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October 2002

Well it has happened at last. I have been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. This month's library corner has been drawn exclusively from on-line Journals. Whilst I have used on-line literature searches for many years, this is the first time I have sat down to scan the literature electronically. Louis Pasteur would not, I am inclined to think, have described the experience as peaceful. I must be showing my age, but there is nothing to compare with sitting in a library with a real journal or book on your lap. I found the electronic scanning slow and far from relaxing. But hey - I wouldn't have got to the library this month so at least my PC stopped the reviewing dropping off the bottom of my list. As with everything else in life, there has to be compromise.

First up, a paper looking at predicting Methacholine responsiveness. This paper provided some interesting insights that could be helpful in judging where we should start our provocation tests.

  • Predictors of Methacholine Responsiveness in a General Population. J Scwartz et al Chest 2002; 122:812-820.

Continuing on the allergy theme

  • Outdoor air pollution, climatic changes and allergic bronchial asthma. G.D'Amato et al. Eur Res J 2002; 20(3), 763-7

  • The importance of prenatal exposures on the development of allergic disease. A birth cohort study using the West Midlands General Practice database. T.M.McKeever et al Amer J Resp Crit Care Med 2002; 166: 827-832.

Those with a memory of the Lyprinol fuss of a few years back may be interested in the following

  • Treatment of asthma with lipid extract of New Zealand green-lipped muscle extract. A randomised clinical trial. A. Emelyanov et al Eur Resp J 2002; 20(3): 596-60.

For those doing 6-minute walk tests there were some interesting findings in

  • Physiological responses to the 6 -min walk test in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. T. Troosters et al. Eur Resp J 2002; 20(3): 564-5.

Also on the rehab trail an old topic with two schools of thought

  • Effects of controlled inspiratory muscle training in patients with COPD. A meta-analysis. F. Lotters et al Eur Resp J, 2002; 20(3): 570-5.

On the COPD theme there was an interesting musing in an editorial in the blue journal - there is a relevance to any situation where we use weight as a predictor eg VO2max

  • Muscle mass, not body weight, predicts outcome in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. M.J. Mador Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2002; 166:787-789

There were a couple of papers in Thorax relating to the interpretation of measurements we all make.

  • Relationship between exacerbation frequency and lung function decline in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. G.C. Donaldson et al Thorax 2002; 57:847-52

and

  • Interpretation of occupational peak flow records: level of agreement between expert clinicians and Oasys-2. D.R. Baldwin et al Thorax 2002; 57:860-4.

Methodological advances were the subject of a couple of papers that caught my eye

  • Does negative expiratory pressure influence performance of spirometry in older patients? D. Vanpee et al, Eur Resp J 2002; 20(3): 674-6

and

  • Key to better qualitative diagnostic calibrations in respiratory inductive pkethysmography. R.K. Millard, Physiol Meas 2002; 23: N1-8.

For those interested in animal models there was a n interesting review in Thorax

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 3: Experimental animal models of pulmonary emphysema. R. Mahadeva and S.D. Shapiro Thorax 2002; 57: 908-14

Finally for those into Sleep a couple of papers caught my eye. Firstly a review

  • Sleep studies for sleep apnoea. J.C.T. Pepperell et al Physiol Meas 2002; 23: R39-74

and a head to head comparison of mandibular splints versus CPAP

  • Randomized crossover trial of two treatments for sleep apnoea / hypopnea syndrome. Continuous positive airway pressure and mandibular repositioning splint. H.M. Engleman et al, Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2002; 166:855-9.

I hope there was something of interest in this collection - perhaps something that will trigger an abstract for Adelaide?

I have not had a lot of feedback regarding this page. I have continued to do it as it forces me to visit the literature at least once a month. I would be interested to know whether people are finding it of interest / value. If the page is liked then I would, in turn, like to receive contributions from others so that you get a more balanced view of the World than what catches my eye. Think about it and let me know.

Next month I will be back to the comfy seat and the peace of a real library. In the mean time enjoy your reading.

Kevin

 

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