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June 2003

Bruce Graham alerted me to a group of papers on Lung Volume Reduction Surgery that will be published in the May 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. These papers were published electronically and early so as to be out before the ATS meeting in Seattle. This is an advantage of electronic alert services.

There was also a lung volume reduction update in Chest this last month

  • Lung volume reduction surgery update. A.F. Gelb and R.J. McKenna Jr. Chest 2003; 123: 975-6. (Editorial)

Rob Tagliaferri sent the following with his Branch report this month:

I found two recent articles that may be interesting, the first one relating to one of the topics on the YahooGroups discussions:

  • Spirometry in young children: should computer-animated programs be used during testing. Eur Respir J 2003; 21:872-875
  • To clip or not to clip? Noseclips for spirometry. Eur Respir J 2003; 21:876-878

Sandy Anderson sent me the following advice:

"From the chat room it seems people want to know what is going to happen for asthmatics for Athens. As I am writing the criteria, I can say they will be posted on the Olympic web-site 30th June.

Basically they will be same as for Salt Lake but a 15% increase from baseline will be adopted for a bronchodilator response. Hypertonic Saline challenge will also be acceptable to the IOC."

Sandy also sent me references to recent publications of hers concerning Asthma Provocation Testing.

  • Provocation by eucapnoc voluntary hyperpnoea to identify exercise induced bronchconstriction. S.D Anderson et al. Br J Sports Med 2003; 35:344-347.
  • Responses to bronchial challenge submitted for approval to use inhaled b2-agonists before an event at the 2002 Winter Olympics. S.D. Anderson et al. J Allergy Clin.Immunol 2003; 111: 45-50.
  • Methods for "Indirect" Challenge Tests Including Exercise, Eucapnoc Voluntary Hyperpnea, and Hypertonic Aerosols. S.D. Anderson and J.D. Brannan. Clin Rev Allergy Immunol 2003; 24: 27-54.

Airway hyperreactivity and related topics also featured in Chest the last couple of issues

  • Adenosine airways responsiveness: What does it mean? J.W. Ramsdell. Chest 2003; 123: 971-973 (Editorial)
  • Getting the most from the "Gold Standard". W.M. Alberts ibid 987-9 (Editorial; specific vs non-specific provocation testing)
  • Need for monitoring nonspecific bronchial hyperresponsiveness before and after isocyanate inhalational challenge. J. Sosfre et al. ibid 1276-1279.

Graham Hall drew my attention to

  • Indirect challenges from the ERS task force. ERJ, 21: 1050-1068

A paper discussing variability in DLCO argued there was similar variability in males and females

  • Measurement variability in single breath diffusing capacity of the lung. N.M. Punjabi et al. Chest 2003; 123: 1082-1089.

Longitudinal changes in spirometric parameters in children were reported in a paper that also demonstrated the need for ongoing refresher training when performing spirometry

  • Spirometric variability in a longitudinal study of school-age children. R. Perez-Padilla et al. ibid 1090-1095

There were a few papers on exercise / rehabilitation

  • Quadriceps fatigue after cycle exercise in patients with COPD compared with healthy controls. M.J.Madar et al. ibid 1104-1111.
  • Review: respiratory rehabilitation improves health related quality if life in chronic obstructive pulmonary lung disease. EMB, 2003. 8: 50.

There were a few references for the sleepers amongst us

  • Clinical outcomes related to interface type in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea / hypopnoea syndromes who are using continuous positive airway pressure. C.A. Massie et al. Chest 2003; 123:1112-1118. (comparison between nasal pillows and Contour mask)
  • Home overnight pulse oximetry in patients with COPD. More than one recording may be needed. C.A. Lewis et al. ibid 1127-1133. (from Greenlane hospital, Auckland NZ)
  • Predicting sleep apnoea and excessive daytime sleepiness in the severely obese. J.B. Dixon et al. ibid 1134-1141.
  • Incidence of sleep disordered breathing in an urban adult population. The relative importance of risk factors in the development of sleep disordered breathing. P.V.Tishler et al. JAMA 2003; 289:2230-2237. (This comes from the Cleveland Family Study and Susan Redline).

There was a delightful historical perspective offered by a paper from Flinders that contained some wonderful ironies

  • Symbol of modern medicine:Why one snake is more than two. R.A.Wilcox and E.M. Witham. Annals of Internal Medicine2003; 138: 673-677. (This discusses the origin of the Asklepian and the Caduceus and has some interesting persepctives on Hermes.)

Finally, from me, an interesting perspective on time

  • Time to Myself. J.J.Frey III. JAMA 2003; 289:2185-2186.

The last word goes to Gary Nolan who offered

"Whilst not a new publication, I came across a Marcel-Dekker volume the other day that I have not been able to put down since. It is worth a mention on Library Corner - It is unusual to find a "clinical journal" that is written in such a novel style.

A History of Breathing Physiology, Donald F. Proctor, Marcel-Dekker Vol. 83.

Beginning in Graeco-Roman times the development of our science flows from dark and demonic middle age sweetly through renaissance to almost present day (the point reference is a little different for some of us!).

Anyway a thoroughly entertaining, illuminating and surprisingly stimulating read."

It was good to get contributions from others this month. A big thankyou to all contributors. The precedent has been set so keep those snippets rolling in. I will make good use of any interesting book, paper or meeting references or reports for inclusion in this page. The more numerous the contributions the greater the variety - and probably the more relevant the selection!

Until next month, happy browsing!!

Kevin

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