Chemical intolerance, or reported illness from odors of common environmental chemicals (e.g., car exhaust, pesticides), is emerging as an important environmental and public health-care issue.
Epidemiologic methods provide relevant heuristic devices for studies of complex disorders, such as chemical intolerance.
The authors examined personal and reported parental cardiopulmonary disease prevalence rates in a community sample of chemically intolerant and control individuals.
A county government (Tucson, Arizona) employee and kin subset (N=181 ; 113 households) completed standard health questionnaires.
Investigators determined chemical intolerance (n=41/181) from self-reports of individuals who felt « moderately » to « severely » ill from exposure to at least three of five chemicals (i.e., car exhaust, pesticides, paint, new carpet, and perfume) on a Chemical Odor Intolerance Index.
The authors chose the control group (n=57/181) on the basis of self-reports of « never » feeling ill on the Chemical Odor Intolerance Index.
The chemically intolerant group, which primarily comprised women (78% versus 51% of controls, p<. 05), was significantly more likely to report-and to have sought-medical attention for heart problems, bronchitis, asthma, and pneumonia.
Reports of heart problems in the chemically intolerant index cases and the occurrence of heart disease in both of their parents were significant (Fisher's p<. 05). (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Odeur, Intolérance, Homme, Prévalence, Arizona, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Composé chimique, Toxicité, Epidémiologie, Femelle, Poumon, Coeur, Appareil circulatoire pathologie, Appareil respiratoire pathologie, Sensibilité chimique multiple
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Odor, Intolerance, Human, Prevalence, Arizona, United States, North America, America, Chemical compound, Toxicity, Epidemiology, Female, Lung, Heart, Cardiovascular disease, Respiratory disease, Multiple chemical sensitivity
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Code Inist : 002B30A02B. Création : 23/03/1999.