Special Issue "Atmospheric Pollution Effect on Human Health: Analysis on Occupational Risks, Aeroallergens and Allergic Asthma"

A special issue of Medicina (ISSN 1010-660X). This special issue belongs to the section "Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Howard J. Mason
Guest Editor
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Science and Research Centre, Buxton, England
Interests: occupational health; workplace allergy; aeroallergen monitoring; biomarkers of exposure and effect

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The prevalence of allergic, and non-allergic, asthma has been increasing, with serious implications for sufferers’ health, quality-of-life and employment.  Workplace allergen exposures, presentation of allergic symptoms  and the development of allergic asthma have been identified through clinical and workplace studies, and occupational health surveillance schemes.  The spread of  aeroallergens outside of the workplace  has also caused outbreaks of allergic asthma within the nearby general population.

The role of IgE-related sensitisation to inhaled allergenic proteins  in allergic asthma is understood. However, factors such as atopy status. smoking history, allergen cross-reactivities, non-inhalation routes of  sensitisation and modifying co-exposures suggest that the relationship between occupational exposure and the development of allergic asthma is not simple. Haptenisation of endogenous proteins by reactive low molecular weight chemicals  can also lead to allergic asthma, although  the industrially important isocyanates cause an “allergic-type asthma” without obvious IgE involvement.

Controlling aeroallergen levels reduces the asthma risk, but requires the capability to quantify exposure and thus understand those activities producing significant airborne allergen. A better understanding of  the journey from allergen exposure, sensitisation, respiratory inflammatory responses, to the development and diagnosis of work-related allergic  asthma  is also crucial, as is the identification of  risks from “new allergens” in the changing world of work in both developed and developing countries.

This special issue welcomes workplace, laboratory, clinical and case studies, as well as pertinent reviews on the above issues.

Dr. Howard J. Mason
Guest Editor

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  • Aeroallergen measurement
  • Aeroallergen characterisation
  • Workplace exposures
  • Exposure control
  • Prevalences of sensitisation and allergic symptoms
  • Biomarkers of lung inflammation
  • Diagnosis of work-related allergic asthma
  • Epidemiology
  • Novel occupational allergens

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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