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: Genetically modified allergens cause IgE-related sensitisation not identified by tests for unmodified enzymes Genetically modified allergens cause IgE-related sensitisation not identified by tests for unmodified enzymes 23 08 2016
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

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses. Quinot C, Dumas O, Henneberger PK, Varraso R, Wiley AS, Speizer FE, Goldberg M, Zock JP, Camargo CA, Le Moual N., Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses., Occup Environ Med, 2016;:,10.1136/oemed-2016-103606
Paul Henneberger, NIOSH, Morgantown, USA, an author of 'Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses.' Jan-Paul Zock, Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain, an author of 'Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses.' Orianne Dumas, Villejuif, France, an author of 'Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses.'

Abstract Available for Asthma prevalence in German Olympic athletes: A comparison of winter and summer sport disciplines Selge C, Thomas S, Nowak D, Radon K, Wolfarth B., Asthma prevalence in German Olympic athletes: A comparison of winter and summer sport disciplines, Respir Med, 2016;118:15-21,10.1016/j.rmed.2016.07.008
Dennis Nowak, Institute fur Arbeits, Munich, an author of 'Asthma prevalence in German Olympic athletes: A comparison of winter and summer sport disciplines' Katja Radon, Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich, an author of 'Asthma prevalence in German Olympic athletes: A comparison of winter and summer sport disciplines'

Abstract Available for Risk of hypersensitivity pneumonitis and interstitial lung diseases among pigeon breeders Cramer C, Schlünssen V, Bendstrup E, Stokholm ZA, Vestergaard JM, Frydenberg M, Kolstad HA, Risk of hypersensitivity pneumonitis and interstitial lung diseases among pigeon breeders, Eur Respir J, 2016;48:818-825,10.1183/13993003.00376-2016
Vivi Schlunssen, Aarhus, an author of 'Risk of hypersensitivity pneumonitis and interstitial lung diseases among pigeon breeders'

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Comments for the page titled: "Bird Fancier's Lung"
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Comments for the paper: "Risk of hypersensitivity pneumonitis and interstitial lung diseases among pigeon breeders", 2016, Eur Respir J
Many studies estimating the risks of hypersensitivity pneumonitis in pigeon breeders are confounded by selection bias including the over-inclusion of "survivors". This study overcomes this by includeding an inception cohort of 807 pigeon breeders and their general population referents, with a median follow-up period of 7 years (range <1–13 years). The incidence rate of all ILDs was 122.9 per 100?000 person-years among the pigeon breeders and 25.6 per 100?000 person-years among the referents, corresponding to a HR of 4.68 (95% CI 2.12–10.30). The adjusted HR of hypersensitivity pneumonitis was 113.11 (95% CI 22.82–560.66). The mean time from enrolement to first diagnosis of ILD was 38.6 months (95% CI 8.0–69.2 months). The study has not been going long enough to estimate any increased risk of Usual Interstitial Pneumonitis due to chronic HP, which many believe is contributing to the increasing incidence of "idiopathic" pulmonary fibrosis
Published Paper Comments, , 9/1/2016, 9/1/2016,

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 Henneberger, NIOSH, Morgantown, USA Henneberger, Paul (NIOSH, Morgantown, USA)
Jan-Paul Zock, Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain Zock, Jan-Paul (Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain)
Katja Radon, Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich Radon, Katja (Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich)
Dennis Nowak, Institute fur Arbeits, Munich Nowak, Dennis (Institute fur Arbeits, Munich)
Vivi Schlunssen, Aarhus Schlunssen, Vivi (Aarhus)
Xaver Baur, Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg Baur, Xaver (Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg)
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)

Known Authors

Orianne Dumas, Villejuif, France Dumas, Orianne (Villejuif, France)
Mohammed Jeebhay, Cape Town Jeebhay, Mohammed (Cape Town)
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)

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