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Epidemiology and public health

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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. With the exception of areas with high prevalence of tuberculosis, medical thoracoscopy is becoming the diagnostic modality of choice for exudative pleural effusions. The aims of this study were to determine th...

    Authors: Merlin Thomas, Wanis H. Ibrahim, Tasleem Raza, Kamran Mushtaq, Adeel Arshad, Mushtaq Ahmed, Salma Taha, Saber Al Sarafandi, Hanfa Karim and Hisham A. Abdul-sattar

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:151

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  11. Main treatable Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRDs) like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Bronchial Asthma (BA) and Allergic Rhinitis (AR) are underdiagnosed and undertreated worldwide. CORE study was...

    Authors: Yuriy Feshchenko, Liudmyla Iashyna, Damilya Nugmanova, Olga Gyrina, Maryna Polianska, Alexander Markov, Maryna Moibenko, Janina Makarova, Luqman Tariq, Marcelo Horacio S. Pereira, Eljan Mammadbayov, Irada Akhundova and Averyan Vasylyev

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:131

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:171

  12. Pneumonia is the most common cause of death in patients with dementia, but the outcomes of patients with dementia hospitalized with pneumonia are poorly understood. We sought to illuminate the association betw...

    Authors: Taisuke Jo, Hideo Yasunaga, Yusuke Sasabuchi, Nobuaki Michihata, Kojiro Morita, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Wakae Hasegawa, Hideyuki Takeshima, Yukiyo Sakamoto, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi and Takahide Nagase

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:128

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  13. Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FENO) is used to assess of airway inflammation; diagnose asthma and monitor adherence to advised therapy. Reliable and accurate reference values for FENO are needed for both non-s...

    Authors: Kjell Torén, Nicola Murgia, Linus Schiöler, Björn Bake and Anna-Carin Olin

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:118

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  14. Systemic inflammation has been associated with reduced pulmonary function in individuals with and without chronic medical conditions. Individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) have clinical characteris...

    Authors: Jaime E. Hart, Rebekah Goldstein, Palak Walia, Merilee Teylan, Antonio Lazzari, Carlos G. Tun and Eric Garshick

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:113

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  15. Asthma exacerbation may require a visit to the emergency room as well as hospitalization and can occasionally be fatal. However, there is limited information about the prognostic factors for asthma exacerbatio...

    Authors: Wakae Hasegawa, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Hideo Yasunaga, Hideyuki Takeshima, Yukiyo Sakamoto, Taisuke Jo, Yusuke Sasabuchi, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi and Takahide Nagase

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:108

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  16. The role of air pollution in increasing susceptibility to respiratory tract infections in the cystic fibrosis (CF) population has not been well described. We recently demonstrated that chronic PM2.5 exposure is a...

    Authors: Kevin J. Psoter, Anneclaire J. De Roos, Jon Wakefield, Jonathan D. Mayer and Margaret Rosenfeld

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:106

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  17. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a strong risk factor for respiratory morbidity in children born preterm. Our aims were to evaluate lung function in adolescents born preterm with and without a history of BP...

    Authors: Petra Um-Bergström, Jenny Hallberg, Per Thunqvist, Eva Berggren-Broström, Martin Anderson, Gunilla Adenfelt, Gunnar Lilja, Giovanni Ferrara, C. Magnus Sköld and Erik Melén

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:97

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  18. Inadequate housing, low family income, household smoking, personal smoking status, and poor schooling are some of the conditions that have been significantly associated with the prevalence and incidence of chr...

    Authors: Punam Pahwa, Chandima P. Karunanayake, Donna C. Rennie, Joshua A. Lawson, Vivian R. Ramsden, Kathleen McMullin, P. Jenny Gardipy, Judy MacDonald, Sylvia Abonyi, Jo-Ann Episkenew and James A. Dosman

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:95

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  19. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s most devastating public health threats. Our goal is to evaluate whether the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) ...

