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BMC Pulmonary Medicine

Epidemiology and public health

Section edited by Giuseppe Verlato

This section concerns all aspects of the epidemiology of pulmonary disorders including but not limited to: cohort studies, genetic association studies, and prevalence studies.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Some epidemiological evidence has shown a relation between ambient air pollution and adverse health outcomes. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of air pollution on mortality from respiratory ...

    Authors: Azizallah Dehghan, Narges Khanjani, Abbas Bahrampour, Gholamreza Goudarzi and Masoud Yunesian

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2018 18:49

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    Allergic asthma is the most prevalent phenotype of severe asthma where treatment with omalizumab (OMB) has been proven to be particularly beneficial. In Poland, OMB therapy is available and reimbursed within a...

    Authors: Karina Jahnz-Różyk, Joanna Lis, Marta Warchoł and Aleksandra Kucharczyk

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2018 18:48

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    Questionnaires can be used to assess perceived indoor air quality and symptoms in schools. Questionnaires for primary school aged children have traditionally been parent-administered, but self-administered que...

    Authors: Jussi Lampi, Sari Ung-Lanki, Päivi Santalahti and Juha Pekkanen

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2018 18:32

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    Mortality is similarly high among individuals with usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) due to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features (IPAF). Circulating anti-nuc...

    Authors: Justin M. Oldham, Leah J. Witt, Ayodeji Adegunsoye, Jonathan H. Chung, Cathryn Lee, Scully Hsu, Lena W. Chen, Aliya Husain, Steven Montner, Rekha Vij, Mary E. Strek and Imre Noth

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2018 18:30

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    Exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are an important measure of disease severity in terms of impaired disease progression, increased recovery time, healthcare resource utilization, ov...

    Authors: Gunnar Johansson, Vasili Mushnikov, Tobias Bäckström, Andreas Engström, Javaria Mona Khalid, Jennifer Wall and Fabian Hoti

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2018 18:17

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    Patients with symptoms of both asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be classified with the term asthma-COPD overlap (ACO). ACO is of considerable interest as it is currently poorly chara...

    Authors: Sumitra Shantakumar, Raoh-Fang Pwu, Liesel D’Silva, Keele Wurst, Yao-Wen Kuo, Yen-Yun Yang, Yi-Chen Juan and K. Arnold Chan

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2018 18:16

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    An association between body weight in childhood and subsequent lung function and asthma has been suggested, but few longitudinal studies exist. Our aim was to explore whether weight-related anthropometric meas...

    Authors: Kristine Kjer Byberg, Ingvild Bruun Mikalsen, Geir Egil Eide, Michele R. Forman, Pétur Benedikt Júlíusson and Knut Øymar

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2018 18:10

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    Acute respiratory infections (ARI) are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in under-five children worldwide. About 6.6 million children less than 5 years of age die every year in the world; 95% of them ...

    Authors: Alexis A. Tazinya, Gregory E. Halle-Ekane, Lawrence T. Mbuagbaw, Martin Abanda, Julius Atashili and Marie Therese Obama

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2018 18:7

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In lung disease, physical activity (PA) yields beneficial health effects, but its association with the function of healthy lungs has rarely been studied. We investigated the association of accelerometer-based ...

    Authors: Agnes Luzak, Stefan Karrasch, Barbara Thorand, Dennis Nowak, Rolf Holle, Annette Peters and Holger Schulz

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:215

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Assessment of delays in seeking care and diagnosis of tuberculosis is essential to evaluate effectiveness of tuberculosis control programs, and identify programmatic impediments. Thus, this review of studies a...

    Authors: Fentabil Getnet, Meaza Demissie, Nega Assefa, Bizatu Mengistie and Alemayehu Worku

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:202

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    Excessive daytime sleepiness may be determined by a number of factors including personal characteristics, co-morbidities and socio-economic conditions. In this study we identified factors associated with exces...

    Authors: Ina van der Spuy, Chandima P. Karunanayake, James A. Dosman, Kathleen McMullin, Gaungming Zhao, Sylvia Abonyi, Donna C. Rennie, Joshua Lawson, Shelley Kirychuk, Judith MacDonald, Laurie Jimmy, Niels Koehncke, Vivian R. Ramsden, Mark Fenton, Gregory P. Marchildon, Malcolm King…

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:192

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    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. The study aimed to determine and compare the prevalence of COPD in the general population aged 45-74 years old accor...

    Authors: Edgardo Sobrino, Vilma E. Irazola, Laura Gutierrez, Chung-Shiuan Chen, Fernando Lanas, Matías Calandrelli, Jacqueline Ponzo, Nora Mores, Pamela Serón, Allison Lee, Jiang He and Adolfo L. Rubinstein

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:187

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    Accumulating evidence suggests that high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is associated with pulmonary function and pulmonary disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between HDL c...

    Authors: Ji Hye Park, Seyeon Mun, Dong Phil Choi, Joo Young Lee and Hyeon Chang Kim

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:190

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    Equitable access to affordable medicines and diagnostic tests is an integral component of optimal clinical care of patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In Uganda, we lack cont...

    Authors: Davis Kibirige, Leaticia Kampiire, David Atuhe, Raymond Mwebaze, Winceslaus Katagira, Winters Muttamba, Rebecca Nantanda, William Worodria and Bruce Kirenga

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:179

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with increased cardiovascular risk. This study aim to assess differences in changes in arterial stiffness of two groups of patients, defined as having daytime sleepi...

    Authors: Maria Alexandra Mineiro, Pedro Marques da Silva, Marta Alves, Ana Luísa Papoila, Maria João Marques Gomes and João Cardoso

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:182

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Despite the recent increasing worldwide attention towards pulmonary hypertension (PH), its epidemiology remains poorly described in Africa. Accordingly, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of PH...

    Authors: Jean Joel Bigna, Jean Jacques Noubiap, Jobert Richie Nansseu and Leopold Ndemnge Aminde

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:183

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Patients with primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) usually complain of sudden-onset dyspnea and pleuritic chest pain. However, asymptomatic PSP has been incidentally detected on chest X-rays. In this study, ...

    Authors: Akihisa Mitani, Yukichika Hakamata, Megumi Hosoi, Masafumi Horie, Yoko Murano, Akira Saito, Shintaro Yanagimoto, Shoji Tsuji, Kazuhiko Yamamoto and Takahide Nagase

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:177

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Several studies have investigated the prevalence and risk factors of depression in subjects with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. However, few studies have investigated the prevalence and risk factors for obs...

    Authors: Matthieu Hein, Jean-Pol Lanquart, Gwenolé Loas, Philippe Hubain and Paul Linkowski

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:165

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Several studies have verified body fat distribution in association with pulmonary function (PF), mainly waist circumference, but few have used measures able to distinguish abdominal fat compartments. The prese...

    Authors: Paula Duarte de Oliveira, Fernando César Wehrmeister, Bernardo Lessa Horta, Rogelio Pérez-Padilla, Giovanny Vinícius Araújo de França, Denise P. Gigante, Fernando C. Barros, Ken K. Ong, Emanuella De Lucia Rolfe and Ana Maria Baptista Menezes

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:157

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