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Alban Ramette, Ben D Spycher, Jingying Wang, Myrofora Goutaki, Caroline S Beardsmore, Claudia E Kuehni
We examined temporal dependencies between repeated assessments of respiratory infections and asthma in children in the Leicester Respiratory Cohort, Leicestershire, UK. Asthma (doctor diagnosis, health care visits, wheeze frequency) and respiratory infections (cold duration and frequency, cough with colds, ear infections) in the previous 12 months were assessed repeatedly at ages 1, 4, and 6 years for children born between April 1996 and April 1997. We determined associations between contemporaneous and lagged measures of asthma and respiratory infections using structural equation modelling...
March 13, 2018: American Journal of Epidemiology
Caradee Y Wright, Vusumuzi Nkosi, Janine Wichmann
Respiratory health outcomes are among the top five causes of child morbidity and mortality around the world. We aimed to investigate possible food-related risk and protective factors for respiratory health outcomes in children. Structured questionnaires completed by primary caregivers of 10-year old children were used to collect information on demographics, socio-economic status, house characteristics and child respiratory health status. Upper (URIs) and Lower (LRIs) respiratory illnesses comprised hay fever, and wheezing, asthma and bronchitis, respectively...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Cristina Ardura-Garcia, Paul Garner, Philip J Cooper
Introduction: High asthma prevalence in Latin-American cities is thought to be caused by poor hygiene and infections. This contradicts the widely accepted 'hygiene hypothesis' for asthma aetiology. Methods: Systematic review of observational studies evaluating the association between poor hygiene exposures or infections and asthma/wheeze among Latin-American children aged 4-16 years. MEDLINE, EMBASE, LILACS and CINAHL electronic databases were searched following a predefined strategy to 18 December 2017...
2018: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
Ana Folch Ayora, Loreto Macia-Soler, María Isabel Orts-Cortés, Carmen Hernández, Nuria Seijas-Babot
The aim of this study was to assess health-related quality of life (HRQL) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to discuss the different tools available for its assessment. The most widely used assessments are the St. George respiratory questionnaire (SGRQ) and the COPD assessment test (CAT) questionnaire. Both have a different difficulty in exam completion, calculation, and scoring. No studies exist that analyze the validity and internal consistency of using both questionnaires on patients admitted to the hospital for a COPD exacerbation...
January 1, 2018: Chronic Respiratory Disease
Dan Norbäck, Chan Lu, Juan Wang, Yinping Zhang, Baizhan Li, Zhuohui Zhao, Chen Huang, Xin Zhang, Hua Qian, Yuexia Sun, Jan Sundell, Qihong Deng
BACKGROUND: Few data exist on asthma and rhinitis across China in relation to indoor and outdoor air pollution, climate and socioeconomic factors. The main aim was to study associations between asthma, rhinitis and current respiratory symptoms among pre-school children across China and selected indoor and outdoor exposure and indicators of socio-economic status (SES) in mutually adjusted models. METHODS: Chinese children (3-6 yr.) (n = 39,782) were recruited from randomly selected day care centres in seven cities in China...
March 9, 2018: Environment International
Wei-Chang Huang, Ming-Feng Wu, Hui-Chen Chen, Jeng-Yuan Hsu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The clinical implications of the discordance between the risk of exacerbations and the level of airflow limitation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are still unknown. This study aimed to clarify the clinical significance of such discordance in the management of COPD by exploring its characteristics and risk factors. METHODS: In this retrospective, cross-sectional study, participating physicians completed a detailed patient record form for each participating outpatient with COPD...
2018: PloS One
Ahmed Abushahin, Abdulla Zarroug, Magda Wagdi, Ibrahim Janahi
Wheezing and cough are common case scenarios that pediatricians encountered in their office practices. Although a bronchogenic cyst is an uncommon condition, it is essential to be considered in the differential diagnosis of a chronic cough and wheezing among young children who fail to respond to appropriate medical treatment. A 28-month-old girl was referred to our pediatric pulmonology clinic with persistent symptoms of a cough and wheeze unresponsive to standard asthma therapy. This presentation prompted us to undertake a detailed diagnostic evaluation...
