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Medical News and Perspectives
June 16, 1999

Respiratory Research's Reach

JAMA. 1999;281(23):2172. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2171b

San Diego—With more than 5000 papers presented, asthma wasn't the only topic discussed at the 1999 International Conference of the American Lung Association and American Thoracic Society.

Among the many presentations of interest were the following:

Snoring is associated with increased blood pressure in pregnant women who suffer preeclampsia.

Researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia, having studied about 30 women, concluded that partial upper-airway obstruction may be causing a large portion of the nocturnal increase in blood pressure in preeclampsia and that using a nasal mask to deliver continuous positive airway pressure may reduce obstruction and improve nocturnal blood pressure control.