Mia Söderberg

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Particulate matter (PM) pollution adversely affects the airways, with asthmatic subjects thought to be especially sensitive. The authors hypothesised that exposure to diesel exhaust (DE), a major source of PM, would induce airway neutrophilia in healthy subjects, and that either these responses would be exaggerated in subjects with mild allergic asthma, or(More)
Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a common indoor and outdoor air pollutant that may induce deterioration of respiratory health. In this study the effects of repeated daily exposure to NO2 on airway antioxidant status, inflammatory cell and mediator responses, and lung function were examined. Healthy nonsmoking subjects were exposed under controlled conditions to(More)
Several studies have identified obesity as a risk factor for asthma in both children and adults. An increased prevalence of asthma in subjects with gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) and obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome has also been reported. The aim of this investigation was to study obesity, nocturnal GOR and snoring as independent risk factors for onset(More)
We describe the clinical course of a female adolescent who was followed because of isolated microhematuria and hypocomplementemia before admission to hospital with a sudden onset of acute renal failure. At presentation, she exhibited complement consumption through the complement alternative pathway (AP) while other serologic tests were negative. Renal(More)
Recently, bronchial brush biopsy (BBB) has been introduced as a complimentary method to bronchial forceps biopsy for the study of bronchial epithelial cells. We wanted to determine whether epithelial inflammatory cells in bronchial brush biopsies can reflect mucosal inflammation assessed indirectly by levels of cellular activation markers in bronchial(More)
We have evaluated whether allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) could induce an antitumor effect in patients with metastatic solid tumors. A total of 12 HLA-identical siblings and 6 HLA-A-, -B- and -DR beta 1-compatible unrelated grafts were used. Diagnoses were adenocarcinoma of kidney (n=10), colon (n=6), breast (n=1) and(More)
Hyaluronan (hyaluronic acid) appears in low concentrations in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from healthy individuals, while increased amounts have been reported in lavage fluid from patients with interstitial lung diseases and allergic asthma. We have earlier reported a strong correlation between the appearance of lavage fluid mast cells and hyaluronan in(More)
To examine the influence of inhaled steroids on the bronchial mucosa, biopsies from six patients with severe bronchial asthma were studied before and after ten years of daily treatment with inhaled steroids. Biopsies from six healthy subjects were also examined. In the biopsies taken from the asthmatic patients before treatment there was a significant(More)
The present study was designed to observe the effects of 8 wk of treatment with formoterol (Foradil) 24 microgram, budesonide 400 microgram, and matched placebo inhaled twice a day on inflammatory indices in the bronchial mucosa of 64 patients with mild atopic asthma. Biopsies were obtained at the start and 1 wk before stopping a 9-wk period of treatment,(More)
To examine the influence of the histamine chloride challenge test on the bronchoalveolar lavage cell population, lavage fluid from 15 subjects was collected 24 h after the histamine test, and was compared with the lavage fluid from a reference group of 25 subjects. Inhaled histamine is commonly used to quantitate non-specific bronchial responsiveness.(More)