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: Fatal lung disease in adults and children using humidifiers at home containing detergent biocides Fatal lung disease in adults and children using humidifiers at home containing detergent biocides 18 08 2014
Occupational asthma: Cobalt dissolved in metal-working fluid causes an ongoing outbreak of occupational asthma Cobalt dissolved in metal-working fluid causes an ongoing outbreak of occupational asthma 16 07 2014
Occupational asthma: job strain is probably not an important risk factor for severe asthma exacerbations leading to hospitalization or death. job strain is probably not an important risk factor for severe asthma exacerbations leading to hospitalization or death. 02 06 2014
Occupational asthma: When and how to perform specific challenge tests with occupational agents When and how to perform specific challenge tests with occupational agents 01 06 2014
Occupational asthma: Low level irritant exposure has greater risk for occupational asthma than sensitisers Low level irritant exposure has greater risk for occupational asthma than sensitisers 23 04 2014

Latest Publications

Full Text Available for Occupational and Environmental Risk Factors for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in Egypt: A Multicenter Case-Control Study Awadalla NJ, Hegazy A, Elmetwally RA, Wahby I , Occupational and Environmental Risk Factors for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in Egypt: A Multicenter Case-Control Study , International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine , 2012 ; 3 : 107-116 ,

Abstract Available for EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma Vandenplas O, Wiszniewska M, Raulf M, de Blay F, Gerth van Wijk R, Moscato G, Nemery B, Pala G, Quirce S, Sastre J, Schlünssen V, Sigsgaard T, Siracusa A, Tarlo SM, van Kampen V, Zock J-P, Walusiak-Skorupa J. , EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma , Allergy , 2014 ; 69 : 1141-1153 ,
Ben Nemery, Leuven, Belgium, an author of 'EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma' Olivier Vandenplas, Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir, an author of 'EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma' Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid, an author of 'EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma' Torben Sigsgaard, University of Aarhus, an author of 'EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma' Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia, an author of 'EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma' Santiago Quirce, Madrid, an author of 'EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma' Andrea Siracusa, Perugia, an author of 'EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma' Susan Tarlo, Toronto, an author of 'EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma' Jan-Paul Zock, Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain, an author of 'EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma' Vivi Schlunssen, Aarhus, an author of 'EAACI position paper: irritant-induced asthma'

Full Text Available for Respiratory symptoms and lung function abnormalities related to work at a flavouring manufacturing facility Cummings KJ, Boylstein RJ, Stanton ML, Piacitelli CA, Edwards NT, LeBouf RF, Kreiss K , Respiratory symptoms and lung function abnormalities related to work at a flavouring manufacturing facility , Occup Environ Med , 2014 ; 71 : 549-554 ,
Kay Kreiss, NIOSH, Morgantown USA, an author of 'Respiratory symptoms and lung function abnormalities related to work at a flavouring manufacturing facility'

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Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the paper: "A cluster of lung injury associated with home humidifier use: clinical, radiological and pathological description of a new syndrome", 69, Thorax
A new interstitial lung disease has been described with unique histology showing bronchocentric acute lung injury which was temporally homogenious with subpleural and peripheral alveolar preservation. Specimens taken early in the disease showed obliterative bronchiolitis. Hyaline membranes and intra-alveolar fibroblastic pugs were frequent. There were no granuloma or honeycombing. BAL showed mostly normal lymphocytrs (0-18%), eosinophilia (0-61% mean 9%), neutrophils mean 9% (0-61%).
Published Paper Comments, , 18/08/2014, 18/08/2014,

Comments for the paper: "A cluster of lung injury cases associated with home humidifier use: an epidemiological investigation", 2014, Thorax
An outbreak os rapidly progressive respiratory disease in children and adults has been caused by biocides/detergents used in home humidifiers. Most were attributed to polyhexamethyleneguanidine. Removal of the detergent/biocide from humidifiers stopped the outbreak. Prgnant women were particularly susceptible.
Published Paper Comments, , 18/08/2014, 18/08/2014,

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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

Ben Nemery, Leuven, Belgium Nemery, Ben (Leuven, Belgium)
Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia Moscato, Giana (Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia)
Vivi Schlunssen, Aarhus Schlunssen, Vivi (Aarhus)
Olivier Vandenplas, Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir Vandenplas, Olivier (Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir)
Jan-Paul Zock, Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain Zock, Jan-Paul (Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain)
Kay Kreiss, NIOSH, Morgantown USA Kreiss, Kay (NIOSH, Morgantown USA)
Paul Henneberger, NIOSH, Morgantown, USA Henneberger, Paul (NIOSH, Morgantown, USA)
Tony Pickering, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK Pickering, Tony (Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK)
Chris Barber, Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton Barber, Chris (Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton)
Clare Burton, Sheffield University and HSL Buxton Burton, Clare (Sheffield University and HSL Buxton)

Known Authors

Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid Sastre, Joaquin (Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid)
Torben Sigsgaard, University of Aarhus Sigsgaard, Torben (University of Aarhus)
Susan Tarlo, Toronto Tarlo, Susan (Toronto)
Andrea Siracusa, Perugia Siracusa, Andrea (Perugia)
Martin Ruegger, Ruegger, Martin ()
Martin Ruegger, Luzern Ruegger, Martin (Luzern)
Francine Kauffmann, Inserm, Paris Kauffmann, Francine (Inserm, Paris)
Garry Liss, Toronto Liss, Garry (Toronto)
Ilenia Folletti, Perugia Folletti, Ilenia (Perugia)

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