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APSR Respiratory Research Review


Richard Beasley

This is a unique publication providing topical, relevant and accessible information for healthcare professionals working in the area. In each edition our independent reviewers handpick some of the most important studies from key international and local journals. The Review summarises each study in an easy to read format, and provides commentary on the importance of the work and implications for clinical practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Web links to the abstract or fully published papers are also provided where possible so you can make your own judgements.

We hope you enjoy the latest edition and you are welcome to email comments to the Editor, Dr Richard Beasley - richardbeasley@researchreview.co.nz

Respiratory Updates (archives)
2017 (current)
2016 Archive
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD
  • Lung Development and Regeneration
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  • Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
  • Update in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Lung cancer immunotherapy
  • Pneumonia
  • Updates in Pulmonary Function Testing 2012-2015
  • Pulmonary Aspergillosis
  • Updates on Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology
2015 Archive
  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
  • Tobacco/Smoking Cessation
  • Pulmonary Circulation
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis trials and Sarcoidosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • APSR air pollution update
  • Induced Sputum 2015
  • Pneumothorax: Evolving Indications for Surgery
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Cellular and molecular biology of the lung
  • Quantitative Imaging of the Respiratory System
2014 Archive
  • COPD
  • Tuberculosis
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • APSR Paediatric Updates 2014
  • Pneumoconiosis and other related conditions
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Interstitial Lung Diseases
  • Pleural Diseases
  • Asthma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Venous Thromboembolism
2013 Archive
  • Fukuchi Award and Young Investigator Award Abstracts
  • Mesothelioma
  • Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis
  • Lung transplantation
  • Air Pollution
  • Induced sputum
  • Respirology Virtual Issues
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Monitoring free serum IgE in severe asthma patients treated with omalizumab
  • Lung Cancer Screening
  • Tuberculosis
  • Current Trends in Lung Cancer Surgery
2012 Archive
  • Progress of Pulmonary Function Testing in 2011/12
  • IPF trials and Sarcoidosis
  • Respiratory infections other than tuberculosis
  • Cell and Molecular Biology in Respirology
  • Pulmonary Circulation
  • Quantitative imaging of airways
  • Paediatric lung disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Community and Public Health
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in lung disease
  • Tobacco/Smoking cessation
2011 Archive
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Bronchoscopy & Interventional Techniques
  • Sleep
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Influenza
  • Interstitial Lung Diseases
  • Pleural Diseases
  • Asthma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pulmonary and Systemic Venous Thromboembolism
2010 Archive
  • Community and Public Health
  • Tuberculosis
  • Tobacco/smoking cessation
  • Paediatric lung disease
  • Sleep
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchoscopy & Interventional Techniques
  • Pleural diseases
  • Asthma
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • COPD & asthma: Differences & similarities
2009 Archive
  • Influenza
  • Lung Cancer
  • Venous Thromboembolism
Respiratory Research Review (archives)
2008 Archive
Respiratory Research ReviewContents
Issue 15 (2007)
  • Caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity
  • Lung function decline in non-CF bronchiectasis
  • Sildenafil for CTEPH
  • Outdoor air pollution and mortality in Great Britain
  • Determinants of response: fluticasone vs salmeterol/fluticasone
  • Salmeterol/fluticasone in Japanese and Caucasian asthmatics
  • Japanese guidelines for management of RTIs
  • Biological markers for discrimination of exudative pleural effusions
  • Home mechanical ventilation in neuromuscular disorders
  • Lung transplantation in children with CF
  • Lungs don't grow on trees: the ethics of increasing organ donation rates
  • Ibuprofen & FEV1 decline in children with CF
Issue 14 (2007)
  • H5N1 infection of the respiratory tract and beyond
  • TPC for malignant pleural effusions
  • Hospitalisation rates for acute allergic reactions
  • ICU organisational structure and outcomes in ALI
  • Oxygen therapy in the breathless patient
  • Prevalence of COPD in China
  • Biomass fuel use and risk of COPD
  • Traffic exposure and lung function in adults
  • Prevention of nosocomial transmission of XDR-TB
  • Value of the XDR-TB definition
  • Patient choice and adherence to treatment for latent TB
Issue 13 (2007)
  • GOLD Executive Summary
