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Source: Thorax
Author(s): E Edvardsen, O H Skjønsberg, I Holme, L Nordsletten, F Borchsenius, S A Anderssen

Because of the observation that already debilitated pts who undergo lung resection become even more debilitated afterwards, the authors conducted a randomized trial of endurance and strength training for 20 wks after major lung resection.  Training significantly improved peak VO2, DLCO, strength, endurance, and muscle mass compared to controls.  Quality of life, both physical and mental, was also improved with the training compared to controls.

Source: Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): G. Elshafie, J. Acosta Canon, A. Aliverti, A. Kerr nee Bradley, K. Parker, P.B. Rajesh, B. Naidu

In the last EACTS meeting celebrated in Milan, presented by A. Kerr nee Bradley and colleagues from Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, are the first data in humans showing the improvement in chest wall motion in both operated and contralateral sides following diaphragmatic plication for unilateral paralysis.

Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Author(s): Kenneth L. Kehl, Neeraj K. Arora, Deborah Schrag, John Z. Ayanian, Steven B. Clauser, Carrie N. Klabunde, Katherine L. Kahn, Robert H. Fletcher and Nancy L. Keating

It seems that patients with lung or colorectal cancer have poor enrollment in clinical trials, according to the recent multiregional survey carried out by the authors in a cohort of 8778 patients three to six months after diagnosis. Only 14% of patients have discussed their participation in clinical trials.

Source: Annals of Oncology
Author(s): A. Wang, J. Kubo, J. Luo, M. Desai, H. Hedlin, M. Henderson, R. Chlebowski, H. Tindle, C. Chen, S. Gomez, J.E. Manson, A.G. Schwartz, J. Wactawski-Wende, M. Cote, M.I. Patel, M.L. Sefanick and H.A. Wakelee

Using a data set of over 76,000 women from the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study, the effects of active and passive smoking on cancer were evaluated.  Lung cancer incidence was highest among active smokers (HR 13.44) and was also high among prior smokers (HR 4.20).  A prolonged exposure (>30 yr) to passive smoking in the household also increased the risk of lung cancer (HR 1.61).

Source: MedPage Today
Author(s): Shannon Firth

More than minimally manipulated (MMM) allograft heart valves should be classified as high risk devices, requiring premarket approval including safety and efficacy studies, according to an FDA panel. 

Source: Thorax
Author(s): Gaëtan Deslee, Karin Klooster, Martin Hetzel, Franz Stanzel, Romain Kessler, Charles-Hugo Marquette, Christian Witt, Stefan Blaas, Wolfgang Gesierich, Felix J F Herth, Juergen Hetzel, Eva M van Rikxoort, Dirk-Jan Slebos

This multicenter observational study evaluated midterm outcomes after use of the lung volume reduction endobronchial coil for severe emphysema in 60 pts.  The 30-day complication rate was moderate.  At 12 mos, the St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire decreased by 11.1 points, 6 min walk distance increased by 51.4 m, FEV1 increased by 0.11 L, and residual volume decreased by 0.71 L. 

Source: Thorax
Author(s): Emma L O'Dowd, Tricia M McKeever, David R Baldwin, Sadia Anwar, Helen A Powell, Jack E Gibson, Barbara Iyen-Omofoman, Richard B Hubbard

Lung cancer cases 2000-2013 in the UK Health Improvement Network were evaluated for factors associated with early death (within 90 days of diagnosis) vs later death.  Risk factors for early death included male sex, older age, current smoking, social deprivation, and rural location.  Those experiencing early death saw their primary care physicians more frequently prior to diagnosis, possibly representing missed opportunities to make an earlier diagnosis. 

Source: BMJ
Author(s): Subroto Paul,, Abby J Isaacs, Tom Treasure, Nasser K Altork, Art Sedrakyan

This is a fabulous paper comparing VATS versus open lobectomy. The 5 year survival is the same, the hospital stay is 2 days less and the in hospital mortality is slightly lower 

Source: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Author(s): Sajjad Raza, Joseph F. Sabik III, Khalil Masabni, Ponnuthurai Ainkaran, Bruce W. Lytle, and Eugene H. Blackstone

In a cohort of 11,922 diabetic patients undergoing CABG, the authors compare single versus bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting (BITA), complete versus incomplete revascularization, and on versus off-pump CABG.  The authors conclude that BITA with complete revascularization maximizes long-term survival.

Source: TED.COM
Author(s): Tal Golesworthy

This is an amazing video on Tal Golesworthy who designed his own aortic root