Entries by anthonywbrown

Estimating the health consequences of flight attendant work: comparing flight attendant health to the general population in a cross-sectional study

Link to the publication Background Flight attendants are an understudied occupational group, despite undergoing a wide and unique range of adverse job-related exposures. In our study, we aimed to characterize the health profile of cabin crew relative to the U.S. general population. Methods In 2014–2015, we surveyed participants of the Harvard Flight Attendant Health Study. […]

Symptoms related to new flight attendant uniforms

We found the following symptom prevalence (per 100) increased after the introduction of new uniforms: multiple chemical sensitivity (10 vs 5), itchy/irritated skin (25 vs 13), rash/hives (23 vs 13), itchy eyes (24 vs 14), blurred vision (14 vs 6), sinus congestion (28 vs 24), ear pain (15 vs 12), sore throat (9 vs 5), cough (17 vs 7), hoarseness/loss of voice (12 vs 3), and shortness of breath (8 vs 3). The odds of several symptoms significantly increased compared to baseline after adjusting for potential confounders.

Chicago O’Hare Recruitment 2/17-2/19! Come visit us.

Dear Flight Attendants, Our researchers will be at Chicago O’Hare this Saturday to Monday to get word out about our survey and sensor study! Visit us at Chicago O’Hare Saturday 2/17 through Monday 2/19 We will be splitting our time between Terminals 1 and 3 We are looking forward to seeing and talking to Flight […]

Flight Attendant Health Is Important To Us

 We understand relatively little about flight attendant health compared to other professions. Yet—flight attendants experience significant exposures on the job: long work hours, frequent time zone changes, air pressure  changes, awkward positions and lifting in tight spaces, turbulence, disrupted sleep rhythms, cosmic radiation, exposure to infectious disease, and psychological demands due to customer demands and need to […]

Tools for Empowerment

We offer these videos in the hope they may be useful to those recovering from stressful or traumatic situations including recent hurricanes. For an immediate way of letting go of stress and regaining strength and confidence, “Centering Down”. For a brief introduction to the theory of stress and trauma, watch Handling Stress and Trauma:   We wish […]

Airplane pilot mental health

Hundreds of pilots currently flying are managing depressive symptoms perhaps without the possibility of treatment due to the fear of negative career impacts. This study found 233 (12.6%) airline pilots meeting depression threshold and 75 (4.1%) pilots reporting having suicidal thoughts.