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What have we learnt about asthma control from trials of budesonide/formoterol as maintenance and reliever?


Despite improvements in medications, devices and understanding of the disease, about half of all asthma patients worldwide remain inadequately cont...

Acute effects of e-cigarette vaping on pulmonary function and airway inflammation in healthy individuals and in patients with asthma.


The acute effects of e-cigarettes have not been scientifically demonstrated yet. The aim of this study was to assess the acute changes in pulmonary function and airway inflammation in patients with asthma after vaping one e-cigarette.

Twenty-five smokers suffering from stable moderate asthma according to GINA guidelines with no other comorbidities and 25 healthy smokers matched with the baseline characteristics of the asthmatic patients were recruited. PFT, IOS, FeNO and EBC were performed before and after vaping one e-cigarette with nicotine. pH and concentrations of IL-1β, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-13, IL-17A, TNF-α, ISO8 and LTB4 were measured in EBC.

FFEV1/FVC ratio and PEF were reduced in asthmatic patients after e-cigarette. Z5Hz and R5Hz, R10Hz and R20Hz increased in both groups. FeNO and EBC pH increased by 3.60 ppb (P = 0.001) and 0.15 (P = 0.014) in asthmatic patients after e-cigarette, whereas they decreased in control group by 3.28 ppb (P < 0.001) and 0.12 (P = 0.064), respectively. The concentrations of IL-10, TNF-α and ISO8 in EBC increased in asthmatic patients after e-cigarette and the changes in concentrations of IL-1β and IL-4 differed significantly between the two groups.

E-cigarette vaping resulted in acute alteration of both pulmonary function and airway inflammation in stable moderate asthmatic patients.

Role of ventilatory control instability in children with sleep-disordered breathing.


The contribution of non-anatomical factors, such as ventilatory control instability (i.e. LG), to the pathogenesis of obstructive SDB in children is unclear. Therefore, we aimed to identify the relationship between LG and severity of SDB, demographic, anthropometric and anatomical characteristics in a clinically representative cohort of children.

Children (aged 3-18 years) with various severities of SDB (n = 110) and non-snoring controls (n = 36) were studied. Children were grouped according to their OAHI. Anthropometric and upper airway anatomical characteristics were measured. Spontaneous sighs were identified on polysomnography and LG, a measure of the sensitivity of the negative feedback loop that controls ventilation, was estimated by fitting a mathematical model of ventilatory control to the post-sigh ventilatory pattern.

There was no difference in LG between controls and any of the SDB severity groups. However, LG was significantly lower in children with larger tonsils (tonsil grade 4) compared with children with smaller tonsils (tonsil grade 1) (median LG (range): 0.25 (0.20-0.42) vs 0.32 (0.25-0.44); P = 0.009) and in children with a modified Mallampati score of class III/IV compared with class I (0.28 (0.24-0.33) vs 0.37 (0.27-0.44); P = 0.009).

A direct relationship was not found between the severity of paediatric SDB and LG. However, an altered ventilatory control sensitivity may contribute to SDB in a subgroup of children depending on their degree of anatomical compromise of the airway.

Peer Connect Service for people with pulmonary fibrosis in Australia: Participants' experiences and process evaluation.


People living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF) report unmet needs for information and support. Lung Foundation Australia (LFA) have developed the Peer Connect Service to facilitate telephone support for people with PF across Australia. This project documented the experiences of participants and the resources required to support the service.

Consenting participants took part in semi-structured interviews by telephone. Primary peers (peers who agreed to initiate contact) and secondary peers (eligible patients who sought a peer match) were interviewed. Thematic analysis was undertaken by two independent researchers. Data were collected on the number of matches and contacts required to establish each match.

