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8 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
The BCG Vaccine Programme: Are we getting it right?
In this podcast, Rachael Moses, Multimedia Editor of Thorax BMJ, talks to Professor James Trauer, Epidemiological Modelling Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Tuberculosis is the world’s leading infectious disease killer with the BCG vaccine being the only approved vaccine for its control. The paper on hand was a systematic review of studies looking at the effect of BCG vaccination on TB disease, including sub-categories of TB disease. They discuss what makes this review different and the potential implications of the findings. Read the related articles: https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2021/05/18/thoraxjnl-2020-216794
12 minutes | May 5, 2021
Sleep Vibrations: Can a positional therapy device improve outcomes in obstructive sleep apnoea?
In this podcast Rachael Moses, MultiMedia Editor Thorax BMJ talks to Ms Laura Hidalgo Armas, OSI Araba Hospital University, Vitoria, Spain. They discuss the effectiveness of a new vibrational positional device located on the forehead on reducing the apnea-hypopnea index and total sleep time in the supine position for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Links to related papers: https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2021/04/21/thoraxjnl-2020-216167
6 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Smoking cessation at work: Do heated tobacco products work?
In this podcast, Rachael Moses, Multimedia Editor of Thorax, is joined by Dr Makiko Kanai, National Hospital Organisation Kyoto Medical Center, Japan, to discuss how a smoking cessation pathway was trialed in a Japanese workplace using heated tobacco products. Listen to a related podcast on the SUR-VAPES Study (https://soundcloud.com/bmjpodcasts/the-sur-vapes-study?in=bmjpodcasts/sets/thorax) Links to related papers: https://thorax.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215900 https://thorax.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-216253 https://thorax.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-216743
8 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
The SUR-VAPES Study
In this podcast, Rachael Moses, Multimedia Editor of Thorax BMJ, talks to Professor Lorenzo Loffredo, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. They discuss the impact of chronic use of heat-not-burn cigarettes on oxidative stress, endothelial dysfunction and platelet activation. This is also known as the SUR-VAPES Chronic Study. Are these products safer than smoking? Listen to a related podcast on smoking cessation at work and heated tobacco (https://soundcloud.com/bmjpodcasts/smoking-cessation-at-work-do-heated-tobacco-products-work) Links to related papers: https://thorax.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215900 https://thorax.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-216253 https://thorax.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-216743
11 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Ivacaftor: Long term adherence and outcomes
The recent development of triple CFTR modulation means that up to 90% of people with CF will be eligible for ‘highly effective’ CFTR modulator therapy. In this podcast, Rachael Moses, Multimedia Editor of Thorax, and Dr Peter Barry, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, discuss the long-term adherence to and effects of ivacaftor on lung function, weight and healthcare utilisation in people with cystic fibrosis and the Gly551Asp mutation. Read the related paper: https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2021/03/24/thoraxjnl-2020-215556
5 minutes | Jan 2, 2021
Meat Consumption and Childhood Wheeze: The implications of Western Diet
Multimedia Editor of Thorax, Rachael Moses, interviews Dr Sonali Bose, Faculty in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine, New York. They discuss the relationship between western diet, particularly increased advanced glycation end product and meat consumption, in childhood wheeze and the public health implications of the findings. Read the related articles: https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2020/11/22/thoraxjnl-2020-216109 https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2020/11/25/thoraxjnl-2020-216369
11 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Hormonal Contraception and severe asthma exacerbation: Is there a link?
