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Background Studies of the lung function profiles of exclusive narghile smokers (ENS) are few, have some methodological limits, and present contradictory conclusions. The present study aimed to compare the plethysmographic profiles of ENS with age- and height-matched exclusive cigarette smokers (ECS). Methods Males aged 35-60 living in Sousse, Tunisia, who(More)
BACKGROUND The mechanisms of smoking tobacco leading to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are beginning to be understood. However, conclusions about the role of blood or lung oxidative stress markers were disparate. AIMS To investigate the oxidative stress in blood or lung associated with tobacco smoke and to evaluate its effect on pulmonary(More)
Critical analysis of the published literature about the effects of narghile use on oral health D uring the last decades, there has been an increased trend in narghile use globally (1, 2). It has been considered as a global threat and given the status of an epidemic by public health officials (3). Several reviews were written concerning the health effects of(More)
INTRODUCTION Most of the literature related to the effects of Ramadan fasting on physical performance has focused on adults, and only three studies have examined its impact on children's physical performance. AIMS To examine the effects of Ramadan fasting on first-time fasting boys' performance in short-term explosive exercises [vertical and horizontal(More)
AIMS To establish FeNO norms for healthy Tunisian adults aged 18-60 years and to prospectively assess their reliability. METHODS This was a cross-sectional analytical study. A convenience sample of healthy Tunisian adults was recruited. Subjects responded to a medical questionnaire, and then FeNO levels were measured by an online method (Medisoft,(More)
The rate of atmospheric vanadium is constantly increasing due to fossil fuel combustion. This environmental pollution favours vanadium exposure in particular to its vanadate form, causing occupational bronchial asthma and bronchitis. Based on the well admitted bronchodilator properties of the pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP), we(More)
Critical analysis of the published literature about the effects of Ramadan intermittent fasting on healthy children's physical capacities R amadan is the month in which Muslims refrain from food and fluid intake from dawn to sunset. It is quite questionable whether pre-pubescent children should be allowed to fast while religion advises such a practice only(More)
The study was conducted to characterize the action of NaF, which had relaxing property in carbachol precontracted isolated bovine bronchus, on airway responsiveness challenged by acetylcholine receptor agonists in rats and asthmatic humans. Tracheal flow rate and airway resistance were measured in anaesthetized rats. NaF was delivered either before(More)
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