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Letter from the Editor and Biography

Prof. Richard Dekhuijzen, Radboud University Medical Center , Nijmegen, the Netherlands
ERS 2019

ERS 2019 Introduction

Dear Reader,

This year’s European Respiratory Society (ERS) Congress in Madrid was, as always, the place to be to get the most recent updates in important areas of pulmonary diseases.

A large observational study from Denmark showed that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients treated with ß-blockers did not only have fewer hospitalisations but also a lower total mortality compared with COPD patients treated with other antihypertensive drugs.

Different studies have shown that e-cigarettes are not successful aids for smoking cessation. In most cases, e-cigarettes lead to dual use: smokers consume e-cigarettes in addition to conventional cigarettes. Prof. Jørgen Vestbo (member of the ERS Tobacco Control Committee; ...

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