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Peer Reviewed Journal Article

Risk of lung cancer associated with quantitative beryllium exposure metrics within an occupational cohort

Authors: Schubauer-Berigan, M; Deddens, J; Couch, J; Petersen, M (In Press) Occupational and Environmental Medicine. HERO ID: 708926

[Less] Objectives Beryllium has been identified as a human carcinogen on the basis of animal and epidemiological . . . [More] Objectives Beryllium has been identified as a human carcinogen on the basis of animal and epidemiological studies. The authors recently reported updated associations between lung cancer and beryllium exposure in a large, pooled occupational cohort. The authors conducted the present study to evaluate the shape of exposure-response associations between different exposure metrics and lung cancer in this cohort, considering potential confounders (race, plant, professional and short-term work status, and exposure to other lung carcinogens). Methods The authors conducted Cox proportional hazards regression analyses of lung cancer risk with cumulative, mean and maximum 'daily weighted average' (DWA) exposure among 5436 workers, using age-based risk sets. Different exposure-response curves were fitted to the exposure metrics, including categorical, power, restricted cubic spline and piecewise log-linear fits. Results The authors found significant positive associations between lung cancer and mean (p<0.0001) and maximum (p<0.0001) exposure, adjusting for age, birth cohort and plant, and for cumulative (p=0.0017) beryllium exposure, adjusting for these factors plus short-term work status and exposure to asbestos. The best-fitting models were generally categorical or piecewise log-linear, with the steepest increase in lung cancer risk between 0 and 10 μg/m(3) for both mean and maximum DWA exposure and between 0 and 200 μg/m(3)-days for cumulative DWA exposure. The estimated mean DWA beryllium exposure associated with 10(-3) excess lifetime risk based on the piecewise log-linear model is 0.033 μg/m(3). Conclusion This study provides evidence that lung cancer risk is elevated at levels near the current US Occupational Safety and Health Administration beryllium exposure limit of 2.0 μg/m(3) DWA for workers.

Technical Report
Technical Report

Health Consultation: Residual soil and indoor asbestos assessment, Western Mmineral Products Site

Author: ATSDR (2012) HERO ID: 1005291

[Less] Introduction: The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) mission is to protect, maintain, and improve . . . [More] Introduction: The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) mission is to protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans. For communities living near state or federal Superfund sites, MDH’s goal is to protect people’s health by providing health information the community needs to take actions to protect their health. MDH also evaluates environmental data, and advises state and federal regulatory agencies and local governments on actions that can be taken to protect public health. The Western Mineral Products site in Northeast Minneapolis contains a former insulation products manufacturing plant that processed asbestos‐contaminated vermiculite ore shipped from Libby, Montana. Libby asbestos was found and cleaned up on 268 residential properties from 2000‐2003. A remediation of Libby asbestos contamination at nearby Gluek Park was completed in 2006. This document summarizes follow‐up sampling that EPA completed in 2008 and 2010 to determine if further evaluation and cleanup of site‐related asbestos contamination is needed.

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Nitrate and ammonium uptake by natural stream sediment microbial communities in response to nutrient enrichment

Authors: Bunch, ND; Bernot, MJ (2012) Research in Microbiology 163:137-141. HERO ID: 1528770

[Less] Anthropogenic activities have increased nitrogen concentration in many ecosystems. Because microbes . . . [More] Anthropogenic activities have increased nitrogen concentration in many ecosystems. Because microbes have higher metabolic rates relative to larger organisms, microbial activity may influence nitrogen movement and degradation significantly in ecosystems. Thus, the ability for microorganisms to adapt to increasing nitrogen concentrations is essential to ecosystem sustainability. We measured sediment microbial community nitrogen assimilation after sustained nitrogen enrichments using in vitro and isotopic techniques. Mixed-microbial communities were exposed to-enriched concentrations of NO(3)-N (1 mg l(-1)) and NH(4)-N (30 μg l(-1)) for four weeks. Each week, filtered water samples were collected from each mesocosm and sediment was removed to quantify rates of nitrogen assimilation by the sediment microbial community. During the fourth week, isotopic tracers (15)NO(3) and (15)NH(4) were added to mesocosms to directly measure nitrogen incorporation into microbial cells as organic (15)N. Initial microbial responses to nitrogen enrichment were distinctly different from the sustained microbial community responses. NH(4)-N uptake was initially stimulated with NH(4)-N enrichments but increased uptake rates were not sustained over time. Sustained responses to changing nitrogen availability equilibrated within 1-3 weeks (depending on nitrogen form), indicating that even though microbial communities can respond to increased availability, potential for increased assimilation is limited.

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Peer Reviewed Journal Article

Monte Carlo analysis of impact of underascertainment of Mesothelioma cases on underestimation of risk

Authors: Kopylev, L; Sullivan, PA; Vinikoor, LC; Bateson, TF (2011) HERO ID: 759174

[Less] The accuracy of cancer mortality data varies across different cancers. Mortality records and death certificates . . . [More] The accuracy of cancer mortality data varies across different cancers. Mortality records and death certificates may not always reflect the true cause of death for various reasons (e.g., misdiagnosis, improper recording on the death certificate, miscoding of the cause of death recorded on the death certificate). Mesothelioma, a rare tumor which is caused by exposure to asbestos, is a special case. Until 1999 when the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) introduced a specific mesothelioma code, mesothelioma deaths were coded to other causes (e.g., cancer of the pleura, cancer of other or ill-specified sites). Even after the introduction of this mesothelioma code, researchers have shown that estimates of mesothelioma mortality based on death certificates are still biased downward. This article reviews available literature with quantitative information on mesothelioma underascertainment, in particular on different rates of
underestimation for pleural and peritoneal mesotheliomas, and suggests two approaches to estimating downward bias in absolute risk estimates due to mesothelioma underascertainment. The choice of approach used depends on whether the information on the proportion of peritoneal mesotheliomas is available. Both approaches are demonstrated and evaluated using a cohort of asbestos workers from Libby, MT. The methods developed in this article may be used in analyses of other asbestos cohorts and in methodologies to predict future mesothelioma burden in populations. Similar approaches can be used to assess the impact of underascertainment of other cancers on risk estimates of other chemicals.

