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: 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
Occupational asthma: Consensus statement on occupational anaphylaxis Consensus statement on occupational anaphylaxis 09 02 2015
Occupational asthma: Welders continue to have increased deaths from pneumococcal pneumonia Welders continue to have increased deaths from pneumococcal pneumonia 07 02 2015
Occupational asthma: New! Course in Occupational Asthma - change of date New! Course in Occupational Asthma 25 11 2014
Occupational asthma: Bakers asthma, Africa shows what can be done Bakers asthma, Africa shows what can be done 24 11 2014

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Volatile organic compounds and risk of asthma and allergy: a systematic review Nurmatov UB, Tagiyeva N, Semple S, Devereux G, Sheikh A , Volatile organic compounds and risk of asthma and allergy: a systematic review , Eur Respir Rev , 2015 ; 24 : 92-101 , 10.1183/09059180.00000714

Abstract Available for Exposure-response relationships for inhalant wheat allergen exposure and asthma Baatjies R, Meijster T, Heederik D, Jeebhay MF , Exposure-response relationships for inhalant wheat allergen exposure and asthma , Occup Environ Med , 2015 ; 72 : 200-207 , 10.1136/oemed-2013-101853
Dick Heederik, Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht, an author of 'Exposure-response relationships for inhalant wheat allergen exposure and asthma' Mohammed Jeebhay, Cape Town, an author of 'Exposure-response relationships for inhalant wheat allergen exposure and asthma' Tim Meijster, , an author of 'Exposure-response relationships for inhalant wheat allergen exposure and asthma'

Abstract Available for High incidence of lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma linked to erionite fibre exposure in a rural community in Central Mexico Ortega-Guerrero MA, Carrasco-Núñez G, Barragán-Campos H, Ortega MR , High incidence of lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma linked to erionite fibre exposure in a rural community in Central Mexico , Occup Environ Med , 2015 ; 72 : 216-218 , 10.1136/oemed-2013-101957

Go to "References" section.

Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the paper: "Volatile organic compounds and risk of asthma and allergy: a systematic review", 2015, Eur Respir Rev
Health consequences of VOC exposures are a difficult area. This systematic review is of domestic and not occupational exposures. Papers were included if they investigated the role of domestic (e.g. home, school, day care), objectively measured airborne exposure to VOCs occurring in real-life indoor environments, in the development of asthma/allergy and/or in exacerbating established disease. Unfortunately the qualiity of evidence was poor and no definite evidence on asthma incidence or severity was found.
Published Paper Comments, , 3/2/2015, 3/2/2015,

Comments for the paper: "Sensitivity due to Christmas trees: a seasonal atopen in bronchial asthma", 1930, J Allergy
I am a high school Librarian and one of my science teachers has asked me to get a copy of this article. She just did a big project on this topic. Is it possible to get access to the full text for educational purposes? Many Thanks, Mary Beth Davis West Morris Regional High School District mdavis@wmrhsd.org
Published Paper Comments, , 2/17/2015, 2/17/2015,

Comments for the page titled: "The Oasys Report"
my scores are showing zero what could be wrong i have entered all the data
Page Comments, , 2/13/2015, 2/16/2015,

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

Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia Moscato, Giana (Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia)
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)
Stephen Spiro, University College Hospital, London Spiro, Stephen (University College Hospital, London)
Kjell Toren, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg Toren, Kjell (Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg)
Jo Feary, Royal Brompton Hospital Feary, Jo (Royal Brompton Hospital)
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK Cullinan, Paul (Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK)
Olivier Vandenplas, Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir Vandenplas, Olivier (Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir)
David Hendrick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hendrick, David (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Chris Barber, Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton Barber, Chris (Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton)

Known Authors

Jolanta Walusiak, Lodz Walusiak, Jolanta (Lodz)
Ilenia Folletti, Perugia Folletti, Ilenia (Perugia)
Mohammed Jeebhay, Cape Town Jeebhay, Mohammed (Cape Town)
Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Andrea Siracusa, Perugia Siracusa, Andrea (Perugia)
Susan Tarlo, Toronto Tarlo, Susan (Toronto)
David Coggon, Southampton University Coggon, David (Southampton University)
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)
Garry Liss, Toronto Liss, Garry (Toronto)

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