Research and Studies
BOLD and PLATINO Studies
BOLD (Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease) and PLATINO (Proyecto Latino-Americano de Investigación Pulmonar) are international initiatives to assess the prevalence of COPD. All BOLD and PLATINO study sites strictly follow a standardized, well evaluated protocol. This protocol includes standardization on the EasyOne spirometer thanks to its stability, high accuracy and portability.
The World Trade Center Study
The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center of September 11, 2001, exposed thousands of Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) rescue workers to dust. Research was begun right away to examine the long-term effects of their exposure. Seven years into their study, Paul Enright et al. were able to show that the workers' lung functions had declined substantially, particularly during the first year following the rescue operations. Results of the ongoing research have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists use EasyOne spirometers for the spirometry assessments, on which calibration checks are done regularly. They found that, even after seven years, there had been no change in the equipment's ability to measure accurately. They concluded that the EasyOne spirometers require no calibration.
The COPDGene Study is one of the largest studies ever undertaken to investigate the underlying genetic factors of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. It looks for explanations for why some smokers develop COPD and others do not. The COPDGene study has chosen EasyOne equipment as a standard for spirometry and for DLCO testing at all 21 clinical study centers. To date over 200 publications have resulted from COPDGene.
Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS)
The EasyOne Pro was recently implemented in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). The MACS investigates pulmonary function in HIV-positive and HIV-negative men and has followed participants for over 30 years since the beginning of the HIV epidemic. The study was designed to understand changes in pulmonary function that occur in the current age of HIV.
Study and Treatment of Endangered Sea Turtles Trapped in Fishing Nets
The veterinary team of Drs. Daniel Garcia-Parraga and Jose Luis Crespo at Oceanogràfic in Valencia, Spain, study sick turtles’ respiratory systems with EasyOne spirometers, normally used to measure the volume of air entering and leaving the lungs of humans in order to diagnose conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Understanding Lung Function in Dolphins and Whales
Researchers Dr. Micah Brodsky, VMD, and Andreas Fahlman, PhD, at Texas A & M University Corpus Christi, use our mobile ultrasound technology and software to measure pulmonary function in dolphins, whales and other sea animals. They are hoping to answer puzzling questions about diving physiology and aquatic mammal disease and behavior, which may also lead to a better understanding and treatment of lung problems in humans, including those that afflict premature babies.