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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944752/a-randomised-controlled-study-of-the-effectiveness-of-breathing-retraining-exercises-taught-by-a-physiotherapist-either-by-instructional-dvd-or-in-face-to-face-sessions-in-the-management-of-asthma-in-adults
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Mike Thomas, Anne Bruton, Paul Little, Stephen Holgate, Amanda Lee, Lucy Yardley, Steve George, James Raftery, Jennifer Versnel, David Price, Ian Pavord, Ratko Djukanovic, Michael Moore, Sarah Kirby, Guiqing Yao, Shihua Zhu, Emily Arden-Close, Manimekalai Thiruvothiyur, Frances Webley, Mark Stafford-Watson, Elizabeth Dixon, Lynda Taylor
BACKGROUND: Asthma control is suboptimal, resulting in quality of life (QoL) impairment and costs. Breathing retraining exercises have evidence of effectiveness as adjuvant treatment, but are infrequently used. OBJECTIVES: To transfer the contents of a brief (three-session) physiotherapist-delivered breathing retraining programme to a digital versatile disc (DVD) and booklet format; to compare the effectiveness of the self-guided intervention with that of 'face-to-face' physiotherapy and usual care for QoL and other asthma-related outcomes; to perform a health economic assessment of both interventions; and to perform a process evaluation using quantitative and qualitative methods...
September 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944471/a-composite-of-exhaled-ltb4-lxa4-feno-and-fev1-as-an-asthma-classification-ratio-characterizes-childhood-asthma
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Li-Chen Chen, Hsu-Min Tseng, Ming-Ling Kuo, Chih-Yung Chiu, Sui-Ling Liao, Kuan-Wen Su, Ming-Han Tsai, Man-Chin Hua, Shen-Hao Lai, Tsung-Chieh Yao, Kuo-Wei Yeh, Ai-Hsuan Wu, Jing-Long Huang, Shau-Ku Huang
BACKGROUND: Aberrant generation of eicosanoids is associated with asthma, but the evidence remains incomplete and its potential utility as biomarkers is unclear. Major eicosanoids in exhaled breath condensates (EBCs) were assessed as candidate markers for childhood asthma. METHODS: Ten exhaled eicosanoid species was evaluated using ELISA in the discovery phase, followed by prediction model-building and validation phases. RESULTS: Exhaled LTB4 , LTE4 , PGE2 and LXA4 showed significant difference between asthmatics (N=60) and controls (N=20)...
September 25, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942008/transport-of-ellipsoid-fibers-in-oscillatory-shear-flows-implications-for-aerosol-deposition-in-deep-airways
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Lihi Shachar-Berman, Yan Ostrovski, Alessandro De Rosis, Stavros Kassinos, Josué Sznitman
It is widely acknowledged that inhaled fibers, e.g. air pollutants and anthropogenic particulate matter, hold the ability to deposit deep into the lungs reaching the distal pulmonary acinar airways as a result of their aerodynamic properties; these particles tend to align with the flow and thus stay longer airborne relative to their spherical counterpart, due to higher drag forces that resist sedimentation. Together with a high surface-to-volume ratio, such characteristics may render non-spherical particles, and fibers in particular, potentially attractive airborne carriers for drug delivery...
September 20, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940836/small-airway-involvement-in-the-late-allergic-response-in-asthma
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Henning Stenberg, Zuzana Diamant, Jaro Ankerst, Leif Bjermer, Ellen Tufvesson
BACKGROUND: Allergy and asthma are closely linked. Inhalation of allergen induces an early allergic response (EAR) within the airways of allergic asthmatic subjects, which is followed by a late allergic response (LAR) in approximately 50% of the subjects. The LAR is defined as a drop in forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1 ) from baseline usually occurring 4-8 h after exposure, and is believed to affect small airways. However, FEV1 is insensitive to changes in small airway physiology...
September 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929293/predictive-biomarkers-for-asthma-therapy
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REVIEW
Sarah K Medrek, Amit D Parulekar, Nicola A Hanania
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Asthma is a heterogeneous disease characterized by multiple phenotypes. Treatment of patients with severe disease can be challenging. Predictive biomarkers are measurable characteristics that reflect the underlying pathophysiology of asthma and can identify patients that are likely to respond to a given therapy. This review discusses current knowledge regarding predictive biomarkers in asthma. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent trials evaluating biologic therapies targeting IgE, IL-5, IL-13, and IL-4 have utilized predictive biomarkers to identify patients who might benefit from treatment...
September 19, 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928564/comparison-of-i-gel%C3%A2-and-laryngeal-mask-airway-supreme%C3%A2-in-different-head-and-neck-positions-in-spontaneously-breathing-pediatric-population
#6
Swati Gupta, Neelam Dogra, Kanchan Chauhan
BACKGROUND: Although the advantages of ventilation with i-gel™ and laryngeal mask airway Supreme (LMA-Supreme™) has been well documented, they are still under debate for surgeries requiring flexion and extension of neck such as thyroid surgery, tonsillectomy, and neck exploration. Hence, we conducted a study to demonstrate the effect of neck flexion and extension in spontaneously breathing anesthetized pediatric patients utilizing i-gel™ and LMA-Supreme™. METHODS: A prospective, randomized comparative study was conducted on sixty children, thirty each in i-gel™ and LMA-Supreme™ group...
