SERIOUS INCIDENT : AIRBUS A319-132 D-AGWK, 27 MAY 2008 – Prof. Chris Winder

INTRODUCTION: The presence of general symptoms of unwellness can be problematic, interms of identifying causes, diagnosis of any possible health problem(s), anddetermining appropriate treatment(s). In the case of such symptoms occurring in people on an airplane in flight,other issues may also arise, such as the hypoxia of flying, or the possibility ofpoor air quality from…

Splenda Alters Gut Microflora and Increases Intestinal P-Glycoprotein and Cytochrome P-450 in Male Rats

Splenda is comprised of the high-potency artificial sweetener sucralose (1.1%) and the fillers maltodextrin and glucose. Splenda was administered by oral gavage at 100, 300, 500, or 1000 mg/kg to male Sprague-Dawley rats for 12-wk, during which fecal samples were collected weekly for bacterial analysis and measurement of fecal pH. After 12-wk, half of the…

Imidacloprid Induces Neurobehavioral Deficits and Increases Expression of Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein in the Motor Cortex and Hippocampus in Offspring Rats Following in Utero Exposure

Environmental exposure to neurotoxic chemicals during fetal development produces a cascade of effects in developing children, families and society, because of persistent neurological abnormalities of the central nervous system. Epidemiological studies have shown neurobehavioral and cognitive deficits and increased susceptibility to disease in offspring at various developmental stages, all associated with maternal exposure to neurotoxic…

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…