Ron Logan-Sinclair

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Nitric oxide (NO) gas is produced by various cells within the lower respiratory tract, including inflammatory and epithelial cells, and is detectable in the exhaled air of normal human subjects. We have measured exhaled NO in patients with asthma, since several cell types that are activated in asthma can produce NO after induction. NO was measured(More)
Cough is an important symptom of many respiratory disorders. We determined the frequency and diurnal variation of cough in normal subjects and in patients with asthma or with persistent cough of unknown cause. We used a portable, solid-state, multiple-channel recorder to record cough sounds over a 24 h period. The audio-signal was recorded from a(More)
Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) demonstrate a markedly more negative potential difference (PD) across respiratory epithelia than normal or "diseased" controls. A technique is described for the measurement of nasal PD in both children and adults. 145 non-CF subjects showed a mean PD of -19.0 mV (range -2 to -36) in comparison to 60 patients with cystic(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a method to measure end expiratory nitric oxide concentration and to use it to determine whether there are sex related differences between healthy men and women. DESIGN Modification of commercially available chemiluminescent analyser to allow endogenous nitric oxide (endothelium derived relaxing factor) to be measured in a single slow(More)
Speckle is prominent on all cross sectional echocardiograms. In order to assess its effects on image quantification, frames from a sector scanner with a six bit grey scale were stored and processed off line to identify and smooth the speckle by means of an adaptive filter based on fully developed speckle. In 14 controls, 12 patients with hypertrophic(More)
Bronchiectasis is characterized by chronic inflammation in one or more bronchi, but the extent of inflammation is difficult to monitor. The concentration of nitric oxide (NO) in exhaled air is increased in asthmatic patients, possibly as a result of the chronic inflammatory process. We have measured exhaled NO in patients with documented bronchiectasis and(More)
BACKGROUND Crackles are a prominent clinical feature of asbestosis and may be an early sign of the condition. Auscultation, however, is subjective and interexaminer disagreement is a problem. Computerised lung sound analysis can visualise, store, and analyse lung sounds and disagreement on the presence of crackles is minimal. High resolution computed(More)
In order to assess the possible clinical value of measuring regional amplitude of ultrasound reflected from intracardiac structures, two-dimensional echocardiographic images from 20 normal subjects and 70 patients with heart disease were processed by modulation of both colour and intensity to represent grey scale. Maximum echo intensity was consistently(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate lung crackle characteristics by time-expanded waveform (TEW) analysis in patients with asbestosis (AS), asbestos-related pleural disease (ARPD) and left ventricular failure (LVF). TEW was performed on a 33 s recording from each of 40 patients (12 AS, 17 ARPD and 11 LVF). They were 38 men and two women. Crackles on TEW(More)
Nocturnal cough reporting on diary cards has been shown to be unreliable and inconsistent. Whether subjective reporting of daytime cough is equally unreliable remains unknown. We have, therefore, developed a new and easily portable device (RBC-7) that records electromyographic (EMG) and audio cough signals for at least a 24-hr period, with a capacity of(More)