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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220848/elevated-expression-of-placental-growth-factor-is-associated-with-airway-wall-vascular-remodelling-and-thickening-in-smokers-with-asthma
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Dong Wu, Tianwen Lai, Yalian Yuan, Min Chen, Jun Xia, Wen Li, Guihai Pan, Binfan Yuan, Quanchao Lv, Yanyu Li, Dongmin Li, Bin Wu
The increased expression of placental growth factor (PlGF) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and allergy-related asthma suggests its role in the pathogenesis of these diseases. In asthmatic smokers, airway remodelling is accompanied by an accelerated decline in lung function. However, whether PlGF contributes to the persistent airflow obstruction and vascular remodelling typically seen in asthmatic smokers is unknown. In this study we measured lung function, airway-wall thickening, and PlGF levels in serum and induced sputum in 74 asthmatic and 42 healthy smokers and never-smokers...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220034/exhaled-and-nasal-nitric-oxide-in-relation-to-lung-function-blood-cell-counts-and-disease-characteristics-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Christina Krantz, Christer Janson, Annika Hollsing, Kjell Alving, Andrei Malinovschi
BACKGROUND: Patients with CF have similar or lower exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and lower nasal nitric oxide (nNO) levels than controls. There are divergent results on alveolar NO (CalvNO) concentrations in relation to CF. There are inconsistent results on correlation between different nitric oxide parameters and lung function and inflammation in CF. AIM: To compare FeNO, CalvNO and nNO levels between subjects with CF, asthma and healthy controls and to study whether these parameters are related to lung function, blood cell counts or clinical characteristics in CF patients...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219428/characteristics-and-longitudinal-progression-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-gold-b-patients
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Philip J Lawrence, Umme Kolsum, Vandana Gupta, Gavin Donaldson, Richa Singh, Bethan Barker, Leena George, Adam Webb, Anthony J Brookes, Christopher Brightling, Jadwiga Wedzicha, Dave Singh
BACKGROUND: The characteristics and natural history of GOLD B COPD patients are not well described. The clinical characteristics and natural history of GOLD B patients over 1 year in a multicentre cohort of COPD patients in the COPDMAP study were assessed. We aimed to identify the subgroup of patients who progressed to GOLD D (unstable GOLD B patients) and identify characteristics associated with progression. METHODS: Three hundred seventy COPD patients were assessed at baseline and 12 months thereafter...
February 20, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214081/fev1-and-fvc-predict-all-cause-mortality-independent-of-cardiac-function-results-from-the-population-based-gutenberg-health-study
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Christina Magnussen, Francisco M Ojeda, Nargiz Rzayeva, Tanja Zeller, Christoph R Sinning, Norbert Pfeiffer, Manfred Beutel, Maria Blettner, Karl J Lackner, Stefan Blankenberg, Thomas Münzel, Klaus F Rabe, Philipp S Wild, Renate B Schnabel
BACKGROUND: Lung function has previously been related to increased mortality. Whether pulmonary impairment is associated with an increased mortality independent of cardiac dysfunction remains unclear. METHODS: In 15010 individuals from the general population (age range 35-74years, 51% men) in the Gutenberg Health Study we performed spirometry and transthoracic echocardiography. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (Nt-proBNP) and high-sensitive troponin I (hsTnI) were measured in all individuals...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212463/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-an-inhaled-selective-glucocorticoid-receptor-modulator-azd5423-in-copd-patients-phase-ii-study-results
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Piotr Kuna, Magnus Aurivillius, Carin Jorup, Susanne Prothon, Ziad Taib, Staffan Edsbäcker
AZD5423 is a novel, inhaled, selective glucocorticoid receptor modulator (SGRM), which in an allergen challenge model in asthmatics improved lung function and airway hyper-reactivity. In the current trial, AZD5423 was for the first time tested in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this double-blind, randomised and parallel group study, we examined airway and systemic effects of two doses of AZD5423, inhaled via Turbuhaler for 12 weeks, in 353 symptomatic COPD patients (average pre-bronchodilator forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) at screening was 50-52% of predicted normal)...
February 17, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212451/relationship-between-pre-anesthetic-and-intra-anesthetic-airway-resistance-in-patients-undergoing-general-anesthesia-a-prospective-observational-study
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Takamitsu Ikeda, Kanji Uchida, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Takahide Nagase, Koji Oba, Yoshitsugu Yamada
Surgery patients in Japan undergo routine spirometry testing prior to general anesthesia. The use of a flow sensor during general anesthesia has recently become common. However, it is not certain whether the information derived from flow-volume curves is being adequately used for mechanical ventilation management during general anesthesia. So far, there have been no attempts to calculate airway resistance using flow-volume curves. Therefore, we performed a prospective, observational study to investigate the relationship between pre-anesthetic and intra-anesthetic airway resistance in patients scheduled for surgery under general anesthesia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209422/-the-role-of-spirometry-in-encouraging-smoking-cessation-in-general-practice-a-pilot-study-using-lung-age
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A Lorenzo, F Noël, M Lorenzo, J Van Den Broucke
INTRODUCTION: Our aim was to investigate whether spirometry, performed in general practitioners' offices would change non-motivated smokers' attitudes toward smoking cessation. METHOD: We performed an interventional, prospective, before-after single-center study, approved by a research ethics committee. We included 74 smokers older than 18years old, who reported no intention to quit smoking, whatever they were visiting general practitioners for. We performed spirometry and gave them their results, FEV1/FVC and lung age together with a comment on it...
