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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325021/evaluation-of-lung-ventilation-distribution-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-patients-using-the-global-inhomogeneity-index
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F Trenk, L Mendes, P Carvalho, R P Paiva, J Henriques, N Maglaveras, I Chouvarda, V Tsara, C A Teixeira
The global inhomogeneity (GI) index is a electrical impedance tomography (EIT) parameter that quantifies the tidal volume distribution within the lung. In this work the global inhomogeneity index was computed for twenty subjects in order to evaluate his potential use in the detection and follow up of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. EIT data of 17 subjects were acquired: 14 patients with the main diagnoses of COPD and 3 healthy subjects which served as a control group. Two or three datasets of around 30 seconds were acquired at 33 scans/s and analysed for each subject...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319817/indoor-air-quality-of-low-and-middle-income-urban-households-in-durban-south-africa
#2
Nkosana Jafta, Lars Barregard, Prakash M Jeena, Rajen N Naidoo
INTRODUCTION: Elevated levels of indoor air pollutants may cause cardiopulmonary disease such as lower respiratory infection, chronic obstructive lung disease and lung cancer, but the association with tuberculosis (TB) is unclear. So far the risk estimates of TB infection or/and disease due to indoor air pollution (IAP) exposure are based on self-reported exposures rather than direct measurements of IAP, and these exposures have not been validated. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to characterize and develop predictive models for concentrations of three air pollutants (PM10, NO2 and SO2) in homes of children participating in a childhood TB study...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318340/characteristic-plethysmographic-findings-in-a-guinea-pig-model-of-copd
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Edgar Ramírez-Ramírez, Armando Torres-Ramírez, Jesús Alquicira-Mireles, Abraham Cañavera-Constantino, Patricia Segura-Medina, Martha Montaño-Ramírez, Carlos Ramos-Abraham, Mario H Vargas, José Luis Arreola-Ramírez
AIM OF THE STUDY: Long-term exposure to cigarette smoke generates chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in guinea pigs, but a comprehensive evaluation of changes in lung function, as assessed by barometric whole body plethysmography (WBP), is lacking. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Female guinea pigs were exposed to the smoke of 20 cigarettes/day, 5 days/week, during 10 weeks (COPD group, n = 8), and were compared with unexposed female guinea pigs of the same age (control group, n = 8)...
March 20, 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318274/do-multiple-health-events-reduce-resilience-when-compared-with-single-events
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Ruth T Morin, Isaac R Galatzer-Levy, Fiona Maccallum, George A Bonanno
OBJECTIVE: The impact of multiple major life stressors is hypothesized to reduce the probability of resilience and increase rates of mortality. However, this hypothesis lacks strong empirical support because of the lack of prospective evidence. This study investigated whether experiencing multiple major health events diminishes rates of resilience and increases rates of mortality using a large population-based prospective cohort. METHOD: There were n = 1,395 individuals sampled from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and examined prospectively from 2 years before 4 years after either single or multiple health events (lung disease, heart disease, stroke, or cancer)...
March 20, 2017: Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317464/molecular-mechanisms-of-pulmonary-response-progression-in-crystalline-silica-exposed-rats
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Rajendran Sellamuthu, Christina Umbright, Jenny R Roberts, Shih-Houng Young, Diana Richardson, Walter McKinney, Bean T Chen, Shengqiao Li, Michael Kashon, Pius Joseph
An understanding of the mechanisms underlying diseases is critical for their prevention. Excessive exposure to crystalline silica is a risk factor for silicosis, a potentially fatal pulmonary disease. Male Fischer 344 rats were exposed by inhalation to crystalline silica (15 mg/m(3), six hours/day, five days) and pulmonary response was determined at 44 weeks following termination of silica exposure. Additionally, global gene expression profiling in lungs and BAL cells and bioinformatic analysis of the gene expression data were done to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the progression of pulmonary response to silica...
March 19, 2017: Inhalation Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316929/cytomegalovirus-pneumonitis-complicated-by-a-central-peribronchial-pattern-of-organising-pneumonia
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Maria M Cuadrado, Asia Ahmed, Ben Carpenter, Jeremy S Brown
We present five cases of cytomegalovirus (CMV) pneumonitis occurring in patients after recent T cell deplete allogeneic stem cell transplantation (AlloHSCT). These cases were complicated by an organising pneumonia (during the recovery period) with a predominantly central peribronchial pattern. All patients presented with evidence of active CMV pneumonitis which was treated successfully with anti-viral therapy but was followed by persistent severe dyspnoea, cough and hypoxia. High resolution computed tomography (HRCT) imaging showed widespread central peribronchial consolidation with traction bronchiectasis...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315911/reproducibility-of-a-semi-quantitative-lobar-pulmonary-ventilation-and-perfusion-technique-using-spet-and-ct
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Esber N El-Barhoun, Ghee Chew, Benjamin Crouch, Barry Chatterton
OBJECTIVE: Evaluation of regional lung function is valuable prior to lung surgery in patients with chronic lung disease. Our aim was to evaluate the reproducibility of a locally developed single photon emission tomography/computed tomography (SPET/CT) programme between and within three observers in assessing lobar pulmonary volumes, perfusion and ventilation. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Twelve lung transplantation candidates had VQ SPET and diagnostic CT to determine lobar pulmonary function and plan surgery...
