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: New! Course in Occupational Asthma New! Course in Occupational Asthma 25 11 2014
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Occupational asthma: Occupational asthma in a chef cooking yellowfin sole Occupational asthma in a chef cooking yellowfin sole 22 10 2014
Occupational asthma: Why do workers with the highest exposure to laboratory animals have less disease than those with intermediate exposure? Why do workers with the highest exposure to laboratory animals have less disease than those with intermediate exposure? 05 09 2014
Occupational asthma: Fatal lung disease in adults and children using humidifiers at home containing detergent biocides Fatal lung disease in adults and children using humidifiers at home containing detergent biocides 18 08 2014

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Disaster at Bhopal: the accident, early findings and respiratory health outlook in those injured. Weill H , Disaster at Bhopal: the accident, early findings and respiratory health outlook in those injured. , Bull Eupopean Physiopath Respir , 1987 ; 23 : 587-590 ,

Full Text Available for Respiratory morbidity 10 years after the Union Carbide gas leak at Bhopal: a cross sectional survey Cullinan P, Acquilla S, Ramana Dhara V, on behalf of the International Medical Commission on Bhopal , Respiratory morbidity 10 years after the Union Carbide gas leak at Bhopal: a cross sectional survey , Br Med J , 1997 ; 314 : 338 , http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7077.338
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK, an author of 'Respiratory morbidity 10 years after the Union Carbide gas leak at Bhopal: a cross sectional survey'

Full Text Available for Medical survey of methyl isocyanate gas affected population of Bhopal. Part II. Pulmonary effects in Bhopal victims as seen 15 weeks after M.I.C. exposure Naik S R, Acharya V N, Bhalerao R A, Kowli S S, Nazareth H H, Mahashur A A, Shah S S, Potnis A V, Mehta A C. , Medical survey of methyl isocyanate gas affected population of Bhopal. Part II. Pulmonary effects in Bhopal victims as seen 15 weeks after M.I.C. exposure , J Postgrad Med , 1986 ; 32 : 185-191 ,

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Latest Forum Questions

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Page Comments, , 08/05/2008, 10/12/2014,

1. Is it possible to have undiagnosed asthma if you have confirmed allergies and some family history and 2. Do you think that I could be allergic to bitrex?
I left school and went to work as a Pharmacology Laboratory Technician for over 2O years. I started work in 1987 when processes and procedures were not as good in this area as they are nowadays. My mother and brother are both asthmatics and I knew that I suffered from "hay fever" in the summer with runny eyes and sneezing. (Though I don't seem to have hay fever nowadays!). I have never been diagnosed with asthma, but after some time working (I really can't remember when this would have been now), I began to suspect that I was becoming allergic to animals at my work and via my GP, it was confirmed with skin prick tests that I was allergic to almost, if not all the animal species that I came into contact with. I was able to manage this reasonably well with various control measures (batter powered full face hood, nitrile gloves, annual lung function tests etc.) and as processes improved over the years, I didn't suffer too much because of it. I changed jobs four years ago and am now mainly office based. However, recently I experienced what I consider to be a delayed hypersensitive allergic/irritant skin reaction (urticaria) approximately 48hrs after a training session to be a qualitative face-fit tester. I believe that I may be one of the very few numbers of people that may be hypersensitive to bitrex (denatonium benzoate). There is so little research in this area, but there are sporadic reports of adverse respiratory and skin reactions in primarily the healthcare sector. Given my family history, my known allergies to animals and my known exposure to a fairly large number of substances over the years (including related bitrex-like subtances of local anesthetics such as lignocaine, xylocaine, procaine), could anyone give me their thoughts on my questions above and how I convince my OH Dept. that I think I do warrant an allergy text to this substance, to rule it in or out one way or another? Many thanks
Occupational Asthma, Worker, 31/01/2013, 05/12/2014,

Occupational monitoring with the European Standard EN 13826 peak flow meter
A new PEF Meter manufactured to the new European Standard EN 13826 will be available from 1st Sept 2004. This will replace the Wright PEF. There could be differences of up to 30% in the readings. Could you advise on how we proceed re our occupational monitoring.
Oasys, Specialist, 20/02/2006, 03/12/2014,

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

Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK Cullinan, Paul (Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK)
Olivier Vandenplas, Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir Vandenplas, Olivier (Universite Mont-Goginne, Yvoir)
David Hendrick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hendrick, David (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Chris Barber, Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton Barber, Chris (Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton)
Carl Reynolds, Royal Brompton Hospital Reynolds, Carl (Royal Brompton Hospital)
Meinir Jones, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Jones, Meinir (Royal Brompton Hospital, London)
Katja Radon, Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich Radon, Katja (Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich)
Dennis Nowak, Institute fur Arbeits, Munich Nowak, Dennis (Institute fur Arbeits, Munich)
Kjell Toren, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg Toren, Kjell (Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg)
Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia Moscato, Giana (Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia)

Known Authors

Dick Heederik, Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht Heederik, Dick (Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht)
Mohammed Jeebhay, Cape Town Jeebhay, Mohammed (Cape Town)
Tim Meijster, Meijster, Tim ()
Catherine Lemière, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lemière, Catherine (Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Jolanta Walusiak, Lodz Walusiak, Jolanta (Lodz)
Orianne Dumas, Villejuif, France Dumas, Orianne (Villejuif, France)
Jessica Harris, Royal Brompton Hospital Harris, Jessica (Royal Brompton Hospital)
Erica von Mutius, Munich von Mutius, Erica (Munich)
Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid Sastre, Joaquin (Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid)

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