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Workplace interventions to deal with occupational asthma

Occupational asthma is the most frequently reported work‐related respiratory disease in many countries. It is defined as asthma that is caused by a specific workplace exposure to certain substances and not to factors outside the workplace. In a recent review the population attributable risk for adult onset asthma being caused by occupational exposures was 17.6%. Occupational asthma can lead to decreased quality of life, sickness absence and increased costs for the patient, the employer and society. Early removal from exposure has been reported to be important in the prognosis of occupational asthma in a number of papers and reviews, but is not universally accepted as an important part of management.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2011

Health examination of workers before employment begins to prevent injuries and disease

The aim of pre‐employment examinations is to screen job applicants who may have an increased risk for occupational disease or injury while on the job. By not employing job applicants with an increased risk, disease or injury will be prevented but it comes at the cost for the applicants of not having a job. Another option is to remedy the problems found at the examination through work accommodation or training of physical fitness. Many employers and other stakeholders believe that health examinations of job applicants thus prevent occupational diseases and sickness absence.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2011

Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare. 2nd edition

How do we know whether a particular treatment really works? How reliable is the evidence? And how do we ensure that research into medical treatments best meets the needs of patients? These are just a few of the questions addressed in a lively and informative way in Testing Treatments. Brimming with vivid examples, Testing Treatments will inspire both patients and professionals.

Pinter & Martin.

Version: 2011

Medical Encyclopedia

  • Asthma
    Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways.
  • Drug Class Review: Newer Antihistamines: Final Report Update 2 [Internet]
    Antihistamines inhibit the effects of histamine at H1 receptors. They have a number of clinical indications including allergic conditions (e.g., rhinitis, dermatoses, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, allergic conjunctivitis, hypersensitivity reactions to drugs, mild transfusion reactions, and urticaria), chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), motion sickness, vertigo, and insomnia.
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