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  1. The Triumvirate

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“I do not like them Sam-I-am, I do not like green eggs and ham.”

It turns out that the green eggs are OK but you are best to avoid the ham—if you have asthma. On page 206 of this month's Thorax, Zhen and colleagues describe their findings from an analysis of the French EGEA study (Editors' choice). Participants who ate cured meat four times a week or more, were almost twice as likely to report a worsening in their asthma symptoms over the 7 year follow up period. They describe both a direct effect and one mediated by body mass index. Sadly the effect of green eggs is not documented.

“À bout de soufflé…”

…or in English translation Breathless burst onto cinema screens in 1960 and established Jean-Luc Godard as a leader of the French New Wave. However, it seems that if we relieve an individual's feeling of breathlessness they become more susceptible to pain. On page 230 …

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