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Research

Current areas of research include:

Development of worsened impairment, disability, and deficits in quality of life with COPD

The role of physical inactivity in increasing disability among older adults with obstructive airway disease.
Katz P, Chen H, Omachi TA, Gregorich SE, Julian L, Cisternas M, Balmes J, Blanc PD.
J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2011 May-Jun;31(3):193-7.

Disability in valued life activities among individuals with COPD and other respiratory conditions.
Katz PP, Gregorich S, Eisner M, Julian L, Chen H, Yelin E, Blanc PD.
J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2010 Mar-Apr;30(2):126-36.

Lower health literacy is associated with poorer health status and outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Omachi TA, Sarkar U, Yelin EH, Blanc PD, Katz PP.
J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Jan;28(1):74-81. Epub 2012 Aug 14.

Obesity and functioning among individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Katz P, Iribarren C, Sanchez G, Blanc PD.
COPD (J Chronic Obst Pulm Dis) 2016;13:352-9.

Health outcomes over a range of asthma severity

Evaluating quality of life in patients with asthma and rhinitis: English adaptation of the rhinasthma questionnaire.
Chen H, Cisternas MG, Katz PP, Omachi TA, Trupin L, Yelin EH, Balmes JR, Blanc PD.
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2011 Feb;106(2):110-118.e1. Epub 2011 Jan 8.

Risk factors for death in adults with severe asthma.
Omachi TA, Iribarren C, Sarkar U, Tolstykh I, Yelin EH, Katz PP, Blanc PD, Eisner MD.
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2008 Aug;101(2):130-6.

Impact of environmental exposures, including secondhand smoke exposure and air pollution, on patients with obstructive lung disease

Exposure to traffic: lung function and health status in adults with asthma.
Balmes JR, Earnest G, Katz PP, Yelin EH, Eisner MD, Chen H, Trupin L, Lurmann F, Blanc PD.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Mar;123(3):626-31. Epub 2009 Jan 18.

Directly measured secondhand smoke exposure and COPD health outcomes.
Eisner MD, Balmes J, Yelin EH, Katz PP, Hammond SK, Benowitz N, Blanc PD.
BMC Pulm Med. 2006 Jun 6;6:12.

Mediators of the socioeconomic gradient in outcomes of adult asthma and rhinitis.
Trupin L, Katz PP, Balmes JR, Chen H, Yelin EH, Omachi T, Blanc PD.
Am J Public Health. 2013 Feb;103(2):e31-8. Epub 2012 Dec 13.

Fungal chitin from asthma-associated home environments induces eosinophilic lung infiltration.
Van Dyken SJ, Garcia D, Porter P, Huang X, Quinlan PJ, Blanc PD, Corry DB, Locksley RM.
J Immunol. 2011 Sep 1;187(5):2261-7. Epub 2011 Aug 8.

Annual average ambient particulate matter exposure estimates, measured home particulate matter, and hair nicotine are associated with respiratory outcomes in adults with asthma.
Balmes JR, Cisternas M, Quinlan PJ, Trupin L, Lurmann FW; Katz PP, Blanc PD.
Environ Res 2014; Feb 129: 1-10.

Outdoor air pollution and asthma.
Guarnieri M, Balmes JR.
Lancet. 2014 May 3;383(9928):1581-92

Climate change. A global threat to cardiopulmonary health.
Rice MB, Thurston GD, Balmes JR, Pinkerton KE.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Mar 1;189:512-9

Healthcare costs of lung disease

A comprehensive study of the direct and indirect costs of adult asthma.
Cisternas MG, Blanc PD, Yen IH, Katz PP, Earnest G, Eisner MD, Shiboski S, Yelin EH.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003 Jun;111(6):1212-8.

Risk adjustment for health care financing in chronic disease: What are we missing by failing to account for disease severity?
Omachi TA, Gregorich SE, Eisner MD, Penaloza RA, Tolstykh IV, Yelin EH, Iribarren C, Dudley RA, Blanc PD.
Medical Care 2013;51:740-7.

Effect of occupational exposures on health outcomes

American Thoracic Society Statement: Occupational contribution to the burden of airway disease.
Balmes J, Becklake M, Blanc P, Henneberger P, Kreiss K, Mapp C, Milton D, Schwartz D, Toren K, Viegi G; Environmental and Occupational Health Assembly, American Thoracic Society.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2003 Mar 1;167(5):787-97.

