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Dr. Tyler Smith and NU SHHS Publishes 4 Papers in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


Conlin AS, DeScisciolo C, Sevick CJ, Bukowinski AT, Phillips CJ, Smith TC. Birth Outcomes Among MilitaryPersonnel Following Exposure to Documented Open-Air Burn Pits Before and DuringPregnancy. J Occupat Environ Med, 2012 June; 54(6):689-697.

Jones KA, Smith B, Granado NS, Boyko EJ, Gackstetter GD, Ryan MAK, Phillips CJ, Smith TC, for the Millennium Cohort Study Team. Newly reported lupus and rheumatoid arthritisin relation to deployment within proximity to a documented open-air burn pit inIraq. J Occupat Environ Med, 2012 June; 54(6):698-707.

This study examined the incidence lupus and rheumatoid arthritis in relation to Army and Air Force personnel deployed within a 3- and 5-mile radius of documented open-air burn pits located in Iraq at Joint Base Balad, Camp Speicher, and Camp Taji. Overall, the results indicate no elevated risk of newly reported lupus or rheumatoid arthritis in the combined three-camp analysis. However, possible exposure at Balad was individually associated with newly reported lupus, although only two cases were at this site. Additional studies, including individual exposure data, are needed to further investigate these associations.

Smith B, Wong CA, Boyko EJ, Phillips CJ, Gackstetter GD, Ryan MAK, Smith TC, for the Millennium Cohort Study Team. The effects of exposure to documented open-airburn pits on respiratory health among deployers of the Millennium CohortStudy.  J Occupat Environ Med, 2012 June; 54(6):708-716.

Burn pit exposure within 3 or 5 miles was not associated with newly reported asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema, or self-reported respiratory symptoms. In general, these findings do not support an elevated risk for respiratory outcomes among personnel deployed within proximity of documented burn pits in Iraq. Increased symptom reporting, however, was observed among Air Force deployers located within 2 miles of Joint Base Balad, though this finding was marginally significant with no evidence of trend.

Powell TM, Smith TC, Jacobson IG, Boyko EJ, Hooper TI, Gackstetter GD, Phillips CJ, Smith B, for the Millennium Cohort Study Team. Prospective Assessment of ChronicMultisymptom Illness Reporting Possibly Associated with Open-Air Burn Pit SmokeExposure in Iraq.  J Occupat Environ Med, 2012 June; 54(6):682-688.


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