eLetters

86 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • Author's comments: Could exposure to passive smoke vary with wine consumption?
    Alberto Ruano-Ravina

    Dear Editor

    We agree with Dr Anderson in that patterns of alcohol consumption may vary amongst social class. Nevertheless, in our investigation, most of the people were of low-middle social class. In Spain it is possible that, independently of the economic position, people can have the same access to alcohol since it can be obtained at various prices (from 1€ per bottle to 20€ or more for red wine). The same is...

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  • Could exposure to passive smoke vary with wine consumption?
    Wendy J A Anderson

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest the article by Ruano-Ravina et al. Several studies have suggested a relationship between alcohol intake and lung cancer prevalence but existing literature is contradictory. This paper offers an explanation, suggesting that the type of wine, and more specifically whether it is red or white, determines whether the effect is protective or detrimental. There is evidence tha...

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  • Discussion "Consumption of milk fat and reduced asthma risk in pre-school children"
    R.M.D. Bernsen

    Dear Editor

    With interest I read the discussion between Karmaus et al. and Wijga et al. [1] Wijga et al. rightly point out that "parental atopy" is a confounder according to figure 1, which illustrates the situation that families with a history of atopy tend to adhere to special diets (for instance avoidance of cow’s milk). In this situation it is correct to include "parental atopy" in the model...

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  • B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of trachea mimicking COPD
    Andrew RL Medford

    Dear Editor

    I was very interested in your recently published image and case describing a patient with COPD presenting as an exacerbation but found to have a B cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of trachea.[1] I wondered whether an FEV1 had been performed on admission and what the Empey Index (FEV1/ PEF ratio) of the patient had been as if this had been high (greater than ten), it may have suggested not simply another...

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  • PEF or FEF 75% in asthma management?
    Fabrizio Della Torre

    Dear Editor

    We have read with interest the two papers published by Reddel H K et al.[1] and Ruffin R [2] on the usefulness of the best PEF for asthma self -management plans.

    On the basis of our own experience, we would like to add several comments and raise the following two questions:
    Have you also considered the forced expiratory flow (FEF) at 25–75 of forced vital capacity in...

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  • Delayed Neutrophil Apoptosis in Newborn Infants
    Sailesh Kotecha

    Dear Editor

    We would like to thank Dr Molloy for her interest in our recent paper showing delayed neutrophil apoptosis in infants who progressed to chronic lung disease prematurity (CLD) and indeed in those infants who do not survive their course of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for severe respiratory failure.[1] Having established the association, we are now exploring the potential mechanisms that mi...

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