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: Cooks are an overlooked group with occupational respiratory symptoms Cooks are an overlooked group with occupational respiratory symptom 09 01 2021
Occupational asthma: New Kim (a femalele racing pigeon,) sells for $1,800,000 New Kim (a femalele racing pigeon,) sells for $1,800,000 11 12 2020
Occupational asthma: Increassed risk of asthma, but also COPD in cleaners, a metaanalysis Increassed risk of asthma, but also COPD in cleaners, a metaanalysis 11 12 2020
Occupational asthma: Should we accept increased diurnal variation in PEF or FEV1 in place of mandatory NSBR in the diagnosis of acute irritant-induced asthma? Should we accept increased diurnal variation in PEF or FEV1 in place of mandatory NSBR in the diagnosis of acute irritant-induced asthma? 20 11 2020
Occupational asthma: Mycophenolate treatment of chronic HP less effective in patients with short telomers Mycophenolate treatment of chronic HP less effective in patients with short telomer 31 10 2020

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Breathing pattern disorder masquerading as occupational asthma Feary J, Cannon J, Cullinan P, Breathing pattern disorder masquerading as occupational asthma, Eur Respir J, 2020;56 Suppl 6:652,10.1183/13993003.congress-2020.652
Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK, an author of 'Breathing pattern disorder masquerading as occupational asthma' Julie Cannon, Royal Brompton Hospital London, an author of 'Breathing pattern disorder masquerading as occupational asthma' Jo Feary, Royal Brompton Hospital, an author of 'Breathing pattern disorder masquerading as occupational asthma'

Full Text Available for Work-associated irritable larynx syndrome Anderson JA, Work-associated irritable larynx syndrome, Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2015;15:150-155,doi: 10.1097/ACI.0000000000000144

Full Text Available for Drive thru spirometry - the next direction to go in? Moore V.C., Drive thru spirometry - the next direction to go in?, Inspire, 2020;21:31-34,

Go to "References" section.

Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the paper: "Respiratory health and lung function in Chinese restaurant kitchen workers", 2011, Occup Environ Med
This paper is sometimes interpreted as showing incresased problems with chineneese cooking. The emphasis of the paper is on increased problems with gas rather than electic cooking
Published Paper Comments, , 1/10/2021, 1/10/2021,

Comments for the paper: "Work environment factors and respiratory complaints in Norwegian cooks", 2020, Int Arch Occup Environ Health
This paper is about respiratory symptoms in cooks, who have often been an overlooked groupfor ocupational respiratory diseases. Frying, particularly using gas, was asociated with a increades prevalence of chronic bronhitis symptoms which improved away from exposure, suggesting that at least some of this might represent occupational astha. I hope the study is extended with serial PEF measurements and some exposure measurements.
Published Paper Comments, , 1/9/2021, 1/9/2021,

Comments for the paper: "Cleaning products and respiratory health outcomes in occupational cleaners: a systematic review and meta-analysis", 2020, Occup Environ Med
This is another metaanalysis of the respiratory risks of cleaners (excluding industrial cleaners). It finds about a doubling of asthma risk in cleaners, but also some increase in COPD. The paper makes little comment on the many case series, where cause and effect have been shown, and does not provide useful evidence of the causes or mechanisms, although the authors come down in favour of irritation without explanation or evidence.
Published Paper Comments, , 12/11/2020, 12/11/2020,

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 every Friday evening after the occupational lung disease clinic, 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)
Chris Huntley, University Hospitals Birmingham Huntley, Chris (University Hospitals Birmingham)
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)
Jo Feary, Royal Brompton Hospital Feary, Jo (Royal Brompton Hospital)
André Cartier, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Cartier, André (Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Catherine Boyle, Health and Safety Executive, UK Boyle, Catherine (Health and Safety Executive, UK)
Paul Nicholson, Procter And Gamble Occupational Health Nicholson, Paul (Procter And Gamble Occupational Health)
Ferran Morell, Vall d'Hebron Hospital, Barcelona Morell, Ferran (Vall d'Hebron Hospital, Barcelona)
Josep Antó, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Antó, Josep (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
Dennis Nowak, Institute fur Arbeits, Munich Nowak, Dennis (Institute fur Arbeits, Munich)
Kjell Toren, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg Toren, Kjell (Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Goteborg)

Known Authors

Torben Sigsgaard, University of Aarhus Sigsgaard, Torben (University of Aarhus)
Paul Blanc, University of California San Francisco Blanc, Paul (University of California San Francisco)
Isabel Urrutia, Hospital de Galdakao, Bizkaia Urrutia, Isabel (Hospital de Galdakao, Bizkaia)
Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid Sastre, Joaquin (Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid)
Xavier Munoz, Barcelona Munoz, Xavier (Barcelona)
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)

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