Study Points to Jobs With Highest Risk for ALS
By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter, HealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- People who work in manufacturing, welding and chemical operations and are exposed to hazardous chemicals may face a higher risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study found.
"This study shows that certain occupational settings and exposures increase one’s chances of developing ALS," said first author Dr. Stephen Goutman. He's director of the Pranger ALS Clinic and associate director of the ALS Center of Excellence at University of Michigan.
Pesticides and carcinogenic compounds have been found at elevated levels in the blood of patients with ALS, the rare and deadly condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
To study whether that had an impact on the development of ALS, researchers surveyed 381 patients with ALS and 272 controls. The research team analyzed self-reported occupational exposures from the participants' four most recent and longest-held jobs.
Participants who had ALS reported higher occupational exposure to metals, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds and combustion pollutants prior to diagnosis. Those whose jobs were in manufacturing and welding also had a higher ALS risk...
The findings were published in the Interventional Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.