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J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Apr;55(4):446-53. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31827db94b.

Postural sway and exposure to jet propulsion fuel 8 among US Air Force personnel.

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Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether short-term jet propulsion fuel 8 (JP-8) exposure is associated with balance measurements in JP-8-exposed air force personnel.

METHODS:

As part of a larger neuroepidemiology study, balance tasks were completed by JP-8-exposed individuals (n = 37). Short-term JP-8 exposure was measured using personal breathing zone levels and urinary biomarkers. Multivariate linear regression analyses were conducted to examine the relationship between workday JP-8 exposure and postural sway.

RESULTS:

Balance control decreased as the task became more challenging. Workday exposure to JP-8, measured by either personal air or urinary metabolite levels, was not significantly related to postural sway. Increases in workday postural sway were associated with demographic variables, including younger age, being a current smoker, and higher body mass index.

CONCLUSION:

Results suggest that short-term workday JP-8 exposure does not significantly contribute to diminished balance control.

PMID:
23532195
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e31827db94b
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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