Thorax Podcast

Thorax, the official journal of the British Thoracic Society, publishes influential clinical and experimental research in respiratory medicine, paediatrics, immunology, pharmacology, pathology, and surgery. The focus is on work that advances scientific understanding and impacts clinical practice. http://thorax.bmj.com/

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Episodes

Friday Jun 16, 2023

Dr. Kate Diomede, social media editor at Thorax, is joined by Dr. Sam Janes (1) to discuss the history of lung cancer screening, and its use in early detection. They also examine the process and results of his recent paper, "Growing small solid nodules in lung cancer screening: safety and efficacy of a 200 mm3 minimum size threshold for multidisciplinary team referral". The paper is available online: https://thorax.bmj.com/content/78/2/202
(1) Lungs for Living Research Centre, UCL Respiratory, University College London, UK.
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Friday Jun 02, 2023

Dr. Kate Diomede, social media editor at Thorax, is joined by Dr. Yasmin Thanavala (1) to discuss her group's recent research paper, "Not all vaping is the same: differential pulmonary effects of vaping cannabidiol versus nicotine". Their study used a using a mouse model of vaping and in vitro experiments with human cells. The paper is available online: https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2023/04/02/thorax-2022-218743
Hear the previous discussion with Prof. Nick Hopkinson on policy relating to vaping and smoking: https://on.soundcloud.com/cjFhd
(1) Prof. Oncology, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York, USA.
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Monday Apr 17, 2023

Dr. Kate Diomede, social media editor at Thorax, is joined by Prof. Nick Hopkinson(1) to delve into the history of smoking policy in the UK, as well as detailing the lay of the land in current smoking-cessation practices, especially pertaining to vaping. Hear the previous discussion with Prof. Andrew Bush on recent developments in paediatric therapy: https://on.soundcloud.com/PY9Nz (1) Prof. of Respiratory Medicine, Imperial College London, Respiratory Consultant, Royal Brompton Hospital, Associate Editor of Thorax, Chair of ASH (Action on Smoking in Health) UK Charity https://twitter.com/COPDdoc Relevant papers and references:
Millennium cohort – child smoking uptake related to parents and peers smoking https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30442657/
Confirming the impact of standardised packaging https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33093164/ 
Effectiveness of ban on smoking in cars with children https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31988266/ 
Smoking and increased risk from COVID https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33402392/ 
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34580193/
Javed Khan’s independent report commissioned by UK Govt: Making Smoking Obsolete https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-khan-review-making-smoking-obsolete/making-smoking-obsolete-summary
Cochrane systematic review suggests vaping is more effective for smoking cessation than NRT https://www.cochrane.org/CD010216/TOBACCO_can-electronic-cigarettes-help-people-stop-smoking-and-do-they-have-any-unwanted-effects-when-used
Recent evidence update on risk of vaping for OHID concludes, “vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking.” https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nicotine-vaping-in-england-2022-evidence-update/nicotine-vaping-in-england-2022-evidence-update-summary
NICE guidance on nicotine vapes to help smokers quit https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng209/chapter/recommendations-on-treating-tobacco-dependence#stop-smoking-interventions
British Thoracic Society guidance on tobacco harm reduction https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/document-library/governance-and-policy-documents/position-statements/tobacco-and-smoking-march-2020/
National Centre for Smoking Cessation Training https://www.ncsct.co.uk/publication_Support_stop_vaping.php
Cigarette Smoking: An Assessment of Tobacco's Global Environmental Footprint Across Its Entire Supply Chain https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.8b01533
ASH: Use of e-cigarettes (vapes) among young people in Great Britain https://ash.org.uk/uploads/Use-of-e-cigarettes-among-young-people-in-Great-Britain-2022.pdf
Competing interests: None declared.
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Friday Mar 10, 2023

In this episode Dr. Kate Diomede, social media editor at Thorax, speaks with Prof. Andrew Bush(1) about the state of paediatric treatment for thoracic issues, including discussion of cystic fibrosis and asthma.
Hear the previous discussion with Prof. Ian Hall on the future of respiratory medicine: https://on.soundcloud.com/yb7pJ
(1) Consultant paediatric chest physician at Royal Brompton Hospital;
Professor of paediatric respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London.
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If you enjoy the Thorax Podcast, please leave us a rating and a review on the Thorax Podcast page on iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thorax-podcast/id343304910.

