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Remote Monitoring of Interstitial Lung Disease
As in-clinic pulmonary function testing is greatly restricted due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19), alternative approaches to monitoring patients with long-term respiratory conditions need to be developed and assessed. This project will evaluate the feasibility of a remote monitoring programme designed for interstitial lung disease (ILD) [including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)] patients which includes patient-reported spirometry & pulse oximetry (to estimate lung airflow and oxygen levels in the blood). Patients with a confirmed diagnosis of ILD will be asked to measure spirometry & pulse oximetry once/day for...
Safety and Efficacy of Faecal Microbiota Transplantation in Treatment-naïve Patients With Newly Diagnosed Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
The main purposes are to explore clinical efficacy aspects, safety, and patient acceptability associated with capsule faecal microbiota transplantation (cFMT) performed in newly diagnosed, untreated patients with chronic inflammatory rheumatic-, dermatological-, gastrointestinal- and pulmonary diseases. In this double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised, 52-week exploratory trial, 200 patients with 10 different diagnoses of CIDs (n = 20 in each diagnosis stratum) fulfilling the study criteria will be enrolled at time of diagnosis. The baseline visit will be performed as quickly as possible (days) after the patient's informed...
Skeletal Muscle Function in Interstitial Lung Disease
Dyspnea (i.e. breathlessness) and exercise intolerance are common symptoms for patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD), yet it is not known why. It has been suggested that muscle dysfunction may contribute to dyspnea and exercise intolerance in ILD. Our study aims to: i) examine differences in the structure and function of the leg muscles in ILD patients, ii) determine if leg muscle fatigue contributes to dyspnea and exercise limitation in patients with ILD, and iii) determine the effects of breathing extra oxygen on leg muscle fatigue, as well as ability to exercise in ILD patients.
Study of Salvage Therapy to Treat Patients With Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis
The purpose of this study is to identify the most promising therapeutic strategy for patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis and inadequate response to standard of care therapy. It will evaluate the efficacy to induce remission of three different salvage strategies including: a combination of rituximab with addition of a conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (either methotrexate, azathioprine or mycophenolate mofetil, but preferentially methotrexate); tocilizumab; or abatacept.
Study Testing Convalescent Plasma vs Best Supportive Care
Currently there are no proven treatment option for COVID-19. Human convalescent plasma is an option for COVID-19 treatment and could be available from people who have recovered and can donate plasma.
The Effect of Inhaled Nitric Oxide on Dyspnea and Exercise Tolerance in Interstitial Lung Disease.
Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) is a is a lung disorder which makes breathing more difficult. During exercise, patients with ILD are not efficient breathers and this leads to serious breathing difficulties, which often causes these patients to stop exercise at low intensities. The investigators think that these patients with ILD have problems exchanging fresh gas (i.e., oxygen) into the blood stream because of poor lung blood vessel function. The investigators will test whether inhaled medications, specifically nitric oxide, can improve lung blood vessel function and decrease breathing difficulties during exercise. With this...
The Impacts of the Different Anesthesia Methods on Patients of Transbronchial Cryobiopsy
to evaluate the difference between the tracheal intubation (TI) and rigid bronchoscopy (RB) under general anesthesia on patients with transbronchial cryobiopsy.
Therapeutic Antioxidant Supplementation
A remotely administered study, non-randomized, non-blinded, controlled parallel assignment phase 2 trial to determine if oral inosine or inositol hexaphosphate will provide an effective long-term therapy to combat or slow neural damage progression either concurrently with existing iron chelation therapy or during the natural course of the disorder. Clinical changes in hearing, balance, and mobility, and cognition will be assessed for 36 months through patient-reported outcomes of study assigned assessments.
The TELO-SCOPE Study: Attenuating Telomere Attrition With Danazol. Is There Scope to Dramatically Improve Health Outcomes for Adults and Children With Pulmonary Fibrosis
TELO-SCOPE is a national, multi-centre, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised (2:1) trial which will test the hypothesis that, compared to placebo, the addition of danazol to standard of care in pulmonary fibrosis associated with short telomeres is safe and will result in reduced telomere attrition.
Thorax MRI for Evaluation of Lung Morphology, Ventilation and Perfusion
In spite of the considerable technical difficulties, several publications confirm the potential that T1-maps and MRI to characterize pathological changes in lung tissue. However, existing literature still cannot provide a final evaluation of the presented methods. Study participants won't have any disadvantage in participating the study since all of them undergo next to the MRI-Scan also the two standard methods: CT and lung function test. In this study the value of chest MR compared to CT and LFT in the evaluation of morphological lung changes and their correlation to lung ventilation and perfusion will be evaluated.