    Authors: Chun-Wei Wu, Jiunn-Yih Wu, Meng-Tse Gabriel Lee, Chih-Cheng Lai, I-Lin Wu, Yi-Wen Tsai, Shy-Shin Chang and Chien-Chang Lee

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:82

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  20. Fluoroscopy is considered the most accurate method to evaluate the diaphragm, yet most existing methods for measuring diaphragmatic mobility using fluoroscopy are complex. To assess the validity and reliabilit...

    Authors: Bruna Estima Leal, Márcia Aparecida Gonçalves, Liseane Gonçalves Lisboa, Larissa Martins Schmitz Linné, Michelle Gonçalves de Souza Tavares, Wellington Pereira Yamaguti and Elaine Paulin

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:62

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  21. Compliance with CPAP treatment for OSAS is not reliably predicted by the severity of symptoms or physiological variables. We examined a range of factors which could be measured before CPAP initiation to look f...

    Authors: Atul Gulati, Masood Ali, Mike Davies, Tim Quinnell and Ian Smith

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:56

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  22. Epigenetic variations in peripheral blood have potential as biomarkers for disease. This systematic review assesses the association of lung function and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with DNA me...

    Authors: Matthew Machin, André F. S. Amaral, Matthias Wielscher, Faisal I. Rezwan, Medea Imboden, Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin, Ian M. Adcock, Nicole Probst-Hensch, John W. Holloway and Deborah L. Jarvis

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:54

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  23. Breathlessness is a frequently occurring symptom of cardiorespiratory conditions and is a common cause of emergency department presentation. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of acute-on-chr...

    Authors: Ann Hutchinson, Alistair Pickering, Paul Williams, J. Martin Bland and Miriam J. Johnson

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:53

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  24. Guidelines suggest observation stays are appropriate for pulmonary embolism (PE) patients at low-risk for early mortality. We sought to assess agreement between United States (US) observation management of PE ...

    Authors: Elaine Nguyen, Craig I. Coleman, W. Frank Peacock, Philip S. Wells, Erin R. Weeda, Veronica Ashton, Concetta Crivera, Peter Wildgoose, Jeff R. Schein, Thomas J. Bunz and Gregory J. Fermann

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:37

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  25. Acute lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) are a frequent cause of hospitalization and mortality in South Africa; however, existing respiratory severity scores may underestimate mortality risk in HIV-infe...

    Authors: Alexander J. Millman, Adena Greenbaum, Sibongile Walaza, Adam L. Cohen, Michelle J. Groome, Carrie Reed, Meredith McMorrow, Stefano Tempia, Marietjie Venter, Florette K. Treurnicht, Shabir A. Madhi, Cheryl Cohen and Ebrahim Variava

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:28

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  26. Healthcare utilization data are increasingly used for chronic disease surveillance. Nevertheless, no standard criteria for estimating prevalence of high-impact diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary d...

    Authors: A Biffi, R Comoretto, A Arfè, L Scotti, L Merlino, A Vaghi, A Pesci, R de Marco and G Corrao

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:20

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  27. Assess if people who lived or worked in an area polluted after an oil tank explosion had persistent respiratory health impairment as compared to a non-exposed population 5.5 years after the event.

    Authors: Jens-Tore Granslo, Magne Bråtveit, Bjørg Eli Hollund, Stein Håkon Låstad Lygre, Cecilie Svanes and Bente Elisabeth Moen

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:18

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  28. In Japan and other societies with rapidly aging populations, recurrent pneumonia (RP) is a major clinical problem yet only limited information exists regarding the burden of this disease.

    Authors: Tomoko Ishifuji, Eiichiro Sando, Norihiro Kaneko, Motoi Suzuki, Paul E. Kilgore, Koya Ariyoshi, Konosuke Morimoto, Naoto Hosokawa, Makito Yaegashi and Masahiro Aoshima

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:12

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  29. Flexible bronchoscopy is pivotal for the diagnosis of most respiratory diseases. A flexible bronchoscopy unit (FBU) was created in 2008 in the Preah Kossamak university hospital (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) through ...

