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: Enzymes in breadmaking improvers can cause sensitisation in bakers Enzymes in breadmaking improvers can cause sensitisation in bakers 14 07 2016
Occupational asthma: Jobs that take your breath away Jobs that take your breath away 13 07 2016
Occupational asthma: Occupational lung diseases due to metal-working fluid references for FOM/SOM Stratford 2016 Occupational lung diseases due to metal-working fluid references for FOM/SOM Stratford 2016 21 06 2016
Occupational asthma: Oasys plots identify occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis as well as occupational asthma Oasys plots identify occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis as well as occupational asthma 17 06 2016
Occupational asthma: Reducing incidence of occupational asthma related to reduced reporting rather than reduced incidence Reducing incidence of occupational asthma related to reduced reporting rather than reduced incidence 06 06 2016

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for IgE Reactivity, Work Related Allergic Symptoms, Asthma Severity, and Quality of Life in Bakers with Occupational Asthma. Bittner C, Garrido MV, Harth V, Preisser AM., IgE Reactivity, Work Related Allergic Symptoms, Asthma Severity, and Quality of Life in Bakers with Occupational Asthma., Adv Exp Med Biol, 2016;:,10.1007/5584_2016_226
Alexandra Preisser, Hamburg, an author of 'IgE Reactivity, Work Related Allergic Symptoms, Asthma Severity, and Quality of Life in Bakers with Occupational Asthma.'

Abstract Available for Occupational Exposure to Bioaerosols in Norwegian Crab Processing Plants Thomassen MR, Kamath SD, Lopata AL, Madsen AM, Eduard W, Bang BE, Aasmoe L., Occupational Exposure to Bioaerosols in Norwegian Crab Processing Plants, Ann Occup Hyg, 2016;:,10.1093/annhyg/mew030

Abstract Available for Do Low Molecular Weight Agents Cause More Severe Asthma than High Molecular Weight Agents? Meca O, Cruz MJ, Sánchez-Ortiz M, González-Barcala FJ, Ojanguren I, Munoz X., Do Low Molecular Weight Agents Cause More Severe Asthma than High Molecular Weight Agents?, Plos one, 2016;11:e0156141,10.1371/journal.pone.0156141
Maria Jesus Cruz, Barcelona, an author of 'Do Low Molecular Weight Agents Cause More Severe Asthma than High Molecular Weight Agents?' Xavier Munoz, Barcelona, an author of 'Do Low Molecular Weight Agents Cause More Severe Asthma than High Molecular Weight Agents?'

Go to "References" section.

Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the page titled: "Bird Fancier's Lung"
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Comments for the page titled: "Enzymes in breadmaking improvers can cause sensitisation in bakers"
The study reports IgE assays of workers from two supermarket scratch bakeries who had work-related upper or lower respiratory symptoms found on surveillances questionnaires. There was positive IgE to flour and/or amylase in 22% of samples from one bakery and 40% from the other. 66% of the samples had positive IgE to other enzymes, but this was rare in workers without positive tests to flour or amylase. Enzymes tested were lipase, maltogenic amylase, cellulose, fungal xylanase, bacterial xylanase, glucose oxidase and bacterial alpha amylase It is unclear whether the enzymes tested were genetically engineered versions in common use or the original native enzymes
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Comments for the paper: "Prevalence of sensitization to ‘improver’ enzymes in UK supermarket bakers", 2016, Allergy
It is unclear whether the enzymes tested were genetically engineered versions in common use or the original unmodified enzymes
Published Paper Comments, , 7/14/2016, 7/14/2016,

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

Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK Cullinan, Paul (Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK)
Meinir Jones, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Jones, Meinir (Royal Brompton Hospital, London)
Julie Cannon, Royal Brompton Hospital London Cannon, Julie (Royal Brompton Hospital London)
Joanna Szram, Royal Brompton Hospital Szram, Joanna (Royal Brompton Hospital)
Paul Henneberger, NIOSH, Morgantown, USA Henneberger, Paul (NIOSH, Morgantown, USA)
Johny Kongerud, Rikshospitalet, Oslo University, Norway Kongerud, Johny (Rikshospitalet, Oslo University, Norway)
Kjell Toren, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg Toren, Kjell (Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg)
Chris Barber, Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton Barber, Chris (Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton)
David Fishwick, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK Fishwick, David (Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK)
Gareth Evans, HSL, Buxton Evans, Gareth (HSL, Buxton)

Known Authors

Alexandra Preisser, Hamburg Preisser, Alexandra (Hamburg)
Maria Jesus Cruz, Barcelona Cruz, Maria Jesus (Barcelona)
Xavier Munoz, Barcelona Munoz, Xavier (Barcelona)
Eva Andersson, Andersson, Eva ()
Torben Sigsgaard, University of Aarhus Sigsgaard, Torben (University of Aarhus)
Dil Sen, Health and Safety Executive, UK Sen, Dil (Health and Safety Executive, UK)
Peter S Thorne, Iowa Thorne, Peter S (Iowa)
Rolf Merget, Bochum Merget, Rolf (Bochum)
Monika Raulf-Heimsoth, Bochum Raulf-Heimsoth, Monika (Bochum)
Hae-Sim Park, Korea Park, Hae-Sim (Korea)

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