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: Occupational Lung Disease Referral Centre Birmingham Regional Occupational Lung Disease Centre 19 04 2016
Occupational asthma: Normal non-specific reactivity excluded occupational asthma? Normal non-specific reactivity excluded occupational asthma? 08 02 2016
Occupational asthma: Farmers exposed to cattle and pigs have an increased prevalence of COPD compared with crop farmers and matched controls Farmers exposed to cattle and pigs have an increased prevalence of COPD compared with crop farmers and matched controls 04 01 2016
Occupational asthma: 2016 ARTP Occupational Asthma Course 2016 ARTP Occupational Asthma Course 29 12 2015
Occupational asthma: Argan, a new cause of occupational asthma in cosmetic manufacture Argan, a new cause of occupational asthma in cosmetic manufacture 09 12 2015

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis: An EAACI Position paper Quirce S, Vandenplas O, Campo P, Cruz MJ, de Blay F, Koschel D, Moscato G, Pala G, M R, Sastre J, Siracusa A, Tarlo SM, Walusiak-Skorupa J, Cormier Y, Occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis: An EAACI Position paper, Allergy, 2016;:,10.1111/all.12866
Olivier Vandenplas, Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir, an author of 'Occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis: An EAACI Position paper' Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid, an author of 'Occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis: An EAACI Position paper' Maria Jesus Cruz, Barcelona, an author of 'Occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis: An EAACI Position paper' Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia, an author of 'Occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis: An EAACI Position paper' Santiago Quirce, Madrid, an author of 'Occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis: An EAACI Position paper' Andrea Siracusa, Perugia, an author of 'Occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis: An EAACI Position paper' Susan Tarlo, Toronto, an author of 'Occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis: An EAACI Position paper'

Abstract Available for The role of allergen components for the diagnosis of latex-induced occupational asthma Vandenplas O, Froidure A, Meurer U, Rihs HP, Rifflart C, Soetaert S, Jamart J, Pilette C, Raulf M., The role of allergen components for the diagnosis of latex-induced occupational asthma, Allergy, 2016;:,10.1111/all.12872
Olivier Vandenplas, Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir, an author of 'The role of allergen components for the diagnosis of latex-induced occupational asthma'

Abstract Available for Zoonotic tuberculosis in occupationally exposed groups in Pakistan. Khattak I, Mushtaq MH, Ahmad MU, Khan MS, Haider J. , Zoonotic tuberculosis in occupationally exposed groups in Pakistan., Occup Med, 2016;:,10.1093/occmed/kqw039

Go to "References" section.

Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the paper: "Bronchial asthma with inflammation of the nose mucous membrane induced by occupational exposure to methyl methacrylate in a dental technician", 1996, Medycyna Pracy
Please I need help. My PFTs were in the 40s and I have not worked around MMA since. That has been 8 months ago. I had pulmonary hypertension which my Dr. attributed to my asthma. I was switched to a different inhaler, stopped working in the Dental lab as a Denture Technician and now my Pulmonary pressures are normal and my asthma is in good control. My Pulmonary Doctor thinks the only way to know for sure if the MMA caused my problems is for me to go back to working with MMA but she doesn't believe that is wise she found a study from Yale about MMA that was inconclusive and I would like a case that is more solid. Are there any ?
Published Paper Comments, , 4/6/2016, 4/6/2016,

Something came off my bird and got in my lungs
I had a conure once. I foolishly used to put the cage on my bed when I needed to move it. I started waking up in the middle of the night with wheezing. Later I was diagnosed with asthma. It became worse and worse. I was taking 16 puffs of a steroid inhaler a day and numerous rescue puffs from the albuterol. I never had any allergies growing up. Eventually I had to sleep sitting up. I somehow got the idea of using colostrum (bovine) in my search for an answer. I developed chest cold like symptoms from taking it. I stopped and tried a different brand colostrum. The same thing happened. I went with it thinking it might be a cleanse. It was. I developed a fever of 99 degrees for 3 days and started to expectorate. It lasted for 3 weeks. In the end I was able to decrease my steroid inhaler to 2 puffs a day. I still had asthma but something was cleaned out of my lungs by the colostrum. I understand colostrum is loaded with antibodies. Maybe they attacked whatever was in my lungs. I don't really know. Something came off that bird and proliferated in my lungs. I'm not sure what.
Occupational Asthma, Worker, 3/24/2016, 3/24/2016,

Where can I find a bird fancier lung disease specialist?
Blood tests revealed I have sensitivity to birds. It is 24 which I am told is double what it should be. I am having a high resolution cat scan tomorrow. My doctors understand what the disease is...I would like to be evaluated by a specialist who deals with bird fanciers disease. I have a good business breeding and selling pet birds. I keep approx. 200 birds I an aviary building in my yard. I have many different kinds of birds. I am devestated that I have to sell them all. Is there a chance that it is not every type of bird that I keep that is infecting me? Please help me!
Occupational Asthma, Worker, 3/23/2016, 3/23/2016,

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

Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia Moscato, Giana (Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia)
Olivier Vandenplas, Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir Vandenplas, Olivier (Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir)
Maritta Jaakkola, Oulu University Finland Jaakkola, Maritta (Oulu University Finland)
André Cartier, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Cartier, André (Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Johny Kongerud, Rikshospitalet, Oslo University, Norway Kongerud, Johny (Rikshospitalet, Oslo University, Norway)
Josep Antó, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Antó, Josep (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
Meinir Jones, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Jones, Meinir (Royal Brompton Hospital, London)
Julie Cannon, Royal Brompton Hospital London Cannon, Julie (Royal Brompton Hospital London)
Keith Palmer, Environmental Epidemiology Unit, Southampton University, UK Palmer, Keith (Environmental Epidemiology Unit, Southampton University, UK)
Vincent Bonneterre, Occupational diseases centre / Grenoble Joseph Fourier University / RNV3P Bonneterre, Vincent (Occupational diseases centre / Grenoble Joseph Fourier University / RNV3P)

Known Authors

Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid Sastre, Joaquin (Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid)
Maria Jesus Cruz, Barcelona Cruz, Maria Jesus (Barcelona)
Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Susan Tarlo, Toronto Tarlo, Susan (Toronto)
Andrea Siracusa, Perugia Siracusa, Andrea (Perugia)
Jouni Jaakkola, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Birmingham Jaakkola, Jouni (Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Birmingham)
Manon Labrecque, Hôpital de Sacre Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Labrecque, Manon (Hôpital de Sacre Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Catherine Lemière, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lemière, Catherine (Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Jacques Pralong, Sacre Coeur, Montreal Pralong, Jacques (Sacre Coeur, Montreal)
T Rochat, Geneva Rochat, T (Geneva)

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