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: Acylates continue to cause asthma in a wide range of workers from school teachers to limb makers Acylates continue to cause asthma in a wide range of workers from school teachers to limb makers 26 06 2017
Occupational asthma: Genetics researchers become sensitised to fruit flies in their laboratory Genetics researchers become sensitised to fruit flies in their laboratory 06 06 2017
Occupational asthma: Further evidence of the dangers of sprayed disinfectants Further evidence of the dangers of sprayed disinfectants 01 06 2017
Occupational asthma: How does a hospital ward resemble an indoor swimming pool? How does a hospital ward resemble an indoor swimming pool? 19 05 2017
Occupational asthma: To cough or not to cough with pholcodeine. What has this to do with hairdressers? To cough or not to cough with pholcodeine. What has this to do with hairdressers? 03 05 2017

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Epidemiology of occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis; reports from the SWORD scheme in the UK from 1996 to 2015 Barber CM, Wiggans RE, Carder M, Agius R, Epidemiology of occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis; reports from the SWORD scheme in the UK from 1996 to 2015, Occup Environ Med, 2017;74:528-530,10.1136/oemed-2016-103838
Raymond Agius, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Manchester University, an author of 'Epidemiology of occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis; reports from the SWORD scheme in the UK from 1996 to 2015' Chris Barber, Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton, an author of 'Epidemiology of occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis; reports from the SWORD scheme in the UK from 1996 to 2015' Melanie Carder, COEH Manchester, an author of 'Epidemiology of occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis; reports from the SWORD scheme in the UK from 1996 to 2015'

Abstract Available for Occupational asthma caused by acrylic compounds from SHIELD surveillance (1989–2014) Walters GI, Robertson AS, Moore VC, Burge PS, Occupational asthma caused by acrylic compounds from SHIELD surveillance (1989–2014) , Occup Med, 2017;67:282-289,10.1093/occmed/kqx036
Sherwood Burge, Oasys, an author of 'Occupational asthma caused by acrylic compounds from SHIELD surveillance (1989–2014)' Vicky Moore, Oasys, an author of 'Occupational asthma caused by acrylic compounds from SHIELD surveillance (1989–2014)' Alastair Robertson, Selly Oak Hospital, an author of 'Occupational asthma caused by acrylic compounds from SHIELD surveillance (1989–2014)' Gareth Walters, Heartlands, an author of 'Occupational asthma caused by acrylic compounds from SHIELD surveillance (1989–2014)'

Full Text Available for Can Serial FEV1 Identify Work-Related Asthma Cases Missed By Serial Peak Expiratory Flow? Henneberger PK, Cox-Ganser J, Moore VC, Burge CBSG, Liang X, Burge PS, Can Serial FEV1 Identify Work-Related Asthma Cases Missed By Serial Peak Expiratory Flow?, Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 2014;189:A4594,
Paul Henneberger, NIOSH, Morgantown, USA, an author of 'Can Serial FEV1 Identify Work-Related Asthma Cases Missed By Serial Peak Expiratory Flow?' Sherwood Burge, Oasys, an author of 'Can Serial FEV1 Identify Work-Related Asthma Cases Missed By Serial Peak Expiratory Flow?' Vicky Moore, Oasys, an author of 'Can Serial FEV1 Identify Work-Related Asthma Cases Missed By Serial Peak Expiratory Flow?' Cedd Burge, Oasys, an author of 'Can Serial FEV1 Identify Work-Related Asthma Cases Missed By Serial Peak Expiratory Flow?'

Go to "References" section.

Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the paper: "Occupational asthma caused by acrylic compounds from SHIELD surveillance (1989–2014)", 2017, Occup Med
This review of cases from the Shield database reported 20 cases of occupational asthma due to acrylates, 1% of total notifications 1989-2014. A tackifier used to stick carpet tiles down in a new school caused cases in teachers and an artificial limb maker was sensitised while making the prostheses. Other more usual cases occurred in orthopaedic theatre staff from beme cement, nail technicians and plastic moulders. One dentist was sensitised to tooth-filling acrylates.
Published Paper Comments, , 6/26/2017, 6/26/2017,

Comments for the paper: "Biopsy-proven hypersensitivity pneumonitis caused by a fluorocarbon waterproofing spray.", 2017, Occup Med
This case report of HP due to a waterproofing spray is unlike other reports with acute pneumonitis following a single exposure. This man was daily exposed spraying leather furniture
Published Paper Comments, , 6/26/2017, 6/26/2017,

Egg & peanut allergy - predisposition for allergic alveolitis ?
My son is to start work in a centre for birds and animals. Birds include a few parakeets, pigeons, chickens. He has peanut allergy (can go into shock), and egg allergy (vomits violently). He is also allergic to shellfish, house dust and pollen. (Mild asthma -has inhalers). On the whole his allergies are controlled and don't rule his life or choices. I'm worried his existing sensitivities may be added to by bird bloom allergy. Is he more likely than the average person to develop issues over time. He is also considering adopting a parrot. He's never had exposure to birds. Would a skin prick test id an existing allergy, or would this only appear over time.
Occupational Asthma, Health Professional, 8/6/2016, 6/14/2017,

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

Chris Barber, Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton Barber, Chris (Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton)
Melanie Carder, COEH Manchester Carder, Melanie (COEH Manchester)
Asilan Ilgaz, Ankara, Turkey Ilgaz, Asilan (Ankara, Turkey)
Paul Henneberger, NIOSH, Morgantown, USA Henneberger, Paul (NIOSH, Morgantown, USA)
Richard Barraclough, Manchester Barraclough, Richard (Manchester)
Jennifer Hoyle, North Manchester General Hospital Hoyle, Jennifer (North Manchester General Hospital)
Meinir Jones, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Jones, Meinir (Royal Brompton Hospital, London)
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)
Katja Radon, Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich Radon, Katja (Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich)

Known Authors

Raymond Agius, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Manchester University Agius, Raymond (Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Manchester University)
Holger Dressel, Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Munich Dressel, Holger (Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Munich)
Ahmed Arif, University of North Carolina Arif, Ahmed (University of North Carolina)
Susan Tarlo, Toronto Tarlo, Susan (Toronto)
Xavier Munoz, Barcelona Munoz, Xavier (Barcelona)
Maria Jesus Cruz, Barcelona Cruz, Maria Jesus (Barcelona)
Susana Gomez-Olles, Barcelona Gomez-Olles, Susana (Barcelona)
Susana Gomez-Olles, Barcelona Gomez-Olles, Susana (Barcelona)
Dick Heederik, Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht Heederik, Dick (Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht)
Eva Andersson, Andersson, Eva ()

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