Journal article

Non-communicable diseases in decontamination workers in areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster: a retrospective observational study

Toyoaki Sawano, Masaharu Tsubokura, Akihiko Ozaki, Claire Leppold, Shuhei Nomura, Yuki Shimada, Sae Ochi, Manabu Tsukada, Tsuyoshi Nemoto, Shigeaki Kato, Yukio Kanazawa, Hiromichi Ohira

BMJ OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and whether NCDs were treated or not, among hospitalised decontamination workers who moved to radio-contaminated areas after Japan's 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. METHODS: We retrospectively extracted records of decontamination workers admitted to Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital between 1 June 2012 and 31 August 2015, from hospital records. We investigated the incidence of underlying NCDs such as hypertension, dyslipidaemia and diabetes among the decontamination workers, and their treatment status, in addition to the reasons for their hospital admission. RESULTS: A total of 113 decontaminat..

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