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Work aggravated asthma; a review of the recent evidence.
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PMID:  24742391     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BackgroundThe link between asthma and inhaled workplace exposures has been long appreciated, and yet aggravation of asthma symptoms by work conditions, known as work-aggravated asthma (WAA), remains relatively common.Sources of dataA review of the literature published over the last 3 years was carried out, and additional key articles were included from outside this timeframe.AgreementWAA is commonly reported by workers with asthma. One published assessment of 12 studies identified a median prevalence of 21.5% among workers with asthma. Commonly reported causes included a variety of inhaled dusts, smoke, vapours, fumes, gases and mists, common and workplace-specific aeroallergens, physical environmental factors including temperature and humidity and physical activity at work.ControversyRemains in relation to definition, and how to distinguish WAA from occupational asthma in which there is sensitization to an agent in the workplace. Both these areas, and the development of workplace interventions to reduce WAA, are timely topics for future research.
David Fishwick
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-4-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  British medical bulletin     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1471-8391     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. Med. Bull.     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
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Created Date:  2014-4-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0376542     Medline TA:  Br Med Bull     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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