Christopher J Warburton

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BACKGROUND The British Thoracic Society (BTS) Standards of Care (SoC) Committee produced a standard of care for occupational asthma (OA) in 2008, based on a systematic evidence review performed in 2004 by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF). METHODS BOHRF updated the evidence base from 2004-2009 in 2010. RESULTS This article(More)
Primary-care spirometry has been promoted as a method of facilitating accurate diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The present study examined whether improving rates of diagnosis lead to improvements in pharmacological and nonpharmacological management. From 1999 to 2003, the current authors provided an open-access spirometry and(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence from laboratory studies suggests that air pollution can produce bronchoconstriction and respiratory symptoms in selected subjects, but the relevance of these findings to exposure to natural pollution is unclear. This study was performed to determine whether air pollution at typical levels found in the UK has demonstrable effects on(More)
Laboratory-based studies have shown that ozone and nitrogen dioxide can potentiate the effect of allergen in sensitized asthmatic subjects, but it is not known whether this interaction is important under natural exposure conditions. Thirty-five subjects with clinical diagnoses of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and with a provocative dose(More)
PURPOSE Respiratory conditions remain a source of morbidity globally. As such, this study aimed to explore factors associated with the development of airflow obstruction (AFO) in a rural Indian setting and, using spirometry, study whether underweight is linked to AFO. METHODS Patients > 35 years old attending a rural clinic in West Bengal, India, took a(More)
The formation of a gastropleural fistula is an uncommon complication of a number of conditions. The case of a patient with gastropleural fistula, as a complication of gastric lymphoma, is presented. The patient developed a tension pneumothorax and empyema. On cytological examination of the empyematous fluid, the presence of food debris aided diagnosis. The(More)
Idiopathic hyperventilation (IH) is a condition of uncertain aetiology characterized by sustained arterial and alveolar hypocapnia and a plethora of symptoms, the most commonly reported being shortness of breath, and breathlessness. We previously reported that anxiety increases respiratory frequency and minute ventilation with no change in metabolism in(More)
Background The British Thoracic Society (BTS) Standards of Care (SoC) Committee produced a standard of care for occupational asthma (OA) in 2008, based on a systematic evidence review performed in 2004 by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF). Methods BOHRF updated the evidence base from 2004e2009 in 2010. Results This article(More)
AIMS To investigate the poorly understood relationship between work-related respiratory symptoms, airway reactivity, across working shift change in forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV(1)) and work-related changes in serial peak expiratory flow (sPEF) measures in a group of textile workers. METHODS Fifty-three workers, 34 exposed to cotton dust and 19 to(More)
Functional upper airways obstruction is caused by vocal cord dysfunction and classically occurs in paroxysms closely resembling acute asthmatic attacks. We present two cases in which the symptoms and signs of the vocal cord dysfunction demonstrate very little variability with time. We suggest that as part of this disorder, a syndrome of chronic unremitting(More)
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