2018: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Matthew Morten, Adam Collison, Vanessa E Murphy, Daniel Barker, Christopher Oldmeadow, John Attia, Joseph Meredith, Heather Powell, Paul D Robinson, Peter D Sly, Peter G Gibson, Joerg Mattes
BACKGROUND: The single-centre double-blind, randomised controlled Managing Asthma in Pregnancy (MAP) trial in Newcastle, Australia, compared a treatment algorithm using the fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in combination with asthma symptoms (FeNO group) against a treatment algorithm using clinical symptoms only (clinical group) in pregnant asthmatic women (ANZ Clinical Trials Registry, number 12607000561482). The primary outcome was a 50% reduction in asthma exacerbations during pregnancy in the FeNO group...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Maria Michelle Papamichael, Som Kumar Shrestha, Catherine Itsiopoulos, Bircan Erbas
BACKGROUND: The evidence is mixed on the use of long chain omega 3 fatty acids in the prevention and management of childhood asthma. METHODS: We conducted a systematic search and meta-analysis investigating the role of fish intake, the main dietary source of long chain omega-3 fatty acids, on asthma in children. RESULTS: A total of 1,119 publications were identified. Twenty-three studies on fish intake in association with childhood asthma were included in the final review...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Bircan Erbas, Toril Mørkve Knudsen, Christer Janson, Roy M Nilsen, Simone Accordini, Bryndis Benediktdottir, Julia Dratva, Joachim Heinrich, Debbie Jarvis, Benedcite Leynaert, Melanie C Matheson, Dan Norbäck, Francisco G Real, Chantal Raherison-Semjen, Simona Villani, S C Dharmage, C Svanes
BACKGROUND: Despite extensive knowledge of smoking effects on respiratory disease, there is no study including all age windows of exposure among ever smokers. The objective of this study was to assess the effects from smoking exposure in utero, early childhood, adolescence and adulthood on respiratory health outcomes in adult male and female ever smokers. METHODS: Respiratory health outcomes were assessed in 10,610 participants of the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) I who reported a history of ever smoking by questionnaire...
March 6, 2018: Environmental Research
Abhishek Biswas, Hiren J Mehta, Michael A Jantz
A 62-year-old Hispanic woman, a resident of Puerto Rico, presented with symptoms of chronic cough and shortness of breath for the past 2 years that were slowly and progressively getting worse. She received a diagnosis of asthma on the basis of her history of symptomatic "wheezing" and had been on treatment with inhaled bronchodilators and corticosteroids with minimal symptomatic improvement. The peculiarity of her symptoms was that her dyspnea was worse when she was reclining in bed and she would often hear a "whistling" noise in her throat during those times...
March 2018: Chest
Jeonghoon Kim, Eunsun Lee, Kiyoung Lee, KyooSang Kim
Introduction: Secondhand smoke (SHS) incursion can occur in units of multi-unit housing (MUH). The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between SHS incursion and allergic symptoms in children living in MUH without smokers. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study from May to September 2015 in Seoul, Korea. Children were recruited from elementary schools, kindergartens, and daycare centers. In total, 16676 children between 1 and 13 years of age living in MUH without smokers were included in the analysis...
March 6, 2018: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Rana Ahmed, Ryan Robinson, Asma Elsony, Rachael Thomson, S Bertel Squire, Rasmus Malmborg, Peter Burney, Kevin Mortimer
INTRODUCTION: Data collection using paper-based questionnaires can be time consuming and return errors affect data accuracy, completeness, and information quality in health surveys. We compared smartphone and paper-based data collection systems in the Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) study in rural Sudan. METHODS: This exploratory pilot study was designed to run in parallel with the cross-sectional household survey. The Open Data Kit was used to programme questionnaires in Arabic into smartphones...