In this podcast, the effect of hormonal contraception on the impact of severe asthma exacerbation in women of reproductive age is discussed. Multimedia Editor of Thorax, Rachael Moses, interviews Dr Nwaru, Associate Professor of epidemiology, Krefting Research Centre, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, author of the longest longitudinal study investigating this impact in women with established asthma. [LINK]
8 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
No Symptoms? Why wearing a mask still matters
We discuss the viral load of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection and the potential protracted course of COVID-19 infection than initially thought. The data within this study further supports the use of face masks in the community to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Read the paper: https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2020/08/28/thoraxjnl-2020-215042
11 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Behind the mask: COVID-19 exposure and viral carriage in healthcare workers
This podcast discusses the exposure and potential viral carriage of healthcare workers in a large UK Hospital. It also discusses the impact of exposure, the importance of personal protective equipment and how we can use the findings ot help prepare for future pandemics. Read the article on the Thorax website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215414
12 minutes | May 26, 2020
COVID-19: In the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton
An expedition ship departed on an Antarctic cruise mid-March 2020 with no known COVID passengers or crew members. However after 8 days the first passenger became febrile and isolation procedures were followed. A further 24 members of the ship developed symptoms (some as late as 23 days later) with 8 requiring medical evacuation. Of the 217 passengers and crew on board, 128 tested positive for COVID-19 with 81% of those positive being asymptomatic. This paper demonstrates how quickly COVID-19 can spread as well as the high number of COVID positive people being asymptomatic showcasing the importance of testing in this group. Rachael Moses, Multimedia Editor Thorax BMJ, talks to the Professor Alvin Ing, Clinical Program Head, Respiratory and Cardiovascular Medicine, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia, and author of the paper published by Thorax (https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2020/05/27/thoraxjnl-2020-215091)
7 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
Childhood obstructive sleep apnoea: it's more than a snore
Childhood obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is an independent determinant of blood pressure in adulthood – a longitudinal follow-up study’ with host Rachael Moses and Dr Kate Chan, Chinese University of Hong Kong. This podcast discusses the relationship between Childhood OSA and adverse BP in adulthood as well as the long term health implications and why it is important this is treated. Read the paper on the Thorax website: https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2020/03/23/thoraxjnl-2019-213692
9 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Smoking in cars: how the recent ban is affecting young people in England and Scotland
Smoking with children in a car has been illegal since 2015 in England and 2016 in Scotland. This podcast explores the importance and impact of this ban on children and the important message it gives to the public to ensure smoking rates continue to fall. Listen to the conversation between Rachael Moses and Dr Anthony Laverty, Public Health Policy Evaluation Unit, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London, UK and lead author of https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2020/01/08/thoraxjnl-2019-213998
11 minutes | Oct 8, 2019
Overweight and out of breath: cause and effect?
In this podcast, Multimedia Editor of Thorax Rachael Moses, discusses with Dr Magnus Ekstrom, Lund University, Sweden, the key findings of a population-based study investigating the relationship between increased body mass index with breathlessness and lung function. Read the paper on the Thorax website: https://thorax.bmj.com/content/74/10/958.
6 minutes | Feb 10, 2019
The role of sex hormones on the development of asthma
The study discussed in this podcast introduces evidence that supports a biological explanation behind the observed asthma discordance between males and females. Read the paper on the Thorax website: https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2019/01/29/thoraxjnl-2018-212207
4 minutes | Oct 18, 2018
Assisted reproductive technologies and asthma risk in children
Assisted reproduction techniques might increase asthma risk in children conceived this way, a study published by Thorax concludes. Maria Magnus, Centre for Fertility and Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, talks with Thorax podcast editor Rachel Moses about her research group findings, that you can also read for free at http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-211886. A related editorial can also be found on the journal website (thorax.bmj.com).
9 minutes | Aug 8, 2018
How toxic is your vape?
The study discussed in this podcast cautions against the widely held opinion that e-cigarettes are safe. Listen to the conversation between the Multimedia Associate Editor of Thorax Rachael Moses and Professor David Thickett (Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham, UK) and read the study 'Pro-inflammatory effects of e-cigarette vapour condensate on human alveolar' on the Thorax website: https://thorax.bmj.com/ You can subscribe to the Thorax Podcast in all major podcast Apps. If you enjoy the show, please leave us a podcast review at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/thorax-podcast/id343304910?mt=2.
8 minutes | Aug 24, 2016
Growing up on a farm as related to adult lung function and allergic phenotypes
In this podcast Jennifer Quint talks to Shyamali Dharmage and Brittany Campbell about their recent press released paper "Growing up on a farm as related to adult lung function and allergic phenotypes: An international population based study".
5 minutes | Jul 25, 2016
Air Pollution affects Lung Cancer Survival
Patients exposed to air pollution after diagnosis of lung cancer have shorter survival, in particular those patients with early-stage non-small cell cancers (specially adenocarcinomas), according to a study published by Thorax and conducted by researchers from the Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California. The first study of this kind was based on a population of over 300 thousand patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer over more than two decades. In this podcast, Dr Jaime Hart, from the Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and author of the Thorax editorial about this study, tells Dr Jennifer Quint the details of this study and its impact on how air pollution is considered by general population. Read the original article ’Air pollution affects lung cancer survival’, which corresponding author is Dr Sandrah P Eckel, here: http://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2016/06/22/thoraxjnl-2015-207927.full. The editorial is available here: http://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2016/07/20/thoraxjnl-2016-208967.full.
15 minutes | Nov 17, 2015
Air pollution and the London low emission zone
In this podcast Dr Ian Mudway talks to Dr Elizabeth Batalla-Duran about his recent paper in Plos-One entitled "Effects of air pollution and introduction of the London low emission zone on the prevalence of respiratory and allergic symptoms on the school children of East London".
14 minutes | Sep 30, 2015
E-cigarette use and smoking in early adolescence
In this podcast Dr Elizabeth Batalla-Duran talks to Dr Adam Leventhal from the University Southern California about his paper "Association of Electronic Cigarette Use With Initiation of Combustible Tobacco Product Smoking in Early Adolescence" recently published in JAMA.
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