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: Reporting water damage, mould growth or odour at work or home  increases the risks of new onset doctor diagnoses asthma over the next 11 years. Reporting water damage, mould growth or odour at work or home increases the risks of new onset doctor diagnoses asthma over the next 11 years. 20 07 2019
Occupational asthma: Symptomatic adults with normal surveillance spirometry have increased respiratory mortality Symptomatic adults with normal surveillance spirometry have increased respiratory mortality 15 07 2019
Occupational asthma: Laboratory animal allergy is largely preventable Laboratory animal allergy is largely preventable 04 07 2019
Occupational asthma: Oasys June 2019 Released Oasys June 2019 Released 28 06 2019
Occupational asthma: Many cleaning agents have constituents with the chemical signature of a potential respiratory sensitiser Many cleaning agents have constituents with the chemical signature of a potential respiratory sensitiser 15 06 2019

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Delayed occupational asthma from epoxy exposure. Brock Jacobsen I, Baelum J, Carstensen O, Skadhauge LR, Feary J, Cullinan P, Sherson DL., Delayed occupational asthma from epoxy exposure., Occup Med, 2019;:,10.1093/occmed/kqz088
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK, an author of 'Delayed occupational asthma from epoxy exposure.' Jesper Baelum, , an author of 'Delayed occupational asthma from epoxy exposure.' Jo Feary, Royal Brompton Hospital, an author of 'Delayed occupational asthma from epoxy exposure.'

Abstract Available for Specific challenge testing for occupational asthma: revised handbook Suojalehto H, Suuronen K, Cullinan P, Specific challenge testing for occupational asthma: revised handbook, Eur Respir J, 2019;54:1901026,10.1183/13993003.01026-2019
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK, an author of 'Specific challenge testing for occupational asthma: revised handbook' Hille Suojalehto, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, an author of 'Specific challenge testing for occupational asthma: revised handbook'

Abstract Available for Dampness, mould, onset and remission of adult respiratory symptoms, asthma and rhinitis Wang J, Pindus M, Janson C, Sigsgaard T, Kim J, Holm M, Sommar J, Orru H, Gislason T, Johannessen A, Bertelsen RJ, Norbäck D, Dampness, mould, onset and remission of adult respiratory symptoms, asthma and rhinitis, Eur Respir J, 2019;53:1801921,DOI: 10.1183/13993003.01921-2018
Torben Sigsgaard, University of Aarhus, an author of 'Dampness, mould, onset and remission of adult respiratory symptoms, asthma and rhinitis' Dan Norback, , an author of 'Dampness, mould, onset and remission of adult respiratory symptoms, asthma and rhinitis'

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Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the paper: "Prognostic significance of chronic respiratory symptoms in individuals with normal spirometry.", 2019, Eur Respir J
This is a follow-up from a Danish population sample showing that adults with respiratory symptoms and normal spirometry are more likely to die, have hospital admissions for pneumonia and airflow obstruction, than adults with similar spirometry and no respiratory symptoms.
Published Paper Comments, , 7/15/2019, 7/15/2019,

Comments for the paper: "Laboratory animal allergy is preventable in modern research facilities", 2019, Eur Respir J
This cross-sectional study of laboratory animal workers handing mice showed that allergen levels in the air and sensitisation was less in units where the mice were kept in individual ventilated cages (with HEPA filters on top), and less in units where fitted respiratory protection was used.
Published Paper Comments, , 7/4/2019, 7/4/2019,

Comments for the paper: "Laboratory animal allergy is preventable in modern research facilities", 2019, Eur Respir J
This cross-sectional study of laboratory animal workers handing mice showed that allergen levels in the air and sensitisation was less in units where the mice were kept in individual ventilated cages (with HEPA filters on top), and less in units where fitted respiratory protection was used.
Published Paper Comments, , 7/4/2019, 7/4/2019,

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)
Jo Feary, Royal Brompton Hospital Feary, Jo (Royal Brompton Hospital)
Hille Suojalehto, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Suojalehto, Hille (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
Dan Norback, Norback, Dan ()
Kay Kreiss, NIOSH, Morgantown USA Kreiss, Kay (NIOSH, Morgantown USA)
Steve Sadhra, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, Birmingham Sadhra, Steve (Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, Birmingham)
David Fishwick, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK Fishwick, David (Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK)
Jan-Paul Zock, Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain Zock, Jan-Paul (Municipal Institute of Medical Research, Barcelona, Spain)
Meinir Jones, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Jones, Meinir (Royal Brompton Hospital, London)
Dennis Nowak, Institute fur Arbeits, Munich Nowak, Dennis (Institute fur Arbeits, Munich)

Known Authors

Jesper Baelum, Baelum, Jesper ()
Torben Sigsgaard, University of Aarhus Sigsgaard, Torben (University of Aarhus)
Jorgen Vestbo, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Vestbo, Jorgen (Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester)
Peter Lange, Copenhagen, Denmark Lange, Peter (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Michael Abramson, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia Abramson, Michael (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
Orianne Dumas, Villejuif, France Dumas, Orianne (Villejuif, France)
Erika von Mutius, Helmholtz Center Munich von Mutius, Erika (Helmholtz Center Munich)
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)
Paul Blanc, University of California San Francisco Blanc, Paul (University of California San Francisco)

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