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 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
Occupational asthma: Positive challenge test to sprayed sodium hypochlorite in a nurse, first report Positive challenge test to sprayed sodium hypochlorite in a nurse, first report 27 05 2016
Occupational asthma: Occupational Lung Disease Referral Centre Birmingham Regional Occupational Lung Disease Centre 19 04 2016

Latest Publications

Full Text Available for Metalworking fluids biodiversity characterization Gilbert Y, Veillette M, Duchaine C, Metalworking fluids biodiversity characterization, J Applied Microbiol, 2010;108:437-449,10.1111/j.1365-2672.2009.04433.x

Abstract Available for Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 96-0156-2712 Trout D, Reh B, Weber A., Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 96-0156-2712, Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 96-0156-2712, 1996;:0156-2712,

Abstract Available for Health Hazard Evaluation Report: HETA-2002-0155-2886 Trout D, Harney J, Health Hazard Evaluation Report: HETA-2002-0155-2886, Health Hazard Evaluation Report:, 2002;:HETA-2002-0155-2886,

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Latest Forum Questions

Oasys score versus the Timepoint Analysis
With an inadequate number of rest days between the exposures days, which is the most reliable score to use between the Oasys score and the Timepoint Analysis score? Kind Regards, Samantha
Oasys, Health Professional, 6/22/2016, 6/28/2016,

Comments for the paper: "Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis due to Metalworking Fluids: How to Find the Antigens", 2013, Neurobiology of respiration
This appears to a case with IgG antibodies to the moulds without specific challenge
Published Paper Comments, , 6/26/2016, 6/26/2016,

Comments for the paper: "Airway Symptoms and Biological Markers in Nasal Lavage Fluid in Subjects Exposed to Metalworking Fluids", 2013, Plos One
The questionnaire used looks like the Swedish sick building syndrome questionnaire, apart from cough and fatigue, it does not have questions that might detect asthma or hypersensitivity pneumonitis
Published Paper Comments, , 6/26/2016, 6/26/2016,

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

Gerald Langman, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Langman, Gerald (Birmingham Heartlands Hospital)
John Reynolds, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Reynolds, John (Birmingham Heartlands Hospital)
Kay Kreiss, NIOSH, Morgantown USA Kreiss, Kay (NIOSH, Morgantown USA)
Ben Nemery, Leuven, Belgium Nemery, Ben (Leuven, Belgium)
Ferran Morell, Vall d'Hebron Hospital, Barcelona Morell, Ferran (Vall d'Hebron Hospital, Barcelona)
Julie Cannon, Royal Brompton Hospital London Cannon, Julie (Royal Brompton Hospital London)
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK Cullinan, Paul (Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK)
Chris Barber, Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton Barber, Chris (Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton)
Wendy Robertson, Public Health, Warwick University Robertson, Wendy (Public Health, Warwick University)
Clare Burton, Sheffield University and HSL Buxton Burton, Clare (Sheffield University and HSL Buxton)

Known Authors

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)
Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Maria Jesus Cruz, Barcelona Cruz, Maria Jesus (Barcelona)
Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid Sastre, Joaquin (Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid)
Andrea Siracusa, Perugia Siracusa, Andrea (Perugia)
Susan Tarlo, Toronto Tarlo, Susan (Toronto)
Jouni Jaakkola, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Birmingham Jaakkola, Jouni (Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Birmingham)

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