  • BOLD: international prevalence of COPD
  • Passive smoking & COPD risk in China
  • Viral aetiology of AECOPD in Hong Kong
  • Infant and adult lung function
  • Mannitol in asthmatics with mucus hypersecretion
  • Asthma, asthma symptoms & CRP
  • Early discharge of patients with PE
  • VTE prophylaxis strategies
  • CO poisoning: risk factors for cognitive sequelae
Issue 12 (2007)
  • Prophylactic cranial irradiation for SCLC
  • Mobile radiographic screening for TB
  • A nasal cannula to treat OSA
  • CRP, OSA and cognitive dysfunction
  • Trends in the prevalence of asthma
  • Chinese herbal remedies for asthma
  • Pneumothorax recurrence with video-assisted or open surgery
  • Roflumilast in severe COPD
  • An adjuvanted rH5N1 prototype influenza vaccine
  • Denufosol tetrasodium in CF
Issue 11 (2007)
  • Dexamethasone for bronchiolitis
  • Healthcare-associated pneumonia
  • Staffing levels and risk for VAP
  • The epidemiology of lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  • Cabin pressure during commercial aircraft flights
  • Selecting PE patients for outpatient therapy
  • Inferior vena cava filter retrieval in anticoagulated patients
  • Reference ranges for exhaled nitric oxide
  • Exhaled nitric oxide to guide asthma management
  • Ciclesonide for mild to moderate asthma
Issue 10 (2007)
  • Outcomes for patients with HIV and TB
  • Treatment of mild persistent asthma
  • Treatment reduction in mild persistent asthma
  • Predicting response to omalizumab
  • Telephone consultations in secondary care
  • Bone mineral density in children with CF
  • Infliximab in moderate to severe COPD
  • Unsuspected PE with MDCT scanning
  • Cryptogenic haemoptysis
  • Diagnostic agreement in parenchymal lung diseases
Issue 9 (2007)
  • Pulmonary function testing in New Zealand
  • Prophylaxis for thromboembolism
  • Detection of chronic pulmonary allograft dysfunction
  • Oral appliance treatment outcome in OSA
  • Transplantation update 2006
  • Sleep and control of ventilation update 2006
  • TB update 2006
  • Atypical pathogens in CAP
  • Assessing severity of CAP
  • Prevalence of wheeze and neonatal BCG
Issue 8 (2007)
  • Invasive pneumococcal disease caused by nonvaccine serotypes
  • Sublingual immunotherapy for hayfever
  • Smoking and response to asthma therapy
  • Trends in hospital admissions and mortality from asthma and COPD
  • ICS and lung cancer risk in COPD
  • Detection of extrapulmonary lesions with integrated PET/CT
  • Automatic detection of sleep-disordered breathing
  • A baculovirus-expressed hemagglutinin influenza vaccine
  • Pleurodesis with talc poudrage in malignant pleural effusion
  • Long-term follow-up of thoracoscopic talc pleurodesis
Issue 7 (2007)
  • Asbestos-related diseases and historical consumption
  • Bronchodilators for bronchoscopy in COPD?
  • FEV1 decline in COPD with ICS
  • Oxygen therapy in COPD
  • Physical signs for diagnosis of pleural effusion
  • Pleural effusions in acute pulmonary embolism
  • Bystander CPR: Chest compressions only
  • Predictors of future asthma exacerbations
  • Short-acting β2-agonists during pregnancy
  • Latent TB: efficacy of new tests
Issue 6 (2007)
  • Intensive anti-smoking intervention reduces mortality
  • LABAs plus ICS versus ICS for asthma
  • Viral respiratory tract infections and asthma
  • Diagnostic role of pleural viscosity
  • Lung cancer in patients with SPNs: pre-test probability
  • NSCLC and use of imaging
  • Staging and diagnosis of NSCLC: Invasive modalities
  • CAP in hospitalized Singaporean children
  • Cost-effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccination
  • Childhood immunisation and atopy
Issue 5 (2007)
  • Low-dose theophylline and montelukast in asthma
  • Traffic exposure and lung development
  • 5-gene signature and outcomes in lung cancer
  • Improving adherence to tuberculosis treatment
  • Retrievable vena cava filter for DVT
  • Spacer technique
  • Probiotic supplementation in infants
  • Comparing controller regimens in child asthma
  • Crime and ICS adherence
  • Isoniazid prophylaxis - mortality and incidence of TB
Issue 4 (2007)
  • D-Dimer testing and anticoagulation duration
  • Global pandemic influenza: estimated mortality
  • Survival rates in women and men with NSCLC
  • Paclitaxel-carboplatin plus bevacizumab for NSCLC
  • Epidemiology of anti-tuberculosis drug resistance
  • Outcomes in children with persistent bacterial bronchitis
  • Pulmonary embolism: Clinical syndromes and outcomes
  • Methamphetamine and idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Early switch from oral antibiotics in severe pneumonia
  • Early switch and discharge guidelines for CAP
  • Diagnostic techniques for ventilator-associated pneumonia
Respiratory Research Review (archives)
2006 Archive

Disclaimer: The APSR Respiratory Research Review is not intended as a replacement for regular medical education but to assist in the process. The reviews are a summarised interpretation of the published study and reflect the opinion of the writer rather than those of the research group or scientific journal. It is suggested readers review the full trial data before forming a final conclusion on its merits.

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