February 13, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209421/-reducing-smoking-by-half-in-copd-patients-does-it-reduce-fev1-decline
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G Peiffer, J Perriot, M Underner
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February 13, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207476/faecal-calprotectin-in-cystic-fibrosis-and-it-s-relation-to-disease-parameters-a-longitudinal-analysis-over-12-years
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Helmut Ellemunter, Alexander Engelhardt, Katharina Schüller, Gratiana Steinkamp
OBJECTIVES: Faecal calprotectin (FC) is a marker of inflammation in the intestinal tract. We assessed FC levels longitudinally in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and evaluated the relation between FC results and relevant markers of disease. METHODS: Calprotectin was measured in faecal samples starting in 2003 and values were stored in the centre's patient database. In this retrospective analysis we searched for associations of FC concentrations with disease severity and progression...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206676/thoracic-ct-mri-co-registration-for-regional-pulmonary-structure-function-measurements-of-obstructive-lung-disease
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Fumin Guo, Sarah Svenningsen, Miranda Kirby, Dante P I Capaldi, Khadija Sheikh, Aaron Fenster, Grace Parraga
PURPOSE: Recent pulmonary imaging research has revealed that in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, structural and functional abnormalities are spatially heterogeneous. This novel information may help optimize treatment in individual patients, monitor interventional efficacy and develop new treatments. Moreover, by automating the measurement of regional biomarkers for the 19 different anatomical lung segments, there is an opportunity to embed imaging biomarkers into clinically-acceptable clinical workflows and improve lung disease clinical care...
February 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203073/health-status-and-lung-function-in-the-swedish-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficient-cohort-identified-by-neonatal-screening-at-the-age-of-37-40-years
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Eeva Piitulainen, Behrouz Mostafavi, Hanan A Tanash
BACKGROUND: Severe alpha 1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency (genotype PiZZ) is a well-known risk factor for COPD. A cohort of PiZZ and PiSZ individuals was identified by the Swedish national neonatal AAT screening program in 1972-1974 and followed up regularly since birth. Our aim was to study the lung function, respiratory symptoms and health status at the age of 38 years in comparison with a random sample of control subjects selected from the population registry. METHODS: The study group included 120 PiZZ, 46 PiSZ and 164 control subjects (PiMM), who answered a questionnaire on smoking habits and symptoms and the Saint George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) on quality of life...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203068/ectopic-fat-accumulation-in-patients-with-copd-an-eclipse-substudy
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Mickaël Martin, Natalie Almeras, Jean-Pierre Després, Harvey O Coxson, George R Washko, Isabelle Vivodtzev, Emiel Fm Wouters, Erica Rutten, Michelle C Williams, John T Murchison, William MacNee, Don D Sin, François Maltais
BACKGROUND: Obesity is increasingly associated with COPD, but little is known about the prevalence of ectopic fat accumulation in COPD and whether this can possibly be associated with poor clinical outcomes and comorbidities. The Evaluation of COPD Longitudinally to Identify Predictive Surrogate Endpoints (ECLIPSE) substudy tested the hypothesis that COPD is associated with increased ectopic fat accumulation and that this would be associated with COPD-related outcomes and comorbidities...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202251/high-incidence-of-non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-positive-cultures-among-adolescent-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Zoé Cavalli, Quitterie Reynaud, Romain Bricca, Raphaële Nove-Josserand, Stéphane Durupt, Philippe Reix, Marie Perceval, Michèle Pérouse de Montclos, Gérard Lina, Isabelle Durieu
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the prevalence of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM)-positive cultures among our cystic fibrosis (CF) center patients, reviewed risk factors for NTM positivity, and determined its impact on lung function evolution. METHODS: From 2009 to 2014, CF adults and children attending the CF center of Lyon (France) and having at least one positive NTM isolate were included. Each case was matched by age and gender with two CF patients with no NTM isolate (controls)...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199345/impact-of-chronic-rhinosinusitis-on-severe-asthma-patients
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Ta-Jen Lee, Chia-Hsiang Fu, Chun-Hua Wang, Chi-Che Huang, Chien-Chia Huang, Po-Hung Chang, Yi-Wei Chen, Chia-Chen Wu, Ching-Lung Wu, Han-Pin Kuo
Coexistence of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) with asthma appears to impair asthma control. Type-2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) respond to the cytokines of thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), interleukin (IL)-25 and IL-33, thus contributing to airway diseases such as CRS and asthma. We investigate whether the augmented Th2-cytokines in CRS might be related to sinonasal tract ILC2s corresponding to enhanced IL-25, IL-33 and TSLP release in severe asthmatics, and be involved in asthma control. Twenty-eight asthmatics (12 non-severe and 16 severe) with CRS receiving nasal surgery were enrolled...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195659/silica-exposure-and-disease-in-semi-precious-stone-craftsmen-minas-gerais-brazil
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Ana Paula S Carneiro, Nayara F T Braz, Eduardo Algranti, Olivia M P A Bezerra, Natália P S Araujo, Lênio S Amaral Eng Hyg, Jean L Edmé, Annie Sobaszek, Nathalie Chérot-Kornobis
BACKGROUND: Brazil is an exporter of precious stones and craftsmen often work in poor conditions. We assessed silica-related diseases among crystal craftsmen and the complexity of its control. METHODS: Case-series including 118 subjects evaluated from 2006 to 2015, based on medical interviews, chest X-rays, spirometry, and respirable silica samples. RESULTS: Median age and length of exposure were 32 and 13 years, respectively. Silicosis, with 1/0 as a threshold, was diagnosed radiologically in 57 individuals (48...
