Cognitive function following exposure to contaminated air on commercial aircraft: A case series of 27 pilots seen for clinical purposes

Abstract Background Cabin air on commercial aircraft is sometimes contaminated with hydraulic fluids, synthetic jet engine oils and combusted or pyrolized materials. The incidence of contaminated air events is hard to quantify as commercial aircraft do not have air quality monitoring systems on board. In the UK, around 350 aircrew have advised their union that…

An Attempt to Characterize the Frequency, Health Impact, and Operational Costs of Oil in the Cabin and Flight Deck Supply Air on U.S. Commercial Aircraft – Judith T. L. Murawski and David S. Supplee

The potential for heated engine oil and hydraulic fluid to contaminate the aircraft air supply due to maintenance, operation, and design failures or deficiencies is an ongoing problem that has been documented in the aviation industry since the introduction of the “bleed air” air supply system in the 1950s[1,2]. With the bleed air design, outside…

Toxicogenomic Studies of the Rat Brain at an Early Time Point Following Acute Sarin Exposure

Abstract We have studied sarin-induced global gene expression patterns at an early time point (2 h: 0.5·LD50) using Affymetrix Rat Neurobiology U34 chips and male Sprague–Dawley rats. A total of 46 genes showed statistically significant alterations from control levels. Three gene categories contained more of the altered genes than any other groups: ion channel (8…

ACUTE EXPOSURE TO SARIN INCREASES BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER PERMEABILITY AND INDUCES NEUROPATHOLOGICAL CHANGES IN THE RAT BRAIN: DOSE^RESPONSE RELATIONSHIPS

Abstract We hypothesize that a single exposure to an LD50dose of sarin induces widespread early neuropathological changes in the adult brain. In this study, we evaluated the early changes in the adult brain after a single exposure to different doses of sarin. Adult male rats were exposed to sarin by a single intramuscular injection at…