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    Re: Katrina Cough Study II

    Posted by ff on 1/05/08

    Mike B:

    What's your opinion, can you offer any insight? Would dust
    from the Sahara as one variable, be addressed
    under "seasonal"? The seasons/systems match. I mention this
    because it was covered in the post by "Larry" on the
    referenced website, primarily impacting FL, which wouldn't
    necessarily exclude LA a system that size.


    On 1/04/08, Mike B. wrote:
    > Here's the information as it appears in the Tulane NewWave.
    > Researcher Seeks Truth About ‘Katrina Cough’
    > January 2, 2008
    > Arthur Nead
    > Rumors of a “Katrina cough” started circulating in New
    > Orleans as soon as people began clearing debris, gutting
    > houses and rebuilding after the hurricane in August 2005. Is
    > this a respiratory complaint caused by breathing polluted
    > dust, is it only seasonal allergies, and does it cause long-
    > term changes in respiratory health? A researcher in the
    > Tulane School of Medicine seeks answers.
    > Henry Glindmeyer, a professor of pulmonary, critical care
    > environmental medicine at Tulane, will use a mobile lab to
    > examine 1,000 workers in New Orleans to determine their lung
    > health after Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Paula Burch-
    > Celentano)
    > Henry Glindmeyer is carrying out a five-year study to
    > determine if workers in New Orleans face risks from inhalant
    > exposure to minute particles such as mold, fungi or
    > Glindmeyer is a professor of pulmonary, critical care and
    > environmental medicine at Tulane. The study is funded by the
    > National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, an
    > agency of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
    > which is providing $1.86 million.
    > Glindmeyer will gather data annually from approximately
    > workers. Tulane is partnering with large employers in the
    > Orleans area with numerous workers on their payrolls,
    > including the City of New Orleans.
    > The testing is non-invasive (no needles) and consists of a
    > respiratory and occupational questionnaire, a breathing test
    > and exposure monitoring. Health data will be collected in a
    > mobile lab that will be brought to the workers at their
    > worksites. Study participation is voluntary and confidential.
    > “The participants will tell us where they work, where they
    > live, what they do, and the type of dust-generating
    > activities they may be in or around,” says Glindmeyer.
    > The annual respiratory exposure assessment uses a small
    > monitor that is worn at work for about five to six hours.
    > “The monitor uses a filter to capture ‘thoracic dust,’ or
    > dust small enough to get deep into the lungs,” Glindmeyer
    > says.
    > Samples will be analyzed for airborne dust, bacteria and
    > mold. The purpose is to measure exposure associated with
    > specific work activities.
    > “We will construct an exposure profile for each participant,
    > and investigate associations between exposure, change in
    > function, and changes in respiratory symptoms or conditions,
    > such as exacerbation of asthma or worsening of upper or
    > respiratory symptoms,” Glindmeyer says.
    > The Katrina worker study is the latest in a long list of
    > respiratory studies of occupational inhalant exposures that
    > have been conducted by Glindmeyer and his associates over
    > last 35 years.
    > For more information about the study, go to the study Web
    > site, e-mail or phone 504-988-
    > 3846.

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