Further exploration of the links between occupational exposure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Blanc PD, Eisner MD, Earnest G, Trupin L, Balmes JR, Yelin EH, Gregorich SE, Katz PP.
J Occup Environ Med. 2009 Jul;51(7):804-10.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among residents of an historically industrialised area.
Darby AC, Waterhouse JC, Stevens V, Billings CG, Billings CG, Burton CM, Young C, Wight J, Blanc PD, Fishwick D.
Thorax. 2012 Oct;67(10):901-7. Epub 2012 Jun 28.

COPD causation and workplace exposures: an assessment of agreement among expert clinical raters.
Fishwick D, Darby A, Hnizdo E, Barber C, Sumner J, Barraclough R, Bolton C, Burge S, Calverley P, Hopkinson N, Hoyle J, Lawson R, Niven R, Pickering T, Prowse K, Reid P, Warburton C, Blanc PD.
COPD (J Chronic Obst Pulm Dis) 2013; 10: 172-179.

Gender differences in work-related asthma: surveillance data from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993-2008.
White GE, Seaman C, Filios MS, Mazurek JM, Flattery J, Harrison RJ, Reilly MJ, Rosenman KD, Lumia ME, Stephens AC, Pechter E, Fitzsimmons K, Davis LK.
J Asthma. 2014 Sep;51(7):691-702

Isocyanates and work-related asthma: Findings from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993-2008.
Lefkowitz D, Pechter E, Fitzsimmons K, Lumia M, Stephens AC, Davis L, Flattery J, Weinberg J, Harrison RJ, Reilly MJ, Filios MS, White GE, Rosenman KD.
Am J Ind Med. 2015 Nov;58(11):1138-49

Impact of obstructive lung diseases on work disability

Development of disability in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: beyond lung function.
Eisner MD, Iribarren C, Blanc PD, Yelin EH, Ackerson L, Byl N, Omachi TA, Sidney S, Katz PP.
Thorax. 2011 Feb;66(2):108-14. Epub 2010 Nov 3.

An international prospective general population-based study of respiratory work disability.
Torén K, Zock JP, Kogevinas M, Plana E, Sunyer J, Radon K, Jarvis D, Kromhout H, d'Errico A, Payo F, Antó JM, Blanc PD.
Thorax. 2009 Apr;64(4):339-44. Epub 2009 Jan 21.

Predictors of respiratory sickness absence: an international population-based study.
Kim J-L, Blanc PD, Villani S, Oliveri M, Urrutia I, van Sprundel M, Storaas T, Le Moual N, Zock J-P, Torén K.
Am J Ind Med 2013; 56:541-49.

Biomarkers linked to adverse respiratory disease outcomes

Matrix metalloproteinase-9 predicts pulmonary status declines in α1-antitrypsin deficiency.
Omachi TA, Eisner MD, Rames A, Markovtsova L, Blanc PD.
Respir Res. 2011 Mar 23;12:35.

Chest wall shrapnel-induced beryllium-sensitization and associated pulmonary disease.
Fireman E, Bar Shai A, Lerman Y, Topilsky M, Blanc PD, Maier L, Li L, Chandra S, Abraham JM, Fomin I, Aviram G, Abraham JL.
Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis 2012; 29: 147-150.

Adverse respiratory effects associated with cadmium exposure in small-scale jewellery workshops in India.
Moitra S, Blanc PD, Sahu S.
Thorax 2013; 68:565-70.

Thirdhand cigarette smoke in an experimental chamber: evidence of surface deposition of nicotine, nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and de novo formation of NNK.
Schick SF, Farraro KF, Perrino C, Sleiman M, van de Vossenberg G, Trinh MP, Hammond SK, Jenkins BM, Balmes J.
Tob Control. 2014 Mar;23(2):152-9

Novel or Emerging Exposure Scenarios

Five-year function observations and associations with a smoking ban among healthy miners at high altitude (4000 m).
Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Brimkulov N, Redding-Jones R.
J Occup Environ Med 2013; 55:1422-5.

Fatalities due to dichloromethane in paint strippers: a continuing problem.
Macisaac J, Harrison R, Krishnaswami J, McNary J, Suchard J, Boysen-Osborn M, Cierpich H, Styles L, Shusterman D.
Am J Ind Med. 2013 Aug;56(8):907-10

Airflow obstruction among street vendors refilling cigarette lighter with liquefied petroleum gas. Int J
Moitra S, Blanc PD, Brashier BB.
Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2014; 18:1126-31

Healthcare worker exposures to the antibacterial agent triclosan.
MacIsaac JK, Gerona R, Blanc PD, Apatira L, Friesen M, Coppolino M, Janssen S.
J Occup Environ Med 2014; 56:834-39.