    Authors: Martin Veaudor, Sébastien Couraud, Sophors Chan, Chanraksmey Choun, Pisethmorokoth Keo, Virginie Avrillon, Pierre-Jean Souquet and Chanty Ny

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:10

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  30. Asthma prevalence is generally lower in rural locations with some indication of an urban-rural gradient. However, among children with asthma, certain rural exposures thought to protect against the development ...

    Authors: Joshua A. Lawson, Donna C. Rennie, Don W. Cockcroft, Roland Dyck, Anna Afanasieva, Oluwafemi Oluwole and Jinnat Afsana

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:4

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  31. In 2014, the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) reported that the highest prevalence of symptoms of severe asthma was found in the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), includ...

    Authors: Oluwafemi Oluwole, Ganiyu O. Arinola, Dezheng Huo and Christopher O. Olopade

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:3

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  32. Tuberculosis (TB) control is more likely to be achieved if the level of knowledge regarding TB is increased among health workers managing high-risk groups. No formal assessments regarding knowledge, attitudes ...

    Authors: Andrés Noé, Rafaela M. Ribeiro, Rui Anselmo, Maria Maixenchs, Layce Sitole, Khatia Munguambe, Silvia Blanco, Peter le Souef and Alberto L. García-Basteiro

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017 17:2

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  33. The aim of this study was to assess the association of key adiposity markers with lung function in smokers without respiratory disease in a Mediterranean population.

    Authors: Mar Sorlí-Aguilar, Francisco Martín-Luján, Gemma Flores-Mateo, Cristina Jardí-Piñana, Estefania Aparicio-Llopis, Josep Basora-Gallisà and Rosa Solà-Alberich

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:178

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  34. Little is known about risk factors for chronic and mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) infection in cystic fibrosis (CF) adults, and whether the prevalence is changing.

    Authors: Mathew R. Crull, Kathleen J. Ramos, Ellen Caldwell, Nicole Mayer-Hamblett, Moira L. Aitken and Christopher H. Goss

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:176

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  35. Perceived Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) is impaired in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This study examines changes in HRQoL aspects occurring immediately after CPAP titration. Furthermore, we analyzed ...

    Authors: Serena Iacono Isidoro, Adriana Salvaggio, Anna Lo Bue, Salvatore Romano, Oreste Marrone and Giuseppe Insalaco

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:172

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  36. South Korea has experienced problems regarding poor management of symptoms of asthma patients and remarkable increases in sleep disorders. However, few studies have investigated these issues. We examined the r...

    Authors: Kyu-Tae Han, Hong-Chul Bae, Sang Gyu Lee, Seung Ju Kim, Woorim Kim, Hyo Jung Lee, Yeong Jun Ju and Eun-Cheol Park

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:154

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  37. Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) has been associated with bronchial hyperresponsiveness and asthma; however, no population-based cohort study has been performed. We evaluated the risk of asthma in patients with primary...

    Authors: Te-Chun Shen, Hsuan-Ju Chen, Chang-Ching Wei, Chia-Hung Chen, Chih-Yen Tu, Te-Chun Hsia, Chuen-Ming Shih, Wu-Huei Hsu, Fung-Chang Sung and Da-Tian Bau

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:152

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  38. Respiratory failure, infections and aspiration pneumonia, are the main causes of morbidity and mortality in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In a population-based cohort, we assessed (a) hospital utilizati...

    Authors: Federica Edith Pisa, Giancarlo Logroscino, Paolo Giacomelli Battiston and Fabio Barbone

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:136

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  39. No systemic evaluation of asthma control in Jilin Province has been reported. Asthma control might provide the basis for asthma management in this region. A multicenter hospital-based cross-sectional study was...

