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: Salmon processing causes hypersensitivity pneumonitis as well as occupational asthma Salmon processing causes hypersensitivity pneumonitis as well as occupational asthma 15 10 2018
Occupational asthma: A wide range of cleaning products cause occupational asthma A wide range of cleaning products cause occupational asthma 13 09 2018
Occupational asthma: Diacetyl associated with wide range of lung diseasess in popcorn flavourers Diacetyl associated with wide range of lung diseasess in popcorn flavourers 15 08 2018
Occupational asthma: Gene-environment interactions identified in cleaners and healthcare workers with occupational asthma. Gene-environment interactions identified in cleaners and healthcare workers with occupational asthma 01 08 2018
Occupational asthma: Biological monitoring in platinum refiners has very long half life Biological monitoring in platinum refiners has very long half life 04 06 2018

Latest Publications

Full Text Available for Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in fish processing workers diagnosed by inhalation challenge. Tjalvin G, Svanes Ø, Bertelsen RJ, Hollund BE, Aasen TB, Svanes C, Kirkeleit J., Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in fish processing workers diagnosed by inhalation challenge., ERJ Open Res, 2018;4:4,DOI: 10.1183/23120541.00071-2018
Tor Aasen, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, an author of 'Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in fish processing workers diagnosed by inhalation challenge.' Cecile Svanes, University of Bergen, Norway, an author of 'Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in fish processing workers diagnosed by inhalation challenge.' Jorunn Kirkeleit, University of Bergen, Norway, an author of 'Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in fish processing workers diagnosed by inhalation challenge.'

Abstract Available for Do exposures to aerosols pose a risk to dental professionals? Kobza J, Pastuszka JS, Bragoszewska E, Do exposures to aerosols pose a risk to dental professionals? , Occup Med, 2018;68:454-458,doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqy095

Abstract Available for Cannabis allergy: A diagnostic challenge Decuyper II, Faber MA, Lapeere H, Mertens C, Rihs HP, Van Gasse AL, Hagendorens MM, SabatoV, Bridts CH, De Clerck L, Ebo DG, Cannabis allergy: A diagnostic challenge, Allergy, 2018;73:19114-1914,doi.org/10.1111/all.13491

Go to "References" section.

Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the paper: "Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in fish processing workers diagnosed by inhalation challenge.", 2018, ERJ Open Res
Fish processing is a well recognised cause of occupational asthma, this is a report of the first case of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. The patient was a gutter and processor of salmon, with work-related HP symptoms and a positive specific challenge after filleting salmon for 15 minutes and spraying a solution of salmon meat for 5 minutes. No immunology was attempted but salmon proteins are a more likely cause of the HP than microbial contamination.
Published Paper Comments, , 10/15/2018, 10/15/2018,

Comments for the paper: "Do exposures to aerosols pose a risk to dental professionals?", 2018, Occup Med
No assessment of workers health
Published Paper Comments, , 10/13/2018, 10/13/2018,

Comments for the paper: "Cleaning agent occupational asthma in the West Midlands, UK: 2000-16.", 2018, Occup Med
This database review shows how commonly cleaning agents cause occupational asthma. There has been a move away from aldehydes used in hospital for sterilisation to chlorine-releasing compounds and quarternary ammonium compounds (benzalkonium chloride) used in homes and schools. Aldehydes have been replaced in hospitals, it is time to consider safer alternatives in schools and homes.
Published Paper Comments, , 9/13/2018, 9/13/2018,

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.



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)
Mike Hendy, Oasys Hendy, Mike (Oasys)
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

Tor Aasen, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen Aasen, Tor (Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen)
Cecile Svanes, University of Bergen, Norway Svanes, Cecile (University of Bergen, Norway)
Jorunn Kirkeleit, University of Bergen, Norway Kirkeleit, Jorunn (University of Bergen, Norway)
Irmeli Lindstrom, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Lindstrom, Irmeli (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
Hille Suojalehto, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Suojalehto, Hille (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
Xaver Baur, Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg Baur, Xaver (Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg)
Don Cockcroft, Saskatoon Cockcroft, Don (Saskatoon)
André Cartier, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Cartier, André (Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK Cullinan, Paul (Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK)
Jennifer Hoyle, North Manchester General Hospital Hoyle, Jennifer (North Manchester General Hospital)

Known Authors

Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid Sastre, Joaquin (Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid)
J Leuppi, Basel Leuppi, J (Basel)
Maria Jesus Cruz, Barcelona Cruz, Maria Jesus (Barcelona)
David Bernstein, Cincinatti Bernstein, David (Cincinatti)
Catherine Lemière, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lemière, Catherine (Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Zana Lummus, Cincinatti Lummus, Zana (Cincinatti)
Xavier Munoz, Barcelona Munoz, Xavier (Barcelona)
Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Susan Tarlo, Toronto Tarlo, Susan (Toronto)
Rolf Merget, Bochum Merget, Rolf (Bochum)

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