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: Why does respiratory surveillance fail to detect new onset occupational asthma? Why does respiratory surveillance fail to detect new onset occupational asthma? 17 03 2017
Occupational asthma: Occupational asthma course 2017 Occupational asthma course 10th and 11th May 2017, Birmingham 07 03 2017
Occupational asthma: A measure of microbial biodiversity in the childhood home has some protection of later atopy, but not as good as being born on a farm A measure of microbial biodiversity in the childhood home has some protection of later atopy, but not as good as being born on a farm 27 02 2017
Occupational asthma: Asking about tasks as well as jobs helps identify high exposures to biocides and cleaning agents Asking about tasks as well as jobs helps identify high exposures to biocides and cleaning agents 10 02 2017
Occupational asthma: Composting workers show no accelerated FEV1 decline in Germany Composting workers show no accelerated FEV1 decline in Germany 21 12 2016

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Medical surveillance for occupational asthma—how are cases detected? Suojalehto H, Karvala K, Haramo J, Korhonen M, Saarinen M, Lindström I, Medical surveillance for occupational asthma—how are cases detected? , Occup Med, 2017;67:159-162,doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqw101
Hille Suojalehto, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, an author of 'Medical surveillance for occupational asthma—how are cases detected?' Irmeli Lindstrom, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, an author of 'Medical surveillance for occupational asthma—how are cases detected?'

Full Text Available for Cooking smoke and respiratory symptoms of restaurant workers in Thailand Juntarawijit C, Juntarawijit Y, Cooking smoke and respiratory symptoms of restaurant workers in Thailand, BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 2017;17:41,10.1186/s12890-017-0385-7

Full Text Available for Original article: The effects of growing up on a farm on adult lung function and allergic phenotypes: an international population-based study Campbell B, Raherison C, Lodge CJ, Lowe AJ, Gislason T, Heinrich J, Sunyer J, Gómez Real F, Norbäck D, Matheson MC, Wjst M, Dratva J, de Marco R, Jarvis D, Schlünssen V, Janson C, Leynaert B, Svanes C, Dharmage SC, Original article: The effects of growing up on a farm on adult lung function and allergic phenotypes: an international population-based study, Thorax, 2017;72:236-244,
Vivi Schlunssen, Aarhus, an author of 'Original article: The effects of growing up on a farm on adult lung function and allergic phenotypes: an international population-based study' Dan Norback, , an author of 'Original article: The effects of growing up on a farm on adult lung function and allergic phenotypes: an international population-based study' Cecile Svanes, University of Bergen, Norway, an author of 'Original article: The effects of growing up on a farm on adult lung function and allergic phenotypes: an international population-based study'

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Latest Forum Questions

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Page Comments, , 5/8/2008, 3/14/2017,

Needing some help with understanding this serial PEFR report
This person had an acute exposure to diesel exhaust fumes and now have persistent respiratory symptoms. All previous investigation inclusive of serial peak flow and methacholine challenge was negative. She is no longer exposed but is on asthma medication and reportedly quite symptomatic. I repeated her serial PEFR a second time and the score now is 0.00.
Occupational Asthma, Health Professional, 3/6/2017, 3/8/2017,

Comments for the paper: "Cooking smoke and respiratory symptoms of restaurant workers in Thailand", 2017, BMC Pulmonary Medicine
There is interesting data in this study, but the messages are difficult to disentangle. The study includes 4 different types of restaurants and neighborhood controls. Some fry (Thai cuisine, going oil exposure), some boil noodles (in water(, some serve food cooked elsewhere (reheating only) and some serve papaya salads (no cooking). Various comparisons of symptoms between different groups, but there is no table with type of restaurant and symptom prevalence. The authors conclude that frying was associated with cough and phlegm, frying with oil rather than lard was associated with more stuffy nose Working in a restaurant with >3 stoves was associated with more wheeze. In general restaurant workers were more symptomatic than controls. Smoking in men was very high, smoking in women very low.
Published Paper Comments, , 3/2/2017, 3/2/2017,

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)
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)
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

Hille Suojalehto, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Suojalehto, Hille (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
Irmeli Lindstrom, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Lindstrom, Irmeli (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
Dan Norback, Norback, Dan ()
Cecile Svanes, University of Bergen, Norway Svanes, Cecile (University of Bergen, Norway)
Vivi Schlunssen, Aarhus Schlunssen, Vivi (Aarhus)
John Reynolds, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Reynolds, John (Birmingham Heartlands Hospital)
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)
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK Cullinan, Paul (Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK)
Dennis Nowak, Institute fur Arbeits, Munich Nowak, Dennis (Institute fur Arbeits, Munich)

Known Authors

Orianne Dumas, Villejuif, France Dumas, Orianne (Villejuif, France)
Harriet Burge, Burge, Harriet ()
David Hansell, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Hansell, David (Royal Brompton Hospital, London)
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)

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