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BACKGROUND Inhaled long-acting beta2 agonists improve lung function and health status in symptomatic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), whereas inhaled corticosteroids reduce the frequency of acute episodes of symptom exacerbation and delay deterioration in health status. We postulated that a combination of these treatments would be better than(More)
Idiopathic persistent nonproductive cough (PNPC) is characterized by enhanced cough sensitivity to inhaled capsaicin, suggesting that capsaicin-sensitive afferent airway nerves are either present in increased numbers or functionally upregulated. In 16 patients with idiopathic PNPC and eight healthy control subjects, we measured cough sensitivity to inhaled(More)
BACKGROUND Airway inflammation is a feature of asthma and can be quantified invasively with bronchial lavage and endobronchial histology. Inflammatory foci can be imaged non-invasively with positron emission tomography (PET) and [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose (18FDG) to quantify glucose uptake in activated granulocytes. We used this technique to study airway(More)
The concentration achieved in the infected tissue is of fundamental importance in the use of antibiotics. Erythromycin labelled with the positron-emitting nuclide carbon-11 and positron tomography were used to compare local concentrations of this antibiotic in the pneumonic and unaffected lungs of five patients with lobar pneumonia. The time course of(More)
Volume-motion coefficients were determined for the rib cage and abdomen in normal human subjects in upright, supine, and semirecumbent postures by the isovolume calibration technique of Konno and Mead (J Appl Physiol 1967; 22:407-422, using the respiratory inductive plethysmograph (RIP) to measure displacements of rib cage and abdominal walls. Volume motion(More)
Difficulty with acquiring a second language is not by any stretch of the imagination an illness. Yet in some communities where social and political pressures to achieve proficiency in the mother tongue exist, those who are not facile in language acquisition experience suffering not dissimilar to what persons with a chronic illness experience: emotional(More)
To investigate reflex vascular control in the nose, we challenged each side of the nose with 0.9% saline and histamine (0.3 mg aqueous) and observed changes in unilateral nasal airway resistance (Rnaw) and laser doppler flux (LDF) in response to contra-lateral and ipsilateral challenge in eight normal subjects. Preliminary studies demonstrated that the(More)
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