Effects of woodsmoke exposure on airway inflammation in rural Guatemalan women.
Guarnieri MJ, Diaz JV, Basu C, Diaz A, Pope D, Smith KR, Smith-Sivertsen T, Bruce N, Solomon C, McCracken J, Balmes JR.
PLoS One. 2014 Mar 13;9(3):e88455

Coccidioidomycosis among Workers Constructing Solar Power Farms, California, USA, 2011-2014.
Wilken JA, Sondermeyer G, Shusterman D, McNary J, Vugia DJ, McDowell A, Borenstein P, Gilliss D, Ancock B, Prudhomme J, Gold D, Windham GC, Lee L, Materna BL.
Emerg Infect Dis 2015; 21(11):1997-2005.

Lung transplantation for hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
Kern R, Singer J, Koth Laura, Mooney J, Golden J, Hays S, Greenland J, Wolters P, Ghio E, Jones K, Leard L, Kukreja J, Blanc P.
Chest 2015; 147:1558-1561.

Fungal contamination of the respiratory tract and associated respiratory impairment among saw-mill workers in India.
Adhikari A, Sahu S, Bandyopadhyay A, Blanc PD, Moitra S.
ERJ Open Research Oct 2015; 1(2)

Occupational HIV Transmission Among Male Adult Film Performers - Multiple States, 2014.
Wilken JA, Ried C, Rickett P, Arno JN, Mendez Y, Harrison RJ, Wohlfeiler D, Bauer HM, Joyce MP, Switzer WM, Heneine W, Shankar A, Mark KE
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016 Feb 12;65(5):110-4.

Sudden Deaths Among Oil and Gas Extraction Workers Resulting from Oxygen Deficiency and Inhalation of Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors - United States, January 2010-March 2015.
Harrison RJ, Retzer K, Kosnett MJ, Hodgson M, Jordan T, Ridl S, Kiefer M.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016 Jan 15;65(1):6-9.

Is smoking a predictor for acute mountain sickness? Findings from a meta-analysis.
Vinnikov D, Blanc PD, Steinmaus C.
Nicotine Tob Res; 2016, 18:1509-1516.

Outcomes, quality of life, and disability in obstructive sleep apnea, in particular overlap with COPD

Obstructive sleep apnea: a risk factor for work disability.
Omachi TA, Claman DM, Blanc PD, Eisner MD.
Sleep. 2009 Jun;32(6):791-8.

Disturbed sleep among COPD patients is longitudinally associated with mortality and adverse COPD outcomes.
Omachi TA, Blanc PD, Claman DM, Chen H, Yelin EH, Julian L, Katz PP.
Sleep Med. 2012 May;13(5):476-83. Epub 2012 Mar 18.

Respiratory and non-respiratory factors in quality of life changes following lung transplantation

Survival following lung transplantation for silicosis and other occupational lung diseases.
Singer JP, Chen H, Phelan T, Kukreja J, Golden JA, Blanc PD.
Occup Med (Lond). 2012 Mar;62(2):134-7. Epub 2011 Nov 9.

Development and validation of a lung transplant-specific disability questionnaire.
Singer JP Blanc PD, Dean M, Hays S, Leard L, Kukreja J, Golden J, Katz PP.
Thorax 2014; 69:445-50.

Frailty phenotypes, disability, and outcomes in adult candidates for lung transplantation.
Singer JP, Diamond JM, Gries CJ, McDonnough J, Blanc PD, et. al.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2015; 192: 1325-1334.

Quality of life and patient perceived health status and medication effects in pulmonary hypertension

Comparison of cardiac and pulmonary-specific quality-of-life measures in pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Chen H, De Marco T, Kobashigawa EA, Katz PP, Chang VW, Blanc PD.
Eur Respir J. 2011 Sep;38(3):608-16. Epub 2011 Jan 27.

Effects of commercial air travel on patients with pulmonary hypertension air travel and pulmonary hypertension.
Roubinian N, Elliott CG, Barnett CF, Blanc PD, Chen J, De Marco T, Chen H.
Chest. 2012 Oct;142(4):885-92.

