Effects of Occupational Exposure to Wood Smoke

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Effects of Occupational Exposure to Wood Smoke

Postby Wilberforce » Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:41 pm

Effects of Occupational Exposure to Wood Smoke in Tandoor Occupants
Nabi et al
http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index ... /view/4079
Abstract

Exposure to wood smoke leads to mucosal irritation and physiological and neurological abnormalities in human. Blood samples along with histories were taken from 100(50Tandoor occupants and 50 controls) male individualsliving in the same locality. SYSMIX KX-21 (Japan) and Shimadzu Double Beam Spectrophotometer 1700 Pharma (Japan) were used for blood profiling and serum biochemistry. In workers, blood cholesterol was 131 ± 4.8 mg/dl, triglyceride was 125 ± 10mg/dl, and serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase level was 68 ± 2.4IU/L and glucose level was 113 ± 2.1 mg/dl. The total red blood cell count was 5.6 ± 0.035mill/cmm, hemoglobin level was15 ± 0.054mg/dl, hematocrit value was49 ± 0.22 mg/dl, mean corpuscular volume was 86 ± 0.22 fl,mean corpuscular hemoglobin was 31 ± 0.12 pg, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration was 35 ± 0.12gm/dl, neutrophils were 77 ± 0.50%, lymphocytes were 45 ± 1.0 %, eosinophilswere6.0 ± 0.14%, monocytes were 7.7 ± 0.19 %, total leukocyte count were 11014 ± 115/cmm, and platelets were235864 ± 5491 /cmm. In control group the blood cholesterol, triglyceride, serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase and glucose level was111 ± 2.4mg/dl,97 ± 1.5mg/dl, 28 ± 1.1IU/L and 101 ± 1.2 mg/dl respectively, while thetotal red blood cell count, hemoglobin level, hematocrit value, mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, mean corpuscular hemoglobinconcentration, neutrophils, lymphocytes, eosinophils, monocytes, leukocyte, and platelets were4.3 ± 0.027mil/cmm, 12 ± 0.064 mg/dl, 38 ± 0.11mg/dl, 75 ± 0.30fl, 25 ± 0.37pg, 31 ± 0.11gm/dl, 56 ± 0.82%, 34 ± 1.0, 3.1 ± 0.20%, 4.2 ± 0.12%, 6573 ± 125, and 169162 ± 2454 /cmm respectively.The levels in both groups were statistically compared using t test and the p value was determined.The results showed that there was significant increase in blood biochemical parameters as well as in complete blood count in workers as compared to control and are therefore at more risk to heart, lungs and blood diseases.
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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