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Date:10/28/2008

lt for OSA. Of the 129 patients who were positive for OSA, 117 fell in the <5th percentile for BMI or >95th percentile for BMI. Researchers speculate that for children in these two percentile groupings, overnight polysomnography may be warranted to diagnose OSA.

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SMOKING LINKED TO PULMONARY FIBROSIS IN MEN
(Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM EST)

Swedish researchers have identified a strong association between smoking and the development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in men. The research team investigated a national sample of 172 patients with severe pulmonary fibrosis, of which 133 were judged as having IPF, as well as 745 randomly sampled control subjects from the general population. All participants answered a postal questionnaire about their smoking habits. Results showed that men who smoked were 3.5 times more likely to develop severe pulmonary fibrosis compared with control subjects.

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PULMONARY HYPERTENSION DEMOGRAPHICS CHANGE
(Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM EST)

Despite increased awareness of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), the disease is being diagnosed later and in women who are reaching middle age, according to research from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. The researchers looked at data from the current REVEAL registry compared with the original National Institutes of Health registry, the French Registry, and a large, single-center US registry. The REVEAL registry confirms that in the 21st century, the US population of patients with PAH is older (mean age of 48), with a higher female preponderance of PAH (4:1) than reported previously. In addition, despite increased awareness of PAH, the time from symptoms to diagnosis has increased by 10 months.

#7577
SMALL ARTERIES MAY EXPLAIN HEART DISEASE IN ASIAN-INDIANS
(Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM EST)

Published reports have shown that Asian-Indians have a higher rate of coronary heart disease than other ethnic group
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Contact: Jennifer Stawarz
jstawarz@chestnet.org
847-498-8306
American College of Chest Physicians
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