Occupational and environmental disorders of the upper airway

Nasal physiological reactivity of subjects with nonallergic rhinitis to cold air provocation: a pilot comparison of subgroups.
Shusterman DJ, Tilles SA.
Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2009 Sep-Oct;23(5):475-9.

Pilot evaluation of the nasal nitric oxide response to humming as an index of osteomeatal patency.
Shusterman DJ, Weaver EM, Goldberg AN, Schick SF, Wong HH, Balmes JR.
Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2012 Mar-Apr;26(2):123-6.

Occupational rhinitis and other work-related upper respiratory tract conditions.
Zhao YA, Shusterman D.
Clin Chest Med. 2012 Dec;33(4):637-47.

Thirty minute-exposure to aged cigarette smoke increases nasal congestion in nonsmokers.
Schick SF, van den Vossenberg G, Luo A, Whitlatch A, Jacob P 3rd, Balmes J, Shusterman D.
J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2013;76(10):601-13

Occupational irritant and allergic rhinitis.
Shusterman D.
Curr Allergy Asthma Rep 2014; 14:425.

The nasal nitric oxide response to external acoustic energy: A pilot study of sampling dynamics.
Shusterman D.
Sinusitis 2015; 1(1):13-23.

Nonallergic rhinitis: Environmental determinants.
Shusterman D.
Immunol All Clin NA 2016; 36(2):379-399.

Cognitive function and depression in obstructive lung disease

Onset of depressive symptoms among adults with asthma: results from a longitudinal observational cohort.
Katz PP, Morris A, Julian L, Omachi T, Yelin EH, Eisner MD, Blanc PD.
Prim Care Respir J. 2010 Sep;19(3):223-30.

COPD and cognitive impairment: the role of hypoxemia and oxygen therapy.
Thakur N, Blanc PD, Julian LJ, Yelin EH, Katz PP, Sidney S, Iribarren C, Eisner MD.
Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2010 Sep 7;5:263-9.

The role of social support in anxiety for persons with COPD.
DiNicola G, Julian L, Gregorich SE, Blanc PD, Katz PP.
J Psychosom Res 2013; 74:110-5.

Work-related factors in upper limb disorders

1st place, PREMUS best paper competition: workplace and individual factors in wrist tendinosis among blue-collar workers--the San Francisco study.
Harris C, Eisen EA, Goldberg R, Krause N, Rempel D.
Scand J Work Environ Health. 2011 Mar;37(2):85-98. Epub 2011 Feb 6.

Effort-reward imbalance and one-year change in neck-shoulder and upper extremity pain among call center computer operators.
Krause N, Burgel B, Rempel D.
Scand J Work Environ Health. 2010 Jan;36(1):42-53. Epub 2009 Dec 7.

Follow-up of neck and shoulder pain among sewing machine operators: The Los Angeles garment study.
Wang PC, Harrison RJ, Yu F, Rempel DM, Ritz BR.
Am J Ind Med. 2010 Apr;53(4):352-60.

Meta-analysis: association between wrist posture and carpal tunnel syndrome among workers.
You D, Smith AH, Rempel D.
Saf Health Work. 2014 Mar;5(1):27-31

Personal and workplace psychosocial risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled study cohort.
Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EA, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Hegmann KT, Thiese M, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Burt S, Bao S, Silverstein B, Gerr F, Merlino L, and Rempel D.
Occup Environ Med. 2013;70(8):529-37.

The impact of posture on wrist tendinosis among blue-collar workers − the San Francisco study.
Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EA, Goldberg R, You D, and Rempel D.
Human Factors. 2014;56(1):143-150.

Personal and workplace factors and median nerve function in a pooled study of 2396 US workers.
Rempel D, Gerr F, Harris-Adamson C, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Eisen EA, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Burt S, Bao S, Silverstein B, Merlino L, Dale AM, Evanoff B.
J Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015;57(1):98-104.

Biomechanical risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled study of 2474 workers.
Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EA, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Burt S, Bao S, Silverstein B, Merlino L, Gerr F, Rempel D.
Occup Environ Med2015;72(1):33-41.

Lateral epicondylitis: New evidence for work relatedness.
Descatha A, Dale AM, Silverstein BA, Roquelaure Y, Rempel D.
Joint Bone Spine 2015; 82(1):5-7.

