For Immediate Release
October 26, 2010
Libby, MT: The Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) and the University of Cincinnati have launched CHIEFS—Childhood Health Investigation and Exposure Follow-up Study. The aim of this study is to look at potential health effects on people that were exposed to Libby amphibole asbestos as a child. Asbestos health assessments were performed by the ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) on 600 children (ages 10-19) from Libby in 2000-2001. The age group we are looking for are individuals who currently are 21-30 years of age. These individuals have enough latency and now that they are in adulthood they can have x-rays, limited lung CT scans and lung function testing that can determine if there have been any changes in their lung structure and/or function.
One of the challenges that presents with this project is finding the 600 young adults that participated in the 2000-2001 ATSDR to participate in this study. Many of these young adults probably do not live at the same address as when they participated as children in 2000- 2001. We are asking parents, grandparents, family and friends to work together in identifying and contacting these young people. A qualified participate will receive a $100 money order for their time and cooperation in the study. Only with participation by these important people can this research project be successful.
Applicable candidates will complete an extensive exposure questionnaire, a pulmonary function (breathing) test, a chest x-ray, a limited CT scan, give a small hair sample and have their blood drawn for research. The process takes roughly 3 1/2 to 4 hours of your time. The participant will receive a findings letter if an urgent need is identified and all will receive a final findings letter after their information has been reviewed by a qualified collaborative board of physicians.
The CARD clinic, Libby community and University of Cincinnati values this important research. Understanding the risks related to childhood exposure is an important research milestone to understand the health affect of Libby amphibole asbestos exposure. If you are interested in learning more about the CHIEFS study or if you think you are a potential candidate to take part in this research study please contact Jennifer Fortner at CARD (406-293-9274 extension 23 or Jennifer@libbyasbestos.org ).
CARD is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 specialty care medical and research facility governed by a volunteer community board, and operates within the vision of Caring Pathways to Treatment. CARD is devoted to healthcare, outreach and research to benefit all people impacted by exposure to Libby amphibole asbestos.
For more information, contact:
406.293.9274 EX 23