Welcome to the Winter 2019 edition of European Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. We hope you will enjoy this interesting selection of articles. Editorial Board member Marianna Laviola introduces the issue, and asks readers to contribute to the Winter 2020 edition. We have an expert interview with Martin McKee, professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who shares his views on e-cigarettes and the English attitude to evidence of their harmful effects. We then have two editorials, one from Marianna Laviola et al. on the timely and fascinating subject of mathematical and computational modelling in critical illness, and the other from Meera Simoes et al. on recent evidence around the link between sleep position and stillbirth. Following this is a review article from Giovanni A Rossi et al. on immunomodulation therapy and the clinical relevance of bacterial lysates OM-85. Finally, we have an interesting case report from Fatima Alhamed Alduihi on Kartegener Syndrome.
We hope you enjoy reading the articles in this issue. If you are interested in submitting an article for the Winter 2020 edition, you can do so here.
Foreword – European Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. 2019;5(1):8
I am delighted to welcome you to the Winter edition of European Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases, where you will find a range of topical articles that we hope you find useful and relevant to your day-to-day clinical practice. We would like to take the opportunity to invite you to contribute to our Winter 2020 edition. […]
Evidence and E-cigarettes – The English Perspective
Recently, there has been much media coverage on the topic of e-cigarettes. Approaches to new data suggesting that e-cigarettes may be harmful have differed between countries. In particular, the attitude of public health bodies in England has differed significantly from those in other countries internationally. American electronic cigarette company Juul has been accused of deliberately […]
Mathematical and Computational Modelling in Critical Illness
Life-threatening pulmonary illness is one of the most important reasons for admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). Such illnesses frequently require the use of tracheal intubation, deep sedation and mechanical ventilation. Although mechanical ventilation may keep a patient alive (by ensuring adequate gas exchange), it may lead to further lung injury, may contribute to […]
Sleep Position and Stillbirth – Is it Time to Change Sleep Practices?
As we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, sleep has been linked to many health outcomes during the past few decades,1 such as cardiovascular2 and metabolic health, cognition,3 and even mortality.4 Sleep in pregnancy has also emerged as an area of interest in relation to pregnancy outcomes for both mother and foetus. However, […]
Immunomodulation Therapy – Clinical Relevance of Bacterial Lysates OM-85
Acute respiratory tract infections (RTIs) affect children and adults with chronic respiratory conditions throughout the world, and are associated with significant morbidity and mortality.1 Acute RTIs are one of the leading causes of mortality in both children and adults, with an estimated 3.5–4 million deaths per year attributed to both acute upper and lower RTIs.2,3 […]
Delayed Diagnosis of Kartagener Syndrome in a Fertile Young Man – An Unusual Case
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is an autosomal recessive disease characterised by dysfunction of ciliary motility associated with impaired mucociliary clearance.1 Kartagener syndrome is characterised by the triad of: sinusitis, bronchiectasis and situs inversus.2,3 Situs inversus is a condition whereby the visceral organs are completely, or partially, arranged in a mirror-image reversal of their normal positions.7 […]
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