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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917963/an-efficient-computational-fluid-particle-dynamics-method-to-predict-deposition-in-a-simplified-approximation-of-the-deep-lung
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P G Koullapis, P Hofemeier, J Sznitman, S C Kassinos
High-fidelity simulations of the complete airway tree are still largely beyond current computational capabilities. Towards large-scale simulations of the human lung, the current study introduces a numerical methodology to predict particle deposition in a simplified approximation of the deep lung during a full breathing cycle. The geometrical model employed consists of an idealised bronchial tree that represents generations 10 to 19 of the conducting zone and an heterogeneous acinar model created using a space-filling algorithm...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874982/measurement-of-milwaukee-brace-pad-pressure-in-adolescent-round-back-deformity-treatment
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Taher Babaee, Mojtaba Kamyab, Amir Ahmadi, Mohammad Ali Sanjari, Mohammad Saleh Ganjavian
STUDY DESIGN: In this prospective study, we measured the pad pressures of the Milwaukee brace in adolescent hyperkyphosis treatment. PURPOSE: We evaluated the skin-brace interface forces exerted by the main pads of the Milwaukee brace. OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: A fundamental factor associated with brace effectiveness in spinal deformity is pad force adjustment. However, few studies have evaluated the in-brace force magnitude and its effect on curve correction...
August 2017: Asian Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843617/model-based-clinical-pharmacology-profiling-and-exposure-response-relationships-of-the-efficacy-and-biomarker-of-lebrikizumab-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-asthma
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Rui Zhu, Yanan Zheng, Nathanael L Dirks, Shweta Vadhavkar, Jin Yan Jin, Kun Peng, Cecile T J Holweg, Julie Olsson, John G Matthews, Wendy S Putnam
Lebrikizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to interleukin-13 and has been evaluated as a treatment for moderate-to-severe asthma. Objectives of this work were to characterize lebrikizumab pharmacokinetics (PK), identify influential covariates, and graphically explore exposure-response relationships in moderate-to-severe asthmatics. Pooled PK data from 11 studies were used in the population PK model development. Full covariate modeling was used to evaluate the impact of pre-specified covariates...
August 23, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841881/reference-values-of-fractional-excretion-of-exhaled-nitric-oxide-among-non-smokers-and-current-smokers
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Kjell Torén, Nicola Murgia, Linus Schiöler, Björn Bake, Anna-Carin Olin
BACKGROUND: Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FENO) is used to assess of airway inflammation; diagnose asthma and monitor adherence to advised therapy. Reliable and accurate reference values for FENO are needed for both non-smoking and current smoking adults in the clinical setting. The present study was performed to establish reference adult FENO values among never-smokers, former smokers and current smokers. METHODS: FENO was measured in 5265 subjects aged 25-75 years in a general-population study, using a chemiluminescence (Niox ™) analyser according to the guidelines of the American Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society...
August 25, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837106/positive-rates-and-factors-associated-with-abnormal-lung-function-of-greenhouse-workers-in-china-a-cross-sectional-study
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Xiaojun Zhu, Panjun Gao, Yishuo Gu, Pei Xiao, Mengxuan Liu, Juan Chen, Yacai Cen, Wenjun Ma, Tao Li
Since the number of greenhouse workers are increasing in China, this observational cross-sectional study was designed to evaluate lung function and discuss the potential risk factors, to provide evidence in the surveillance of greenhouse workers' health. 678 greenhouse workers in Gansu Province, China were enrolled. A questionnaire which included demographic and occupational information was used. Vital capacity (VC), forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV₁), and FEV₁:FVC ratios (FEV₁/FVC), maximal expiratory flow after 50% of the FVC has not been exhaled (MEF50), maximal expiratory flow after 25% of the FVC has not been exhaled (MEF25) and maximal mid-expiratory flow curve (MMEF) were measured as lung function indicators...