March 20, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315490/neutralization-of-both-il-1%C3%AE-il-1%C3%AE-plays-a-major-role-in-suppressing-combined-cigarette-smoke-virus-induced-pulmonary-inflammation-in-mice
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Hannes Bucher, Samuel Mang, Martina Keck, Michèl Przibilla, David Lamb, Felix Schiele, Mareike Wittenbrink, Klaus Fuchs, Birgit Jung, Klaus J Erb, Daniel Peter
Smoking is an important risk factor for the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and viral infections are believed to be major triggers of exacerbations, which periodically lead to a worsening of symptoms. The pro-inflammatory IL-1 family members IL-1α and IL-1β are increased in COPD patients and might contribute to disease pathology. We investigated whether individual or combined inhibition of these cytokines reduced lung inflammation in cigarette smoke (CS)-exposed and H1N1-infected BALB/c mice...
March 15, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315489/effect-of-angiotensin-2-receptor-blockers-on-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease-mortality-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Pilar Paulin, Joaquin Maritano Furcada, Catalina M Ungaro, Gisela Bendelman, Gabriel D Waisman, Matias H Castro, Diego H Giunta, Bruno L Ferreyro
INTRODUCTION: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fifth cause of mortality worldwide. Systemic inflammation is a crucial element in its physiopathology. As Renin-Angiotensin System is one of the main components of this inflammatory neurohumoral cascade, Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs) might have an effect on mortality in COPD patients. GOAL: To evaluate the association between ARBs treatment and mortality in COPD patients. METHODS: Retrospective cohort of patients with diagnosis of COPD from 2003 to 2013...
March 14, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314802/an-ex-vivo-model-to-induce-early-fibrosis-like-changes-in-human-precision-cut-lung-slices
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Hani N Alsafadi, Claudia A Staab-Weijnitz, Mareike Lehmann, Michael Lindner, Britta Peschel, Melanie Königshoff, Darcy Elizabeth Wagner
IPF is a devastating chronic interstitial lung disease (ILD) characterized by lung tissue scarring and high morbidity. Lung epithelial injury, myofibroblast activation, and deranged repair are believed to be key processes involved in disease onset and progression but the exact molecular mechanisms behind IPF remain unclear. Several drugs have been shown to slow disease progression, but treatments which halt or reverse IPF progression have not been identified. Ex vivo models of human lung have been proposed for drug discovery, one of which is precision-cut lung slices (PCLS)...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314540/technological-advances-shed-light-on-left-ventricular-cardiac-disturbances-in-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Zahra N Sayyid, Zachary M Sellers
Cystic fibrosis (CF), the most common autosomal recessive lethal disease in Caucasians, causes chronic pulmonary disease and can lead to cor pulmonale with right ventricular dysfunction. The presence of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) in cardiac myocardia has prompted debate regarding possible defective ion channel-induced cardiomyopathy. Clinical heart disease in CF is considered rare and is restricted to case reports. It has been unclear if this is due to the lack of physiological importance of CFTR in the heart, the relatively short lifespan of those with CF, or a technical inability to detect subclinical disease...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314480/airways-antiallergic-effect-and-pharmacokinetics-of-alkaloids-from-alstonia-scholaris
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Yun-Li Zhao, Jing Cao, Jian-Hua Shang, Ya-Ping Liu, Afsar Khan, Heng-Shan Wang, Yi Qian, Lu Liu, Min Ye, Xiao-Dong Luo
BACKGROUND: Alstonia scholaris (L.) R. Br. (Apocynaceae), an important herbal medicine, has been widely used to treat respiratory tract diseases, such as cough, asthma, phlegm, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. PURPOSE: To evaluate pharmacological effect of alkaloids from A. scholaris on ovalbumin induced airways allergic inflammatory model, and explore whether the dosing frequency is related to pharmacokinetics. STUDY DESIGN: After oral administration of total alkaloids, the pharmacokinetic study of it was investigated...
