Archives For: 2010


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Dr. Paul Demers appointed OCRC director  

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Demers has been appointed to the position of Director, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, and Senior Scientist at Cancer Care Ontario, effective September 1 2010. Paul will be actively involved in the development of the Centre beginning in May. Paul is currently Professor and Director of the …

Mesothelioma patterns and projections in Ontario and Canada

Significance: Mesothelioma is a rare but highly fatal cancer that is strongly linked to asbestos exposure in the workplace. In Canada, despite the introduction of asbestos regulation in the 1980s, the annual incidence rate and number of new cases of mesothelioma have been increasing steadily over the past years, and is expected to peak sometime …

Graveyard shifts may raise disease risk, studies say

Martin Mittelstaedt Globe and Mail Shift work has long been a necessary and unpleasant part of modern life, with more than a quarter of the Canadian work force estimated to be on the job during non-traditional hours in the evenings and overnight. Those working these shifts often experience disrupted sleep patterns, fatigue and other minor …

The Health Effects of Shift Work – April 12, 2010

The OCRC and the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) co-hosted a symposium entitled “The Health Effects of Shift Work” on April 12, 2010. A summary report of the proceedings was compiled by the IWH. Complete presentations from the conference are found below, and more information can also be found on the IWH website.   Symposium …

Asbestos and Cancer in Ontario and the Occupational Cancer Research Centre

Presented by Dr. Loraine Marrett on March 3, 2010 to the Asbestos Surveillance and Disease Compensation Think Tank in Toronto. This presentation provides an overview of the relationship between asbestos use and mesothelioma in Ontario, with information on workers’ compensation and asbestos. The new Occupational Cancer Research Centre is introduced along with its current and future …

Occupational exposure to diesel and gasoline engine emissions and the incidence of colorectal and bladder cancer in Canadian men

This study examined whether workplace exposures to diesel and gasoline emissions increase the risk of developing colorectal and bladder cancer.

Occupational exposures in emergency medical service providers and knowledge of and compliance with universal precautions

Harris, S.A. and Nicolai, L.A. American Journal of Infection Control, 2010; 38(2):86-94.

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