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BACKGROUND The British Thoracic Society (BTS) Standards of Care (SoC) Committee produced a standard of care for occupational asthma (OA) in 2008, based on a systematic evidence review performed in 2004 by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF). METHODS BOHRF updated the evidence base from 2004-2009 in 2010. RESULTS This article(More)
Accurate short-term wind forecasts (STWFs), with time horizons from 0.5 to 6 hours, are essential for efficient integration of wind power to the electrical power grid. Physical models based on numerical weather predictions are currently not competitive, and research on machine learning approaches is ongoing. Two major challenges confronting these efforts(More)
BACKGROUND Hemp dust exposure is associated with byssinosis and accelerated lung loss in longitudinal studies. The immunological changes associated with hemp dust exposure are less well understood. METHODS We studied a small group of current male hemp processors with a mean age of 43 years. Questionnaire data, lung function, serial FEV(1) and blood were(More)
BACKGROUND The use of proteolytic enzymes to improve the cleaning efficacy of washing powders was introduced in the mid 1960s. Many microbial enzymes are known to be potent respiratory sensitizers but previously there has been only one case of occupational asthma associated with workplace exposure in a healthcare worker. AIMS To report two cases of(More)
Bullying is very much an aspect of contemporary society and perhaps it always has been. Many may have experienced it from early childhood while at school, either as victims or perpetrators. The healthcare industry is, sadly, not immune from this phenomenon. This short article seeks to answer the question: 'Is bullying deliberately used as a management tool(More)
c Additional data are given in the three Appendices published online only at http://thorax.bmj. com/content/vol63/issue3 1 Centre for Workplace Health, Sheffield, UK; 2 Centre for Workplace Health, Buxton, UK; 3 University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK; 4 Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK; 5 Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK; 6 Royal Brompton Hospital,(More)
INTRODUCTION Potential demographic risk factors for outbreaks of respiratory disease due to water-based metalworking fluids (MWFs) were investigated through systematic review of published outbreak investigations. METHODS Search terms were selected by a multidisciplinary team, assisted by an experienced library information service. Several computerized(More)
Field and laboratory evidence show natural degradation of toluene, ethylbenzene, m-, p-and o-xylenes, 1,3,5-trimethylbenzeneand naphthalene in sulphate reducing groundwater conditions of the Bassendean Sands in the Perth basin, Western Australia. Natural degradation rates were obtained from a groundwater tracer test with deuterated organic compounds(More)
1. Toyama Y , Chin K , Chihara Y , et al . Association between sleep apnea, sleep duration, and serum lipid profi le in an urban, male, working population in Japan . Chest . 2013 ; 143 ( 3 ): 720 728 . 2. Sharma SK , Agrawal S , Damodaran D , et al . CPAP for the metabolic syndrome in patients with obstructive sleep apnea . N Engl J Med . 2011 ; 365 ( 24 ):(More)
BACKGROUND Since the mid-1990s, outbreaks of asthma and extrinsic allergic alveolitis (EAA) have been identified in workers exposed to metalworking fluids (MWFs). The cause of these outbreaks remains to be determined. AIMS To identify and review all previously published occupational lung disease case definitions and diagnostic criteria that have been(More)