July 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925894/aerosol-a-novel-vehicle-in-pharmacotherapy-in-neonates
#7
Ronan MacLoughlin, Colin Telfer, Andy Clark, James Fink
BACKGROUND: Local delivery of drugs to the lungs of newborn infant represents an unmet need as no drugs have been approved. Potential benefits could be large. Development of aerosol for delivery of drugs to infants and newborn offers huge potential for better therapy. Newborn infants present unique challenges with regard to aerosol therapy. Efficient deposition of aerosolized medications on the neonate airway surface is hampered by anatomical features such as small airway geometries and physiological features such as exquisitely small tidal volumes, rapid breathing and unfavorable inhalation:exhalation ratios...
September 18, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925377/applied-upper-airway-resistance-instantly-affects-breath-components-a-unique-insight-into-pulmonary-medicine
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Pritam Sukul, Jochen Schubert, Svend Kamysek, Phillip Trefz, Wolfram Miekisch
Respiratory parameters such as flow or rate have complex effects onto exhalation of volatile substances and can hamper clinical interpretation of breath biomarkers. We investigated effects of progressively applied upper-airway resistances onto exhalation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in healthy humans. We performed real-time mass-spectrometric determination of breath volatiles in 50 subjects with parallel non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring, breath-resolved spirometry and capnometry during controlled tidal breathing (12 breaths/min)...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920579/point-of-care-companion-diagnostic-tests-for-personalizing-psychiatric-medications-fulfilling-an-unmet-clinical-need
#9
Anil S Modak
Over the last decade stable isotope labeled substrates have been used as probes for rapid, point of care, non invasive and user friendly phenotype breath tests to evaluate activity of drug metabolizing enzymes. These diagnostic breath tests can be potentially used as Companion diagnostics (CDx) by physicians to personalize medications especially psychiatric drugs with narrow therapeutic windows, to monitor the progress of disease severity, medication efficacy and to study in vivo the pharmacokinetics of xenobiotics, Several genotype tests have been approved by the FDA over the last 15 years, however, they have not been cleared for use in personalizing medications since they fall woefully short in identifying all non responders to drugs especially for the CYP450 enzymes...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
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/28911841/the-consistency-and-influence-of-environmental-and-animal-factors-on-exhaled-breath-condensate-hydrogen-peroxide-ph-and-leukotriene-b4-in-horses
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S du Preez, S L Raidal, G S Doran, S G Nielsen, K J Hughes
This study was performed to determine the consistency of exhaled breath condensate (EBC) hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), pH and leukotriene B4 (LTB4) measurements in asymptomatic horses and to define the influence of environmental and animal factors on these variables. Intra- and inter-day consistency for both H2O2 and pH measurements were adequate, with intraclass correlation coefficients ≥0.8, whereas the consistency for LTB4 was poor. H2O2 was influenced by ambient temperature (TA), humidity, time of day and collection location (all P<0...
August 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910313/a-detailed-comparison-of-analysis-processes-for-mcc-ims-data-in-disease-classification-automated-methods-can-replace-manual-peak-annotations
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Salome Horsch, Dominik Kopczynski, Elias Kuthe, Jörg Ingo Baumbach, Sven Rahmann, Jörg Rahnenführer
MOTIVATION: Disease classification from molecular measurements typically requires an analysis pipeline from raw noisy measurements to final classification results. Multi capillary column-ion mobility spectrometry (MCC-IMS) is a promising technology for the detection of volatile organic compounds in the air of exhaled breath. From raw measurements, the peak regions representing the compounds have to be identified, quantified, and clustered across different experiments. Currently, several steps of this analysis process require manual intervention of human experts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901297/metabolic-effects-of-inhaled-salbutamol-determined-by-exhaled-breath-analysis
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Martin T Gaugg, Anna Engler, Yvonne Nussbaumer-Ochsner, Lukas Bregy, Anna S Stöberl, Thomas Gaisl, Tobias Bruderer, Renato Zenobi, Malcolm Kohler, Pablo Martinez-Lozano Sinues
We explore whether real-time breath analysis by high resolution mass spectrometry is suitable to monitor changes at the metabolic level due to inhaling bronchodilator medication. We compared the breath levels of metabolites in a group of patients (n = 50) at baseline and 10 and 30 min after inhalation of 200 μg salbutamol. The same procedure was performed with a group of controls (n = 48) inhaling a placebo spray. A total of 131 mass spectral features were significantly altered as a result of inhaling medication, but not after inhaling placebo...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894372/frequent-respiratory-events-in-postoperative-patients-aged-60-years-and-above
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Suzanne Jl Broens, Xuan He, Rachel Evley, Erik Olofsen, Marieke Niesters, Ravi P Mahajan, Albert Dahan, Monique van Velzen
