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Comments for the paper: "Are operating room nurses at higher risk of severe persistent asthma? The Nurses' Health Study.", 2013, J Occup Environ Med
Asthma from exposures in operating theatres are well described (latex, acrylates, cleaning agents, anaesthetic gasses, aldehydes, hand gels, chlorhexidine, air conditioning systems etc). The risks are sufficient to warrent respiratory surveillance of exposed workers. The finding of severe asthma ...
Published Paper Comments, , 11/2/2013, 11/2/2013,

Comments for the page titled: "Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis in compost workers"
This is no surprise, though I would disagree with the comment below that implies it can't be managed satisfactorily. See Seaton A et al Quart J Med 1994;87:529-37. As for understanding the reasons A fumigatus behaves like this, see Seaton A and Robertson M, Lancet 1989;i:893-4. Old they may be b ...
Page Comments, , 11/1/2013, 11/1/2013,

Substitutes for colophony fluxes
In your answer # 4 you wrote "clinically there seems to be a clear case for substitution…" do you mean that colophony is being less used as a soldering flux today? If positive, since when this is occurring and what is the most common/more common flux used today in the western world for soft sol ...
Occupational Asthma, Specialist, 10/25/2013, 10/25/2013,

Is colophony mostly a respiratory irritant??
I am recently interested in occupational asthma due to fluxes and I have read some of your papers regarding Colophony and asthma. I have some questions in that regard that I will be grateful if you could answer them for me: 1. Does non-occupational asthmatics react to soldering vapors (w ...
Occupational Asthma, Specialist, 10/17/2013, 10/17/2013,

IS it possible to get occupational asthma from spaying fabric coatings eg scotch guard or fabricoat
I have a patient who thinks his asthma was caused by exposure to fabric coating as above. Are there any reports of an association
Occupational Asthma, Specialist, 10/8/2013, 10/9/2013,

If my blood test says I have Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis will I have to get rid of my birds?
I've been having breathing problems and am waiting for blood test results regarding the above. If the tests are positive, will the birds have to go? I have an Indian Ring Neck, two budgies and a Conure. Thanks.
Occupational Asthma, Worker, 9/18/2013, 9/19/2013,

Comments for the paper: "Occupational asthma due to heated polypropylene", 1994, Eur Respir J
One of the reacction of products of heating polipropylene is the sensation of mouth acid. If posible to know the concentration of acetic acid in ambient?. My mouth have a sensation of acid at the weekend and have a lot of head dacke
Published Paper Comments, , 9/7/2013, 9/7/2013,

Comments for the paper: "Work related asthma. A causal analysis controlling the healthy worker effect", 2013, Occup Environ Med
Marginal structural models can be used to allow for the health worker effect. The current paper follows 1284 participants in the French epidemiological study on the genetics and environment in asthma (AGEA) from 1991-5 to 2003-7 and plots the incidence of asthma and asthma attacks related to exp ...
Published Paper Comments, , 9/2/2013, 9/2/2013,

Comments for the paper: "Prediction of obeche wood-induced asthma by specific skin prick testing", 2013, Occup Med
Skin prick tests to Obeche (probably from an Abello, Copenhagen extract although this is not completely clear) showed high sensitivity (74%) with a >=3.5 mm wheal. All (34) workers had an immediate reaction on challenge testing. 7 had negative challenges; 1/7 had a positive skin prick test.
Published Paper Comments, , 8/31/2013, 8/31/2013,

Bird Fanciers Lung
I have been diagnosed with bird fanciers lung, interstitial pneumonitis, extrinsic allergic alveolitis. i kept a budgie, cockateil and 2 canaries for years and also fed the garden birds. about 25 pigeons visited each day and when not being fed roosted on the house roof. i would sweep up and c ...
Occupational Asthma, Specialist, 2/20/2006, 7/10/2013,

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