Interviews were conducted with 32 participants (16 primary peers, 15 secondary peers and 1 who was both), aged from 53 to 89 years with 56% being male. Major themes included the value of shared experiences, providing mutual support and the importance of shared personal characteristics (e.g. gender and hobbies) in allowing information and emotional support needs to be met. Participants saw face-to-face contact with peers as highly desirable whilst acknowledging the practical difficulties. Primary peers were cognizant that their role was not to provide medical advice but to listen and share experiences. In the 12-month period, 60 peer matches were made, each match requiring a minimum of seven staff contacts.

The Peer Connect Service provides a unique opportunity for people with PF to share experiences and offer mutual support. This telephone matching model may be useful in providing peer support for individuals with rare diseases who are geographically dispersed.

Clinical side effects of continuous positive airway pressure in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea.


CPAP is considered the gold standard treatment in OSA and is highly efficacious in controlling OSA symptoms. However, treatment effectiveness is li...

Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Associated With Higher Risk of Mortality in Stage III and IV Lung Cancer.

J Clin Sleep

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been associated with increased cancer incidence and mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate cancer-related mortality, overall survival and progression free survival in patients with suspected OSA and lung cancer.

This was a case series analysis of lung cancer from a sleep cohort with suspected OSA between 2009 and 2014. The apnea- hypopnea index (AHI), Tsat90% (hypoxia index) and survival outcome were recorded. Immunohistochemistry was used to analyze HIF-1α and VEGF expression in tumor pathology.

In the sleep cohort comprising 8261 patients, a total of 23 patients had lung cancer. The incidence of lung cancer was significantly higher in the sleep cohort than in the entire adult population in Taiwan (242.1 vs 51.5 per 10⁵ persons, P< 0.01). The 3-year cancer-related mortality was 25% in AHI < 15, 50% in AHI 15 to 29 and 80% in AHI ≥ 30 (chi-squared test for trend P =0.03). In Kaplan-Meier survival analysis, patients with stage III-IV lung cancer and AHI< 30 exhibited significantly better overall survival (P = 0.02) and progression free survival (P = 0.02) than patients with severe OSA. Overexpression of HIF-1α and VEGF was shown in 63 % and 45 % of lung tumor samples. Overexpression of HIF-1α was positively associated with AHI (P = 0.04).

In this preliminary case series, severe OSA is associated with an increased risk of cancer mortality in patients with stage III-IV lung cancer. AHI was significantly associated with HIF-1α overexpression.

Sleep Disturbance in Pediatric Intracranial Hypertension.

J Clin Sleep

There is a well-established association between headache disorders and sleep disturbances in children, but it is unknown if sleep disturbance plays a role in pediatric intracranial hypertension. The objective of this study was to examine sleep issues related to pediatric intracranial hypertension.

Patients with intracranial hypertension who were followed in the Pediatric Intracranial Hypertension Clinic were recruited between July 2017 and September 2018. Demographic data was collected from the electronic medical record in addition to patient and parent completed questionnaires. Information on sleep behaviors was gathered using the Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire, and control data was obtained from patient siblings. Statistical analyses were performed using paired t-tests or two-sample t-tests, as appropriate.

Sixty-two pairs of patients and matched sibling controls were compared. There was a statistically significant difference in total sleep disturbance score (control mean 44.3; patient mean 48.1; n=33 pairs, t=-2.2, p=0.035) as well as subscale scores of sleep onset delay (control mean 1.4; patient mean 1.7; n=52 pairs, t=-2.53, p=0.014), parasomnias (control mean 8.5; patient mean 9.5; n=42 pairs, t=-2.59, p=0.013), and sleep disordered breathing (control mean 3.1; patient mean 3.4; n=44 pairs, t=-2.61, p=0.013). There was no difference found in bedtime resistance, sleep duration, sleep anxiety, night wakings, and daytime sleepiness subscales. Furthermore, there was no difference in total sleep disturbance score between patient subsets including: primary versus secondary intracranial hypertension, body mass index, pubertal status, presence of headaches, or intracranial hypertension treatment.

