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Date:5/4/2008

sult of improvements in the treatment of patients with ARDS/ALI. This study is published in the May issue of the journal CHEST.

SMOKING PATTERN LINKED TO RARE PNEUMONIA

Acute eosinophilic pneumonia (AEP), a rare lung condition, may be associated with recent changes in smoking patterns. In a new study, Japanese researchers reviewed the smoking history and current smoking habits of 33 patients with AEP. All but one patient (97%) were current smokers. Alterations in smoking habits, such as initiating the smoking habit or increasing the number of cigarettes smoked, were seen in 87.9% of patients. Furthermore, a cigarette smoke provocation test was performed in nine patients, and all tested positive. Data suggest that cigarette smoking, particularly changes in smoking habits, is a possible AEP etiologic factor. This study is published in the May issue of the journal CHEST.


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