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Environmental & Occupational Health, and Epidemiology

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    Spirometry reference values for population aged 7–80 years in China: Jingzhou Zhang, Xiao Hu and Guangliang Shan (DOI: 10.1111/resp.13118)
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.13118/full (Nov 2017)

    Comment by Dr Mark Lavercombe:
    Using data from the China National Health Survey 2012–2015, the authors of this paper propose spirometry prediction equations for a general Chinese population aged 7–80 years. Their equations compare favourably to those developed in more heterogeneous cohorts.


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    Tuberculosis in China: A longitudinal predictive model of the general population and recommendations for achieving WHO goals: Kaijin Xu, Cheng Ding, Connor J Mangan, Yiping Li, Jingjing Ren, Shigui Yang, Bing Wang, Bing Ruan, Jifang Sheng & Lanjuan Li.
    10.1111/resp.13066 (Oct 2017)

    Comment by Dr Mark Lavercombe:
    By using a Markov chain model, the authors of this study estimate likely future tuberculosis prevalence in China and the impact of various interventions. Their combined intervention model suggests a significant reduction in tuberculosis prevalence is achievable, and barriers to implementation are explored.


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    Frailty is common and strongly associated with dyspnoea severity in fibrotic interstitial lung disease, Kathryn M Milne, Joanne M Kwan, Sabina Guler, Tiffany A Winstone, Angela Le, Nasreen Khalil, Pat G Camp, Pearce G Wilcox & Christopher J Ryerson
    10.1111/resp.12944 (May 2017)

    Prognosis in patients with fibrotic interstitial lung diseases can vary significantly. In this study, the authors demonstrate that Frailty is highly prevalent in a cohort of patients with fibrotic ILD and strongly associated with dyspnoea severity. The authors propose a potential role for frailty assessment in identifying patients at risk of complications from invasive procedures or medical therapies, and/or mortality.


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    Ecological study on solid fuel use and pneumonia in young children: A worldwide association. Accinelli et al. (resp. 12865/ RES-16-237.R1)
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12865/full (Jan 2017)

    Comment by Dr Mark Lavercombe:
    This study demonstrates a potential correlation between childhood pneumonia and exposure to solid fuel burning. Future work might examine whether reduction in indoor biomass pollution will lead to reduction in early childhood pneumonia.


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    Clinical impact of the interstitial lung disease Multidisciplinary service, Jo et al. DOI: 10.1111/resp.12850
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12850/full (Jul 2016)

    Comment by Dr Mark Lavercombe:
    This study demonstrates that assessment of the diagnosis and management of interstitial lung diseases by an expert multidisciplinary panel can potentially make a major contribution to patient outcomes. A significant proportion of patients is re-classified after MDT discussion, leading to changes in management. Longer term follow-up of patient outcomes might add weight to the use of MDT discussions.

  • Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exposure during a prolonged wildfire period and emergency department visits for asthma. Haikerwal et al.
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12613/abstract (Sep 2015)
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  • Association between asthma and body mass index and socioeconomic status: A cross-sectional study on 849,659 adolescents. Gordon et al.
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12645/abstract (Sep 2015)

  • Mother's smoking and complex lung function of offspring in middle age: A cohort study from childhood. Perret et al.
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12750/abstract (Mar 2016)
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  • Interstitial lung disease associated with gemcitabine: A Japanese retrospective cohort study. Hamada et al.
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12665/abstract (Nov 2015)

  • Association of sleep apnoea with chronic kidney disease in a large cohort from Taiwan. Chu et al.
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12739/abstract (Jan 2016)
    (FREE access: Editor's Choice; Editorial: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12796/abstract)

  • Impact of effective versus sham continuous positive airway pressure on liver injury in obstructive sleep apnoea: Data from randomized trials.
    (Editorial: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.12720/abstract)