This observational study suggests that pediatric intracranial hypertension is associated with a modest increase in sleep disturbances.

TECPR2 Mutation Associated Respiratory Dysregulation: More than Central Apnea.

J Clin Sleep

Children with rare genetic diseases that cause respiratory dysregulation are at particularly high mortality risk due development of respiratory fai...

Prospective Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Risk Factors With Heart Failure and its Subtypes in Postmenopausal Women: The Women's Health Initiative.

J Clin Sleep

The relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and heart failure (HF) incidence in postmenopausal women has been understudied given the limited representation of women in heart failure studies. We investigated the relationship between OSA risk factors and HF and its subtypes in postmenopausal women.

We performed a prospective analysis on the adjudicated HF outcomes in the Women's Health Initiative from enrollment (1993-1998) to September 30, 2016. HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) were defined as adjudicated acute HF hospitalization with EF ≥45% or <45%, respectively. We employed Cox regression to examine the association between OSA risk factors and symptoms (individually and using a summary risk score) and time to first hospitalized HF.

Of 42,362 women, 2205 (5.21%) developed all HF, 1162 (2.74%) women developed HFpEF, and 679 (1.60%) developed HFrEF. Individual OSA risk factors and symptoms, including obesity (HR=1.33, 95% CI 1.20-1.48), snoring (HR=1.30, 95% CI 1.16-1.46), and hypertension (HR=1.45, 95% CI 1.35-1.56), were positively associated with risk of HF and HFpEF but only hypertension was associated with HFrEF. When examined as a summary risk score compared to those with none of the OSA risk factors, presence of each additional factor was significantly associated with increased risk of hospitalized HF in a dose-response fashion for HFpEF (p-trend <0.001), but not HFrEF (p-trend 0.26).

OSA risk factors and symptoms were associated with HFpEF, but not HFrEF, among postmenopausal women and are largely dependent on BMI, snoring, and hypertension.

Cotard's Parasomnia: Le Délire de Negation that occur during the Sleep-Wake Dissociation?

J Clin Sleep

Unpleasant dreamlike mentation can occur during NREM parasomnias, leading to associated panic attacks. The mentations are rarely remembered, and ar...

Disease progression across the spectrum of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: A multicentre study.


In clinical practice, a working diagnosis of IPF may be performed to provide effective antifibrotic treatment to patients who cannot undergo SLB. In this study, we compared the disease course across IPF diagnostic categories in a real-life clinical setting to clarify the appropriateness of a working diagnosis of IPF and treatment initiation in these patients.

Longitudinal data from IPF patients receiving antifibrotic treatment (pirfenidone or nintedanib) were retrospectively collected at three tertiary centres in Italy. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to compare time to death and to a composite endpoint of disease progression between two diagnostic subgroups, that is, patients with UIP on HRCT and/or SLB, and patients with possible UIP and no histological confirmation.

A total of 249 IPF patients were included in the analysis. Among patients with a possible UIP pattern on HRCT, 41 (55%) were prescribed antifibrotic treatment (either nintedanib or pirfenidone) despite absence of histological confirmation. This group demonstrated similar mortality and disease progression as compared to patients with a definite diagnosis of IPF as per diagnostic guidelines (log-rank test P = 0.771 and P = 0.139, respectively). Such findings were confirmed on multivariate analysis (HR: 1.19, 95% CI: 0.49-2.89, P = 0.7 for death; HR: 1.42, 95% CI: 0.83-2.44, P = 0.201 for disease progression).

In patients receiving antifibrotics following a working diagnosis of IPF, disease progression rates were similar to patients with a confident diagnosis of IPF according to consensus guidelines, supporting the rationale for treatment initiation in these patients by expert multidisciplinary teams.

Health impacts of bushfire smoke exposure in Australia.


Smoke exposure from bushfires, such as those experienced in Australia during 2019-2020, can reach levels up to 10 times those deemed hazardous. Sho...