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: Referrals from occupational health services  improves the prognosis of occupational asthma Referrals from occupational health services improves the prognosis of occupational asthma 10 07 2020
Occupational asthma: Lipid transfer proteins may be cause of cross-reactivity of allergens causing occupational asthma Lipid transfer proteins may be cause of cross-reactivity of allergens causing occupational asthma 10 06 2020
Occupational asthma: Increased  incidence of asthma in low income workers in the USA Increased incidence of asthma in low income workers in the USA 30 05 2020
Occupational asthma: Increased asthma deaths in soft paper makers, is this the explanation of occupational asthma from cardboard dust? Soft paper dust is not bleached or treated with surface coatings, the exposures were mainly 5-10 mg/ml. mostly cellulose. This study showed increased asthma mortality, particularly in the under 60's. This may have relevance to occupational asthma seen in workers exposed to cardboard dust, where there is a lack of known causes. 13 04 2020
Occupational asthma: Oasys February 2020 Released Oasys February 2020 Released 13 02 2020

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Identification of late asthmatic reactions following specific inhalation challenge Moore VC, Walters GI, Robertson AS, Burge PS, Identification of late asthmatic reactions following specific inhalation challenge, Occup Environ Med, 2020;:,doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2020-106436
Sherwood Burge, Oasys, an author of 'Identification of late asthmatic reactions following specific inhalation challenge' Vicky Moore, Oasys, an author of 'Identification of late asthmatic reactions following specific inhalation challenge' Alastair Robertson, Selly Oak Hospital, an author of 'Identification of late asthmatic reactions following specific inhalation challenge' Gareth Walters, Heartlands, an author of 'Identification of late asthmatic reactions following specific inhalation challenge'

Full Text Available for Occupational Exposure to Flour Dust. Exposure Assessment and Effectiveness of Control Measures Martinelli A, Salamon F, Scapellato ML, Trevisan A, Vianello L, Bizzotto R, Crivellaro MA, Carrieri M, Occupational Exposure to Flour Dust. Exposure Assessment and Effectiveness of Control Measures, Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 2020;17:5182,doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145182

Abstract Available for Predictive value of non-specific bronchial challenge testing for respiratory symptoms and lung function in aluminium smelter workers Abramson MJ, Gwini SM, de Klerk NH, Monaco AD, Dennekamp M, Fritschi L, Dimitriadis C, Mohebbi M, Musk AWB, Sim MR, Predictive value of non-specific bronchial challenge testing for respiratory symptoms and lung function in aluminium smelter workers, Occup Environ Med, 2020;77:535-539,doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2019-106344

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Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the paper: "Occupational Exposure to Flour Dust. Exposure Assessment and Effectiveness of Control Measures", 2020, Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health
No mention of enzymes, flour measurements only. Fairly basic control methods
Published Paper Comments, , 8/6/2020, 8/6/2020,

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Comments for the paper: "Occupational exposure to soft paper dust and mortality", 2020, Occup Environ Med
Soft paper dust is not bleached or treated with surface coatings, the exposures were mainly 5-10 mg/ml. mostly cellulose. This study showed increased asthma mortality, particularly in the under 60's. This may have relevance to occupational asthma seen in workers exposed to cardboard dust, where there is a lack of known causes.
Published Paper Comments, , 4/13/2020, 8/4/2020,

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.



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)
Mike Hendy, Oasys Hendy, Mike (Oasys)
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)
Julie Cannon, Royal Brompton Hospital London Cannon, Julie (Royal Brompton Hospital London)
Joanna Szram, Royal Brompton Hospital Szram, Joanna (Royal Brompton Hospital)
Jo Feary, Royal Brompton Hospital Feary, Jo (Royal Brompton Hospital)
Piero Maestrelli, Padova University, Italy Maestrelli, Piero (Padova University, Italy)
Kay Kreiss, NIOSH, Morgantown USA Kreiss, Kay (NIOSH, Morgantown USA)
Kjell Toren, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg Toren, Kjell (Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg)
Naesinee Chaiear, Khon Kaen University, Thailand Chaiear, Naesinee (Khon Kaen University, Thailand)
Martin Miller, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham Miller, Martin (Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham)
Xaver Baur, Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg Baur, Xaver (Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg)

Known Authors

Ahmed Arif, University of North Carolina Arif, Ahmed (University of North Carolina)
Eva Andersson, Andersson, Eva ()
Stephan Keirsbilck, IDEWE occupational Health Belgium Keirsbilck, Stephan (IDEWE occupational Health Belgium)
Laurens de Sadeleer, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven B-3000, Belgium de Sadeleer, Laurens (University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven B-3000, Belgium)
Raymond Agius, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Manchester University Agius, Raymond (Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Manchester University)
Martin Seed, Manchester University Seed, Martin (Manchester University)
Rolf Merget, Bochum Merget, Rolf (Bochum)
Xavier Munoz, Barcelona Munoz, Xavier (Barcelona)
Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid Sastre, Joaquin (Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid)

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