Occupational Asthma by Torben Sigsgaard, Dick Heederik

By Torben Sigsgaard, Dick Heederik

Fresh advancements in occupational bronchial asthma study and medical perform are the point of interest of this book. It discusses the contribution of occupational exposures to chemical and organic brokers to the weight of bronchial asthma in adults, robust techniques just like the use of apprentices reviews, which come with younger members, na?ve in regards to occupational exposures, and diagnostic standards for paintings similar and paintings irritated bronchial asthma. particular emphasis is given to publicity reaction relationships for allergen publicity, huge gene-environment stories and entire genome screening techniques. administration, prevention and surveillance are coated besides. Diagnostic principles are brought to rationalize the diagnostic workup and increase the fee good thing about surveillance schemes. concerns within the layout of inhabitants reports are mentioned to aid the readers in designing and carrying out their very own examine. This finished quantity provides new advancements altering the occupational bronchial asthma box within the coming years.

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In most settings where there is regular contact with laboratory animals – chiefly small mammals – the prevalence of specific sensitisation is around 15% and the prevalence of clinical allergy around 10%. These figures probably underestimate the true risk of disease since epidemiological studies of the disease have been beset by response and survivor biases. Allergen exposure appears to be the most important modifiable risk factor, but the effects of such exposure seem to be modified importantly by individual susceptibility.

For instance studies in bakers suggest sensitization rates of 5–25% for several work-related allergens [50], which is in most cases accompanied by symptoms. Similar figures 21 Dick Heederik and Torben Sigsgaard are available for workers exposure to a range of high- and low-molecular-weight allergens. Typically, workforce-based studies have a cross-sectional or cohort design and include between 100 and 1000 workers. Given the incidence of OA, these studies are usually too small to directly study the occurrence of clinically relevant OA.

ACGIH, Cincinnati, USA DECOS (1999) Health based recommended occupational exposure limit for flour dust. Dutch Expert Committee on Occupational Standards, The Hague, The Netherlands Rijnkels JM, Smid T, Van den Aker EC, Burdorf A, van Wijk RG, Heederik DJ, Houben GF, Van Loveren H, Pal TM, Van Rooy FG et al (2008) Prevention of work-related airway allergies; summary of the advice from the Health Council of the Netherlands. Allergy 93: 1593–1596 Epidemiology of laboratory animal allergy Hayley L.

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