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Mortality in the California Farmer Health Study cohort.

Authors
Armitage-TL; Mitchell-D; Schenker-M
Source
J Agromed 2012 Jul; 17(3):288-299
NIOSHTIC No.
20041910
Abstract
Western agriculture, in comparison with Midwestern and Eastern, is more diverse, with a drier climate, mild winters, and different exposures. This randomly selected cohort of 1947 Californian farmers confirmed the usual finding: a lower mortality rate than general population (by 50%). A low smoking prevalence and healthy worker effect are likely contributors. Although farmers were more likely to die from injuries and skin cancer, death was less likely from Alzheimer's and cerebrovascular diseases. Within the cohort, disability and persistent wheeze were associated with increased mortality. The 200 deaths were insufficient to determine the significance of rare diseases.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Exposure-levels; Smoking; Skin-exposure; Skin; Epidemiology; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Statistical-analysis; Injuries; Skin-cancer; Respiration; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Author Keywords: Farmer; mortality; cohort; California
Contact
Marc Schenker, MD, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis, 1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616
Publication Date
20120701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mbschenker@phs.ucdavis.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Agriculture
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007550; B20130124
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1059-924X
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Davis
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