Thinking longitudinally in a cross-sectional world.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2008 Mar; 177(6):565-566
Asbestos exposure is widely recognized to cause serious and often deadly health effects. The World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization have called for asbestos bans worldwide, and more than 40 countries have either banned or severely restricted asbestos use. The U.S. Congress is currently considering legislation entitled the "Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007" (4). In this issue of the Journal (pp. 630-637), Rohs and colleagues report dose-dependent pleural changes identified in a cross-sectional follow-up study of a cohort of workers exposed to asbestos-contaminated vermiculite originating in Libby, Montana. The study has particular relevance to current national and international efforts to control risk from exposure to durable fibers.
Fibrous-dusts; Fibrous-bodies; Pleural-cavity; Radiographic-analysis; Radiography; Intestinal-cells; Occupational-exposure; Asbestos-workers; Asbestos-fibers; Asbestos-mining
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine