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Reviewing medical and epidemiological reports, no definite clinical picture could be expected as a result of a low DMF exposure and experimental research on long term toxicity has always demonstrated some adverse effects but has not been sufficient to define a no-effect level in animals. This study was designed to assess the specificity of symptoms and the(More)
  • A M Cirla
  • 1994
Several clinical and experimental findings point to cobalt as the only sensitizer and causal agent of hard metal asthma. The clinical features have been clearly defined by bronchial provocation tests, with a prevalence of late phase responses. Epidemiology is still insufficient to configure prevalence and incidence rates for cobalt asthma. IgE and IgG(More)
BACKGROUND The study tests the hypothesis of a reduction of priming due to tree allergy in patients sensitised to both birch/hazel and grass pollen undergoing an associated preseasonal Sublingual/Injective immunotherapy. METHODS 36 out of 49 bisensitized candidates were pair-matched into 18 case-referent couples. During two years all patients were(More)
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study was carried out to test the clinical efficacy and safety of local nasal immunotherapy (LNIT) in powder form. Twenty-two patients suffering from allergic rhinitis strictly associated with early spring symptoms, with positive skin prick tests and RAST for birch-alder, all responders to a specific nasal provocation test(More)
A study was performed on twenty-five workers exposed to polyurethane varnishes exclusively catalysed with TDI, who developed asthma to this substance. The aim of the study was to establish, using bronchial provocation tests, whether a cross-response to MDI exists. The results were positive but no definitive evidence has been reached because there was(More)
Occupational allergy to components of wheat flour is the main cause of rhinitis and asthma of workers in bakeries and similar activities. An immunological mechanism IgE-mediated is involved and the sensitising properties of some proteins of wheat where assessed. Nowadays it is possible to have an extract to be used for specific immunotherapy. The aim of(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of the specific inhalation challenge test (SIC) in 160 subjects with suspected baker's asthma and to assess its relation to total flour dust levels and to personal characteristics such as specific skin sensitisation, non-specific bronchial hyper-responsiveness (NSBH) and atopy. METHODS We(More)