March 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195657/pulmonary-function-and-airway-inflammation-among-dairy-parlor-workers-after-exposure-to-inhalable-aerosols
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Matthew W Nonnenmann, David Gimeno Ruiz de Porras, Jeffrey Levin, David Douphrate, Vijay Boggaram, Joshua Schaffer, Michael Gallagher, Madeleine Hornick, Stephen Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Inhalation exposure to organic dust causes lung inflammation among agricultural workers. Due to changes in production and work organization, task-based inhalation exposure data, including novel lung inflammation biomarkers, will inform exposure recommendations for dairy farm workers. METHODS: Linear regression was used to estimate the associations of airborne exposure to dust concentration, endotoxin, and muramic acid with pulmonary outcomes (i.e., FEV1 , exhaled nitric oxide)...
March 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194830/parasternal-intercostal-muscle-activity-during-methacholine-induced-bronchoconstriction
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Victoria MacBean, Claire L Pringle, Alan C Lunt, Keith D Sharp, Ashraf Ali, Anne Greenough, John Moxham, Gerrard F Rafferty
Neural respiratory drive, measured via the parasternal intercostal electromyogram (EMGpara), provides a non-invasive index of the load-capacity balance of the respiratory muscle pump. Previous studies in patients with obstructive lung disease have shown strong relationships between EMGpara and the extent of both airflow obstruction and hyperinflation. The relative influence of the two factors has not, however, been described. Airflow obstruction was induced via methacholine challenge testing in twenty-five adult humans...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193558/allergic-disease-associations-with-regional-and-localized-estimates-of-air-pollution
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Amy A Schultz, Jamie J Schauer, Kristen Mc Malecki
BACKGROUND: Exposure to multiple types of air pollution may contribute to and exacerbate allergic diseases including asthma and wheezing. However, few studies have examined chronic air pollution exposure and allergic disease outcomes among an adult population. Associations between potential estimates of annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5), traffic related air pollution, and industrial source air emissions and three allergic disease outcomes (asthma, allergies and wheezing) were examined in a state-wide general population of adults...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192114/sirolimus-and-autophagy-inhibition-in-lam-results-of-a-phase-i-clinical-trial
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Souheil El-Chemaly, Angelo Taveira-Dasilva, Hilary J Goldberg, Elizabeth Peters, Mary Haughey, Don Bienfang, Amanda M Jones, Patricia Julien-Williams, Ye Cui, Julian A Villalba, Shefali Bagwe, Rie Maurer, Ivan O Rosas, Joel Moss, Elizabeth P Henske
BACKGROUND: Animal and cellular studies support the importance of autophagy inhibition in lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). In a cohort of subjects with LAM, we tested the hypothesis that treatment with sirolimus and hydroxycholoroquine (an autophagy inhibitor) at 2 different dose levels is safe and well tolerated. Secondary endpoints included changes in lung function. METHODS: This 48-week, two-center Phase I trial evaluated the safety of escalating oral hydroxychloroquine doses (100-200 mg) given twice a day in combination with sirolimus to eligible patients ≥18 years old with LAM...
February 10, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188833/metabolomic-profiling-of-lung-function-in-costa-rican-children-with-asthma
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Rachel S Kelly, Yamini Virkud, Rachel Giorgio, Juan C Celedón, Scott T Weiss, Jessica Lasky-Su
BACKGROUND: The development of novel therapeutics and treatment regimens for the management of asthma is hindered by an incomplete understanding of its heterogeneous nature and pathophysiology. Metabolomics can provide an integrated and global profile of a biological system in a dysregulated state, making it a valuable tool to identify biomarkers along the disease development pathway and to understand the biological mechanisms driving that pathway. METHODS: Liquid Chromatography-Mass spectrometry metabolomic profiling was conducted on plasma samples provided at recruitment for 380 children with asthma from the 'Genetic Epidemiology of Asthma in Costa Rica Cohort'...
February 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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