Effectiveness of workplace interventions in the prevention of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders and symptoms: an update of the evidence.
Van Eerd D, Munhall C, Irvin E, Rempel D, Brewer S, van der Beek AJ, Dennerlein JT, Tullar J, Skivington K, Pinion C, Amick B.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2015 (Epub).

Biomechanical and psychosocial exposures are independent risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: assessment of confounding using causal diagrams.
Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EA, Neophytou A, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Bao S, Silverstein B, Gerr F, Burt S, Rempel D.
Occup Environ Med. 2016 Nov;73(11):727-734.

Engineering interventions for preventing occupational musculoskeletal disorders

The effects of periodontal curette handle weight and diameter on arm pain: a four-month randomized controlled trial.
Rempel D, Lee DL, Dawson K, Loomer P.
J Am Dent Assoc. 2012 Oct;143(10):1105-13.

Field evaluation of a modified intervention for overhead drilling.
Rempel D, Star D, Barr A, Blanco MM, Janowitz I.
J Occup Environ Hyg. 2010 Apr;7(4):194-202.

A randomized controlled trial evaluating the effects of new task chairs on shoulder and neck pain among sewing machine operators: the Los Angeles garment study.
Rempel DM, Wang PC, Janowitz I, Harrison RJ, Yu F, Ritz BR.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2007 Apr 20;32(9):931-8.

Holding a tablet computer with one hand: effect of tablet design features on biomechanics and subjective usability among users with small hands.
Pereira A, Miller T, Huang YM, Odell D, Rempel D.
Ergonomics. 2013;56(9):1363-75

Effect of handle design on pallet jack operations.
Harris-Adamson C. and Lin J.
Ergonomics in Design: The quarterly of Human Factors Applications. 2013;21(2):15-21.

The design of gestures for human-computer interaction: Lessons from sign language interpreters.
Rempel D, Lee DL, Camilleri M
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 2015; 72(10-11):728-735.

A user developed 3D hand gesture set for human-computer interaction.
Pereira A, Wachs JP, Park K, Rempel D.
Human Factors 2015; 57(4):607-621.

A universal rig for supporting large hammer drills: Reduced injury risk and improved productivity.
Rempel D, Barr A.
Safety Science 2015; 78:20-24.

In vivo flexor tendon forces generated during different rehabilitation exercises.
Edsfeldt S, Rempel D, Kursa K, Diao E, Lattanza L.
J Hand Surg (Europe) 2015; 40(7):705-10.

Mind the gap: The effect of keyboard key gap and pitch on typing speed, accuracy, and usability, Part 3.
Madison H, Pereira A, Korshoj, M, Taylor L, Barr A, Rempel D.
Human Factors 2015; 57(7):1188-1194.

Ergonomic evaluation of standard and alternative pallet jack handles.
Harris-Adamson C, Mielke A, Xu X, Lin J.
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 2016; 54:113-119.

Epidemiology of neurodegenerative diseases

Occupation and parkinsonism in three movement disorders clinics.
Goldman SM, Tanner CM, Olanow CW, Watts RL, Field RD, Langston JW.
Neurology. 65(9):1430-5, 2005.

Consensus statement: Parkinson’s disease and the environment.
Bronstein J, Carvey P, Chen H, Cory-Slechta D, DiMonte D, Duda J, English P, Goldman S, et. al.
Environmental Health Perspectives. 117(1):117-21, 2009.

Rotenone, paraquat and Parkinson’s disease.
Tanner CM, Kamel F, Ross GW, Hoppin JA, Goldman SM, et. al. Environmental Health Perspectives. 119:866-872, 2011.

Solvent Exposures and Parkinson Disease Risk in Twins.
Goldman SM, Quinlan PJ, Ross GW, Marras C, Meng C, Bhudhikanok GS, Comyns K, Korell M, Chade AR, Kasten M, Priestley B, Chou KL, Fernandez HH, Cambi F, Langston JW, Tanner CM.
Annals of Neurology, 71(6),776-784, 2012.

Genetic Modification of the Association of Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease.
Goldman SM, Kamel F, Ross GW, et. al.
Movement Disorders. 27(13):1652-1658, 2012.

Environmental Toxins and Parkinson’s Disease.
Goldman SM.
Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology. 54:141-64, 2014.

The disease intersection of susceptibility and exposure: Chemical exposures and neurodegenerative disease risk.
Tanner CM, Goldman SM, Ross GW, Grate SJ.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 2014 Jun;10(3S):S213-S225.

