are exposed to many chemicals, dusts, and metals including asbestos. Asbestos is a hazardous chemical that is carcinogenic. Laryngeal cancer is not a rare disease in...
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Occupation and mesothelioma in Sweden: updated incidence in men and women in the 27 years after the asbestos ban

Plato N, Martinsen , Sparén P, Hillerdal , Weiderpass E

OBJECTIVES: We updated the Swedish component of the Nordic Occupational Cancer (NOCCA) Study through 2009 in order to investigate the incidence of mesothelioma of the peritoneum and pleura in both...
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Clinical and Prognostic Features of Erionite-Induced Malignant Mesothelioma

Demirer E, Ghattas CF, Radwan MO, Elamin EM

This review analytically examines the published data for erionite-related malignant pleural mesothelioma (E-MPM) and any data to support a genetically predisposed mechanism to erionite fiber carcinogenesis. Adult patients of age...
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CT Findings in People Who Were Environmentally Exposed to Asbestos in Korea

Lee EK, Kim JS, Kim Y, Park JS

Asbestos related pleuropulmonary disease has been emerging health problem for recent years. It can cause variable clinical symptoms and radiological abnormalities. However, there has been no report for their characteristics...
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Radiologic Diagnosis of Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer

Kim YK, Kim JS, Kim Y

Asbestos was previously widely used due to its many favorable characteristics, such as durability, flexibility, and inexpensiveness. Asbestos has been prohibited in Korea since 2009, however, asbestos-related diseases remain an...
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