August 24, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830420/a-randomised-controlled-two-centre-open-label-study-in-healthy-japanese-subjects-to-evaluate-the-effect-on-biomarkers-of-exposure-of-switching-from-a-conventional-cigarette-to-a-tobacco-heating-product
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Nathan Gale, Mike McEwan, Alison C Eldridge, Neil Sherwood, Edward Bowen, Simon McDermott, Emma Holmes, Andrew Hedge, Stuart Hossack, Oscar M Camacho, Graham Errington, John McAughey, James Murphy, Chuan Liu, Christopher J Proctor, Ian M Fearon
BACKGROUND: Smoking is a leading cause of numerous human disorders including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The development of modified risk tobacco products (MRTPs) has been suggested as a possible way to reduce the risks of tobacco smoking by reducing exposure to cigarette smoke toxicants. This study is designed to investigate whether biomarkers of such exposure are reduced when smokers switch from smoking commercial cigarettes to using either a novel or a commercially-available tobacco heating product (THP)...
August 22, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827118/assessing-individual-performance-and-maintaining-breath-sample-integrity-in-biomedical-detection-dogs
#7
Catherine Reeve, Peter Wentzell, Bjorn Wielens, Cortney Jones, Kim Stehouwer, Simon Gadbois
In empirical tests of biomedical detection dogs, exhaled breath samples are often used because breath contains volatile organic compounds that can signal metabolic states, infection, or disease. However, in studies that present dogs with breath samples, results show a notable degree of variability both between and within studies. Differing protocols for the collection and storage of exhaled breath samples may contribute to this observed variability. The goal of the current study was therefore to test whether there was a difference in the detectability of breath samples collected using silicone-coated versus uncoated cotton balls...
August 18, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818874/airway-calibre-variation-is-a-major-determinant-of-exhaled-nitric-oxide-s-ability-to-capture-asthma-control
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Alain Michils, Amaryllis Haccuria, Sebastien Michiels, Alain Van Muylem
Changes in airway calibre have the potential to modify exhaled nitric oxide fraction (FENO) values and could hamper how FENO captures changes in asthma control. Here, our objective was to assess whether forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) variations alter the ability of FENO to reflect asthma control.FENO, asthma control (Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ)) and FEV1 were measured at least two times in 527 patients during 1819 pairs of visits. Determinants of FENO-ACQ discordance probability were evaluated through a logistic regression analysis...
August 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810625/inhaled-corticosteroids-improve-lung-function-airway-hyper-responsiveness-and-airway-inflammation-but-not-symptom-control-in-patients-with-mild-intermittent-asthma-a-meta-analysis
#9
Wei Du, Ling Zhou, Yingmeng Ni, Yuanyuan Yu, Fang Wu, Guochao Shi
It remains controversial whether inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) should be used in patients with intermittent asthma. The present study aimed to assess the effect of ICS compared with placebo or other therapies in patients with intermittent asthma. Medline, Embase and CNKI databases were searched up to June 2016 and a meta-analysis was conducted. The findings demonstrated that in adult patients, when compared with placebo, ICS increased forced expiratory volume in 1 sec FEV1 [standardized mean difference (SMD), 0...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803201/influence-of-architectural-style-on-indoor-radon-concentration-in-a-radon-prone-area-a-case-study
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A Baeza, J García-Paniagua, J Guillén, B Montalbán
Indoor radon is a major health concern as it is a known carcinogenic. Nowadays there is a trend towards a greater energy conservation in buildings, which is reflected in an increasing number of regulations. But, can this trend increase the indoor radon concentration? In this paper, we selected a radon prone area in Spain and focused on single-family dwellings constructed in a variety of architectural styles. These styles ranged from 1729 up to 2014, with varying construction techniques (from local resources to almost universally standard building materials) and regulations in force (from none to the Spanish regulation in force)...
