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We have monitored oscillations in arterial pH (of respiratory frequency) in normal man at rest and during exercise. The pH oscillations are known to reflect respiratory oscillations in arterial carbon dioxide tension generated at the lungs. We have found that the pH oscillations increase in their upslope and downslope during exercise. This means that(More)
A questionnaire on the pattern of drug taking was completed by 185 patients with chronic airflow obstruction. Of these, 49% admitted to taking their prescribed therapy regularly and 33% could be regarded as being fully compliant. The use of increasing numbers of drugs was not accompanied by a fall in compliance. Regular drug taking was better in patients(More)
Breathing during sleep was monitored in 8 diabetic patients with objective evidence of autonomic neuropathy and in 8 diabetic patients without neuropathy. Thirty or more periods of apnoea lasting 10 seconds or longer during one night's sleep were demonstrated in 3 of the diabetic patients with autonomic neuropathy. Such apnoeic periods may be related to the(More)
Eight patients with chronic severe asthma, poorly controlled by conventional doses of inhaled bronchodilator, were treated with high-dose inhaled terbutaline (4 mg four times daily), via either wet nebulisation of terbutaline respirator solution, or by tube-spacer aerosol, using cannisters delivering 1 mg terbutaline per metered dose. All patients improved(More)
Perimenopause, women's normal midlife reproductive transition, is highly symptomatic for about 20% of women who are currently inaccurately counseled and inappropriately treated with oral contraceptives, menopausal hormone therapy or hysterectomy. About 80% of perimenopausal women experience vasomotor symptoms (VMS), 25% have menorrhagia, and about 10%(More)
Arterial blood-gas tensions, pH, and peak expiratory flow rate were measured in 29 patients with chronic asthma in a stable state. The hypoxia in these patients was found to be comparable with the hypoxia seen in normal subjects at high altitude in its effects on arterial pressure of carbon dioxide (PaCO2). These results suggest that in patients with asthma(More)
Home-monitoring of peak expiratory flow rate using the mini-Wright peak flow meter is a useful technique for determining whether or not unexplained respiratory symptoms are caused by asthma. It is of particular value when airflow obstruction cannot be demonstrated at the time of consultation.