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: Oasys records identify occupation as a cause of hypersensitivity pneumonitis Oasys records identify occupation as a cause of hypersensitivity pneumonitis 29 04 2015
Occupational asthma: Occupational asthma from tafenoquine, new cause Occupational asthma from tafenoquine, new cause 29 04 2015
Occupational asthma: Reduced incidence of occupational asthma probably due to lack of referrals rather than exposure control Reduced incidence of occupational asthma probably due to lack of referrals rather than exposure control 29 03 2015
Occupational asthma: Occupational asthma course: June 24th - 25th 2015 - don't miss out! Occupational asthma course June 24th - 25th 2015 - don't miss out! 23 03 2015
Occupational asthma: High level exposure (>15ug/m3 wheat antigen) increases sensitisation but not disease in bakers High level exposure (>15ug/m3 wheat antigen) increases sensitisation but not disease in bakers 01 03 2015

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Occupational asthma after exposure to ortho-phthalaldehyde (OPA) Robitaille C, Boulet L-P, Occupational asthma after exposure to ortho-phthalaldehyde (OPA), Occup Environ Med, 2015;72:381,10.1136/oemed-2015-102847

Abstract Available for Can serial PEF measurements separate occupational asthma from allergic alveolitis? Burge PS, Moore VC, Burge CBSG, Vellore AD, Robertson AS, Robertson W, Can serial PEF measurements separate occupational asthma from allergic alveolitis?, Occup Med (Oxford), 2015;65:251-255,10.1093/occmed/kqv013
Sherwood Burge, Oasys, an author of 'Can serial PEF measurements separate occupational asthma from allergic alveolitis?' Vicky Moore, Oasys, an author of 'Can serial PEF measurements separate occupational asthma from allergic alveolitis?' Cedd Burge, Oasys, an author of 'Can serial PEF measurements separate occupational asthma from allergic alveolitis?' Alastair Robertson, Selly Oak Hospital, an author of 'Can serial PEF measurements separate occupational asthma from allergic alveolitis?' Arun Dev Vellore, Oasys, an author of 'Can serial PEF measurements separate occupational asthma from allergic alveolitis?' Wendy Robertson, Public Health, Warwick University, an author of 'Can serial PEF measurements separate occupational asthma from allergic alveolitis?'

Full Text Available for Respiratory symptoms, fractional exhaled nitric oxide & endotoxin exposure among female flower farm workers in Ethiopia Nigatu AW, Bråtveit M, Deressa W, Moen BE, Respiratory symptoms, fractional exhaled nitric oxide & endotoxin exposure among female flower farm workers in Ethiopia, J Occup Med and Toxicology, 2015;10:8,10.1186/s12995-015-0053-x

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Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the page titled: "Bird Fancier's Lung"
Comments for the page titled: "Bird Fancier's Lung"
Page Comments, , 5/8/2008, 5/13/2015,

Birds and lung transplant rejection
I had a double lung transplant in 2011.For three years I had a very high PFT on regular basis. Am currently in rejection and my pft's are 1/2 of what they were in in 2011 I had a bilateral lung transplant.For 3 years my pft'ss were in the 4.5range.today pft's are 2.70 to 3.05.in feb 2014 pft was 4.58. could having a canary have affect on this sudden drop? I am in rejection and rate 2a on scale used to determine rejection level. Is it the feathers or whats on the feathers?
Occupational Asthma, Specialist, 3/15/2015, 3/15/2015,

Comments for the paper: "Humidifiers: the use of biocides and lung disease", 2014, Thorax
I have hypersensitivity pneumonitis so is it possible that this could be caused by my cpap unit that has a humidifier built into it? I just used reg tap water in it and cleaned it but not on a regular basis. My lungs are scarred beyond repair and I am now on ox 24/7. I am a master dental ceramist so there are lots of things I am looking into after grinding porcelain for 45 years. I had also looked after a friends bird for 3 months but it was to darn messy lots of white bird dander. My lung doctor is inconclusive as to the origins of my problem we just know that from my biopsy my lungs are scarred. This all has been going on for about 7 years and getting worse. I was also around agent orange but have not found any research that was tied to lungs. Although I did have a fungus that was growing on the outside of my chest that s doctor found my using a black light but that was in 1972, can not remember how he got rid of it, it would still sometimes show up but never seemed to cause a problem. Any feed back greatly appreciated
Published Paper Comments, , 2/5/2015, 3/15/2015,

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

Wendy Robertson, Public Health, Warwick University Robertson, Wendy (Public Health, Warwick University)
Charles Rossiter, Rossiter, Charles ()
Vincent Bonneterre, Occupational diseases centre / Grenoble Joseph Fourier University / RNV3P Bonneterre, Vincent (Occupational diseases centre / Grenoble Joseph Fourier University / RNV3P)
Svetlana Sergejeva, North Esonian Medival Centre, Tallinn Sergejeva, Svetlana (North Esonian Medival Centre, Tallinn)
Keith Palmer, Environmental Epidemiology Unit, Southampton University, UK Palmer, Keith (Environmental Epidemiology Unit, Southampton University, UK)
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK Cullinan, Paul (Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK)
Julie Cannon, Royal Brompton Hospital London Cannon, Julie (Royal Brompton Hospital London)
Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia Moscato, Giana (Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia)
Stephen Spiro, University College Hospital, London Spiro, Stephen (University College Hospital, London)
Kjell Toren, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg Toren, Kjell (Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg)

Known Authors

Raymond Agius, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Manchester University Agius, Raymond (Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Manchester University)
Roseanne McNamee, Manchester University COEH McNamee, Roseanne (Manchester University COEH)
Martin Seed, Manchester University Seed, Martin (Manchester University)
Jolanta Walusiak, Lodz Walusiak, Jolanta (Lodz)
Ilenia Folletti, Perugia Folletti, Ilenia (Perugia)
Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Andrea Siracusa, Perugia Siracusa, Andrea (Perugia)
Susan Tarlo, Toronto Tarlo, Susan (Toronto)
Mohammed Jeebhay, Cape Town Jeebhay, Mohammed (Cape Town)
David Coggon, Southampton University Coggon, David (Southampton University)

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