COPD and occupational lung disease

Section edited by Craig Hersh

This section concerns all aspects of COPD, occupational lung disease, and smoking-related disorders including, but not limited to: prevention, diagnosis and management, as well as related molecular genetics, and pathophysiology.

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  1. Research article

    The utility of electron microscopy in detecting asbestos fibers and particles in BALF in diffuse lung diseases

    In patients with diffuse lung diseases, differentiating occupational lung diseases from other diseases is clinically important. However, the value of assessing asbestos and particles in bronchoalveolar lavage ...

    Takashi Kido, Yasuo Morimoto, Kazuhiro Yatera, Hiroshi Ishimoto, Takaaki Ogoshi, Keishi Oda, Kei Yamasaki, Toshinori Kawanami, Shohei Shimajiri and Hiroshi Mukae

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:71

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Asthma–COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) in primary care of four Latin America countries: the PUMA study

    Asthma–COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) prevalence varies depending on the studied population and definition criteria. The prevalence and clinical characteristics of ACOS in an at-risk COPD primary care population...

    Maria Montes de Oca, Maria Victorina Lopez Varela, Maria E. Laucho-Contreras, Alejandro Casas, Eduardo Schiavi and Juan Carlos Mora

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:69

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  3. Research article

    Hemosiderin in sputum macrophages may predict infective exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a retrospective observational study

    Infective exacerbations of COPD are common and are accompanied by neutrophilic bronchitis in sputum. Increased respiratory iron content has been associated with respiratory tract infection, though it is unclea...

    Sindu Mohan, Terence Ho, Melanie Kjarsgaard, Katherine Radford, A. S. M. Borhan, Lehana Thabane and Parameswaran Nair

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:60

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  4. Research article

    Characteristics and longitudinal progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in GOLD B patients

    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 ...

    Philip J. Lawrence, Umme Kolsum, Vandana Gupta, Gavin Donaldson, Richa Singh, Bethan Barker, Leena George, Adam Webb, Anthony J. Brookes, Christopher Brightling, Jadwiga Wedzicha and Dave Singh

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:42

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  5. Research article

    Cooking smoke and respiratory symptoms of restaurant workers in Thailand

    Restaurant workers are at risk from exposure to toxic compounds from burning of fuel and fumes from cooking. However, the literature is almost silent on the issue. What discussion that can be found in the lite...

    Chudchawal Juntarawijit and Yuwayong Juntarawijit

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:41

    Published on: 17 February 2017

  6. Study protocol

    Early detection of COPD patients in GOLD 0 population: an observational non-interventional cohort study - MARKO study

    Main risk factor for the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is smoking, although only less than 1/3 of smokers develop clinically manifest COPD. COPD’s progressive nature with high dis...

    Žarko Vrbica, Marina Labor, Ivan Gudelj, Slavica Labor, Iva Jurić and Davor Plavec

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:36

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  7. Research article

    Airway wall thickness on HRCT scans decreases with age and increases with smoking

    To investigate if age, gender and smoking are associated with airway wall thickness (AWT) measured by high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and if higher AWT is associated with lower levels of pulmonary f...

    Eef D. Telenga, Matthijs Oudkerk, Peter M. A. van Ooijen, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart, Nick H. T. ten Hacken, Dirkje S. Postma and Maarten van den Berge

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:27

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  8. Research article

    Immediate salbutamol responsiveness does not predict long-term benefits of indacaterol in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlation between immediate responsiveness with the short-acting β2-agonist salbutamol and effects of treatment with the ultra-long-acting β2-agonist indacaterol in...

    Pierre-Régis Burgel, Vincent Le Gros, Laurent Decuypère, Isabelle Bourdeix, Thierry Perez and Gaëtan Deslée

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:25

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  9. Study protocol

    Effects of periodontal treatment on exacerbation frequency and lung function in patients with chronic periodontitis: study protocol of a 1-year randomized controlled trial

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been associated with periodontal disease (PD), and periodontal treatment (PT) has been connected to reduction of lung disease exacerbations. Bronchiectasis has ...

    Sergio Romero Santos, Erika Horácio Pinto, Priscila Larcher Longo, Simone Dal Corso, Fernanda Cordoba Lanza, Rafael Stelmach, Samia Zahi Rached, Adriana Lino-dos-Santos-Franco, Marcia Pinto Alves Mayer, Sandra Kalil Bussadori, Kristianne Porta Santos Fernandes, Raquel Agnelli Mesquita-Ferrari and Anna Carolina Ratto Tempestini Horliana

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:23

    Published on: 23 January 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:51

  10. Study protocol

    Multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of nocturnal oxygen therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a study protocol for the INOX trial

    Long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) is the only component of the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that improves survival in patients with severe daytime hypoxemia. LTOT is usually provide...

