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  1. The Triumvirate

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This month one member of the Triumvirate spends his sabbatical in Australia and we welcome Brisbane-based Claire Wainwright as our new deputy editor of Thorax. What better opportunity to celebrate all things antipodean with a “Down Under” edition of Airwaves?

Kangaroo child care

The baby kangaroo (or joey) spends the first 6 months of life in its mother’s pouch, safe from most natural hazards. This is not the case with the young child with cystic fibrosis (CF) who is exposed to pulmonary infection with organisms such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aspergillus fumigatus. In this month’s Thorax (See page 740), Noor Harun and colleagues describe the risk factors for acquisition of Aspergillus in children with CF under 5 years. Their cross-sectional analysis of the Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Bronchoalveolar Lavage study cohort found that the number of …

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