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 5000 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: Should occupational lung clinics incorporate a return to work coordinator or an occupational hygienist? Should an occupational lung clinic incorporate a return to work coordinator or an occupational hygienist 19 09 2017
Occupational asthma: Indian rope plant, new cause of occupational asthma and rhinitis Indian rope plant, new cause of occupational asthma and rhinitis 18 09 2017
Occupational asthma: Can aerosols of mycobacteria cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis? Can aerosols of mycobacteria cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis? 03 09 2017
Occupational asthma: Acylates continue to cause asthma in a wide range of workers from school teachers to limb makers Acylates continue to cause asthma in a wide range of workers from school teachers to limb makers 26 06 2017
Occupational asthma: Genetics researchers become sensitised to fruit flies in their laboratory Genetics researchers become sensitised to fruit flies in their laboratory 06 06 2017

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Phthalate esters and childhood asthma: A systematic review and congener-specific meta-analysis Li M, Chen C, Guo YL, Phthalate esters and childhood asthma: A systematic review and congener-specific meta-analysis, Environmental pollution, 2017;229:655-660,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2017.06.083

Abstract Available for Comparison of clinic models for patients with work-related asthma Lipszyc JC, Silverman F, Holness DL, Liss GM, Lavoie KL, Tarlo SM, Comparison of clinic models for patients with work-related asthma , Occup Med, 2017;67:477-483,https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqx100
Garry Liss, Toronto, an author of 'Comparison of clinic models for patients with work-related asthma' Kim Lavoie, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, an author of 'Comparison of clinic models for patients with work-related asthma' Susan Tarlo, Toronto, an author of 'Comparison of clinic models for patients with work-related asthma'

Abstract Available for Occupational rhinoconjunctivitis caused by the common indoor plant, Hoya compacta Sherson D, Nielsen AD, Mortz CG, Vestergaard L, Brandt LPA, Jørs E, Bælum J, Occupational rhinoconjunctivitis caused by the common indoor plant, Hoya compacta, Occup Med, 2017;67:490-492,https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqx095
Jesper Baelum, , an author of 'Occupational rhinoconjunctivitis caused by the common indoor plant, Hoya compacta'

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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, 9/25/2017,

Is there an association between Occupational Asthma and photocopiers ?
I am a specialist registrar in Public Health. The question of an association of occupational asthma and expoure to photocopiers came up in a discussion.
Occupational Asthma, Health Professional, 7/5/2016, 9/22/2017,

Comments for the paper: "Comparison of clinic models for patients with work-related asthma", 2017, Occup Med
This is an interesting paper comparing two clinics run by the same physician; in one patients seeking compensation are seen usually once only by a multidisciplinary team including an occupational hygienist who takes the exposure history, and a return to work coordinator who handles communication between the clinicians and the workplace, visits the workplace if necessary and facilitates redeployment; the other clinic follows up workers and has a respiratory therapist who educates workers about their treatment, compliance and disease management. The paper compares mainly psychological factors of anxiety and depression, and asthma quality of life and work limitation all by questionnaires between the two clinics. The data was collected prospectively in a retrospective cohort initially seen between 1991 (or 2002 in one clinic) and 2014, importantly including both those thought to have occupational asthma and those judged to have work-exacerbated asthma. The problem related to the numbers; there were 166 eligible workers. Even assuming a 2002 start for both clinics this is only 14 workers a year, or about one every 2 months per clinic. They collected data on only 46% of these. Workers seen in the compensation clinic lost more money, but had better psychological status and importantly well all removed from the original provoking agent.
Published Paper Comments, , 9/19/2017, 9/19/2017,

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)
Geraldine Burge, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Burge, Geraldine (Birmingham Heartlands Hospital)
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

Josep Antó, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Antó, Josep (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
Tor Aasen, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen Aasen, Tor (Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen)
Femi Adewole, Nigeria Adewole, Femi (Nigeria)
Roger Altounyan, Fisons Pharmacuticals Altounyan, Roger (Fisons Pharmacuticals)
Bamidele Adeniyi, Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Nigeria Adeniyi, Bamidele (Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Nigeria)
Richard Barraclough, Manchester Barraclough, Richard (Manchester)
Nawar Bakerly, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Bakerly, Nawar (Birmingham Heartlands Hospital)
Fred Bio, University Hospital, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana Bio, Fred (University Hospital, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Xaver Baur, Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg Baur, Xaver (Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg)
Jon Ayres, University of Birmingham Ayres, Jon (University of Birmingham)

Known Authors

Garry Liss, Toronto Liss, Garry (Toronto)
Kim Lavoie, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lavoie, Kim (Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Susan Tarlo, Toronto Tarlo, Susan (Toronto)
Jesper Baelum, Baelum, Jesper ()
Eva Andersson, Andersson, Eva ()
Michael Abramson, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia Abramson, Michael (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
Raja Abboud, Vancouver Abboud, Raja (Vancouver)
Raymond Agius, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Manchester University Agius, Raymond (Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Manchester University)
Tar Ching Aw, Kent University, England Aw, Tar Ching (Kent University, England)
Margaret Becklake, McGill University Becklake, Margaret (McGill University)

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