Protective glove use and hygiene habits modify the associations of specific pesticides with Parkinson’s disease.
Furlong M, Tanner CM, Goldman SM, et. al.
Environment International. 2014, Nov 21;75C:144-150.

Dietary fat intake, pesticide use, and Parkinson's disease.
Kamel F, Goldman SM, Umbach DM, Chen H, Richardson G, Barber MR, Meng C, Marras C, Korell M, Kasten M, Hoppin JA, Comyns K, Chade A, Blair A, Bhudhikanok GS, Webster Ross G, William Langston J, Sandler DP, Tanner CM.
Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2014 Jan; 20(1):82-7.

Head injury, alpha-synuclein Rep1 and Parkinson's Disease: a meta-analytic view of gene-environment interaction.
Goldman SM, Umbach DM, Kamel F, Tanner CM.
Eur J Neurol, 2015 Jul;22(7):e75.

Outcomes in silicosis

Survival following lung transplantation for silicosis and other occupational lung diseases.
Singer JP, Chen H, Phelan T, Kukreja J, Golden JA, Blanc PD. Occup Med (Lond). 2012 Mar;62(2):134-7.

Artificial stone silicosis: Disease resurgence among artificial stone workers.
Kramer MR, Blanc PD, Fireman E, Amital A Guber A, Rhahman NA, Shitrit D. Chest 2012; 142:419-24

Outbreak of autoimmune disease in silicosis linked to artificial stone.
Shtraichman O, Blanc PD, Ollech JE, Fridel L, Fuks L, Fireman E, Kramer MR Occup Med (London) 2015;65:444-50.

“Acute” Silicosis in the 1930 Johannesburg International Silicosis Conference and in its aftermath: Controversies over a distinct entity later recognized as silicoproteinosis.
Blanc PD. Am J Ind Med 2015; 2015;58 (Suppl 1):39-47.

Prospective risk of rheumatologic disease associated with occupational exposure in a cohort of male construction workers.
Blanc PD, Järvholm B, Torén K. Am J Med 2015; 128:1094-1101.

Contribution of occupational and environmental factors to COPD

Further exploration of the links between occupational exposure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Blanc PD, Eisner MD, Earnest G, Trupin L, Balmes JR, Yelin EH, Gregorich SE, Katz PP.
J Occup Environ Med. 2009 Jul;51(7):804-10.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among residents of an historically industrialised area.
Darby AC, Waterhouse JC, Stevens V, Billings CG, Billings CG, Burton CM, Young C, Wight J, Blanc PD, Fishwick D.
Thorax. 2012 Oct;67(10):901-7.

Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and COPD Risk in Smokers: A COPDGene Study Cohort Subgroup Analysis.
Koeverden Iv, Blanc PD, Bowler RP, Arjomandi M. COPD. 2015; 2(2):182-9.

Investigation of hydrogen sulfide exposure and lung function, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a geothermal area of New Zealand.
Bates MN, Crane J, Balmes JR, Garrett N.
PLoS One. 2015 Mar 30;10(3):e0122062.

High risks of lung disease associated with early-life and moderate lifetime arsenic exposure in northern Chile.
Steinmaus C, Ferreccio C, Acevedo J, Balmes JR, Liaw J, Troncoso P, Dauphiné DC, Nardone A, Smith AH.
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2016 Oct 8;313:10-15.

Differential respiratory health effects from the 2008 northern California wildfires: A spatiotemporal approach.
Reid CE, Jerrett M, Tager IB, Petersen ML, Mann JK, Balmes JR.
Environ Res. 2016 Oct;150:227-35.

Physiological biomarkers of early obstructive lung disease

Exposure to household air pollution from wood combustion and association with respiratory symptoms and lung function in nonsmoking women: results from the RESPIRE trial, Guatemala.
Pope D, Diaz E, Smith-Sivertsen T, Lie RT, Bakke P, Balmes JR, Smith KR, Bruce NG.
Environ Health Perspect. 2015 Apr;123(4):285-92.

Cardiopulmonary health effects of exposure to ozone

Long-Term Ozone Exposure Increases the Risk of Developing the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
Ware LB, Zhao Z, Koyama T, May AK, Matthay MA, Lurmann FW, Balmes JR, Calfee CS.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 May 15;193(10):1143-50.

