Work-related Crystalline Silica Exposure Linked to Higher Scleroderma Risk

Work-related Crystalline Silica Exposure Linked to Higher Scleroderma Risk

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Work-related Crystalline Silica Exposure Linked to Higher Scleroderma Risk

In a study of the entire working population of Denmark, exposure to respirable crystalline silica  — common in jobs in the construction industry — was linked to an increased risk of developing autoimmune rheumatic disorders, including scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis. The dose-dependent nature of the association, which indicates a causal relationship between breathing in crystalline silica and developing these chronic diseases, warrants an assessment of current exposure limits on the job, according to researchers. The study,…

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