Technical Report
Technical Report

Asbestos fibers and other elongate mineral particles: State of the science and roadmap for research

Author: NIOSH (2011) (2011-159). National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. HERO ID: 759233


Technical Report
Technical Report

World mineral production

Author: BGS (2011) HERO ID: 783900


Data/Software
Data/ Software

Fast Stats: an interactive tool for access to SEER cancer statistics

Author: NCI (2011) Surveillance Research Program, National Cancer Institute. HERO ID: 783504


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Peer Reviewed Journal Article

Hallmarks of cancer: The next generation

Authors: Hanahan, D; Weinberg, RA (2011) Cell 144:646-674. [Review] HERO ID: 758924

[Less] The hallmarks of cancer comprise six biological capabilities acquired during the multistep development . . . [More] The hallmarks of cancer comprise six biological capabilities acquired during the multistep development of human tumors. The hallmarks constitute an organizing principle for rationalizing the complexities of neoplastic disease. They include sustaining proliferative signaling, evading growth suppressors, resisting cell death, enabling replicative immortality, inducing angiogenesis, and activating invasion and metastasis. Underlying these hallmarks are genome instability, which generates the genetic diversity that expedites their acquisition, and inflammation, which fosters multiple hallmark functions. Conceptual progress in the last decade has added two emerging hallmarks of potential generality to this list-reprogramming of energy metabolism and evading immune destruction. In addition to cancer cells, tumors exhibit another dimension of complexity: they contain a repertoire of recruited, ostensibly normal cells that contribute to the acquisition of hallmark traits by creating the "tumor microenvironment." Recognition of the widespread applicability of these concepts will increasingly affect the development of new means to treat human cancer.

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Peer Reviewed Journal Article

Apples to apples: The origin and magnitude of differences in asbestos cancer risk estimates derived using varying protocols

Author: Berman, DW (2011) Risk Analysis 55:565-568. HERO ID: 711554

[Less] Given that new protocols for assessing asbestos-related cancer risk have recently been published, questions . . . [More] Given that new protocols for assessing asbestos-related cancer risk have recently been published, questions arise concerning how they compare to the "IRIS" protocol currently used by regulators. The newest protocols incorporate findings from 20 additional years of literature. Thus, differences between the IRIS and newer Berman and Crump protocols are examined to evaluate whether these protocols can be reconciled. Risks estimated by applying these protocols to real exposure data from both laboratory and field studies are also compared to assess the relative health protectiveness of each protocol. The reliability of risks estimated using the two protocols are compared by evaluating the degree with which each potentially reproduces the known epidemiology study risks. Results indicate that the IRIS and Berman and Crump protocols can be reconciled; while environment-specific variation within fiber type is apparently due primarily to size effects (not addressed by IRIS), the 10-fold (average) difference between amphibole asbestos risks estimated using each protocol is attributable to an arbitrary selection of the lowest of available mesothelioma potency factors in the IRIS protocol. Thus, the IRIS protocol may substantially underestimate risk when exposure is primarily to amphibole asbestos. Moreover, while the Berman and Crump protocol is more reliable than the IRIS protocol overall (especially for predicting amphibole risk), evidence is presented suggesting a new fiber-size-related adjustment to the Berman and Crump protocol may ultimately succeed in reconciling the entire epidemiology database. However, additional data need to be developed before the performance of the adjusted protocol can be fully validated.

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Lung function, radiological changes and exposure: Analysis of ATSDR data from Libby, MT, USA

Authors: Weill, D; Dhillon, G; Freyder, L; Lefante, J; Glindmeyer, H (2011) European Respiratory Journal 38:376-383. HERO ID: 711555

[Less] In 2000, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR; Atlanta, GA, USA) investigated . . . [More] In 2000, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR; Atlanta, GA, USA) investigated lung disease in those exposed to the tremolite-contaminated vermiculite mine in Libby, MT, USA. Previously unreported spirometric results are presented here in relation to exposure and radiographic findings.

4,524 study participants were assigned to one of seven mutually exclusive exposure categories. Associations among radiographic findings, spirometric results and exposure were investigated, along with the effect of a reduction in exposure potential when production was moved to a wet process mill in the mid 1970s.

Spirometry data for the total population by smoking status and age were within the normal range. Prevalence of pleural plaque increased with age, but was lowest in the environmentally exposed group (0.42–12.74%) and greatest in the W.R. Grace & Co. mineworkers (20–45.68%). For males, there was a significant (4.5%) effect of pleural plaques on forced vital capacity. For W.R. Grace & Co. workers and household contacts, a reduction in plaque (0.11 versus 1.64%) and in diffuse pleural thickening or costophrenic angle obliteration (1.94 and 0.13%) was noted for those exposed after 1976.

These analyses do not support a clinically important reduction in spirometry of this cohort. The 1976 reductions in exposure have led to decrease in radiographic changes.