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AIMS To investigate the validity of the International Primary Care Airways Guidelines (IPAG) questionnaire and PiKo-6® (Ferraris Respiratory Europe Ltd.) flow meter as screening tools for diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the primary care setting. METHODS The first 50 patients in 25 general practice offices completed the IPAG(More)
The aim of the present study was the investigation of radiographic findings in relation to lung function after occupational exposure to permissible levels of relatively pure chrysotile (0.5-3% amphiboles). We studied 266 out of the total 317 employees who have worked in an asbestos cement factory during the period 1968-2004 with chest x-ray, high-resolution(More)
SETTING A major concern surrounding the use of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) inhibitors is their potential to increase the risk of opportunistic infections, particularly tuberculosis (TB). OBJECTIVE To estimate the incidence of active TB in patients with rheumatic diseases receiving anti-TNF drug therapy and to evaluate the effectiveness of an(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) constitutes one of the main factors responsible for morbidity and mortality worldwide. Rhinitis has a high prevalence, but its relationship to COPD has not been determined. OBJECTIVES To estimate the prevalence of COPD and rhinitis in northern Greece and to examine their correlation. PATIENTS AND(More)
This study compared the protection provided by salbutamol and salmeterol against exercise-induced asthma. Asthmatic patients (n = 12) with exercise-induced asthma were exercised submaximally for 6 min on a treadmill 1, 6 and 12 h after inhalation of 200 micrograms salbutamol or 50 micrograms salmeterol. Each patient also took baseline exercise 1 h after two(More)
BACKGROUND The progress of pleural plaques in persons exposed to environmental asbestos in Almopia, Greece were studied prospectively. METHODS During a 15-year period, 198 individuals, in whom pleural plaques had been observed during the period 1988-1990 were followed. Respiratory function was initially evaluated in 23. All were inhabitants of seven(More)
AIM To investigate the prevalence of smoking in the general population and in specific population sub-groups in Northern Greece. METHODS A cross-sectional study was conducted during the period 1999-2001 on a 5% sample (23,840) of those people aged between 21 to 80 out of a total general population of 653,249. 21,854/23,840 general population subjects were(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to investigate epidemiological data about cigarette smoking in relation with risk and preventive factors among Greek adolescents. METHODS We randomly selected 10% of the whole number of schools in Northern Greece (133 schools, 18,904 participants were included). Two anonymous questionnaires (smoker's and(More)
AIM To determine the validity of the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in general practice in patients given a diagnosis of COPD and treated with bronchodilators. METHODS From the medical records of eight Health Centres in Northern Greece, 319 subjects aged over 40 years and diagnosed as "COPD" were entered into the study. All(More)
AIM To define the prevalence of asthma and rhinitis in primary school children in the Polichni Municipality of the city of Thessaloniki. METHODS AND RESULTS The parents of 2005 students living in the area of Polichni completed a questionnaire for the detection of pulmonary disease in childhood. Of 493 children who gave positive answers to the questions(More)