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Comments for the paper: "Rat-specific IgG and IgG4 antibodies associated with inhibition of IgE–allergen complex binding in laboratory animal workers", 2014, Occup Environ Med
Results from a cross-sectional study of laboratory animal workers exposed to rats showed that IgG and IgG4 antibodies to rat urinary protein reduced specific IgE binding to B cells, perhaps explaining the U shaped dose-response curve seen in cross-sectional studies, where those with the highest ...
Published Paper Comments, , 9/5/2014, 9/5/2014,

Comments for the paper: "Predictors of work-related sensitisation, allergic rhinitis and asthma in early work life", 2014, Eur Respir J
A slightly odd study, looking at predictors of sensitisation to occupational allergens to which most were not exposed. Allergens tested were a-amylase,Aspergillus, latex, Lepidoglyphus destructor-Lep d 1, mouse, rat,Tyrophagus, Rye flour. Predictors were non-occupational
Published Paper Comments, , 9/1/2014, 9/1/2014,

Comments for the paper: "A cluster of lung injury associated with home humidifier use: clinical, radiological and pathological description of a new syndrome", 69, Thorax
A new interstitial lung disease has been described with unique histology showing bronchocentric acute lung injury which was temporally homogenious with subpleural and peripheral alveolar preservation. Specimens taken early in the disease showed obliterative bronchiolitis. Hyaline membranes and i ...
Published Paper Comments, , 8/18/2014, 8/18/2014,

Comments for the paper: "A cluster of lung injury cases associated with home humidifier use: an epidemiological investigation", 2014, Thorax
An outbreak os rapidly progressive respiratory disease in children and adults has been caused by biocides/detergents used in home humidifiers. Most were attributed to polyhexamethyleneguanidine. Removal of the detergent/biocide from humidifiers stopped the outbreak. Prgnant women were particular ...
Published Paper Comments, , 8/18/2014, 8/18/2014,

Comments for the paper: "Occupational irritants and asthma: an Estonian cross-sectional study of 34 000 adults.", 2014, Eur Respir J
This is a difficult study to interpret aas the prevalance of asthma is probably underestimated and the exposures not related to the date of onset of the asthma. Never-the-less exposure to low level occupational irritants such as combustion products and environmental tobacco smoke had a higher po ...
Published Paper Comments, , 4/23/2014, 4/23/2014,

Comments for the paper: "Work-exacerbated asthma in a workers’ compensation population", 2014, Occup Med (Oxford)
Work-exacerbated asthma as defined required pre-existing asthma in nearly all, no evidence of sensitasion, generally a history of worsening asthma with work exposure, and if specific challenges were done they had to be negative. Symptoms had to persist for >4 weeks. All had to have asthma confir ...
Published Paper Comments, , 4/12/2014, 4/12/2014,

Workplace surveillance of occupational asthma
As a 21 year career nurse in the RAF, the last 13 as a Occupational Health Nurse with particular interest in Occupational Asthma. What concerns me is that I have come across the diagnosis of Occupational Asthma maybe twice in this time. Are the RAF, contary to my own experience, providing sa ...
Occupational Asthma, Employer, 2/20/2006, 3/10/2014,

Are personal sampling measurements always done in the presence of industrial hygienist?
I am doing a research thesis on exposure assessment methods. I am not too familiar with personal sampling. I would like to know if personal sampling measurement in the workplace are usually done in the presence of industrial hygienist. Thank you.
Occupational Asthma, Health Professional, 2/17/2014, 2/17/2014,

Is it true that Ecelectus Parrots don't shed a powdery type dander?
I heard of bird fanciers disease so I brought my parakeets back to the store after just having them a month. I never loved pets as much as them. With my fibromyalgia, caring for dogs was too difficult and my son is allergic to cats. The budgies filled a void in my heart. I'll forever miss them. ...
Occupational Asthma, Worker, 2/4/2014, 2/17/2014,

Is it possible to get asthma from baby chicks kept in house for three weeks in cage
My husband brought home 6 rhode island baby chicks back in April. He kept them in a cage in house for three weeks while building a coupe. My 13 year old daughter starting getting sick with respiratory in May. She was hospital 3 times at the end of May into June. She was diagnosed with asthma, ne ...
Oasys, Worker, 12/12/2013, 12/16/2013,

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