August 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791362/correlation-analysis-of-surfactant-protein-a-and-surfactant-protein-d-with-lung-function-in-exhaled-breath-condensate-from-lung-cancer-patients-with-and-without-copd
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Xuefeng Lin, Zhenlin Wu, Yichu Fan, Mingyou Chi, Xiaodong Wang, Xun Zhang, Daqiang Sun
Pulmonary surfactant protein A (SP‑A) and pulmonary surfactant protein D (SP‑D) are associated with the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of the present study was to determine the correlation between SP‑A, SP‑D and lung function in patients with COPD. A total of 60 patients with lung cancer undergoing unilateral lobectomy were selected and divided into three groups, including a non‑COPD group (n=20), a COPD treatment group (n=20) and a COPD control group (n=20)...
October 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751866/ventilatory-efficiency-in-children-and-adolescents-born-extremely-preterm
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Julie Hestnes, Hedda Hoel, Ole J Risa, Hanna O Romstøl, Ola Røksund, Bente Frisk, Einar Thorsen, Thomas Halvorsen, Hege H Clemm
Purpose: Children and adolescents born extremely preterm (EP) have lower dynamic lung volumes and gas transfer capacity than subjects born at term. Most studies also report lower aerobic capacity. We hypothesized that ventilatory efficiency was poorer and that breathing patterns differed in EP-born compared to term-born individuals. Methods: Two area-based cohorts of participants born with gestational age ≤28 weeks or birth weight ≤1000 g in 1982-85 (n = 46) and 1991-92 (n = 35) were compared with individually matched controls born at term...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749779/weekly-personal-ozone-exposure-and-respiratory-health-in-a-panel-of-greek-schoolchildren
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Anna Karakatsani, Evangelia Samoli, Sophia Rodopoulou, Konstantina Dimakopoulou, Despina Papakosta, Dionisios Spyratos, Georgios Grivas, Sofia Tasi, Nikolaos Angelis, Athanasios Thirios, Anastasios Tsiotsios, Klea Katsouyanni
BACKGROUND: The association of ozone exposure with respiratory outcomes has been investigated in epidemiologic studies mainly including asthmatic children. The findings reported had methodological gaps and inconsistencies. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate effects of personal ozone exposure on various respiratory outcomes in school-age children generally representative of the population during their normal activities. METHODS: We conducted a panel study in a representative sample of school-age children in the two major cities of Greece, Athens and Thessaloniki...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748646/small-airway-dysfunction-in-chronic-hypersensitivity-pneumonitis
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Selene Guerrero Zúñiga, Julia Sánchez Hernández, Heidegger Mateos Toledo, Mayra Mejía Ávila, Laura Gochicoa-Rangel, José Luis Miguel Reyes, Moisés Selman, Luis Torre-Bouscoulet
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Lung biopsies from patients with hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) have demonstrated small airway (SA) involvement, but there is no information concerning SA function in HP, and it is unknown whether pharmacological treatment could modify its function. SA function in patients with chronic HP using ultrasonic pneumography (UPG) and impulse oscillometry (IOS) was explored. We also compared initial results with those obtained after 4 weeks of standardized treatment with azathioprine and prednisone...
July 26, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713086/intensifying-approach-to-the-therapy-of-patients-with-constellation-of-the-diseases-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-osteoarthritis
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Vyacheslav N Zhdan, Maksim М Potyazhenko, Galina S Khaymenova, Nadezhda N Lyulka, Tatyana V Dubrovinskaya, Igor V Ivanitsky
INTRODUCTION: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of 21st century. About 210 million people all over the world are suffering with COPD, and annually 3 million people die of it. Under the influence of different factors, such as smoking, air prolusion, evaporation of chemicals, poisoning effect of chemical firings, inflammation processes take place in lungs, and if it is prolonged and take place simultaneously with morphological changes in the lungs, it it provide the de4velopment of the systemic inflammation process...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704185/phenotypes-determined-by-cluster-analysis-in-moderate-to-severe-bronchial-asthma
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Vania M Youroukova, Denitsa G Dimitrova, Anna D Valerieva, Spaska S Lesichkova, Tsvetelina V Velikova, Ekaterina I Ivanova-Todorova, Kalina D Tumangelova-Yuzeir
BACKGROUND: Bronchial asthma is a heterogeneous disease that includes various subtypes. They may share similar clinical characteristics, but probably have different pathological mechanisms. AIM: To identify phenotypes using cluster analysis in moderate to severe bronchial asthma and to compare differences in clinical, physiological, immunological and inflammatory data between the clusters. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty adult patients with moderate to severe bronchial asthma out of exacerbation were included...
