Despoina Papakosta

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A pollen calendar has been constructed for the area of Thessaloniki and relationships between pollen transport and meteorological parameters have been assessed. Daily airborne pollen records were collected over a 15-year period (1987-2001), using a Burkard continuous volumetric pollen trap, located in the centre of the city. Sixteen allergenic pollen types(More)
Soil physicochemical characteristics, total aboveground biomass, number of species and relative abundance of groups and individual species were measured along a moisture gradient in a pasture, flooded in part during winter through early summer, adjacent to Pamvotis lake in Ioannina, Greece. Soil and vegetation measurements were conducted in 39 quadrats(More)
BACKGROUND Inhaled bronchodilators and corticosteroids have been used for decades with different production systems. MATERIALS AND METHODS The following jet-nebulizers: (a) Invacare, (b) Sunmist, (c) Maxineb and ultrasound nebulizers: (a) GIMA, (b) OMRON and (c) EASY NEB II were used as production systems. The jet-nebulizers were used with different(More)
BACKGROUND The first positive patient with influenza A (H1N1) was recorded in March 2009 and the pandemic continued with new outbreaks throughout 2010. This study's objective was to quantify the total cost of inpatient care and identify factors associated with the increased cost of the 2009-2010 influenza A pandemic in comparison with nonviral respiratory(More)
Previous time series or panel studies of asthmatics have reported respiratory health effects following short-term exposure to ozone (O3). We followed 186 children aged 10 years old in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece for 5 weeks during the academic year 2013–2014 and recorded daily their respiratory symptoms, absenteeism and peak expiratory flow (PEF). We(More)
INTRODUCTION Williams-Campbell syndrome, also known as bronchomalacia, is a rare disorder characterized by a deficiency of cartilage in subsegmental bronchi, leading to distal airway collapse and bronchiectasis. There have been few reports about patients affected by saccular bronchiectasis, paracicatricial emphysema, and diminished cartilage. These are all(More)
In recent years, there has been a major advance in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension. New medications are continually added to the therapeutic arsenal. The prostanoids are among the first agents used to treat pulmonary hypertension and are currently considered the most effective. This case study describes a 63-year-old man who was diagnosed with(More)
BACKGROUND In the wider framework of the RESPOZE (ReSPiratory effects of OZone Exposure in Greek children) panel study, we investigated possible determinants of O3 exposure of school children, measured with personal passive samplers, in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece. METHODS Personal exposure to O3 was measured for five weeks spread along the academic(More)
Interstitial lung diseases (ILD) are chronic and restrictive lung diseases with poor survival and quality of life. The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of sleep disorders in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and sarcoidosis and to assess patients’ quality of life in relation to these disorders. Forty patients, 19 with IPF, and 21 with(More)
In pulmonary sarcoidosis, differential cytokine production in the lungs could be related to variable prognosis of patients at different stages of disease. Twenty patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis (10 at radiographic stage I and 10 at stages II-IV), as well as 10 age-matched healthy volunteers participated in the study. A 4-colour flow cytometric technique(More)
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