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Feasibility issues in reproductive biomonitoring of female flight attendants and teachers.

Authors
Whelan-EA; Grajewski-B; Wood-E; Kwan-L; Nguyen-M; Schnorr-TM; Knecht-EA; Kesner-JS
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2002 Oct; 44(10):947-955
NIOSHTIC No.
20022948
Abstract
Flight attendants (FAs) may be at risk of adverse reproductive outcomes. We investigated the feasibility of biomonitoring studies in this mobile workforce. Forty-five female FAs and 26 female teachers (referents) collected daily urine and saliva samples for one menstrual cycle, provided daily diary data for approximately three months, and wore a wrist monitor to measure sleep disruption. A transport system enabled FAs to store samples while traveling. Overall, participation rates were low (37%) but of those recruited, over 90% of FAs and teachers completed the biomonitoring cycle. Data collection and sample integrity were not diminished by travel. Study methods resulted in good compliance and high quality data. It is possible to conduct studies of menstrual cycle function, sleep disruption, and circadian rhythm disruption in a mobile workforce potentially exposed to reproductive hazards.
Keywords
Demographic-characteristics; Flight-personnel; Reproductive-effects; Reproductive-system; Urinalysis; Sampling; Sleep-deprivation; Reproductive-hazards; Reproductive-system-disorders
Contact
Elizabeth Whelan, PhD, NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, R-15, Cincinnati, OH 45226
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20021001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
Ewhelan@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
10
ISSN
1076-2752
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS; DART
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Fertility and Pregnancy Abnormalities
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
OH
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