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CENTR(AR): Lungs Moving
Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRDs) are associated with substantial morbidity and mortality, ranking as the third leading cause of death worldwide. Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is a fundamental evidence-based intervention for the management of a variety of CRDs, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILDs). However, the benefits of PR tend to decline over time and there is currently no strong evidence that patients translate those benefits into a more active lifestyle. There is an urgent need for evidence-based interventions to promote physical activity (PA) participation, whilst ...
Cerebellar Superficial Siderosis in Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy
Cerebellar superficial siderosis (SS) has been recently reported to be present in about 10% of both hereditary (n=50) and sporadic (n=46) cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) patients on 3T MRI using susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) in the majority of patients. In that study, cerebellar SS was associated with a higher number of supratentorial lobar and superficial cerebellar macrobleeds (although cerebellar SS was not directly located adjacent to these cerebellar macrobleeds). It is unclear if cerebellar SS is caused by in situ leakage of cerebellar leptomeningeal vessels or rather represents hemorrhagic diffusion from cerebellar...
Characterization of Pulmonary Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
Very recent studies indicate that a high percentage of HCL, about 50%, have mutations in the B-RAF oncogene. The development of ultrasensitive methodologies capable of identifying these mutations in bronchoalveolar lavage will represent a significant advance in the diagnosis and treatment of these patients. An undetermined percentage of HCL does not present mutations in B-RAF. Consequently, the deep genetic analysis, through the use of techniques of massive sequencing, can favor the identification of new alterations that contribute to the development of the disease. We hypothesized that patients with HCL may present a different...
Clinical and Basic Investigations Into Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome
Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS) is an inherited disease which results in decreased pigmentation (oculocutaneous albinism), bleeding problems due to a platelet abnormality (platelet storage pool defect), and storage of an abnormal fat-protein compound (lysosomal accumulation of ceroid lipofuscin). The disease can cause poor functioning of the lungs, intestine, kidneys, or heart. The major complication of the disease is pulmonary fibrosis and typically causes death in patients ages 40 - 50 years old. The disorder is common in Puerto Rico, where many of the clinical research studies on the disease have been conducted. Neither the full...
Clinical Course of Interstitial Lung Diseases: European IPF Registry and Biobank
Born out of the European Union 7th Framework Programme funded project European IPF Network (eurIPFnet), the European IPF Registry (eurIPFreg) has become Europe's leading database of longitudinal data from IPF patients, including control groups of patients with other lung diseases. The registry was initiated with the intention of creating a permanent and continuously growing record of well defined data on IPF in Europe, in order to increase the chances of finding better treatment options for this devastating disease. Clinical colleagues who would like to actively participate (both in terms of patient recruitment and data analysis)...
Clinical Efficacy and Safety of Autologous Lung Stem Cell Transplantation in Patients With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic and ultimately fatal disease characterized by a progressive damage of lung structure and decline in lung function.This study intends to carry out an open, single-center, non-randomized, self control phase I clinical trial. During the treatment, lung stem cells will be isolated from patients' own bronchi and expanded in vitro. Cultured cells will be injected directly into the lesion by fiberoptic bronchoscopy after lavage. After twelve-month observation, the investigators will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the treatment by measuring the key clinical indicators.
Clinical Impact of HOME Oxygen SATURation Measurement (SATURHOME)
The use of saturometry at home is more and more widespread in patients suffering from interstitial pulmonary diseases (IPD), the patients seeing it as reassurance and a concrete way to follow the evolution of their disease. However, there are no studies evaluating the real clinical benefit of taking saturation at home in this population. In addition, clinical experience seems rather to demonstrate an increase in the anxiety level and the number of clinically unnecessary consultations related to the use of this measure. The secondary objectives are to determine the impact of this measurement on: (1) the health care use (telephone...
Clinical Study of Jianfei Kangfu Cao in the Treatment of pSS-ILD
This study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of Jianfei Kangfu Cao in the treatment of primary Sjogren's syndrome associated interstitial lung disease.
Clinical Study of MMF in Treatment of IIM-ILD and Its Effect on Peripheral Blood Treg Cells
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a common pulmonary manifestation of idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM). The overall 5-year mortality is 50%. The prognosis is poor and the treatment is challenging.At present, according to the consensus of IIM-ILD experts, glucocorticoids as first-line treatment are often used in high doses and have a variety of adverse reactions. Previous studies have shown that cyclophosphamide (CYC) is effective for IIM-ILD and tends to be used in rapidly progressive interstitial lung disease（RP-ILD）or refractory ILD. However, CYC is an alkylating agent with many toxic and side effects. It is prone to gonadal...
Clinical Transcriptomics in Systemic Vasculitis (CUTIS)
Multi-center observational study to evaluate the histopathology and transcriptome of cutaneous lesions in patients with several different types of vasculitis.