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Table 10 Odds ratios of women v. men for developing acute symptoms

From: Gender and respiratory findings in workers occupationally exposed to organic aerosols: A meta analysis of 12 cross-sectional studies

  Food Processing Textile Industry Farming Industry
Acute Symptoms Odds Ratio Confidence Interval Odds Ratio Confidence Interval Odds Ratio Confidence Interval
Cough 0.72 0.53 – 0.99+ 1.06 0.72 – 1.56 * *
Dyspnea 0.84 0.61 – 1.14 0.92 0.63 – 1.33 1.17 0.88 – 1.56
Throat Irritation 1.17 0.85 – 1.61 1.23 0.85 – 1.79 1.49 1.12 – 1.98+
Throat Dryness 1.09 0.79 – 1.50 1.64 1.13 – 2.39 * *
Eye Irritation 1.04 0.76 – 1.42 * * 1.21 0.91 – 1.61
Nasal Secretions 0.79 0.54 – 1.15 0.91 0.60 – 1.37 0.83 0.56 – 1.23
Nasal Dryness 1.30 0.94 – 1.79 1.15 0.77 – 1.70 1.05 0.78 – 1.42
Nose Bleeds 1.67 1.11 – 2.52+ 0.93 0.61 – 1.41 * *
Headache 1.42 1.01 – 1.99+ * * 1.97 1.38 – 2.80+
  1. * Not homogeneous, cannot combine odds ratios across industries.
  2. + Significant odds ratios.