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Comments for the paper: "Interpretation of serial peak flow records for the diagnosis of occupational asthma – a method based on pattern recognition technology.", 1998, Unpublished
This paper was never published, we are not sure why as it was an improvement on Oasys-2. Perhaps the requirement to manipulate the input data to 5 days at work, 2 days off and 5 further days at work was thought to be a bit removed from the source data. We went on to develop the ABC score which s ...
Published Paper Comments, , 5/17/2017, 5/17/2017,

Comments for the page titled: "Referral Centres"
What would be potential causative agents in a theatre environment? Patient is a theatre nurse, doesn't use latex
Page Comments, , 5/12/2017, 5/13/2017,

Comments for the page titled: "Bird Fancier's Lung"
Comments for the page titled: "Bird Fancier's Lung"
Page Comments, , 5/8/2008, 5/9/2017,

Comments for the paper: "Development of a job-task-exposure matrix to assess occupational exposure to disinfectants among US nurses", 2017, Occup Environ Med
This paper tries to estimate exposures to cleaning agents and biocides in nurses and finds that a job-exposure matrix is not very effective at this, but adding a section on tasks is better (a JTEM, job-task exposure matrix). Perhaps there is no real substitute for an occupational history? Expos ...
Published Paper Comments, , 2/10/2017, 5/1/2017,

Comments for the paper: "Military small arms fire in association with acute decrements in lung function", 2017, Occup Environ Med
Could this be due to tetrazine sensitisation from the detonator?
Published Paper Comments, , 4/30/2017, 4/30/2017,

Comments for the paper: "Can serum cytokine profile discriminate irritant-induced and allergen-induced symptoms? A cross-sectional study in workers mostly exposed to laboratory animals.", 2017, Occup
Studies of laboratory animal allergy have consistently shown a large number of workers with work-related asthma or rhinitis but negative IgE to rat and mouse allergens. The current study starts with the hypothesis that those with negative IgE have irritant responses to the animal allergens and c ...
Published Paper Comments, , 4/30/2017, 4/30/2017,

Comments for the paper: "Effect of anti-IgE in occupational asthma caused by exposure to low molecular weight agents.", 2017, Allergy
This is an interesting study showing that anti-IgE in the mouse reduces the effects of nasal challenge with persulphates in dermally sensitised mice. There is some controversy on the role of IgE antibodies in human persulphate asthma, but this study paves the way for a trial in man (or women).
Published Paper Comments, , 4/29/2017, 4/29/2017,

Comments for the paper: "Bagpipe lung; a new type of interstitial lung disease?", 2017, Thorax
This is an interesting case report of fatal HP in a bagpipe player, whose bagpipes yielded Penicillium species, Fusarium oxysporum, Rhodotorula mucilaginosa and Trichosporon mucoides. The diagnosis was made from a history of improvement while away from home and bagpipes for 3 months in Australia ...
Published Paper Comments, , 3/28/2017, 3/28/2017,

Needing some help with understanding this serial PEFR report
This person had an acute exposure to diesel exhaust fumes and now have persistent respiratory symptoms. All previous investigation inclusive of serial peak flow and methacholine challenge was negative. She is no longer exposed but is on asthma medication and reportedly quite symptomatic. I rep ...
Occupational Asthma, Health Professional, 3/6/2017, 3/8/2017,

Comments for the paper: "Cooking smoke and respiratory symptoms of restaurant workers in Thailand", 2017, BMC Pulmonary Medicine
There is interesting data in this study, but the messages are difficult to disentangle. The study includes 4 different types of restaurants and neighborhood controls. Some fry (Thai cuisine, going oil exposure), some boil noodles (in water(, some serve food cooked elsewhere (reheating only) and ...
Published Paper Comments, , 3/2/2017, 3/2/2017,

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