    Yves Lacasse, Sarah Bernard, Frédéric Sériès, Van Hung Nguyen, Jean Bourbeau, Shawn Aaron and François Maltais

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:8

    Published on: 9 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Prevalence of airflow obstruction in patients with stable systolic heart failure

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an important differential diagnosis in heart failure (HF). However, routine use of spirometry in outpatient HF clinics is not implemented. The aim of the present...

    Morten Dalsgaard, Louis Lind Plesner, Morten Schou, Erik Kjøller, Jørgen Vestbo and Kasper Iversen

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:6

    Published on: 6 January 2017

  12. Research article

    Symptom profiles and inflammatory markers in moderate to severe COPD

    Physical and psychological symptoms are the hallmark of patients’ subjective perception of their illness. The purpose of this analysis was to determine if patients with COPD have distinctive symptom profiles a...

    Huong Q. Nguyen, Jerald R. Herting, Kenneth C. Pike, Sina A. Gharib, Gustavo Matute-Bello, Soo Borson, Ruth Kohen, Sandra G. Adams and Vincent S. Fan

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:173

    Published on: 3 December 2016

  13. Research article

    Clinical, physiologic, and radiographic factors contributing to development of hypoxemia in moderate to severe COPD: a cohort study

    Hypoxemia is a major complication of COPD and is a strong predictor of mortality. We previously identified independent risk factors for the presence of resting hypoxemia in the COPDGene cohort. However, little...

    J. Michael Wells, Raul San Jose Estepar, Merry-Lynn N. McDonald, Surya P. Bhatt, Alejandro A. Diaz, William C. Bailey, Francine L. Jacobson, Mark T. Dransfield, George R. Washko, Barry J. Make, Richard Casaburi, Edwin J. R. van Beek, Eric A. Hoffman, Frank C. Sciurba, James D. Crapo, Edwin K. Silverman…

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:169

    Published on: 1 December 2016

  14. Research article

    The prognostic value of measurement of high-sensitive cardiac troponin T for mortality in a cohort of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a common comorbidity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Cardiac troponin (cTn) elevation, indicating myocardial injury, is frequent during acute COPD exacerbations...

    Anke Neukamm, Gunnar Einvik, Arne Didrik Høiseth, Vidar Søyseth, Nils Henrik Holmedahl, Natalia Kononova and Torbjørn Omland

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:164

    Published on: 25 November 2016

  15. Research article

    Dietary patterns are associated with lung function among Spanish smokers without respiratory disease

    Diet can help preserve lung function in smokers, in addition to avoidance of smoking. The study aimed to evaluate associations between dietary patterns and lung function in smokers without respiratory disease.

    Mar Sorli-Aguilar, Francisco Martin-Lujan, Gemma Flores-Mateo, Victoria Arija-Val, Josep Basora-Gallisa and Rosa Sola-Alberich

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:162

    Published on: 25 November 2016

  16. Research article

    Prevalence of chronic kidney disease in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    The incidence and prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) continue to rise worldwide. Increasing age, diabetes, hypertension, and cigarette smoking are well-recognized risk factors for CKD. Chronic obstruct...

    Swarna Gaddam, Sameer K. Gunukula, James W. Lohr and Pradeep Arora

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:158

    Published on: 24 November 2016

  17. Research article

    Home telemonitoring for patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a randomized controlled trial

    Although a number of studies have suggested that the use of Telemonitoring (TM) in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be useful and efficacious, its real utility in detecting Acute ...

    Andrea Vianello, Massimo Fusello, Lorenzo Gubian, Claudia Rinaldo, Claudio Dario, Alessandra Concas, Claudio Saccavini, Laura Battistella, Giulia Pellizzon, Giuseppe Zanardi and Silvia Mancin

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:157

    Published on: 22 November 2016

  18. Research article

    Targeted high-throughput sequencing of candidate genes for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Reduced lung function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is likely due to both environmental and genetic factors. We report here a targeted high-throughput DNA sequencing approach to...

    Hans Matsson, Cilla Söderhäll, Elisabet Einarsdottir, Maxime Lamontagne, Sanna Gudmundsson, Helena Backman, Anne Lindberg, Eva Rönmark, Juha Kere, Don Sin, Dirkje S. Postma, Yohan Bossé, Bo Lundbäck and Joakim Klar

    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:146

    Published on: 11 November 2016

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