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The Respiratory Health Program (RHP) provides national and international leadership for preventing work-related respiratory diseases and optimizing workers’ respiratory health by generating new knowledge and transferring that knowledge into practice to benefit workers. The RHP specializes in identifying, evaluating, and preventing work-related respiratory diseases and delivers resources, products, and services to those in need and to those who can effect prevention.

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Malignant Mesothelioma Mortality — United States, 1999–2015
The 2,597 malignant mesothelioma deaths in 2015 exceeded the number expected, suggesting a need to continue efforts to prevent asbestos exposure, consider the possible contribution of other elongate mineral particles, and conduct surveillance to monitor temporal trends.

Health Problems and Disinfectant Product Exposure among Staff at a Large Multispecialty Hospital
Mucous membrane and respiratory health effects were associated with the use of a surface disinfectant in a health care facility, highlighting the challenge of providing workers a safe environment while also preventing health care-associated infections in patients.

Occupational Exposure to Vapor-Gas, Dust, and Fumes in a Cohort of Rural Adults in Iowa Compared with a Cohort of Urban Adults
Residents of a rural community were more likely than urban residents to have occupational exposure to vapor-gas, dust, and fumes, and this was true even for rural inhabitants with no work experience in farming.