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December 2002

This month I welcome contributions from Nory Side and Brenton Eckert.

A report from ERS 2002, Stockholm

I recently attended the European Respiratory Society conference in Stockholm, Sweden. It was very exciting.. The opening ceremony gave the Swedes the opportunity to present an ABBA medley by the Swedish Wind Symphony, among other cultural delights... At the conference, there was a smorgasbord of Symposia, Oral presentations and Poster discussion sessions relevant to Respiratory Scientists. Here are some interesting abstracts from the Eur. Resp. J; Vol 20, Supp. 38 Sept 2002.


Eleonora Side

Spirometry performance / Quality control

  • P2365 Spirometry quality control- documentation of random variability. J Waterhouse, C Billings, L Bradshaw, D Fishwick.
  • P2366 Are your lung function results accurate? A study of 23 adult respiratory function laboratories in the West Midlands region of the UK. A Moore, K Butterfiled, T Watts, T Marshall.
  • P2367 Forced expiratory manoeuvres: are noseclips a help or a hinderance? S Revill, S Tilbrook, K Dakin, M Ward.
  • P2370 Evaluation of a self-given, computer assisted, 'forced expiratory time' test. T Toma, DS Cramer, SP Ward, PJ Barnes
  • P3219 Variability of lung function parameters due to use of different spirometers. B Dibbert, N Kuenzli, K Schweinzer.
  • P2640 Interpretation of spirometry in general practice: pattern recognition and decision making. N Chavannes, T Schermer, R Akkermans, A Jacobs, G van de Graaf, R Bollen, O van Schayck, B Bottema.
  • P2641 Spirometry in primary care: a need for standardization. M Arne

Bronchial responsiveness

  • P3346 Bronchodilation and natural variation in maximal in and expiratory flow volume curves in patients with stable COPD. D Richter, D van Schalkwyk, C Louw, J Joubert.
  • P1890 Forced inspiratory volume in one second in the assessment of reversibility of airway obstruction in patients with COPD and in relation to the severity. C Schumann, J Hetzel, M Hetzel


  • P2621 Airway responsiveness to methacholine, adenosine 5-monophosphate, mannitol, eucapnic voluntary hyperpnea, and sport-specific field exercise challenge in cross-country ski athletes. M Sue-Chu, J Brannan, S Anderson, N Chew, L Bjermer.
  • P2615 Use and saftey of histamine challenge testing in clinical practice. P Walker, L Davies, P Calverley.
  • P3348 The diagnostic value of isocapnic hyperventilation of cold air in adults with suspected asthma. J Cho, S Ryu, H Lee, S Kwak.

Inspiratory Capacity

  • P2363 Inspiratory capacity measurements; a comparison of methods. D Parr, R Stockley, S Hill.
  • P2364 Spirometric measurement of inspiratory capacity in normal subjects: are the available reference values useful? C Lisboa, A Leiva, R Pinochet, G Borzone, O Diaz
  • P3079 Improvements in inspiratory capacity with tiotropium in patients with COPD. B Celli, R ZuWallack, S Wang, S Kesten

Lung Mechanics

  • P 184 The effects of pulmonary circulation on the volume-dependent behaviour of the lungs. F Petak, B Babik, Z Hantos, D Morel, J Pache, W Habre

Lung Physiology: clinical

  • P1885 FEV6 is an acceptable surrogate for FVC in the exclusion of restriction. Maureen Swanney, L Beckert, L Wallace, R Jensen, R Crapo
  • P1898 Exhaled breath temperature gradients are reduced in COPD patients. P Paredi, G Caramori, S Kharitonov, PJ Barnes.
  • P2456 The relationship between PEFR and FEV1 at low levels of FEV1. Implications for the assessment of COPD in primary care. P White, E Cajeat, T Flemming, D Nolan, B Gray.

Control of breathing

  • P3070 Does gender influence tidal volume and respiratory frequency during exercise. W Tomalak, John Cotes.


  • P764 Use of a visual scale in asthma. E Smith, G Laszlo, J Pounsford
  • P995 Comparison of gas delivery systems simulating altitude exposure during rest and exercise. L Seccombe, P Kelly, Peter Rogers, S Lim.

And a contribution from Brenton:
  • Recruitment of Lung Diffusing Capacity - update of concept & application. CCW Hsia - Chest 2002; 122:1774-1783.
  • Enhancement of Exercise Performance in COPD Patients by Hyperoxia - a call for research. GL Snider - Chest 2002;122:1830-1836
  • Grading the severity of obstruction in the presence of a restrictive ventilatory defect DL Balfe - Chest 2002;122:1365-1369
  • Exercise Maintenance following pulmonary rehabilitation - effect of distractive stimuli GS Bauldoff - Chest; 122:948-954
A (not so) oldy but a goldy - one of the better papers I've read & re-read in a long time. Sandy Anderson & John Brannan are co-authors.
  • Markers of airway inflammation and airway hyperresponsiveness in patients with well controlled asthma. Eur Respir J 2001;18:444-450
Now an oldy to beat hospital administrators about the head with - you know, the type who still allow smoking at or about hospital entrances/exits :
  • Effects of a bronchoprovocation challenge test with cigarette sidestream smoke on sensitive and healthy adults. B Danuser - Chest 1993;103:353-58
And finally for all you budding paper writers
  • How I review an original scientific article. F Hoppin - Am J Respir & Crit Care Med 2002;166:1019 -23.
{I would encourage you all to read this last reference both from the perspective of writing and submitting papers to peer reviewed journals, but also from the perspective of the way to go about things - including submission to Mouthpiece or the Web-site. The process should be one of support and learning as espoused by Hoppin. All you need do is ask for help in the way that a paper would be reviewed for a Journal. I, for one, am very happy to provide that help. KG} .

Happy reading!!



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