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A pilot study of symptoms of neurotoxicity and injury among adolescent farmworkers in Starr County, Texas.

Authors
Whitworth-KW; Shipp-EM; Cooper-SP; DelJunco-DJ
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2010 Apr-Jun; 16(2):138-144
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20036833
Abstract
Background: Little is known regarding the relationship between neurotoxicity symptoms and injury, particularly among adolescent farmworkers. Methods: This pilot study utilized logistic regression to analyze injury prevalence in relation to self-reported symptoms of neurotoxicity among adolescent farmworkers along the Texas-Mexico border. Results: Respondents reporting at least five symptoms had 8.75 (95%CI=1.89, 40.54) times the prevalence of injury compared with those reporting zero or one symptom. Significant associations were observed for six items: trouble remembering things (prevalence odds ratio (POR)=5.56, 95%CI=1.60, 19.30), family noticing memory loss (POR=4.43, 95%CI=1.24, 15.79), making notes (POR=4.69, 96%CI=1.40, 15.68), irritated for no reason (POR=5.56, 95% CI=1.60, 19.30, heart pounding (POR=4.43, 95%CI=1.13, 17.40) and tingling (POR=12.44, 95%CI=2.82, 55.02). Conclusions: This pilot study suggests a relationship between symptoms of neurotoxicity and injury among adolescent farmworkers, supporting the need for more rigorous investigations.
Keywords
Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Agriculture; Case-studies; Children; Environmental-hazards; Farmers; Nervous-system-disorders; Nervous-system-function; Neurological-diseases; Neurotoxicology; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Psychological-effects; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis
Contact
Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX 77030
CODEN
IOEHFU
Publication Date
20100401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
k_michelle98@yahoo.com
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007541
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1077-3525
Priority Area
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
TX
Performing Organization
University of Texas Health Center at Tyler
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