2018: PloS One
Wendy Fonseca, Nicholas W Lukacs, Catherine Ptaschinski
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common pathogen that infects virtually all children by 2 years of age and is the leading cause of hospitalization of infants worldwide. While most children experience mild symptoms, some children progress to severe lower respiratory tract infection. Those children with severe disease have a much higher risk of developing childhood wheezing later in life. Many risk factors are known to result in exacerbated disease, including premature birth and early age of RSV infection, when the immune system is relatively immature...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Kaia Skromme, Maria Vollsæter, Knut Øymar, Trond Markestad, Thomas Halvorsen
BACKGROUND: Advances in perinatal care have markedly increased the prospects of survival for infants born extremely preterm (EP). The aim of this study was to investigate hospitalisation rates and respiratory morbidity from five to 11 years of age in a prospective national cohort of EP children born in the surfactant era. METHODS: This was a national prospective cohort study of all children born in Norway during 1999 and 2000 with gestational age (GA) < 28 weeks or birth weight < 1000 grams, and of individually matched term-born controls recruited for a regional subsample...
March 7, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
João Claudio Campos Pereira, David Szpilman, Vidal Haddad Junior
The most frequent jellyfish in Southern Brazil causes mainly local pain and skin plaques. A 3-year-old female bather presented an erythematous, irregular plaque on the left forearm after contact with a jellyfish and intense facial angioedema with facial flushing. The lungs had vesicular murmur, wheezes, and snorts, and pink and spumous secretion in the airways with intercostal retraction. She was administered subcutaneous adrenaline (0.1mg/kg) and hydrocortisone intravenous (10mg/kg) with total recovery in a few minutes...
January 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Paraskevi Xepapadaki, Claus Bachert, Susetta Finotto, Tuomas Jartti, George N Konstantinou, Alexander Kiefer, Marek Kowalski, Anna Lewandowska-Polak, Heikki Lukkarinen, Eirini Roumpedaki, Anna Sobanska, Ina Sintobin, Tytti Vuorinen, Nan Zhang, Theodor Zimmermann, Nikolaos G Papadopoulos
BACKGROUND: The PreDicta cohort was designed to prospectively evaluate wheeze/asthma persistence in preschoolers in association to viral/microbial exposures and immunological responses. We present the cohort design, demographic/disease characteristics and evaluate unsupervised and predefined phenotypic subgroups at inclusion. METHODS: PreDicta is a 2-year prospective study conducted in five European regions, including children 4-6 years with a diagnosis of asthma as cases and healthy age-matched controls...
March 7, 2018: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Khalil W Savary, Rachel L Miller, Emilio Arteaga-Solis, Lori Hoepner, Luis M Acosta, Frederica P Perera, Andrew G Rundle, Inge F Goldstein, Matthew S Perzanowski
BACKGROUND: Rhinitis and conjunctivitis are often linked to asthma development through an allergic pathway. However, runny nose and watery eyes can result from nonallergic mechanisms. These mechanisms can also underlie exercise-induced wheeze (EIW), which has been associated with urgent medical visits for asthma, independent of other indicators of asthma severity or control. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that rhinitis or watery eyes without cold symptoms (RWWC) in infancy predict development of EIW and urgent respiratory-related medical visits at school age, independent of seroatopy...
March 2018: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Guillaume Chaussé, Tina Kader, Gad Abikhzer, Stephan Probst
A 44-year-old woman was found to have new diffuse lung uptake on a follow-up whole-body I scan 1 year after being treated with surgery and radioactive iodine for papillary thyroid cancer. However, subsequent CT thorax and thyroglobulin levels were both unremarkable. Shortly after, she presented with respiratory symptoms, exhibiting end-expiratory wheezing on auscultation. Metacholine challenge test confirmed asthma. Symptoms improved under inhaled corticosteroids and beta-2 agonists. Resolution of lung uptake was confirmed on a second I imaging 6 months later...
April 2018: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Amy L Dimachkieh, Allison Dobbie, Damon R Olson, Mark A Lovell, Jeremy D Prager
OBJECTIVE: To review tracheal paragangliomas and describe the clinical presentation, radiologic findings, operative management, and histologic findings of a pediatric patient who presented with stridor refractory to traditional asthma therapy. METHODS: Chart review of an 8-year-old male who presented to a tertiary care pediatric hospital and literature review of tracheal paragangliomas. RESULTS: We present the case of an 8-year-old male who presented with new-onset of wheezing and dyspnea on exertion...
April 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
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