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229 e-Letters

  • May local referral patterns have influenced hospital data on lung cancer?
    Wendy J A Anderson

    Dear Editor,

    Imperatori et al. make a detailed comparison of lung cancer patients, management and survival in two hospitals, one in England and one in Italy, in an attempt to throw some light on the differences in published survival between these nations[1]. In collecting similar data we have found between 5 and 10% of the patients in our geographical catchment area have not attended our hospital either as in-patie...

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  • Misinterpretation continues of asthma and allergies trends in Germany
    Wasim Maziak

    Dear Editor,

    The correction by Zollner diverts the main issue we raised from incorrectly citing our study as supporting the decrease/leveling off of asthma and allergies in Germany when our study showed an increase, to a reference order error [1]. Also, in Zollner's reply our data were again misinterpreted, as we showed clearly for example that symptoms of asthma, rhinitis, and rhino-conjunctivitis increased sig...

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  • Cross-correlation with your research re: food influences on asthma
    Cedric Beniston

    Dear Editor,

    I was very interested to read of your research on the effect of tomatoes, carrots, and leafy vegetables in reducing asthma.

    A large-scale experiment to test these theories in practice, would be to obtain the statistics for the population of Italy, where tomatoes (especially) are an integral part of the national diet, and basil (a green leafy vegetable) is nearly always included in tomato dis...

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  • Household chemicals and persistent wheeze: Is there a link?
    Andrew N Williams

    Dear Editor,

    Sherriff and colleagues report an apparent association between mothers’ self-reported frequency of use of assorted household ‘chemicals’ during pregnancy and ‘persistent wheeze’ in their offspring. Since their paper suggests this may help explain recent rises in asthma, the robustness of the data and other explanations for the observed statistical association need careful consideration.

    We...

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  • Pulmonary function tests in following up cystic fibrosis
    Philip H. Quanjer

    I read with great interest the paper by de Jong et al. [1]. The authors conclude from a carefully conducted study that scores derived from CT scans are more sensitive in detecting progression of cystic fibrosis in children and adults than pulmonary function tests. I have no difficulty in accepting any such outcome. However, it seems that undue reliance was placed on predicted pulmonary indices, and...

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  • Tannins in dusts of plant origin
    Heikki Savolainen

    Dear Editor,

    The letter is most interesting as it extends and develops the earlier ideas that polyphenols have important biological effects in occupational exposure. It could be added that raw cotton dust contains an average of 1.6 mg tannic acid/g dry weight (1). Similar values as reported have been obtained for oak and other hard wood species (2). The polyphenols can also be used to identify the inhaled wood dust...

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  • Diaphragm Paralysis after Nephrectomy
    Alfredo Chetta

    Dear Editor,

    We read with great interest the case report by Moore et al (1) on the diaphragm weakness of two patients after anatomically distant surgery. We are currently following a patient who had bilateral paralysis of the diaphragm after a nephrectomy for renal cancer. The patient, a 60 year old male, non-smoker, without any concomitant cardiac or lung disease, underwent surgery in August 2004 and immediate...

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  • Is there No Role for Psychology in UK Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs?
    Shalini Gupta

    The review of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the UK (Thorax, 2001: 56: 827-834) by Dr MDL Morgan begins by noting the lag between the quality of pulmonary rehabilitation services in the USA compared to their virtual absence in the UK. Dr Morgan goes on to mention that psychology is one of the disciplines included in the multiple disciplines that comprise an effective pulmonary rehabilitation program. In fact, most of the le...

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  • RSV infection in prematurely born infants
    Anne Greenough

    RSV infection in prematurely born infants

    We thank Drs Clifford and Deshpande for their comments on our paper [1]. Both are concerned about the cost-effectiveness of Palivizumab. Our paper, however, was not about the cost-effectiveness of Palivizumab but to examine prospectively healthcare utilisation and respiratory morbidity due to RSV infection in prematurely born infants. Importantly, we demonstrated an...

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  • Screening with low dose CT Scan: Is there a radiation risk?
    Rangaprasad L Karadi

    We read with great interest the article by MacRedmond et al (1) on Screening for lung cancer using low dose CT scan and the related editorial by Gleeson which provides a comprehensive summary on the benefits and potential pitfalls of such a screening.

    However, we notice in both articles, another important issue of potential radiation risks associated with a low dose CT screening for lung cancer has not been addr...

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