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Lee, E. Y., Flynn, M. R., Du, G., Lewis, M. M., Kong, L., Yanosky, J. D., Mailman, R. B., & Huang, X. (2019). Higher Hippocampal Mean Diffusivity Values in Asymptomatic WeldersToxicological sciences: an official journal of the Society of Toxicology168(2), 486–496.

Chronic high-level manganese (Mn)-induced neurotoxicity has been associated with Mn accumulation in the basal ganglia and higher risk for developing parkinsonism. Recent studies in Mn-exposed animals revealed Mn accumulation in the hippocampus, the presence of Aβ diffuse plaques, and deficits in associative learning, the latter being hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or related disorders. This and recent evidence of hippocampal Mn accumulation in welders prompted us to test the hypothesis that welders with chronic Mn exposure would display changes in the hippocampus.

Subjects with (welders; n = 42) or without (controls; n = 31) welding history were studied. Mn exposure was estimated by occupational questionnaires, whole blood Mn, and R1 imaging (estimate of short-term brain Mn accumulation). Hippocampal diffusion tensor imaging (DTI; estimate of microstructural brain changes) and volume were determined. Compared with controls, welders displayed no significant difference in hippocampal volume (p = .165). Welders, however, exhibited higher DTI hippocampal mean diffusivity (MD) values compared with controls (p = .035) that was evident particularly in older welders (>50 years, p = .002). Hippocampal MD was associated significantly with age in welders (R = 0.59; p < .001) but not in controls (p = .16). Moreover, higher hippocampal MD values (age adjusted) were associated with long-term cumulative Mn exposure (R = 0.36, p = .021).

Welders with chronic exposure have higher MD values in the hippocampus that become greater with increasing age, a brain change that is similar to that observed in those at risk for AD. The current results suggest that Mn exposure, coupled with aging, may make welders more vulnerable to AD or AD-like changes.

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Ren J, Cui J et al. (2020) Low-level lead exposure is associated with aberrant sperm quality and reproductive hormone levels in Chinese male individuals: Results from the MARHCS study low-level lead exposure is associated with aberrant sperm quality Chemosphere. 2020 Apr;244:125402. doi: 10.1016

Studies in animals suggest an adverse effect of high-level lead exposure on male reproductive outcomes. However, evidence of the effects of low-level lead exposure is inconsistent. The purpose of our study was to explore the relationship between low-level lead exposure from daily environmental contaminants and semen quality in a community population without occupational exposure. We recruited 751 students in the Male Reproductive Health in Chongqing College Students (MARHCS) study and 190 community males from Bishan, Chongqing. Eight urinary metals (Pb, Cd, As, Cu, Zn, Ni, Mn, and Cr), semen quality, and serum sex hormones were detected.

Even if the blood lead concentration was below the US lead poisoning standard for children (100 μg/L), a significant dose-response relationship was found between lead exposure and a decrease in semen quality. Multilinear regression showed that urinary Pb was negatively associated with sperm concentration, total sperm count, progressive motility and total sperm motility (regression coefficient: -0.074, -0.103, -0.024, and -0.014, respectively; p: <0.001, <0.001, 0.007, and <0.001, respectively), accompanied by decreased serum follicle-stimulating hormone, serum testosterone and the testosterone/luteinizing hormone ratio (β coefficient: -0.090, -0.082, and -0.020, respectively; p: 0.002, <0.001, and 0.021, respectively). Logistic regression also indicated that the risk of having abnormal semen quality was higher in the high Pb group (OR: 2.501, 95% CI: 1.411, 4.435, p = 0.002) than in the low Pb group after adjusting for confounders, with a dose-response relationship in the trend test (p = 0.007). Our results revealed an inverse association between Pb exposure at low levels and semen quality.

Pesonen, M, Suuronen, K. Occupational allergic contact dermatitis caused by Solvent Orange 60 in protective glovesContact Dermatitis. 2020; 1– 3.

A 30‐year‐old woman working as a tile setter on construction sites developed hand eczema 1 month after she started using orange‐colored textile protective gloves with black polyurethane coating on the palmar side. She had been involved in her current work for several years and had no history of hand dermatitis. Her hand eczema spread to involve the whole glove area, and after 2 months, she also developed eczema on the lower part of her face. Her eczema quickly resolved when she was absent from work, recurred when she returned to work and stopped recurring when she replaced the orange‐colored protective gloves.

Clément Piel, Camille Pouchieu et al Agricultural exposures to carbamate herbicides and fungicides and central nervous system tumour incidence in the cohort AGRICAN. Environ Int. 2019 Sep;130:104876. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.05.070. Epub 2019 Jul 22.

Pesticides exposures could be implicated in the excess of Central Nervous System (CNS) tumors observed in farmers, but evidence concerning individual pesticides remains limited. Carbamate derivative pesticides, including herbicides and fungicides (i.e. (thio/dithio)-carbamates), have shown evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental studies in animals. In the French AGRICAN cohort, the associations between potential exposures to carbamate herbicides and fungicides and the incidence of CNS tumors, overall and by histological subtype are assessed.

AGRICAN enrolled 181,842 participants involved in agriculture. Incident CNS tumors were identified by linkage with cancer registries from enrollment (2005-2007) until 2013. Individual exposures were assessed by combining information on lifetime periods of pesticide use on crops and the French crop-exposure matrix PESTIMAT, for each of the 14 carbamate and thiocarbamate herbicides and the 16 carbamate and dithiocarbamate fungicides registered in France since 1950. Associations were estimated using proportional hazard models with age as the underlying timescale, adjusting for gender, educational level, and smoking

During an average follow-up of 6.9 years, 381 incident cases of CNS tumors occurred, including 164 gliomas and 134 meningiomas. Analyses showed increased risks of CNS tumors with overall exposure to carbamate fungicides (Hazard Ratio, HR = 1.88; 95% CI: 1.27-2.79) and, to a lesser extent, to carbamate herbicides (HR = 1.44; 95% CI: 0.94-2.22). Positive associations were observed with specific carbamates, including some fungicides (mancozeb, maneb, metiram) and herbicides (chlorpropham, propham, diallate) already suspected of being carcinogens in humans.

Although some associations need to be corroborate in further studies and should be interpreted cautiously, these findings provide additional carcinogenicity evidence for several carbamate fungicides and herbicides.