There is limited information on the occurrence of respiratory events in postoperative patients after discharge from the postanesthesia care unit. We studied the respiratory rate (RR) of 68 patients aged 60 years and above during the first 6 hours following elective surgery under general anesthesia to assess the frequency of respiratory events in the care unit and on the ward. RR was derived from the continuous RR counter RespiR8, measuring RR by quantifying the humidity of exhaled air. One-minute-averaged RRs were collected and analyzed to assess the frequency of postoperative bradypnea (RR 1-6 breaths/minute) and apnea (cessation of inspiratory flow ≥60 seconds)...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894051/standardization-of-the-collection-of-exhaled-breath-condensate-and-exhaled-breath-aerosol-using-a-feedback-regulated-sampling-device
#15
Brett R Winters, Joachim D Pleil, Michelle M Angrish, Matthew A Stiegel, Terence H Risby, Michael C Madden
Exhaled breath condensate (EBC) and associated exhaled breath aerosols (EBA) are valuable non-invasive biological media used for the quantification of biomarkers. EBC contains exhaled water vapor, soluble gas-phase (polar) organic compounds, ionic species, plus other species including semi- and non-volatile organic compounds, proteins, cell fragments, DNA, dissolved inorganic compounds, ions, and micro-biota (bacteria and viruses) dissolved in the co-collected EBA. EBC is collected from subjects who breathe "normally" through a chilled tube assembly for approximately 10 minutes and is then harvested into small vials for analysis...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891296/non-invasive-body-fat-burn-monitoring-from-exhaled-acetone-with-si-doped-wo3-sensing-nanoparticles
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Andreas T Güntner, Noriane A Sievi, S Jonathan Theodore, Tobias Gulich, Malcolm Kohler, Sotiris E Pratsinis
Obesity is a global health threat on the rise and its prevalence continues to grow. Yet suitable biomedical sensors to monitor the body fat burn rates in situ to guide physical activity or dietary interventions toward efficient weight loss are missing. Here, we introduce a compact and inexpensive breath acetone sensor based on Si-doped WO3 nanoparticles that can accurately follow body fat burn rates in real-time. We tested this sensor on 20 volunteers during exercise and rest and measured their individual breath acetone concentrations in good agreement to bench-top proton transfer reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometry (PTR-TOF-MS)...
September 11, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883045/breath-to-breath-variability-of-exhaled-co2-as-a-marker-of-lung-dysmaturity-in-infancy
#17
Sotirios Fouzas, Ilias Theodorakopoulos, Edgar Wilfried Delgado-Eckert, Philipp Latzin, Urs Frey
The concept of diffusional screening implies that breath-to-breath variations in CO2 clearance, when related to the variability of breathing, may contain information on the quality and utilization of the available alveolar surface. We explored the validity of the above hypothesis in a cohort of young infants of comparable post-menstrual age but born at different stages of lung maturity, namely, in term-born infants (N = 128), preterm-born infants without chronic lung disease of infancy (CLDI) (N = 53) and preterm infants with moderate/severe CLDI (N = 87)...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881848/biomarkers-for-early-diagnosis-of-malignant-mesothelioma-do-we-need-another-moonshot
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REVIEW
Sabrina Lagniau, Kevin Lamote, Jan P van Meerbeeck, Karim Y Vermaelen
Early diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a challenge for clinicians. The disease is usually detected in an advanced stage which precludes curative treatment. We assume that only new and non-invasive biomarkers allowing earlier detection will result in better patient management and outcome. Many efforts have already been made to find suitable biomarkers in blood and pleural effusions, but have not yet resulted in a valid and reproducible diagnostic one. In this review, we will highlight the strengths and shortcomings of blood and fluid based biomarkers and highlight the potential of breath analysis as a non-invasive screening tool for MPM...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879861/integrating-exhaled-breath-diagnostics-by-disease-sniffing-dogs-with-instrumental-laboratory-analysis
#19
Joachim Pleil, Roger Giese
Dogs have been studied for many years as a medical diagnostic tool to detect a pre-clinical disease state by sniffing emissions directly from a human or an in vitro biological sample. Some of the studies report high sensitivity and specificity in blinded case-control studies. However, in these studies it is completely unknown as to which suites of chemicals the dogs detect and how they ultimately interpret this information amidst confounding background odors. Herein, we consider the advantages and challenges of canine olfaction for early (meaningful) detection of cancer, and propose an experimental concept to narrow the molecular signals used by the dog for sample classification to laboratory-based instrumental analysis...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872051/optimization-of-sampling-parameters-for-standardized-exhaled-breath-sampling
#20
Sophie Doran, Andrea Romano, George B Hanna
The lack of standardization of breath sampling is a major contributing factor to the poor repeatability of results and hence represents a barrier to the adoption of breath tests in clinical practice. On-line and bag breath sampling have advantages but do not suit multicentre clinical studies whereas storage and robust transport are essential for the conduct of wide-scale studies. Several devices have been developed to control sampling parameters and to concentrate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) onto thermal desorption (TD) tubes and subsequently transport those tubes for laboratory analysis...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
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