The last Summer Olympics? Climate change, health, and work outdoors.
Smith KR, Woodward A, Lemke B, Otto M, Chang CJ, Mance AA, Balmes J, Kjellstrom T. Lancet. 2016 Aug 13;388(10045):642-4.

Effects of chronic and acute ozone exposure on lipid peroxidation and antioxidant capacity in healthy young adults.
Chen C, Arjomandi M, Balmes J, Tager I, Holland N.
Environ Health Perspect. 2007;115(12):1732-7.

Ozone inhalation leads to a dose-dependent increase of cytogenetic damage in human lymphocytes.
Holland N, Davé V, Venkat S, Wong H, Donde A, Balmes JR, Arjomandi M. Environ
Mol Mutagen. 2015; 56(4):378-87.

Exposure to medium and high ambient levels of ozone causes adverse systemic inflammatory and cardiac autonomic effects.
Arjomandi M, Wong H, Donde A, Frelinger J, Dalton S, Ching W, Power K, Balmes JR.
Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2015; 308(12):H1499-509.

Inflammatory and repair pathways induced in human bronchoalveolar lavage cells with ozone inhalation.
Leroy P, Tham A, Wong H, Tenney R, Chen C, Stiner R, Balmes JR, Paquet AC, Arjomandi M.
PLoS One. 2015 Jun 2;10(6):e0127283.

Childhood and reproductive environmental health

Children’s environmental health: Beyond national boundaries
Miller MD, Marty MA, Landrigan PJ.
Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2016 Feb;63(1):149-65.

Thyroid hormones and moderate exposure to perchlorate during pregnancy in women in Southern California.
Steinmaus C, Pearl M, Kharrazi M, Blount BC, Miller MD, Pearce EN, Valentin-Blasini L, DeLorenze G, Hoofnagle AN, Liaw J
Environ Health Perspect. 2015 Oct 20

Children’s cancer and environmental exposures: Professional attitudes and practices.
Zachek CM, Miller MD, Hsu C, Schiffman JD, Sallen S, Metayer C, Dahl GV.
J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2015 Oct;37(7):491-7.

Arsenic and rice: Translating research to address health care providers’ needs.
Lai PY, Cottingham KL, Steinmaus C, Karagas MR, Miller MD.
J Pediatr. 2015 Oct;167(4):797-803.

Toxic environmental chemicals: The role of reproductive health professionals in preventing harmful exposures
Sutton P, Woodruff TJ, Perron J, Stotland N, Conroy JA, Miller MD, Giudice LC.
Am J Obs Gyn March 2012.

Decreased lung function in 7-year-old children with early-life organophosphate exposure.
Raanan R, Balmes JR, Harley KG, Gunier RB, Magzamen S, Bradman A, Eskenazi B.
Thorax. 2016 Feb;71(2):148-53.

Early-life exposure to organophosphate pesticides and pediatric respiratory symptoms in the CHAMACOS cohort.
Raanan R, Harley KG, Balmes JR, Bradman A, Lipsett M, Eskenazi B.
Environ Health Perspect. 2015 Feb;123(2):179-85.

Genetic modification of the effect of maternal household air pollution exposure on birth weight in Guatemalan newborns.
Thompson LM, Yousefi P, Peñaloza R, Balmes J, Holland N.
Reprod Toxicol. 2014 Dec;50:19-26.

Secondhand and Thirdhand Cigarette Smoke Exposure

Pulmonary function abnormalities in never-smoking flight attendants exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke in the aircraft cabin.
Arjomandi M, Haight T, Redberg R, Gold WM.
J Occup Environ Med. 2009 Jun;51(6):639-46.

Reduced exercise tolerance and pulmonary capillary recruitment with remote secondhand smoke exposure.
Arjomandi M, Haight T, Sadeghi N, Redberg R, Gold WM.
PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e34393.

Impairment of Endothelial Function by Little Cigar Secondhand Smoke.
Liu J, Wang X, Narayan S, Glantz SA, Schick SF, Springer ML.
Tob Regul Sci. 2016 Jan 1;2(1):56-63.

From the Cover: Thirdhand Cigarette Smoke Causes Stress-Induced Mitochondrial Hyperfusion and Alters the Transcriptional Profile of Stem Cells.
Bahl V, Johnson K, Phandthong R, Zahedi A, Schick SF, Talbot P.
Toxicol Sci. 2016 Sep;153(1):55-69. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfw102.