June 1, 2017: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696913/linking-physiological-parameters-to-perturbations-in-the-human-exposome-environmental-exposures-modify-blood-pressure-and-lung-function-via-inflammatory-cytokine-pathway
#17
Matthew A Stiegel, Joachim D Pleil, Jon R Sobus, Tina Stevens, Michael C Madden
Human biomonitoring is an indispensable tool for evaluating the systemic effects derived from external stressors including environmental pollutants, chemicals from consumer products, and pharmaceuticals. The aim of this study was to explore consequences of environmental exposures to diesel exhaust (DE) and ozone (O3) and ultimately to interpret these parameters from the perspective of in vitro to in vivo extrapolation. In particular, the objective was to use cytokine expression at the cellular level as a biomarker for physiological systemic responses such as blood pressure and lung function at the systemic level...
2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692015/the-association-between-particulate-matter-air-pollution-and-respiratory-health-in-elderly-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#18
Yanhui Hao, Jing Zhao, Kan Wang, Nannan Feng, Pin Sun, Renjie Chen, Bin Han, Zhipeng Bai, Yiliang Zhu, Ying Gao, Zhao-Lin Xia
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the association between respiratory health and particulate matter (PM) air pollution in elderly type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) pre-, during, and post-the Chinese Lunar New Year (CLNY) holiday in Shanghai, China. METHODS: We conducted repeated measurements of lung function and inflammation biomarker in a cohort consisted of 60 participants with T2DM. RESULTS: Decreased PM2.5 exposure had an effect on respiratory health by increasing in forced expiratory flow in 1 second (FEV1) and forced vital capacity (FVC)...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676036/tobacco-use-among-kyrgyzstan-medical-students-an-11-year-follow-up-cross-sectional-study
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Nurlan Brimkulov, Denis Vinnikov, Zhamilia Dzhilkiadarova, Aigerim Aralbaeva
BACKGROUND: Medical students are the first line active force to combat tobacco epidemic, but they may suffer from high smoking prevalence and wrong attitude themselves. The aim of the study was to assess the effect of current curriculum on smoking behavior of medical students in Kyrgyzstan. METHODS: 20% random sample of all 6 years of the School of Medicine in Kyrgyz State Medical Academy were interviewed in spring 2016. The questionnaire included sections on tobacco products consumption and knowledge and attitude to counseling...
July 4, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663317/a-sputum-gene-expression-signature-predicts-oral-corticosteroid-response%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-asthma
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Bronwyn S Berthon, Peter G Gibson, Lisa G Wood, Lesley K MacDonald-Wicks, Katherine J Baines
Biomarkers that predict responses to oral corticosteroids (OCS) facilitate patient selection for asthma treatment. We hypothesised that asthma patients would respond differently to OCS therapy, with biomarkers and inflammometry predicting response.Adults with stable asthma underwent a randomised controlled cross-over trial of 50 mg prednisolone daily for 10 days (n=55). A six-gene expression biomarker signature (CLC, CPA3, DNASE1L3, IL1B, ALPL and CXCR2) in induced sputum, and eosinophils in blood and sputum were assessed and predictors of response were investigated (changes in forced expiratory volume in 1 s (ΔFEV1), six-item Asthma Control Questionnaire score (ΔACQ6) or exhaled nitric oxide fraction (ΔFeNO))...
June 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
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