    Authors: Bing-di Yan, Shan-shan Meng, Jin Ren, Zheng Lv, Qing-hua Zhang, Jin-yan Yu, Rong Gao, Chang-min Shi, Chun-feng Wu, Chun-lin Liu, Jie Zhang, Zhong-sen Ma and Jing Liu

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:130

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  40. Previous studies have observed that exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) is more common and more strongly related to exercise related breathing problems in female adolescents than male adolescents. Howev...

    Authors: Henrik Johansson, Katarina Norlander, Christer Janson, Andrei Malinovschi, Leif Nordang and Margareta Emtner

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:63

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  41. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is severely affected by visceral adiposity (VA) that correlates to another disorder—metabolic syndrome (MetS). However, little is known concerning the relation of visceral adiposi...

    Authors: Gong-Ping Chen, Jia-Chao Qi, Bi-Ying Wang, Xin Lin, Xiao-Bin Zhang, Jian-Ming Zhao, Xiao Fang Chen, Ting Lin, Dong-Dong Chen and Qi-Chang Lin

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:37

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  42. Zambia is currently experiencing an epidemiological transition, from communicable to non-communicable diseases. The annual rate of physician-diagnosed asthma is estimated at 3 %. However, the general public’s ...

    Authors: Emilia Jumbe Marsden, Somwe Wa Somwe, Chishala Chabala, Joan B. Soriano, Cesar Picado Vallès and Julio Anchochea

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:33

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:44

  43. The prevalence of asthma and other allergic diseases among children living in Eastern is not well described. Our objective was to estimate and compare the prevalence of asthma, respiratory symptoms and allergi...

    Authors: Grzegorz Brozek, Joshua Lawson, Andrei Shpakou, Olga Fedortsiv, Leonid Hryshchuk, Donna Rennie and Jan Zejda

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:11

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  44. Release of ambient metals during ferroalloy production may be an important source of environmental exposure for nearby communities and exposure to these metals has been linked to adverse respiratory outcomes. ...

    Authors: Maria José Rosa, Chiara Benedetti, Marco Peli, Filippo Donna, Marco Nazzaro, Chiara Fedrighi, Silvia Zoni, Alessandro Marcon, Neil Zimmerman, Rosalind Wright and Roberto Lucchini

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2016 16:6

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  45. Acute bronchiolitis is the commonest cause of hospitalisation in infancy. Currently management consists of supportive care and oxygen. A Cochrane review concluded that, “nebulised 3 % saline may significantly ...

    Authors: Chin Maguire, Hannah Cantrill, Daniel Hind, Mike Bradburn and Mark L. Everard

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2015 15:148

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  46. This pilot study, conducted on a 1/97th representative sample of French claims data, prepared a project to assess the effectiveness of Montelukast (MTL-4) as add-on therapy for asthma in infants (6–24 months) ...

    Authors: Manon Belhassen, Gérard de Pouvourville, Laurent Laforest, Jacques Brouard, Jacques de Blic, Brigitte Fauroux, Valérie Laigle, Céline Chanut-Vogel, Liliane Lamezec and Eric Van Ganse

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2015 15:51

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  47. COPD is largely under-diagnosed and once diagnosed usually at a late stage. Early diagnosis is thoroughly recommended but most attempts failed as the disease is marginally known and screening marginally accept...

    Authors: Nicolas Molinari, Mathieu Abou-Badra, Grégory Marin, Chin-Long Ky, Noemi Amador, Anne Sophie Gamez, Isabelle Vachier and Arnaud Bourdin

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2015 15:44

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  48. Although asthma morbidity can be prevented through long-term controller medication, most patients with persistent asthma do not take their daily inhaled corticosteroid. The objective of this study was to gathe...

    Authors: Sandra Peláez, Alexandrine J Lamontagne, Johanne Collin, Annie Gauthier, Roland M Grad, Lucie Blais, Kim L Lavoie, Simon L Bacon, Pierre Ernst, Hélène Guay, Martha L McKinney and Francine M Ducharme

    Citation: BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2015 15:42

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