April 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306733/hypervirulent-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-strain-triggers-necrotic-lung-pathology-associated-with-enhanced-recruitment-of-neutrophils-in-resistant-c57bl-6-mice
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Fabrício M Almeida, Thatiana L B Ventura, Eduardo P Amaral, Simone C M Ribeiro, Sanderson D Calixto, Marcelle R Manhães, Andreza L Rezende, Giliane S Souzal, Igor S de Carvalho, Elisangela C Silva, Juliana Azevedo da Silva, Eulógio C Q Carvalho, Afranio L Kritski, Elena B Lasunskaia
Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) that in most cases induces irreversible necrosis of lung tissue as a result of excessive inflammatory reactions. The murine model of TB in resistant C57BL/6 mice infected with reference Mtb strains is widely used in TB studies; however, these mice do not show a necrotic pathology, which restricts their use in studies of irreversible tissue damage. Recently, we demonstrated that necrotic lung lesions could be induced in the C57BL/6 mice by highly virulent Mtb strains belonging to the modern Beijing sublineage...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306684/implementation-and-outcomes-of-a-community-based-pulmonary-rehabilitation-program-in-rural-appalachia
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Daniel Doyle, Chaffee Tommarello, Mike Broce, Mary Emmett, Cecil Pollard
PURPOSE: To report on the implementation and clinical outcomes of a community-based pulmonary rehabilitation program in rural Appalachia. METHODS: Three rural health centers and a large referral hospital worked together to establish pulmonary rehabilitation services based on AACVPR guidelines. Each site hired at least 1 respiratory therapist. To measure clinical outcomes, a retrospective medical record study compared pre- and post-program values for the modified Medical Research Council dyspnea level, 6-minute walk test (6MWT), negative inspiratory force (NIF), respiratory disease knowledge, St George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ), BODE index (body mass index, airflow obstruction, dyspnea and exercise capacity), and smoking status...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306355/alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency-disease-management-and-learning-from-studies
#15
Timm Greulich
Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is one of the most frequent genetic causes of liver and lung diseases. Despite its known association with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), AATD is largely unrecognised and underdiagnosed. Cases of AATD exist within every COPD or spirometry population but must be actively investigated. AATD is a laboratory diagnosis that must be confirmed by a blood test. A number of clinical 'clues' can raise suspicion of AATD, potentially facilitating earlier diagnosis and initiation of appropriate treatment...
March 15, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306326/classification-of-airflow-limitation-based-on-z-score-underestimates-mortality-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Elena Tejero, Eva Prats, Raquel Casitas, Raúl Galera, Paloma Pardo, Adelaida Gavilán, Elisabet Martínez-Cerón, Carolina Cubillos-Zapata, Luis Del Peso, Francisco García-Río
RATIONALE: Global Lung Function Initiative recommends reporting lung function measures as z-score, and a classification of airflow limitation (AL) based on this parameter has recently been proposed. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognostic capacity of the AL classifications based on z-score or percentage predicted in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS: A cohort of 2614 COPD patients recruited outside the hospital setting was examined after 57±13 months of follow-up, totalling 10,322 person-years...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304347/plausible-roles-for-rage-in-conditions-exacerbated-by-direct-and-indirect-secondhand-smoke-exposure
#17
REVIEW
Joshua B Lewis, Kelsey M Hirschi, Juan A Arroyo, Benjamin T Bikman, David L Kooyman, Paul R Reynolds
Approximately 1 billion people smoke worldwide, and the burden placed on society by primary and secondhand smokers is expected to increase. Smoking is the leading risk factor for myriad health complications stemming from diverse pathogenic programs. First- and second-hand cigarette smoke contains thousands of constituents, including several carcinogens and cytotoxic chemicals that orchestrate chronic inflammatory responses and destructive remodeling events. In the current review, we outline details related to compromised pulmonary and systemic conditions related to smoke exposure...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304321/calcium-chloride-in-neonatal-parenteral-nutrition-a-15-year-experience
#18
R K Huston, J W Kaempf, M Wang, L Wang, Gary L Grunkemeier, Howard S Cohen
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine if outcomes at our neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) since we began using calcium chloride (CaCl2) as our preferred calcium additive in order to reduce aluminum (Al) exposure are within expected outcome ranges for NICUs in the U.S. where calcium gluconate in glass vials (CaGlu-Gl) has been the preferred additive. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study of very low birth weight infants born between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2014...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304247/effects-of-chronic-diurnal-disruption-and-acute-inflammatory-challenge-on-mice-with-latent-murine-gammaherpesvirus-infection
#19
Rita A Trammell, Linda A Toth
People who engage in shift work (SW) have increased risk of developing illnesses, including infectious diseases and various inflammatory conditions. We hypothesized that exposure to repeated cycles of diurnal disruption, mimicking SW, influences viral clearance, latent viral load, or viral reactivation from latency in mice infected with murine gammaherpesvirus (MuGHV). To test this idea, we inoculated BALB/cByJ and C.129S7(B6)-Ifng tm1Ts/J (IFNgKO) mice with MuGHV and housed them under either a stable light:dark (LD) cycle or one mimicking SW...
December 1, 2016: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303858/role-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-in-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#20
REVIEW
Ting Liu, Fa-Ping Wang, Geng Wang, Hui Mao
OBJECTIVE: Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are representative chronic inflammatory airway diseases responsible for a considerable burden of disease. In this article, we reviewed the relationship between neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) and chronic inflammatory airway diseases. DATA SOURCES: Articles published up to January 1, 2017, were selected from the PubMed, Ovid Medline, Embase databases, with the keywords of "asthma" or "pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive", "neutrophils" and "extracellular traps...
March 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
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