Friday Feb 10, 2023

Dr. Kate Diomede, social media editor at Thorax, speaks with Dr. Anna Podolanczuk(1) and Dr. John Kim(2) about their article, "MUC5B, telomere length and longitudinal quantitative interstitial lung changes: the MESA Lung Study", published in Thorax:
https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2022/08/04/thorax-2021-218139
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(1) Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, USA
(2) Department of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Department of Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, New York, USA
This episode was produced by Letícia Amorim and edited by Brian O'Toole.
If you enjoy the Thorax Podcast, please leave us a rating and a review on the Thorax Podcast page on iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thorax-podcast/id343304910.

Tuesday Jan 17, 2023

Thorax social media editor, Dr. Puja Mehta, caught up with several Respiratory consultants from across the UK at the British Thoracic Society (BTS) Winter Meeting 2022, and asked them the question, 'What makes the Winter BTS meeting special?'
Please engage in the conversation through the social media channels (Twitter - @ThoraxBMJ; Facebook - @Thorax.BMJ · Pulmonologist) and subscribe on your preferred platform, to get the latest episodes directly on your device each month.
If you enjoy the Thorax Podcast, please leave us a rating and a review on the Thorax Podcast page on iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thorax-podcast/id343304910.

Monday Dec 12, 2022

In this episode, Thorax social media editor Dr. Puja Mehta speaks with Professor Ian Hall, Director of the Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre and the University of Nottingham about his paper "Respiratory Research in the UK: investing for the next 10 years". They discuss some of the biggest challenges facing respiratory research in the UK, and why respiratory diseases need more investment. Read the paper here:
https://thorax.bmj.com/content/77/9/851
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If you enjoy the Thorax Podcast, please leave us a rating and a review on the Thorax Podcast page on iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thorax-podcast/id343304910.

Tuesday Nov 01, 2022

Welcome back to the Thorax Podcast, home to the discussion of new research and hot topics in respiratory research and clinical practice. In this first episode, we introduce you to the three new Editors of the Thorax journal: Dr. Mark Griffiths and Dr. Jennifer Quint, both from Imperial College London, and Dr. Cecilia O'Kane, from Queen's University Belfast. They outline plans for the Thorax journal, including the social media strategy and engaging readers and trainees.
You'll also get to know a bit more about the two new social media editors of the journal, Dr. Puja Mehta, from University College London and Dr. Kate Diomede from Imperial College London, whose voices you'll get very familiar with over the coming months, as they are our two new podcast hosts.
Please engage in the conversation through the social media channels (Twitter - @ThoraxBMJ; Facebook - @Thorax.BMJ · Pulmonologist) and subscribe on your preferred platform, to get the latest episodes directly on your device each month.
If you enjoy the Thorax Podcast, please leave us a rating and a review on the Thorax Podcast page on iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thorax-podcast/id343304910.

Monday Jan 31, 2022

In this podcast, Rachael Moses, Multimedia Editor of Thorax BMJ, is joined by Professor Ashley Woodcock, Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre, The University of Manchester, UK, to discuss the paper "Effects of switching from a metered dose inhaler to a dry powder inhaler on climate emissions and asthma control: post-hoc analysis."
This paper was a secondary analysis of the Salford Lung Study in Asthma. In a real world study SLS asthma showed that a once daily combination treatment in a dry powder inhaler improved asthma control over one year, versus usual treatment. This secondary analysis looked at the impact on carbon footprint for those patients switching from a pressurised MDI to DPI treatment.

Friday Nov 26, 2021

Do hospitalised COVID-19 patients receiving treatment with CPAP and HFNOT present a significant added risk of viral contamination to the surrounding environment used by healthcare workers?
And is there enough evidence to suggest or recommend levels of PPE that should be used for healthcare workers caring for patients on CPAP or HFNOT?
Two of the main questions this short podcast addresses. Rachael Moses, Multimedia Editor Thorax BMJ, interviews Dr Chris Green, Consultant in Infectious Diseases & General (Internal) Medicine, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
Read the two related papers:
SARS-CoV-2 environmental contamination from hospitalised patients with COVID-19 receiving aerosol-generating procedures - https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2021/11/01/thoraxjnl-2021-218035
Coughs and sneezes spread diseases: but do ‘aerosol generating’ procedures? - https://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2021/11/10/thoraxjnl-2021-218133

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