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May 23, 2008

UI screenings for munitions workers to conclude in July

Free health screenings, available through a University of Iowa study of workers at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP) near Burlington, will end this summer. Researchers will continue to enroll individuals in the IAAAP Munitions Workers Study until July 15.

One aim of the research study, directed by Laurence Fuortes, M.D., UI professor of occupational and environmental health, is to assess exposure to beryllium alloys among conventional weapons workers at the plant. Workers who enroll in the study by July 15 will receive a free beryllium screening. Participants also will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire and to provide a blood sample for analysis of beryllium sensitivity. Participation requires a 30- to 45-minute time commitment. Compensation is provided.

Anyone who worked exclusively on conventional weapons (Army) production at the IAAAP from 1950 to the present is eligible for the research study, according to Fuortes. Since even a single exposure to beryllium may cause some persons to show beryllium sensitivity, workers from all areas of the plant -- including those who worked for short periods of time -- are also eligible to enroll in the research study. Follow-up medical evaluations will be offered for those screening positive for beryllium sensitization.

To register for a free screening or for questions about the IAAAP Munitions Workers Study, call toll free 877-654-2227. Additional information about the study can be found online at http://www.iowamunitionsworkersstudy.org.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835, daniel-mcmillan@uiowa.edu