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: Predicting positive SIC to high MW agents works best for flour and grain Predicting positive SIC to high MW agents works best for flour and grain 14 05 2019
Occupational asthma: Review of the causes of occupational asthma due to food products with good reference list Review of the causes of occupational asthma due to food products with good reference list 30 04 2019
Occupational asthma: Occupational asthma from low level exposure to pure cellulose, implications for the paper and cardboard industries? Occupational asthma from low level exposure to pure cellulose, implications for the paper and cardboard industries? 14 02 2019
Occupational asthma: Smartphone app with bar code reader identifies  asthmagens in cleaning agents Smartphone app with bar code reader identifies asthmagens in cleaning agent 06 02 2019
Occupational asthma: Cleaning agents now the commest cause of occupational asthma in Slovakia Cleaning agents now the commest cause of occupational asthma in Slovakia 17 01 2019

Latest Publications

Abstract Available for Immunological methods for diagnosis and monitoring of IgE-mediated allergy caused by industrial sensitizing agents Baur X, Akdis CA, Budnik LT, Cruz MJ, Fischer A, Förster-Ruhrmann U, Göen T, Goksel O, Heutelbeck AR, Jones M, Lux H, Maestrelli P, Munoz X, Nemery B, Schlünssen V, Sigsgaard T, Traidl-Hoffmann C, Siegel P., Immunological methods for diagnosis and monitoring of IgE-mediated allergy caused by industrial sensitizing agents, Allergy, 2019;:,DOI: 10.1111/all.13809
Ben Nemery, Leuven, Belgium, an author of 'Immunological methods for diagnosis and monitoring of IgE-mediated allergy caused by industrial sensitizing agents' Torben Sigsgaard, University of Aarhus, an author of 'Immunological methods for diagnosis and monitoring of IgE-mediated allergy caused by industrial sensitizing agents' Xaver Baur, Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg, an author of 'Immunological methods for diagnosis and monitoring of IgE-mediated allergy caused by industrial sensitizing agents' Piero Maestrelli, Padova University, Italy, an author of 'Immunological methods for diagnosis and monitoring of IgE-mediated allergy caused by industrial sensitizing agents' Maria Jesus Cruz, Barcelona, an author of 'Immunological methods for diagnosis and monitoring of IgE-mediated allergy caused by industrial sensitizing agents' Meinir Jones, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, an author of 'Immunological methods for diagnosis and monitoring of IgE-mediated allergy caused by industrial sensitizing agents' Xavier Munoz, Barcelona, an author of 'Immunological methods for diagnosis and monitoring of IgE-mediated allergy caused by industrial sensitizing agents' Vivi Schlunssen, Aarhus, an author of 'Immunological methods for diagnosis and monitoring of IgE-mediated allergy caused by industrial sensitizing agents'

Abstract Available for Occupational contact dermatitis caused by opioids: a case series. Flury U, Cahill J JL, Nixon RL., Occupational contact dermatitis caused by opioids: a case series., Contact Dermatitis, 2019;:,DOI: 10.1111/cod.13305

Abstract Available for Novel clinical scores for occupational asthma due to exposure to high-molecular-weight agents Taghiakbari M, Pralong JA, Lemière C, Moullec G, Saha-Chaudhuri P, Cartier A, Castano R, Suarthana E., Novel clinical scores for occupational asthma due to exposure to high-molecular-weight agents, Occup Environ Med, 2019;:,10.1136/oemed-2018-105593
André Cartier, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, an author of 'Novel clinical scores for occupational asthma due to exposure to high-molecular-weight agents' Catherine Lemière, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, an author of 'Novel clinical scores for occupational asthma due to exposure to high-molecular-weight agents' Jacques Pralong, Sacre Coeur, Montreal, an author of 'Novel clinical scores for occupational asthma due to exposure to high-molecular-weight agents'

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Latest Forum Questions

Comments for the paper: "Novel clinical scores for occupational asthma due to exposure to high-molecular-weight agents", 2019, Occup Environ Med
This paper provides a formula for predicting the results of specific inhalation testing with high molecular weight agents in those occupational exposed within the last month. It weights younger age, exposure to flour/grain rather than other high MW agents, the presence of rhinoconjunctivitis, inhaled corticosteroid use, positive IgE to the occupational agent and the presence of non-specific bronchial reactivity. This is an extension of the work i the 1970's by Bryant and Burns showing that the dose of allergen needed to elicit a bronchial response was related to the presence of specific IgE and the level of bronchial responsiveness, and was lowest in those with asthma, intermediate in those with rhinoconjunctivitis but no asthma, and highest in those with sensitisation only.
Published Paper Comments, , 5/14/2019, 5/14/2019,

Comments for the paper: "Novel clinical scores for occupational asthma due to exposure to high-molecular-weight agents", 2019, Occup Environ Med
This paper provides a formula for predicting the results of specific inhalation testing with high molecular weight agents in those occupational exposed within the last month. It weights younger age, exposure to flour/grain rather than other high MW agents, the presence of rhinoconjunctivitis, inhaled corticosteroid use, positive IgE to the occupational agent and the presence of non-specific bronchial reactivity. This is an extension of the work i the 1970's by Bryant and Burns showing that the dose of allergen needed to elicit a bronchial response was related to the presence of specific IgE and the level of bronchial responsiveness, and was lowest in those with asthma, intermediate in those with rhinoconjunctivitis but no asthma, and highest in those with sensitisation only.
Published Paper Comments, , 5/14/2019, 5/14/2019,

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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

Xaver Baur, Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg Baur, Xaver (Institute of occupational medicine, Hamburg)
Piero Maestrelli, Padova University, Italy Maestrelli, Piero (Padova University, Italy)
Meinir Jones, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Jones, Meinir (Royal Brompton Hospital, London)
Ben Nemery, Leuven, Belgium Nemery, Ben (Leuven, Belgium)
Vivi Schlunssen, Aarhus Schlunssen, Vivi (Aarhus)
André Cartier, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Cartier, André (Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Giana Moscato, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia Moscato, Giana (Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia)
Chris Barber, Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton Barber, Chris (Health and Safety Laboratories, Buxton)
Melanie Carder, COEH Manchester Carder, Melanie (COEH Manchester)
Annemarie Money, Manchester University Money, Annemarie (Manchester University)

Known Authors

Maria Jesus Cruz, Barcelona Cruz, Maria Jesus (Barcelona)
Xavier Munoz, Barcelona Munoz, Xavier (Barcelona)
Torben Sigsgaard, University of Aarhus Sigsgaard, Torben (University of Aarhus)
Catherine Lemière, Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lemière, Catherine (Hôpital de Sacré Coeur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Jacques Pralong, Sacre Coeur, Montreal Pralong, Jacques (Sacre Coeur, Montreal)
Jaques Pralong, Pralong, Jaques ()
Santiago Quirce, Madrid Quirce, Santiago (Madrid)
Andrea Siracusa, Perugia Siracusa, Andrea (Perugia)
Joaquin Sastre, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid Sastre, Joaquin (Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid)
Ilenia Folletti, Perugia Folletti, Ilenia (Perugia)

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