Articles by Wolfgang Straff in JoVE
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Predictive Value of Human Biomonitoring in Environmental Medicine: Experiences at the Outpatient Unit of Environmental Medicine (UEM) of the University Hospital Aachen, Germany International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. Jul, 2002 | Pubmed ID: 12173531 There is little data on the distribution of biomonitoring parameters in patients at outpatient Units of Environmental Medicine (UEM). We evaluated the biomonitoring parameters of 646 UEM outpatients from our University Hospital 1988-1998. Few patients were exposed to specific substances. Data of patients who were not obviously exposed was analysed statistically (geometric mean, standard deviation, median, 95th percentile). Results were compared with reference values in literature. Normal distribution of biomonitoring parameters was rare. 95th percentiles for arsenic, chromium, selenium, zinc, phenol and toluene were below standard, 95th percentiles for copper and mercury above, and 95th percentiles for lead, cadmium, pentachlorophenol, lindane, and beta-hexachlorocyclohexane were within the published range of reference values. Thallium as well as most volatile organic compounds analyzed were below detection levels. Aluminum and fluorine exposure was rarely analysed. In view of these results, it is concluded that the indication for biomonitoring needs to be stringent as levels of biomonitoring parameters are generally not risen in patients of the UEM.
Road Traffic Noise and Hypertension--accounting for the Location of Rooms Environmental Research. Aug, 2014 | Pubmed ID: 24952459 The association between the exposure to road traffic noise and the prevalence of hypertension was assessed accounting for background air pollution and the location of rooms with respect to the road.
Potential Health Risk of Allergenic Pollen with Climate Change Associated Spreading Capacity: Ragweed and Olive Sensitization in Two German Federal States International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. May, 2016 | Pubmed ID: 26906017 Global climate changes may influence the geographical spread of allergenic plants thus causing new allergen challenges.
Holi Colours Contain PM10 and Can Induce Pro-inflammatory Responses Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology (London, England). 2016 | Pubmed ID: 27617025 At Holi festivals, originally celebrated in India but more recently all over the world, people throw coloured powder (Holi powder, Holi colour, Gulal powder) at each other. Adverse health effects, i.e. skin and ocular irritations as well as respiratory problems may be the consequences. The aim of this study was to uncover some of the underlying mechanisms.