Oasys and Occupational Asthma

This website contains information on Occupational Asthma and a free multi award winning computer program called OASYS, which is used to help diagnose Occupational Asthma from serial peak flow records. Oasys shows further information and downloads for the Oasys program. References is a searchable database of more than 4,500 published papers in the field of occupational asthma. Causes shows some of the causes of occupational asthma. The Shield scheme reports some statistics for occupational asthma, mainly in the West midlands region, UK. BOHRF shows the evidence based occupational asthma guidelines for the UK. The interactive Case Histories are a learning resource for interested health professionals. There are also Medics, Specialists, Employers and Worker sections.

Latest News

Occupational asthma: Work-exacerbated asthma in Canada often relatively short-lived Work-exacerbated asthma in Canada often relatively short-lived 12 04 2014
Occupational asthma: Wearing RPE associated with less laboratory animal allergy Wearing RPE associated with less laboratory animal allergy 12 03 2014
Occupational asthma: Endurance athletes develop occupational asthma Endurance athletes develop occupational asthma 20 11 2013
Occupational asthma: Hairdressers at increased risk of allergy to neuromuscular blockers during anaesthesia Hairdressers at increased risk of allergy to neuromuscular blockers during anaesthesia 06 11 2013
Occupational asthma: Limonene is more likely to cause occupational asthma when oxidised Limonene is more likely to cause occupational asthma when oxidised 04 11 2013

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Work-exacerbated asthma in a workers’ compensation population Lim T, Liss G M, Vernich L, Buyantseva L, Tarlo SM , Work-exacerbated asthma in a workers’ compensation population , Occup Med (Oxford) , 2014 ; 64 : 206-210 ,
Garry Liss, Toronto, an author of 'Work-exacerbated asthma in a workers’ compensation population' Susan Tarlo, Toronto, an author of 'Work-exacerbated asthma in a workers’ compensation population'

Full Text Available for EAACI Position Paper on assessment of cough in the workplace Moscato G, Pala G, Cullinan P, Folletti I, van Wijk G, Pignatti P, Quirce S , EAACI Position Paper on assessment of cough in the workplace , Allergy , 2014 ; 69 : 292-304 ,
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK, an author of 'EAACI Position Paper on assessment of cough in the workplace' Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia, an author of 'EAACI Position Paper on assessment of cough in the workplace' Santiago Quirce, Madrid, an author of 'EAACI Position Paper on assessment of cough in the workplace' Ilenia Folletti, Perugia, an author of 'EAACI Position Paper on assessment of cough in the workplace'

Abstract Available for Occupational upper airway disease: how work affects the nose Hox V, Steelant B, Fokkens W, Nemery B, Hellings PW , Occupational upper airway disease: how work affects the nose , Allergy , 2014 ; 69 : 282-291 ,
Ben Nemery, Leuven, Belgium, an author of 'Occupational upper airway disease: how work affects the nose'

Go to "References" section.

Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the paper: "Work-exacerbated asthma in a workers’ compensation population", 2014, Occup Med (Oxford)
Work-exacerbated asthma as defined required pre-existing asthma in nearly all, no evidence of sensitasion, generally a history of worsening asthma with work exposure, and if specific challenges were done they had to be negative. Symptoms had to persist for >4 weeks. All had to have asthma confirmed. Acute iurriutant asthma was also excluded. This seems to be as good as you can get for a diagnosis of work-exacerbated asathma. The sickness absence data was taken from the compensation application form and seems to have no denominator. Nearly half reported no time off. Sickness absence for work-exacerbated asthma was more common in education and less in service industry workers and intermediate in healthcare workers.
Published Paper Comments, , 12/04/2014, 12/04/2014,

Comments for the causative agent: "Actichlor ?"
asked for second time to comment on health worker symptomatic after exposure to higher conc actichlor. Any similar experience? Not sure why listed uinder chrome fumes
Page Comments, , 18/05/2011, 08/04/2014,

Comments for the page titled: "Bird Fancier's Lung"
Comments for the page titled: "Bird Fancier's Lung"
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The Website

This website is run by the Oasys research group, part of the Midland Thoracic Society, UK. We are an independent group of clinicians and researchers, and run a clinical service for workers with occupational lung disease as part of the British National Health Service. We have developed the Oasys program to help ourselves and others in the diagnosis of occupational asthma. We have no specific funding, relying on research grants and the enthusiasm of our group. The website is written by Cedd Burge, who receives some funding from the group. The group meets about every 6 weeks on a Wednesday evening, as shown below.

