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: Cobalt dissolved in metal-working fluid causes an ongoing outbreak of occupational asthma Cobalt dissolved in metak-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
Occupational asthma: Work-exacerbated asthma in Canada often relatively short-lived Work-exacerbated asthma in Canada often relatively short-lived 12 04 2014

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Cobalt asthma in metalworkers from an automotive engine valve manufacturer Walters GI, Robertson AS, Moore VC, Burge PS , Cobalt asthma in metalworkers from an automotive engine valve manufacturer , Occup Med , 2014 ; 64 : 358-364 ,
Sherwood Burge, Oasys, an author of 'Cobalt asthma in metalworkers from an automotive engine valve manufacturer' Vicky Moore, Oasys, an author of 'Cobalt asthma in metalworkers from an automotive engine valve manufacturer' Alastair Robertson, Selly Oak Hospital, an author of 'Cobalt asthma in metalworkers from an automotive engine valve manufacturer' Gareth Walters, Heartlands, an author of 'Cobalt asthma in metalworkers from an automotive engine valve manufacturer'

Abstract Available for Risk of asthma in relation to occupation: A hospital-based case-control study Wortong D, Chaiear N, Boonsawat W , Risk of asthma in relation to occupation: A hospital-based case-control study , Asian Pacific Journal of allergy and Immunology , 2014 ; : in press ,
Naesinee Chaiear, Khon Kaen University, Thailand, an author of 'Risk of asthma in relation to occupation: A hospital-based case-control study'

Abstract Available for Prevalence of asthma, rhinitis, and eczema in the university population of Phitsanulok, Thailand Uthaisangsook S , Prevalence of asthma, rhinitis, and eczema in the university population of Phitsanulok, Thailand , ASIAN PACIFIC JOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY , 2007 ; 25 : 127-132 ,

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Latest Forum Questions

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Comments for the paper: "Occupational irritants and asthma: an Estonian cross-sectional study of 34 000 adults.", 2014, Eur Respir J
This is a difficult study to interpret aas the prevalance of asthma is probably underestimated and the exposures not related to the date of onset of the asthma. Never-the-less exposure to low level occupational irritants such as combustion products and environmental tobacco smoke had a higher population attributable risk for asthma (6.7%) than exposre to occupational allergens (4.7%)
Published Paper Comments, , 23/04/2014, 23/04/2014,

Comments for the paper: "Work-exacerbated asthma in a workers’ compensation population", 2014, Occup Med (Oxford)
Work-exacerbated asthma as defined required pre-existing asthma in nearly all, no evidence of sensitasion, generally a history of worsening asthma with work exposure, and if specific challenges were done they had to be negative. Symptoms had to persist for >4 weeks. All had to have asthma confirmed. Acute iurriutant asthma was also excluded. This seems to be as good as you can get for a diagnosis of work-exacerbated asathma. The sickness absence data was taken from the compensation application form and seems to have no denominator. Nearly half reported no time off. Sickness absence for work-exacerbated asthma was more common in education and less in service industry workers and intermediate in healthcare workers.
Published Paper Comments, , 12/04/2014, 12/04/2014,

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

Naesinee Chaiear, Khon Kaen University, Thailand Chaiear, Naesinee (Khon Kaen University, Thailand)
Peter Reid, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland Reid, Peter (Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Hille Suojalehto, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Suojalehto, Hille (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK Cullinan, Paul (Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK)
Don Cockcroft, Saskatoon Cockcroft, Don (Saskatoon)
Jacob Boe, Bergen Boe, Jacob (Bergen)
Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia Moscato, Giana (Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia)
Ben Nemery, Leuven, Belgium Nemery, Ben (Leuven, Belgium)
David Fishwick, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK Fishwick, David (Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK)
Tor Aasen, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen Aasen, Tor (Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen)

Known Authors

Martin Ruegger, Ruegger, Martin ()
Martin Ruegger, Luzern Ruegger, Martin (Luzern)
Francine Kauffmann, Inserm, Paris Kauffmann, Francine (Inserm, Paris)
Garry Liss, Toronto Liss, Garry (Toronto)
Susan Tarlo, Toronto Tarlo, Susan (Toronto)
Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Ilenia Folletti, Perugia Folletti, Ilenia (Perugia)
Dirkje Postma, Groningen University Postma, Dirkje (Groningen University)
Dick Heederik, Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht Heederik, Dick (Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht)
Xavier Munoz, Barcelona Munoz, Xavier (Barcelona)

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