Impact of Adenovirus-36 (Ad-36) & Obesity in the Fire Service on Health and Safety

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Investigated the impact of the adenovirus-36 on obesity among the F2F cohort of firefighters. The fire service is particularly suited for this investigation because of their lifestyle of shared environments as well as their high risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity coupled with inherent exposures in harsh environmental conditions (fire, smoke, heat stress, noise, and shift work).

  • Assessed Ad-36, fasting lipids, glucose, insulin, leptin and adiponectin
  • Evaluated relationship with obesity and epidemiologic risk factors
  • Longitudinal cohort study with assessments twice over 6 months
  • 333 career firefighters, within 9 fire departments across the US and its territories

Project Team

  • R. Sue Day, PhD
  • Christopher Kaipust, MPH
  • Deirdre Douglass, MS, RD