Oasys Team

As a casual user of this site (without logging in or registering) you can view all the information and use all the contact pages. Registered and logged in users (registering is free and we won't abuse your email) can download and use the Oasys program, ask and reply to questions in the forums, leave comments, add new references, add abstracts and full text links to existing references, answer questions in the case histories and provide evidence and suggest questions for future evidence based guidelines.

If you would like to be added to the list of known authors or collaborators then please register with the website (if you have not already done so) and then get in touch from the contact page. Once we have set the page up you will be able to edit it yourself and indicate which references you have written. Your picture will then be displayed along with each of these references. If you are already in these lists and would like to edit your page then please register with the website and then get in touch from the contact page.

Funding

Recent research grants / contracts have been received from the following.

The Oasys Team

Wasif Anees, Oasys Anees, Wasif (Oasys)
John Belcher, Oasys Belcher, John (Oasys)
Phil Bright, Oasys Bright, Phil (Oasys)
Cedd Burge, Oasys Burge, Cedd (Oasys)
Sherwood Burge, Oasys Burge, Sherwood (Oasys)
Celia Catton, Oasys Catton, Celia (Oasys)
Vicki Drought, Oasys Drought, Vicki (Oasys)
Angela Evans, ARTP Evans, Angela (ARTP)
Paul Gannon, Dupont Gannon, Paul (Dupont)
John Jackson, Jackson Hocking Limited, UK Jackson, John (Jackson Hocking Limited, UK)
Sarah Manney, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Manney, Sarah (Birmingham Heartlands Hospital)
Jennifer McCoach (now Croft), Oasys McCoach (now Croft), Jennifer (Oasys)
Emmet McGrath, Oasys McGrath, Emmet (Oasys)
David Miedinger, Lucern, Basel and Montreal Miedinger, David (Lucern, Basel and Montreal)
Vicky Moore, Oasys Moore, Vicky (Oasys)
Darren Newton, Oasys Newton, Darren (Oasys)
Charles Pantin, Keele, UK Pantin, Charles (Keele, UK)
Edward Parkes, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Parkes, Edward (Birmingham Heartlands Hospital)
Alastair Robertson, Selly Oak Hospital Robertson, Alastair (Selly Oak Hospital)
Arun Dev Vellore, Oasys Vellore, Arun Dev (Oasys)
Gareth Walters, Heartlands Walters, Gareth (Heartlands)

Collaborators

Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK Cullinan, Paul (Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK)
Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia Moscato, Giana (Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia)
Ben Nemery, Leuven, Belgium Nemery, Ben (Leuven, Belgium)
David Fishwick, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK Fishwick, David (Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK)
Tor Aasen, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen Aasen, Tor (Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen)
Xaver Baur, Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg Baur, Xaver (Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg)
Piero Maestrelli, Padova University, Italy Maestrelli, Piero (Padova University, Italy)
Jennifer Hoyle, North Manchester General Hospital Hoyle, Jennifer (North Manchester General Hospital)
Olivier Vandenplas, Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir Vandenplas, Olivier (Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir)
Hille Suojalehto, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Suojalehto, Hille (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)

Known Authors

Garry Liss, Toronto Liss, Garry (Toronto)
Susan Tarlo, Toronto Tarlo, Susan (Toronto)
Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Ilenia Folletti, Perugia Folletti, Ilenia (Perugia)
Dirkje Postma, Groningen University Postma, Dirkje (Groningen University)
Dick Heederik, Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht Heederik, Dick (Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht)
Xavier Munoz, Barcelona Munoz, Xavier (Barcelona)
Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid Sastre, Joaquin (Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid)
Torben Sigsgaard, University of Aarhus Sigsgaard, Torben (University of Aarhus)
Jouni Jaakkola, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Birmingham Jaakkola, Jouni (Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Birmingham)

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