J. bras. pneumol. vol.40 no.3 São Paulo May/June 2014
IInvestigator, National Institute of Respiratory Diseases, Mexico City, Mexico
IIAssociate Professor, Pulmonary Division, Heart Institute, University of São Paulo Hospital das Clínicas, São Paulo, Brazil
IIIChief of Pulmonary Medicine, Hospital Nacional de Niños, San José, Costa Rica
IVHead, Center of Excellence in Asthma, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
Various respiratory diseases have been leading causes of death and morbidity over time, and that could be expected considering the huge interface between the respiratory system and the often hostile environment. The respiratory system filters almost 100,000 liters of air in an adult every day. The relevance of the burden of respiratory diseases has been recently emphasized by publications of the major respiratory societies in the world...