Pediatric Respirology and Critical Care Medicine

: 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-


Yu-Tsun Su 
 Department of Pediatrics, E-Da Hospital, School of Medicine for International Students, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

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Dr. Yu-Tsun Su
Department of Pediatrics, E-Da Hospital, School of Medicine for International Students, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung City

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Su YT. Editorial.Pediatr Respirol Crit Care Med 2022;6:1-1

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There are three excellent articles in the issue, including an overview of the complicated simple snoring, a territory-wide study on e-cigarettes in Hong Kong, and a study on the importance of asthma written action plan in southern Taiwan.

The first article reviews the topic of complicated simple snoring. Primary snoring (PS) has historically been considered as a benign entity, however, increased evidence revealed its correlation to consequent cardiovascular and neurocognitive outcomes. Dr. Cheng provides an excellent review of PS including the definition, risk factors for progression, impact on cardiovascular and neurocognitive/behavioral systems, proposed mechanism, and treatment. PS is a common sleep disorder in children and it deserves more studies to illustrate its health implications and find the appropriate intervention to prevent consequent morbidities.

E-cigarette use is an emerging health issue of extreme concern in recent. In Hong Kong, it was worrying that adolescents accounted for 37.4% of e-cigarette users and were the most popular age group. The second article reported a study on e-cigarettes. Dr. Yeung surveyed 26,684 secondary-school students on sociodemographic characteristics, self-reported harms of e-cigarette use, and their relationship with smoking intention, habits, and quitting intention. The study concluded that e-cigarettes were related to poor perceived health status and respiratory symptoms. E-cigarette use was also associated with the intention to use cigarettes and with no significant changes in quitting intention.

The third article investigated the importance of parental knowledge regarding components of written asthma action plans (WAAP) in asthma control in children in southern Taiwan. The use of a WAAP has been shown to improve lung function and reduce school absences, activity limitations, and emergency department visits. However, patients and parents sometimes receive WAAP and sometimes receive health education information about asthma directly. Ms. Wang and Dr. Huang et al. conducted a questionnaire-based survey on this issue and found that the asthma symptom control level was significantly and positively related to the understanding of key WAAP components. They expected that developing an easy-to-use WAAP and using it as a standard tool for asthmatic children would greatly improve asthma control in Taiwan.

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