Occupational exposures cause 10-15% of new-onset asthma in adults, and that represents a considerable health and economic burden. Exposure to many causative agents is now well controlled but workplace practices are constantly evolving and new hazards being introduced. Overall, there is no good evidence that the incidence of occupational asthma is decreasing. Evidence-based guidelines such as those published by the British Occupational Health research Foundation and Standards of Care documents should help raise awareness of the problem and improve management. Key targets include the control of occupational exposures, a high index of suspicion in any adult with new onset asthma, and early detailed investigation.
Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS). Persistent asthma syndrome after high level irritant exposures
Clinical features and natural history of occupational asthma due to western red cedar (Thuja plicata)
Do subjects investigated for occupational asthma through serial peak expiratory flow measurements falsify their results?
A comparison of some of the characteristics of patients with occupational and non-occupational asthma
How many times per day should peak expiratory flow rates be assessed when investigating occupational asthma?
The low prevalence of occupational asthma and antibody-dependent sensitization to diphenylmethane diisocyanate in a plant engineered for minimal exposure to diisocyanates
Can reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS) transform into occupational asthma due to "sensitisation" to isocyanates?
Attributes of clinical guidelines that influence use of guidelines in general practice: observational study
Wheat sensitization and work-related symptoms in the baking industry are preventable. An epidemiologic study
Sputum eosinophils and exhaled nitric oxide during late asthmatic reaction in patients with western red cedar asthma
Occupational asthma in Europe and other industrialised areas: a population-based study. European Community Respiratory Health Survey Study Group
Allergen exposure, atopy and smoking as determinants of allergy to rats in a cohort of laboratory employees
Development of an expert system for the interpretation of serial peak expiratory flow measurements in the diagnosis of occupational asthma. Midlands Thoracic Society Research Group
Occupational asthma and allergy associated with the use of enzymes in the detergent industry--a review of the epidemiology, toxicology and methods of prevention
Incidence and host determinants of probable occupational asthma in apprentices exposed to laboratory animals
Effectiveness of a medical surveillance program for the prevention of occupational asthma caused by platinum salts: a nested case-control study
Incidence of sensitization, symptoms, and probable occupational rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma in apprentices starting exposure to latex
Natural history of sensitization, symptoms and occupational diseases in apprentices exposed to laboratory animals
Changes in rates and severity of compensation claims for asthma due to diisocyanates: a possible effect of medical surveillance measures
Isocyanate exposure assessment combining industrial hygiene methods with biomonitoring for end users of orthopedic casting products
'Presumptively Initiating Vaccines and Optimizing Talk with Motivational Interviewing' (PIVOT with MI) trial: a protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial of a clinician vaccine communication intervention.
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Allergy and Asthma
Allergy and asthma are inflammatory disorders that are triggered by the activation of an allergen-specific regulatory t cell. These t cells become activated when allergens are recognized by allergen-presenting cells. Here is the latest research on allergy and asthma.