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There is 1 comment on Central American Kidney Disease Epidemic Linked to Occupational Heat Exposure

  1. Hello,

    Interesting findings. I am a PhD industrial chemist and have a few questions about the study:

    1. What was the average temperature experienced by the workers during the brickmaking process? How does this compare to temperatures experienced in other warm industrial environments such as textile mills, cement kilns, chemical plants?
    2. From the picture, it would appear that the brickmaking occurs outdoors? This would suggest rapid dissipation of heat to surroundings such that average temperature experienced is similar to average daily outdoor temperature?
    3. What is the proposed mechanism for heat causing kidney disease?
    4. From the image in the article, it would appear that a byproduct of the process is carbon particles or aerosols (stemming from burning of biomass) that can be inhaled. These particles could contain heavy metals (stemming from biomass) which could become systemic and increase risk of kidney disease. Could be interesting to compare rates of kidney disease with this population and those who use biomass cookstoves in third world countries.

    Please let me know your thoughts on the above. If you would like to discuss further, please let me know.

    Best regards,

    Paul Hoertz PhD

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