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Doc, My Asthma (Depression) Has Gotten Me Down (Wheezing)

David M. Mannino, MD
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Correspondence to: David M. Mannino, MD, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Kentucky College of Public Health and, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, 121 Washington Ave, Lexington, KY 40536; e-mail: dmannino@uky.edu

Dr. Mannino is Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine.


Dr. Mannino has received research grants from GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Novartis and serves as a consultant to GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Astra-Zeneca, Dey, Sepracor, and Novartis.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).


Chest. 2008;134(6):1116-1117. doi:10.1378/chest.08-2047
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The word nexus is derived from the latin word nectere, which means “to bind.” The definitions of nexus include “a means of connection; a link or tie; and the core or center.” Thus, the title of the article by Chun et al1 in this issue of CHEST (see page 1176), “The Asthma-Mental Health Nexus in a Population-Based Sample of the United States”, could either be interpreted as describing a linkage between these two common impairments or, alternatively, the suggestion that one may be central to the other, ie, that poor mental health leads to asthma, or that asthma leads to poor mental health, or maybe that something else leads to both.

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